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  1. Hi Dick, I don't play in an Irish style, but have several recordings on my YouTube channel: http://uk.youtube.com/profile?user=pgtrimming I will set up a Playlist titled "Jeffries Anglo", and move a few recordings in there. Regards, Peter. Hey Peter, that's very kind of you. I look forward to checking them out. You certainly have posted a lot of videos there & I suspect it'd take me a good while to work out where all the Bb ones were! Cheers Dick
  2. I just came across two Bb/F sound files on this page. http://homepage.eircom.net/~shields/ I wondered where I might hear more on the Bb/F? Ta I always, always enjoy tuning my Fiddle down to play with Flat Uilleann Pipes & I remember playing in a 'C' session at Derrygonnelly one year for 12 hours. It was a truly magical experience, with flat Pipes, C Flute, 3 Fiddles tuned down & Guitar. It was a real honour & privilege for me to have been part of that session. Concert D sounds so harsh, after playing in C, don't you think? As for playing up in Eb, it just sounds so thin, I feel like my ears are going to start bleeding! Cheers Dick
  3. In my quest for a Bb/F Anglo, I'm now looking at the Bb/F Morse Céilí. Does anyone here know where I might be able to listen to clips of these being played, or watch YouTube clips of one being played? What do members think of these Concertinas? Could you live with one, after playing a Jeffries for 20 years? Or should I hold out for an old Lachenal? Did Lachenal even make a Bb/F? Cheers Dick
  4. Or, be standing next to a mirror!
  5. Hello Ben, Yes indeed, here's a link to three photos of my Lachenal Ab/Eb Concertina: http://community.webshots.com/album/566633307NMvDya Cheers Dick
  6. Do you have a Bb/F Concertina you no longer need? If so, I have a Ab/Eb Lachenal 26 key, I'm willing to part with. See my Lachenal here: http://community.webshots.com/album/566633307NMvDya If you are in the market for a swop, or to do a part exchange deal, please let me know. Cheers Dick
  7. Many thanks for all your interesting replies guys. Plenty of food for thought there. However, after reading them all, I'm convinced that what I really need is a Bb/F Concertina. I am also convinced that I don't want to be guilty of mutilating this little 26 key Lachenal. I agree that I should keep this as it was intended, as an Ab/Eb Concertina. So I'm on the hunt now for a Bb/F Concertina. Incidentally, can you tell much from the Lachenal serial number? ~ 183993 Cheers Dick
  8. Thanks Lawrence, Yes, that is exactly what I want to be able to do. So, with any luck, it might be much more practical too, to get my Lachenal retuned to Bb/F. Cool. Thanks for all the advice guys.
  9. I'm just wondering if an old Lachenal could be retuned from Ab/Eb { up or down ? } to C/F? Would that be just too far to take the reeds? I only ask because the singers in our ballad group sing mostly in C & F & so, me being a real lazy so & so at heart, it'd make life nice & easy for me & I could then play along without any effort. Cheers Ptarmi
  10. Thanks for the tip Chris. Yes, I have checked that list, but I always like to hear from satisfied customers, before getting any work done. Unfortunately, there are none based in Ulster! Cheers Dick
  11. Snowed under in August? British expression for too busy to take on any more work ! Although, given the Summer we're having over here, I don't think anyone would be too surprised if it did start snowing! Thanks for the advice guys, I'll be getting in touch with Dave, shortly. Cheers Ptarmi
  12. HELP! I have two Concertinas in need of attention, but I've just heard back from Chris Algar who says he is snowed under & can't take them on! So my question is, who would you guys recommend? One just needs to be tuned, but the other will need a bit more attention. Cheers Ptarmi P.S. If you prefer, a private E-mail response would be fine.
  13. If I could blame the drink myself, Leo, I would ..... except I don't drink! Thanks for the tip though, I've tried that. Cheers Dick
  14. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggg [Ptarmigan wants me to delete this post...but he's already made it clear he made a mistake, and in a humorous way. Do I have to? Ken Coles]
  15. Thanks. N.B. I've just pushed through your registration, over on the Dulcimer Forum, so I hope to see you over there too, before too long. Cheers Dick
  16. Of course, if you don't like 'Sound Lantern', you could always check out ezFolk. ezFolk ~ Ptarmigan They have a nice Player option there, which means that once you find an artist whose music you want to listen to, you just start up their player & then you can listen to all their music in a stream, while you go & do something else. Very handy. Cheers Dick
  17. Glad you liked it. Well, you can't have mine! No, I was actually sitting in a cardboard box, in the middle of a forest, when I recorded that track, so it was all perfectly natural .... honest! But seriously, if you are interested, I actually have a few more Concertina tracks posted on that page now, for your perusal. Sound Lantern ~ Ptarmigan By the way, are there any tracks of your own playing, perhaps over on Henk's excellent Recorded Tunes Link Page, that I can check out? Cheers, Dick
  18. Of course Tim's also right in the middle of this little lot, too, alongside Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin: Cheers Dick
  19. Hey John, the next time you visit your home town of Ballymena, if your around on a Saturday, give me a shout & come on up & join our session near the Giant's Causeway. We play every Saturday night & every 2nd tune is a song, if you see what I mean. We have loads of variety at that session, apart from 50% songs, our regular instruments include, Fiddle, Harp, Hammered Dulcimer, Concertina, Northumbrian Pipes, Scottish Smallpipes, Guitar, Harmonica, Bodhran, Fifes, Flutes. This is certainly not one of those monotonous Reel only sessions for our tunes include Planxtys, Waltzes, Jigs, Hornpipes, Strathspeys, Marches, Flings, Reels, Slip Jigs, Polkas, Slides etc. We play all sorts including mostly Irish, Scottish & English tunes with musicians coming from an Irish Traditional background & others from the Flute Band tradition. I'm sure you would enjoy the relaxed atmosphere at our session ..... of course, there's only one way to find out! Cheers Dick
  20. John wrote: Aye John, but around here in North Antrim & especially over in Donegal & Fermanagh, you will hear lots of Strathspeys being played .......... however, their rhythm has been modified, smoothed out a little & they call them Flings. Very different to the original concept, but still wonderful tunes. Also, in North Antrim you will hear lots more Marches per session, than in most sessions further south. Our sessions around here, thankfully, tend to feature a much greater variety of tunes, than most of the sessions I've been to further south. When I sessioned in Scotland, back in the 70s & 80s, there was very little difference between any Irish session & the few Scottish sessions there were, back then. Nearly all the tunes were Irish. However, sessions have changed dramatically over the past 40 years in Scotland. Last time I attended a session in Scotland, I kept my Fiddle in it's case ...... cause they were all playing Scottish tunes! Cheers Dick
  21. Hey Rob, If you are interested in hearing Scottish Concertina players, as well as the aforementioned you should also check out Norman Chalmers of "Jock Tamson's Bairns" fame. Also Stuart Eydmann of "Whistlebinkies" fame. Cheers Dick
  22. Thanks for the link Leo. I've just joined up & posted a set of Concertina Reels over there. The Witch of Glentow / The Black Nun This "Sound Lantern" site may mean that Henk can now save his valuable space for the most deserving & relevent members MP3s, which are related to our own site here. Cheers Dick
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