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  1. Yes, I'm sure you'll have hours of fun & creative enjoyment with GarageBand and IMovie. I look forward to seeing / hearing some results.

    Cheers,

    Dick

  2. ‎The BBC show ‎'Country Tracks' was on BBC 1 this morning & in this edition, they traveled around the Antrim Coast & ended up at our weekly session in the Springhill Bar, Portrush ... from about 46 mins. Country Tracks in Co. Antrim! Sorry, I'm only playing Fiddle & Bodhran in this one, but you do catch a glimpse of the rare sight of an English Concertina being played at an Irish Session! Cheers, Dick
  3. Ah yes, thanks Leo .... what a treat .... 39 mins of Mícheál ó Raghallaigh! Cheers, Dick
  4. Well Jody, if I lived in England, where I believe there's lots of opportunities for playing a G/D, I think I may jump at that option, but over here in Norn Iron my C/G keeps me right in the Irish sessions. So I'm more inclined to keep it as is. That's a fascinating option Geoff, but unfortunately, I don't play regularly enough with any Flat Pipers to make that option really worthwhile. However, I do know a Piper with a set of Pipes in B, but I only get a chance to tune down my Fiddle & session with him maybe once a year. However, that idea might be worth exploring, especially as, at the moment I am able to play with nobody else really, except string players who are willing to retune on special occasions, so once a year might just be more appealing than just playing alone. It's all useful food for thought ... thanks. Cheers, Dick
  5. Don't worry David, this Concertina is normally only played gently at home. I could replace the bellows & have the Reeds all tuned to present day Concert Pitch, but I prefer to keep it the way it was, when Charles sold it to Albert, back in June 1899. After all, how many Concertinas around today, are still in that kind of original condition. The other reason I am posting is because today, out of the blue, Steve Canacott, a Grandson of Albert Canacott, contacted me by eMail to tell me that he'd stumbled onto this thread & wanted to send me a couple of photos of Albert. Naturally I was absolutely delighted to receive these & will take great pleasure in having them printed & keep them with this lovely old Concertina. Cheers, Dick P.S. That's Steve's Dad sitting on Albert's Knee!
  6. Thanks folks. I sent them the link to this thread, which they found very useful. Then they posted this comment: So, all's well that ends well! Cheers, Dick
  7. I've just been asked this question, over on The Irish Concertina. They are just about to order a Suttner & can't decide whether to go for a raised ended model or not. I have a raised ended model myself, but have never actually had it side by side with a flat ender, to be able to compare them. However I'm sure Wheatstone had a good reason for making their Aeolas ... & charging so much extra for them. ;-) Can anyone point out, in layman's terms, why they are superior? Cheers, Dick
  8. For anyone interested in a Wheatstone Anglo, you may be interested to note that this one didn't quite reach the reserve asking price, 1st time around {last night}, but the good news is that it's up there again, for another 12 hours or so. I'd be tempted myself, except for that hefty 20% Tax & Import Duty I'd have to pay, to bring it back over here, which puts it out of reach, for me. Cheers, Dick
  9. Seconded! As for the Leaving of Liverpool, I'm more used to hearing it being sung by big, gravel voiced, hairy ar$ed drunks in pubs, so that pretty approach will take a bit of getting used to. Cheers, Dick
  10. This is my latest wee iMovie, using Hammered Dulcimer {Rick Thum}, Anglo Concertina {C/G Suttner}, Tenor Banjo {Paragon} & Jews Harp. The Legacy Cheers, Dick
  11. Good job John. I think the reason they say it is usually sung by a woman, is because the last two lines refer to the singer loosing her maidenhead & being left with a baby inside her. Mind you, judging by your deep Bass voice, I'd say you probably lost yours, a long time ago! Your Mp3 makes it very clear why they call those Concertinas ... Duets. However, it's such a lovely melody that I think it's well able to stand alone, but there's a very good reason why i didn't actually sing this myself ...... I canny sing! . Cheers, Dick
  12. Och what else can you do on a cold, wet Sunday afternoon .... once the Rugby match has finished! Anyway, I loaded up Garage Band & iMovie and with a bunch of my own photos & playing my trusty Baritone Treble, plus Fiddle, Mandolin & Tin Whistle ... this is the result. Ye Banks and Braes! Well, I had to do something to cheer myself up after yesterday's defeat, at the hands of the auld enemy! Cheers, Dick
  13. Thanks Ben, it sounds excellent. By the way, how is it that the Bellows appear to be pale GREEN in the video? Are the photos on eBay closer to the actual colour? Cheers, Dick
  14. Yet another iMovie, this time featuring my C/G Suttner, plus Tenor Guitar & Banjo in the mix. Paddy Fahy's Jig! Cheers, Dick
  15. Funnily enough Chris, that's usually the first thing I do, when I get home after a good Session too, take out my Concertina & play a few tunes! Whereas, after sex, I'm usually more like Oliver Twist, so instead of tunes ....... I'm far too busy asking for more! Cheers, Dick
  16. Thanks Ben, I look forward to hearing it. Cheers, Dick
  17. Looks very nice indeed. Do you have any sound files or videos of this Concertina in action, to tempt us even more? Cheers, Dick
  18. While I agree that a group of musicians gathered to play music, many of them reading from the written notes, is more of a social gathering than a session, I just can't imagine a session without a bit of banter & crack, nonsense & rascality between the sets. In the best sessions, I find these to be an essential part of the whole session experience & they really do help to drive the whole thing along. As well as some crack every now & then, I find that the very best sessions usually involve some interaction, to a greater or lesser degree, with any really enthusiastic punters who are located within close proximity to the action. Yes, a session is mostly about the music, but in my book, there has to be just a little more to it, for it to be 1st class. In other words, a session without a bit of banter & crack here & there, just sounds far, far too clinical, a bit like Sex without the foreplay ....... & the cigarette afterwards! Cheers, Dick
  19. Thanks for the encouragement folks ... much appreciated. Cheers, Dick
  20. Thanks Michelle, good to know I'm not the only Dog lover in here. Oh & yes it is a new iMac, which came with the new iMovie & Garage band, both of which I'm only just starting to get used to, but having lots of fun in the process. Cheers, Dick
  21. Thanks Dirge, but the fact is, it really is all so easy to stick together, on iMovie .... & fun too! As for the dogs, I've always had a Dog nearby & just can't imagine coming home to a house without that great Dog welcome, whether I've been away for 2 days. .... or 2 minutes. Cheers, Dick
  22. My new Rode stereo USB Mic arrived today! So, of course I had to try it out this evening & this is the result of my first feeble efforts. The Maids of Feakle Cheers, Dick
  23. Rathlin Air & Reel, composed by Uilleann Piper ~ Peter Browne! Played here, on Anglo Concertina, Flute, Whistle & Guitar. iMovie strikes again! Cheers, Dick http://vimeo.com/35854011
  24. Hi there, yes indeed, I'm having a wonderful time with my gorgeous Baritone / Treble. Just waiting for a Stereo USB Mic to arrive, then I plan to have some fun recording with it on Garage Band, on my new iMac, so watch this space! ;-)

    Cheers,

    Dick

  25. All I can say is ....... Phil Cunningham has a lot to answer for!
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