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SimonThoumire

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  1. Hello everyone, I’m going to start offering Skype lessons for English concertina. If anyone is interested you can find out more at this link below. Although this is not an altruistic adventure we do need many more English concertina players so feel free to get in touch with any questions. http://simonthoumire.com/skype-lessons/
  2. Thanks Jody. I suppose it can be anything you want :-) When I’m doing my ‘vibrato’ there are lots of things at play especially volume increase and decrease. Nice to see you in Swaledale.
  3. Hi all, I’ve made a wee video on playing vibrato on the concertina. It makes a big difference to your performance.
  4. Here are a couple of great Scottish marches - The Balkan Hills by Corporal J. Gillan and The Atholl and Breadalbane Gathering by Wm Ferguson - played by myself and Innes Watson!
  5. This week I’m in Yorkshire Dales National Park at Swaledale Squeeze teaching the English concertina! Have a look at the beautiful countryside, learn about the concertina and possibly decide to play it! If you enjoy this content please consider supporting my Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/simonthoumire Check out the tune The Hawk https://thesession.org/tunes/3146 Download Alistair Anderson's Concertina Workshop http://www.alistairanderson.com/cds/2008-concertina-workshop.htm
  6. Hello everyone, Here is some concertina and harpsichord! You can download the tune music at this link too!
  7. I headed north to Aberdeen to find out more about one of my musical heroes James Scott Skinner. I didn’t really like this tune at first but I do now!
  8. Recorded this in Sweden at the weekend!
  9. That lovely David! Great harmonies! King Coil's Grave is really interesting. Like most things there is nothing left of it and you wouldn't notice it if it wasn't featured on the map. Bones were found there in the early nineteenth century and a really interesting carved stone. There are pictures of it on the net but I don't know if anyone knows where it was. https://canmore.org.uk/site/42711/coilsfield-mains-king-coils-grave
  10. I've recently made a few vlogs and recordings featuring the beautiful Scottish air Coilsfield House by Nathaniel Gow. Below is two recordings I made with David McGuinness - take one and take two! I've also included a video I made about the history of Coilsfield House and it's own Sir Hugh Montgomerie. Thanks for watching / listening! Oh yeah you can download the original 1809 version of tune here.
  11. Me and my friend Mark went out to film a vlog on filmmaking in the Milngavie hills. We eventually found this log to sit on and record a couple of tunes. The jig is The Waterworks jig and the reel is Music in the Glen.
  12. I agree that it is possibly a wrong version of "Ye Jacobites by Name"! Sounds like they've not listened to it properly or it has been wrongly transcribed. If it is not that then I've never heard it before. I think Robert Burns' 1790 rewrite can be a message for all governments today. Ye Jacobites by name, give an ear, give an ear, Ye Jacobites by name, give an ear, Ye Jacobites by name, Your fautes I will proclaim, Your doctrines I maun blame, you shall hear, you shall hear Your doctrines I maun blame, you shall hear. What is Right, and What is Wrang, by the law, by the law? What is Right and what is Wrang by the law? What is Right, and what is Wrang? A short sword, and a lang, A weak arm and a strang, for to draw, for to draw A weak arm and a strang, for to draw. What makes heroic strife, famed afar, famed afar? What makes heroic strife famed afar? What makes heroic strife? To whet th' assassin's knife, Or haunt a Parent's life, wi' bluidy war? Then let your schemes alone, in the state, in the state, Then let your schemes alone in the state. So let your schemes alone, Adore the rising sun, And leave a man undone, to his fate, to his fate. And leave a man undone, to his fate.
  13. Hello! Sorry to spam - two concertina videos in two weeks! I’ve been delving into the tune book The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and The Isles this week. It’s full of tunes chiefly acquired during the period 1715 to 1745 and it was edited by Captain Simon Fraser. We play two airs from the book - Lady to Her Husband Who Was Killed at the Battle of Culloden and Hard is my fate with the fabulous David McGuinness on harmonium and dulcitone. Here's the tunes without me talking all the time...
  14. I made a video on how to make the polka The Rakes of Mallow into a solo performance. Maybe I succeeded and maybe I didn’t! https://youtu.be/6gYJwGxMHA8
  15. I first read ‘funky’ rather than ‘folky’! Keep up the good work.
  16. Brendan told me about his technique years ago. I wish I was so sophisticated and not just lazy!
  17. Just made a video on how to fix a note that has stopped working and how easy it is! Easy Concertina Repair - Fix That Note! I also play a version of the Poppy Leaf hornpipe.
  18. Here’s a wee video I made with great Scottish fiddler Adam Sutherland last week. If you’ve any ideas for technique or tunes videos please say!
  19. Here’s a video I made on my thoughts on bellow technique. Any questions / comments ask away! Hopefully see some of you in Witney this weekend 🙂 https://youtu.be/CVUEhUqKEgU
  20. Here’s a video I made on my technique of playing two finger rolls! If anyone has any questions please fire away.
  21. HI Dave, I agree. Accordion player Phil Cunningham always said he wrote a tune a day and 99% of them were rubbish. Your tune is great and definitely feels authentic. Re Stool my hands were too full with cameras... 🙂
  22. I’ve made a video about writing a tune on the concertina! I hadn't worked this out in advance so the inspiration (or not) could come in real time! I think the tune worked out ok and hopefully it will give you some ideas to try this yourself. You can have a go at playing the tune here. I’ve revised it a few times since the video (as always happens) and added 4 extra bars! Feel free to record it yourself and send it to me! https://drive.google.com/open?id=1VZBY9YhRsy_dXNrlfs9XZ9--nzqKyfpY I've also made a revisited audio recording here https://www.patreon.com/posts/22462900 If you enjoy this video please consider supporting my Patreon account at http://www.patreon.com/simonthoumire
  23. Go for it Didie! I’ll be it sounds great on duet.
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