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John Adey

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    European and Scandinavian folk music
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    Christow,Devon,UK

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  1. John Adey

    Swedish fiddle tunes

    I heard a superb fiddle player called Rowan Luis Piggott at the Baring-Gould festival in Okehampton last October. Amongst other things he played a few Swedish tunes (a love of mine) and mentioned that he had produced a book of tunes. I bought it, via his website at: www.RowanPiggott.com I'm finding it an excellent source and thought other lovers of 'Scandi' stuff would be interested. It contains over 80 tunes, mostly with well written harmony lines as well as guitar chord symbols, plus lots of background information about many of the composers and a sketch map of Sweden with the various regions shown. If you are looking for more Swedish stuff I recommend it. Apart from hearing him play on the one occasion I have no connection with Rowan. Oops, sorry. He looks to have sold out, but hopefully that's reason to re-print, There's a sample page on his website.
  2. John Adey

    Steve Turner’s concertina

    I certainly intend going Simon; I've never seen/heard him live. I'll PM you when I find out how to buy an advance ticket.
  3. John Adey

    Steve Turner’s concertina

    He's appearing in Exeter in February Simon. http://www.exeterfolkclub.org/?page_id=23 See you there?
  4. John Adey

    A Christmas present?

    Hi Mike, With 50 keys what range does it have?
  5. I remembered it from some years ago and recalled having seen Brian in it, then a bit of browsing for the clip. I'm also a fan of Roy Bailey and Leon Rosselson who feature on the clip. There' s lots of other good stuff on there too. Brian is a a member, I think a founder member even, of WCCP and so I've met him many times and heard him play at meetings. He would usually play something when folks did their 'party pieces', often a lovely arrangement of an O'Carolan tune as I remember.
  6. Here is the man himself, all of 5 seconds of him playing, at 9.09 in a video of Bracknell folk festival from 1988:
  7. You could ask him. He's a member here, wth the username 'inventor'.
  8. John Adey

    Concertina Playgroup - Softplay

    That's very useful local information for me Geoff. I'll bear it in mind. Thanks.
  9. John Adey

    Concertina Playgroup - Softplay

    See you there, famille Dipper!
  10. John Adey

    Need some help, Pairing a tune with Scarborough Fair

    George Fox, the major founding father of the Quakers, wrote that some words 'speak to thy condition'. That expression catches, for me, something of what I experience with certain traditional tunes from my native England and from many other different countries. The ones I am attracted to 'speak to [my] condition'. Currently, for instance, I'm working on a set comprising the Playford tune 'Bobbing Joe' followed by a Swedish tune, 'Slangpolska efter Juringius'. They are both in A minor and start with the same fifth interval but have differing rhythms; sufficiently similar but sufficiently different to fit together yet to have contrast. So, in answer to the original question, my view is put Scarborough Fair with whatever fits for you, no matter from where it originates.
  11. It might be worth asking is she's a member of WCCP, since she's from Wiltshire, or perhaps the ICA Theo?
  12. 'These prints had never been seen before and appeared in many towns, including Exmouth and Dawlish. No known animal could have made them, it seems. And yet, there they were. I wonder if the mystery is still talked about in Devon?' Not that I've heard of. Of course there are several examples from around the world of mysterious animal tracks appearing in snow, with feasible and rational explanations as to their origin. In Devon we also have more recent tales of giant cats being sighted on Dartmoor. We all love a mystery it seems. Good luck with the harmonising.
  13. It's music theory, specifically harmony theory. Those intervals are the ones that harmonise. Learning to play parallel scales, i.e. scales separated by the intervals you mention, in different keys is a great exercise for helping you find the notes that harmonise with a tune.
  14. John Adey

    Painting Discovered In Arles

    The 'artist' who made the fine instrument or the amateurish dauber who did the painting??
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