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Peter Dyson

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    Wheatstone English tenor-treble, 1918<br>Northumbrian smallpipes in F and D<br>Scottish smallpipes in A
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    Bellingham, WA

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  1. Very nice. Is the sheet music for this arrangement available ? Peter Dyson Bellingham, WA
  2. As suggested, I contacted both SpringThyme music and Nigel Gatherer for more info on this tune -- no answer from either. Peter Dyson Bellingham, WA
  3. If you fancy having a go at this tune, there is quite a good transcription on The Session at: http://thesession.org/tunes/9072 The transcription is by Nigel Gatherer, the Scottish mandolin player, and he certainly knows a thing or two about playing slow airs. The tune is marked as a reel here, but that is a limitation of The Session, and not Nigel Gatherer's opinion. Peter Dyson Bellingham, WA
  4. This week I have been listening to the CD "Leaving Lerwick Harbour" by Shetland fiddler Willie Hunter, ably accompanied by Violet Tulloch on piano. One of the magnificent slow airs they play on the CD is called "David D MacKenzie of Sallachy", written by one I Sinclair, copyright Springthyme Music. It is a beautiful tune; very sad, a real wrist-slitter. Does anyone know who David D MacKenzie is/was, or anything about I Sinclair ? The usual searches have turned up nothing of interest. Thanks, Peter Dyson Bellingham, WA
  5. I have just added "The Gay Ladies Polka" to the Tune-o-tron (it's number 519). It's a grand tune, a traditional English measure or polka. Does anyone know anything about the tune ? It seems to me to resemble a Victorian music hall tune. I wonder if it ever had words. Peter Dyson Bellingham, WA
  6. I know this is thread drift, but can you explain what you mean by and how you play Simon Thoumire's one-button rolls (in detail please). Peter Dyson Bellingham, WA
  7. Without checking item by item, does anyone know if there are any similar arrangements for English concertina available in the Tune-o-Tron ? Peter Dyson Bellingham, WA
  8. I am working on some of them too. The tune "I've Got a Loverly Bunch of Coconuts" seems unusually suited to the concertina, and "Donau-Wellen"t just oozes along. Some of the other arrangements are pretty tricky, but it's all good fun, and when you get it right, it's wonderful. Peter Dyson Bellingham WA
  9. The Duet Book, published by the Northumbrian Pipers' Society, is indeed still in print. Another source might be the set of Piper's Companion books published by Derek Hobbs. These books contain Northumbrian, Scottish and English tunes arranged for two or three parts. Guitar chords are also included. The series consists of Piper's Companion Books 1 to 4, Book 5 is subtitled Classics for Folk, Book 6 contains tunes only in the key of D, and Book 7, subtitled The Wild Hills o' Wannies contains tunes only in the keys of Em and Am. Each book contains 40 to 50 settings. In North America, many of these books can be obtained from Andy's Front Hall at: Andy's or from Dave Mallinson's web site at: Mallys Cheers, Peter Dyson Bellingham, WA
  10. Just a quick note -- I have reduced the price of this concertina to $500. Cheers, Peter Dyson Bellingham, WA
  11. What make and model of EC do you currently play ? Peter Dyson Bellingham, WA
  12. Thanks for all the great suggestions. I had forgotten Skinner's Pink Book. It contains some real finger-twisters, but also some lovely slow tunes such as "The Flower o' the Quern" and "The Music o' Spey". And for David who likes pipe tunes, have you looked at the out-of-copyright books sold by Unicorn at: Unicorn Limited They also have the Simon Fraser Collection and the Skye Collection too. Cheers, Peter Dyson Bellingham, WA
  13. Like Helen in the Irish tune book thread, I like tunebooks, and I was wondering if people would recommend their favourite books of Scottish tunes here. I have had a lot of fun with "Scottish Fiddlers' Session Tune Book" originally published in two volumes, now available in one from Taigh na Teud. It contains Scottish and Shetland reels, some jigs, hornpipes, and marches. "The Fiddle Music of Scotland" from James Hunter includes 365 tunes and an historical essay on Scottish music and composers. There are laments, waltzes, a ton of strathspeys, marches, airs, pastorals, reels and rants. Then there is "The Cunningham Collection" from the incomparable Phil Cunningham with 55 tunes including "The Ross Memorial Hospital", "Quendale Bay" and others. While it is pretty easy to pick up some of Phil's slower tunes by ear, the guitar chords included with each tune make it worth the price of admission. And finally, it is a lot more traditional (in the sense that people have been doing it for hundreds of years) to first learn a tune from the dots than it is to use computer software to slow down a digital recording. Cheers, Peter Dyson Bellingham, WA
  14. I was looking through Phil Hopkinson's excellent book "Dancing with Ma Baby" last night, and came across the picture of Charlotte Oliver playing Boris on page 35. What a monster. Does anyone know Boris' specs ? Peter Dyson Bellingham, WA
  15. Yes, this concertina is still available. Where are you located ? If you want to hear the concertina, I'd be happy to play it for you over the phone -- not ideal, I'll agree, but better than nothing. Peter Dyson Bellingham, WA
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