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Pete Dunk

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  1. There is quite a long and sometimes acrimonious discussion on Mudcat about this tune. Several people suggested Rosin the Beau. There was general agreement that the tune was good and probably genuine, but that the lyrics were "fakesong".


    Perhaps best left to moulder for generations and gradually slip into decline then. Many thanks for the insight Don!

  2. The Montreal Tunebook's ABC Editor has had problems over the last few months and it's nice to see that it is once again stable as it's my favourite online ABC tool. I didn't realise that lildogturpy was Robin Beech, our host and benefactor at the Montreal Tunebook and I am mightily pleased to discover that the author and owner of one of my favourite websites is a fellow English concertina player! Welcome to the forum Robin!

  3. Okay, looks like I could use the Tunebook Edit function to compose on the app!


    Tunebook and The Craic allow you to edit abc on either iPad or iPhone. I prefer Tunebook because it keeps all of the abc files as separate tunebooks and has a page white background whereas The Craic throws all of the abc files in together and has a dirty grey sort of background colour that is really quite hard to read off if the lighting in the room is a bit poor.

  4. So, now that Wolf has let the cat out of the bag so to speak ( ;) ) I'd better post a link to the 'straight' recording. It's almost as it was recorded on my Zoom H4 but it has been topped and tailed and then 'Normalised' to set the playback level as high as it can be without distortion. The 'treated' version was topped and tailed then sent as a CD quality .wav up to Yorkshire and returned as a slightly sweetened and industrially reverberated mp3.


    I ask no forgiveness! B)

  5. [nerd] I've no idea where the word originated and it has been decried on this forum many times in the past but if the OP wants to know what the word samper is meant to describe then it is the small leather disc that is stuck in the middle of the back of a concertina pad. The leather 'woggle' or 'doughnut' or 'washer' on the end of the lever makes contact with the pad at this point. Some people glue the two together, others apply a thin strip of leather over the leather 'woggle' or 'doughnut' or 'washer' and stick the ends of the strip to the back of the pad either side of the 'samper'


    Whichever method of attachment is used the whole idea of the leather to leather bond is to allow a good bit of flexibility for the pad to seat properly and allow for slight mechanical inaccuracies that might otherwise lead to a poor seal around the pad. [/nerd]

  6. This has to be the tune of the year in this thread! Thanks to Steve Mansfield for the ABC. Hear Anahata knock out a flawless rendition here.



    M:25/8 (7+7+11/8)

    B:Linsey Pollack and Philip Griffin Macedonian Folk Music (1990)
    Z: Steve Mansfield 20140309
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    e2c ef gf .| e2c ef gf .| ed dc c2 G c2 z2 :|
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    ecf ed dc .| ecf ed dc .| ed dc c2 G cd eG | ecf ed dc .| ecf ed dc .| ed dc c2 G c2 z2 |
    efg e2 ec .| efg e2 ec .| gG fG e2 d cd ec | efg e2 ec .| efg e2 ec .| gG fG e2 d c2 z2 |
    cdG e2 eG .| cdG e2 eG .| gG fG e2 d cd ec | cdG e2 eG .| cdG e2 eG .| gG fG e2 d c2 !fine!z2 ||
    a_bc' a2 ag .| fga f2 fe .| f2 fe dec de fg | a_bc' a2 ag .| fga f2 fe .| f2 fe dec d2 z2 |
    cBc d2 dA .| cBc d2 dc .| ef fe dec de fg | cBc d2 dA .| cBc d2 dc .| ef fe dec d2 z2 !D.C.! |

  7. did you hear Cyril overthere? Lucky you if so!


    Cyril was a regular for a couple of years at a Leeds city center pub that was/is a haunt for musos in general and folkies in particular. Not only did I see a number of his gigs there, I spent many hours propping up the bar (drinking orange juice honest guv!) and chatting about life in general and his extraordinary songwriting talent when he had no gigs elsewhere. The same goes for a number of folk luminaries, The Grove is a well known and popular drop in for anyone passing through the city in fact many famous folkies go out of their way to visit if they are in the area. Leeds is in Yorkshire, a region well known for being laid back and unflapable, so one Saturday evening (the first Saturday I'd missed in two years!) a local hero, Steve Philips - blues guitarist and top flight guitar maker walks in with his long time friend and ace guitarist Brendan Croker. They'd brought along an old mate who used to work for the Yorkshire Post newspaper, whose offices were less than half a mile down the road from the pub. That Saturday night in a scruffy old pub in Leeds that I couldn't make it to for the evening, the Notting Hillbilly's were born. The ex journalist from the Yorkshire Post was none other than Mark Knopfler, he played in my local pub for free and I WASN'T THERE!


    Sorry you were asking about someone called Cyril?

  8. Shelly, you know me of old and you know that I have a deep and abiding passion for northumbrian pipe music. If I were to start my collection of NPS publications again it would be in this order:


    The new 2 volume Billy Pigg book set

    The Northumbrian Piper's Variations book

    The new Clough Family Tunebook

    The Lads Like Beer

    The Charlton Memorial Tunebook

    Northumbrian Pipers Tunebook 1,2 &3


    This would be my core collection and may well beyond your budget for a single purchase and you do need to bear in mind import duties if you spend too much!

  9. Am I wrong in saying that Simon Thoumire learned to play without any information or guidance about how the instrument should be held and played? He made his own way and it works very well for him. Dare I ask how much better/worse he might be liberated/hampered/enlightened/hamstrung by a traditional playing position? Given the awesome raw talent the result may be marginal but significant methinks!

  10. Looks like the only thing thing that could dismount the sheriff would be massive civil disobedience. B)


    I don't think we involve ourselves in things like that around here Jim! ;)

    Good to see that my *almost* unbroken record on here and melodeon.net of never voting for the winner remains largely intact. I made the mistake once of voting for a jolly little tune and it won :o , bad form that. :rolleyes:

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