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  • Birthday 09/21/1951

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    I am a full time musician, a Scotsman living in Ireland, who plays the music of Ireland & Scotland on Fiddle, English Concertina, Hammered Dulcimer & Nyckelharpa.

    I spend my days teaching traditional music in local Primary Schools & occasionally giving talks on trad music in schools. I also run three local Pub Sessions each week. ... Now retired.

    I set up the 'Concertinas in Scotland' Forum & a MySpace, in order to help promote these wonderful instruments in Scotland.

    If you ever find yourself heading for the Causeway Coast, please get in touch. I'd love to meet up & swop tunes, while you are in the area.
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  1. Hi Takayuki, as promised, I had a go at learning & recording that other Concertina Hornpipe ( Brendan's Fancy ) this afternoon. πŸ™‚ Concertina Hornpipe ( Brendan's Fancy ) Cheers, Dick
  2. Ah that's great, many thanks for the new link. 😎 Yes, another lovely tune, well played. It's not one I play, but given the date I might just have a go at learning that one today. Cheers, Dick
  3. Yes, that's the one. I was lucky enough to spend a week in old John's Fiddle class at the Willie Clancy week, back in the late 70s. Here he is that year, with Bobby Casey & all the Fiddle students that year. Bobby actually spent the week helping John in his class that week & it was such a pleasure hearing them play together. ( Photo, I believe was taken by John Kelly junior ) That's me, just behind John's left shoulder ... like most blokes back then - Big Hair & Beard. πŸ˜€ .. I still have the Beard. πŸ˜‰ As for this Hornpipe, I actually really liked Sean Keane's brilliant version of it, so my playing of it is closer to his. For my money, Fiddle playing just doesn't get any better than this - Sean Keane ~ The Bank of Turf Cheers, Dick
  4. That's a pity. I can't listen to your recording as I don't own a smart phone, so I can't access it. Did you post it anywhere else? I'm guessing it's this one, also known as Brendan's Fancy: Brendan’s Fancy Cheers, Dick
  5. Happy World Concertina Day 😎 I recorded this Irish Hornpipe on my own Wheatstone Concertina last night ~ The Bank of Turf, which I believe old John Kelly sometimes called The Concertina Hornpipe. The Concertina Hornpipe ( aka The Bank of Turf ) Cheers, Dick
  6. Hi, Sorry, I only spotted your reply/question today. πŸ™„ Yes, but in Scotland historically we tend to call it a Trump. Cheers, Dick
  7. Lovely stuff Greg. 😎 Thanks for posting the link. πŸ‘ Cheers, Dick
  8. Christmas Hornpipe . An American contra tune, first published in 1867. Originally in B flat, but played here in G. ( Thanks Anahata πŸ™‚ ) Played on English Concertina, Trump & Bodhran. Lockdown Video #483 Cheers, Dick
  9. Robbery Under Arms! - 1957 Starring Peter Finch, David McCallum & Jill Ireland. English Concertina is played on a ship for dancing at around 24 mins. Robbery Under Arms Cheers, Dick
  10. Peer van der Burgh: Tobin's Favorite & The Kesh Jig Cheers, Dick
  11. Simon Thoumire: Sean's Jig / The Contradiction Reel Cheers, Dick
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