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Peter Brook

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  • Birthday 02/10/1970

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    Playing Anglo - Morris Tunes, English Country Dance Tunes, Irish Tunes, Carolan Tunes
    Singing - English Folk Songs
    Folkmusic in general
    Motorbikes - Old ones that don't work, but you wheel out of the garage every so often to try to get going!
    Sailing - Dinghys
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    Sheffield, South Yorkshire - currently exiled to Cranbrook, Kent (England)

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  1. After a couple of years away it's nice to be back and I see concertina.net is still as enlightening and philosophical as ever. I love being called a musician by others so I suppose it does fit easily with me. In one way or another I have been playing music since 1975. I was wondering the other day why and how it keeps me fascinated after all these years. I can't really explain it eloquently, but there is just so much innate joy in being able to produce a melody (and harmony with concertinas ;-)) and it is so different to the complexities and stresses of other bits of my life. keep squeezing and carry on, Peter
  2. In "Last Nights Fun" guise (are they still going?) he plays a lot of fast high quality Irish "jigs and reels." There are some very nice tracks by him on "Anglo International" He also plays some lovely slow airs and plays chordal accompaniment for Bella Hardy. I think he is one of the most sensitive and dynamic Anglo players I have ever heard. Very talented and very creative.
  3. Glastonbury is a disappointment in my view. Town is quite grubby and full of new age shops selling books, crystals and dream catcher tat.Lots of boarded up shops (before the credit crunch), and the cream tea wasn't up to muster! Glastonbury Tor is impressive and worth the walk. Stay in Taunton and just visit Glastonbury for a couple of hours! I wouldn't go any where near the other thing - too many people.
  4. I'm genuinely shocked and saddened at this news. Rich was a true gentleman, so patient with answers to questions which he must have answered over and over. A real loss to the concertina community, but he does leave a great legacy, both as a designer/manufacturer and as an honourable, patient person who helped so many others on their concertina journey.
  5. I hope I can explain this the right way round, but I think you are spot on with the trumpet score. When I play C on a cornet (same as trumpet) the "real" sound is Bb a whole tone lower. So if I wish to play cornet with other instruments playing in G major I have to play in A major on the cornet. I've been playing brass for over thirty years and sometimes get this the wrong way round ...
  6. Bizarrely I have been thinking about this quite deeply over the last few days, I even looked on the website at the front of this forum to see if a scale tablature was there. I and I believe that many others would find it useful if there were available a list of scales say C, G, D, A, E majors (sharps) F, B, Eb, Ab majors (flats) showing which buttons can be played on the pull and/or on the push. I think four sharps or flats should be plenty enough range to allow accompaniment with anyone! I am going to have a go at this but it would be useful if others could chip in with suggestions. If there is a book already out there that has done all this then I would also be grateful if someone could point me that way.
  7. If you are buying a C/G and want to play tunes in D (without accompaniment) then my view is that it will be easier to play more smoothly and more quickly by having two C# in the Jeffries layout.
  8. Not sure what you mean by this question. A number of Kent morris sides are "followed" by an associated horse and I have seen some horses bent over like the picture rather than the more common upright dancing position. Some sides also have a nominated horse "trainer" (hence the whip). So these traditions do continue although my understanding is they are all revivalist. There is an annual hop hodening service each year at Canterbury Cathedral. bizarrely I was reading the book that the photo was taken from on Tuesday morning in Cranbrook Library!
  9. I believe the music is Steve Earle or Munday with Sharon Shannon and the song is "Galway Girl". I wouldn't know anything about the girl in the video.
  10. Not hard with practice, and you need to ensure that the wrist/hand straps are adjusted correctly for you. I tend to play with the heel of my hand pushing on the body of the anglo and the back of my hand pusing on the wrist/hand strap. I find that staying in one position is not good for the muscles particularly if playing when standing and so I keep moving concertina around Position 1 - Woody described with left foot on case and left end resting against thigh (Bellows below waist) Position 2 - Put hands through straps lift hands so that bellows are just below neck height - this is comfortable for me and corners of anglo frame seem to "nestle" at the base of my palms helping with feeling of security. Weight passes straight down fore arms which are almost verticle. Position 3 - about halfway between 1 and 2 with bellows above waist line (as in my profie pic). I'm no three stone weakling so perhaps that also explains why I don't find it too difficult. It does depend what tune you are playing obviously. I have seen JK fling the concertina round his head, but he sits down to play the four part fugue for example.
  11. Are you sure it was Irish Gaelic? Clannad would seem to be the obvious answer except for the pipes, another possibility would be Altan If it were Scots Gaelic it could possibly be Cappercaille
  12. Hi Valmai, This is wonderful! Fareham is one of my favourite festivals and now it has got better! If you were able to send me music as pdf files that would be great. (I will email you seperately). all the best and see you there :-) Peter
  13. Just to show that ITM is not all didly dee I would play these Take My Hand She begs for more (Sheebeg Sheemore) Off to California (or called the Galway Hornpipe if live in Galway) then sing the super slow version of "Whiskey in the Jar"
  14. Isn't St. David's day the day that young boys were sent out wren hunting? I'll be celebrating by having bangers and mash (and leeks) with a mate from Derby tonight!
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