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  1. On the subjects of recycling & Mandolin alongside Concertina ... here's The Trafalgar Hornpipe. Cheers, Dick
  2. Lovely to hear the contrast between the two, thanks for that Jim.
  3. Standard Lachenal size Jim, the wee was to do with only 20 keys. It was as light as a feather though & like most cheap instruments, these things probably discouraged more people from playing than they ever helped. Little better than an ornament, I'd say. Stephen Chambers has suggested that it was a Klingenthal product & having looked at photos of some of their Melodeons, I'd say he's hit the nail on the head, although this thing wouldn't be as well made even, as most of the other cheap German Concertinas I've seen. Cheers, Dick
  4. Someone brought along this little 20 key German Concertina to the Session last night for us to have a look at. Obviously cheap & cheerful & designed for either a child or a complete beginner, with a flimsy cardboard case. Does anyone have any more info. on this model? Cheers, Dick
  5. That's a lovely elegant tune. Good luck with the restoration. Cheers, Dick
  6. Lovely tune Daria. I had to have a go myself, although I'm used to hearing it as a slow air on the Uilleann Pipes, so I play it more as an Air. Blind Mary On Hammered Dulcimer, English Concertina, Fiddle & Tin Whistle. Cheers, Dick
  7. Naturally, you understand Wolf, I wasn't trying to influence the result of the poll by posting the music.
  8. I lived there & in the surrounding shire, for many years, so my choice is easy, too. Incidentally, for anyone interested in this tune, here's a link to Skinner's actual written MUSIC for the tune & an old recording of him actually playing his TUNE. Cheers, Dick
  9. I think I found the one with the longest name: Squire Wood's Lamentation On The Refusal Of His Halfpence! Played on English Concertina, Fiddle & Hammered Dulcimer. Cheers, Dick
  10. Thanks for clearing that up John. It looks rather tasty alright. I'm sure you won't have it for long. Cheers, Dick
  11. Thanks Jim, I too look forward to seeing what John has to say. Cheers, Dick
  12. John, I'm not in the market & forgive the stupid question but I am curious. I was looking at a couple of Tenors recently, but both had only 35 keys, so I'm just wondering how come your Tenor Edeopone has so many keys? Is it a Tenor / Treble or just a Tenor with a lot more options? Cheers, Dick
  13. 700 - 900 GBP ... clearly a 'come & by me' price Chris, to attract the buyers.
  14. Thought I'd throw another one in. Here's Mr O'Connor on English Concertina, Hammered Dulcimer & Sobell Mandolin. Mr O'Connor Not the easiest of his tunes to learn, especially by ear, with all those twists & turns & extra phrases to keep you on your toes. Cheers, Dick
  15. Hi Wolf, Being a Dulcimer player myself, I love that spelling mistake, when you describe the Dulcimer effect as ~ "creating a wall of decay"! ... or perhaps that's what you meant. Anyway, it's especially amusing as it's not exactly the most popular instrument, when introduced to an Irish Session over here. Cheers, Dick
  16. Wow, that's three completely different Northern Lasses - the great version played by Brian Peters, the one on the wonderful new Leveret CD and yours. The more lasses .. the better!
  17. Hi, The Northern Lass! Played here on Fiddle, English Concertina, Tin Whistle & Hammered Dulcimer, it first appeared in James Oswald's 'A Curious Collection of Scots Tunes', published in 1740. N. B. ... not to be confused with English tunes of the same name. Cheers, Dick * * * * *
  18. One of my favourites: Eleanor Plunkett! Played on Hammered Dulcimer, English Concertina, Fiddle & Tin Whistle. Cheers, Dick
  19. Carolan's Welcome Played here on Hammered Dulcimer, English Concertina, Fiddle & Tin Whistle. Composed by Turlough O'Carolan, he had it listed simply as #171. It was actually The Chieftains who gave it the title we all know it by today, for they adapted it as theme music on the occasion of Pope John Paul II's historic visit to Dublin in 1979 & the title has been used universally since then. It appears on The Chieftains 9 album: Boil the Breakfast Early. Cheers, Dick * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
  20. Burns March! Played here on the Hammered Dulcimer, English Concertina & Fiddle. Couldn't resist using my Bari/Treble on this one, as there's a wonderful opportunity to use a few Bari notes in the 2nd half. This is the only composition in the Irish wire-strung harp repertoire similar in structure to Ceòl Mór that is documented with intact formal variations. It was collected by Edward Bunting, further along the Causeway Coast here, in the late C18th. Burns March! Cheers, Dick
  21. Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. Aye, it'd be a shame to have those lovely low, growly notes & not make use of them, now & then. Cheers, Dick
  22. The Blue Hills of Antrim! Played on ~ Hammered Dulcimer, English Concertina, Fiddle & Tin Whistle. Cheers, Dick
  23. Thanks Jim, I'd forgotten about this lovely tune, so I had a go at it myself, this morning. My arrangement starts with Hammered Dulcimer, but my English Concertina soon joins in. Planxty Thomas Burke Cheers, Dick
  24. Not sure this one really counts, because although Carolan is known to have played this tune & had his own arrangement of it, it was actually composed by another great Harp player, Rory Dall O'Cahan (whose period was roughly 1550-1650) but he actually called it - Port Atholl. However, Carolan actually composed the song Ode to Miss Moore to this melody, so it certainly has strong Carolan connections. Interesting to note too, that, although .. "little is known of Rory Dall except that he was born to a noble County Derry family, he lived and composed mainly in Scotland where he found patronage for his music (which consisted of tunes he called "ports") among the nobility of that country." ... Hawk of Ballyshannon "Would be originally known as "Port Atholl", somewhat varied by Carolan (as "Katherine O'More"). http://pybertra.free.fr/ceol/tunes.htm Hawk of Ballyshannon Cheers, Dick
  25. Thanks for the offer. As I learn all my music by ear, those recordings would be very helpful indeed, especially as I could only find a link to a recording of one of them, on the net. Cheers, Dick OK. I'll get onto it. The recordings aren't always of the whole song so OK for learning tunes but I'm assuming you've found the words. I'll scout through files to see if I have any copies of words. Thanks Chas, No hurry & please don't worry about the lyrics as I don't sing myself. It's just the melody I'm interested in. Cheers, Dick
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