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Irene S.

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    Main interest is English traditional song, and research into late 19th/early 20th century folksong collectors, with special emphasis upon Lucy Broadwood and her work. I also give talks (with musical illustrations on her work), and collaborated with the late Ralph Jordan on a show featuring her life and work with musical and song illustrations. I was introduced to the Maccann by Ralph, and was loaned his second string tina, before being talked into buying my own. Still wearing L plates, but enjoying making music with one. Maybe one day I'll get around to accompanying myself on it!
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  1. More information - the music was written by Philip Green, a well know TV and film producer, and he used local tunes etc in the composition for the film https://ipswichmaritimetrust.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Newsletter-28-Jan-2015.pdf
  2. You'll find your answer in these comments by Cyril Tawney 🙂 It was indeed Alf Edwards https://mainlynorfolk.info/cyril.tawney/songs/theballadofsammysbar.html
  3. I was about to make the suggestion that the autograph was a more florid/flamboyant version of the signature inside the instrument... very similar features such as slant of the writing, various loops etc. but see that it has already been suggested. ?
  4. I'm pretty sure the answer to that one is No, Al. I got to the end of it, and rather wished that I had spent the whole session there rather than at the song session! But didn't see anyone else recording anything. I could be mistaken, of course.
  5. Al, I scoured the Various reader's submitted tapes for Duet players several years ago, and there are certainly about 4 on there of Jean playing - I am not, however, aware of any with a lot of laughter on them, so I suspect the answer is it is not on the ICA selection.
  6. Having been brought into the fold of Maccann players by the splendid Ralph Jordan,Maccann player extraordinaire, and studio engineer and studio manager equally extraordinaire for the BBC, I was educated to understand that sound qualities of mp3 recordings are not as good as CD quality. I rarely purchase mp3 recordings online = CDs every time for me.
  7. He's around ... generally just not posting. As far as I am aware he is aware of this thread by the way.
  8. I have to admit that I have no idea what pandora is! I may have to go away and look it up. As to mp3s, having fallen into friendship and musical partnership with an experienced "audio butler" who professed to have good ears, I was taught that CD recordings were preferable as they avoided the inevitable compression that was a part of the mp3 process (and I immediately add that I have never done any comparison to enable me to judge the veracity or otherwise of that view). Personally I prefer the physical feel of a CD, the sleeve notes which I can contemplate while listening etc. Interestingly enough, of course, vinyl has now started to become popular again, so even the younger generation are starting to turn their backs on the digital formats, it would seem. Reverting to your comments on music theory, I can't pretend to be fully educated in that area, but certainly was studying theory up until mid teens, thence turning to choral singing, and have a strong background in sight reading to a high standard. I have no doubt that my wide experience of choral singing at a high level and exposure to many different types of choral music has been a benefit in my appreciation of my other musical exploits. Now if I could only play what I hear in my head on the Maccann ... LOL
  9. Thanks for all of that ... I was going on information which I had been fed (and also possession of the CD "Fiolin Min" , with Benny Andersson and Orsa Spelman recording) and am now annoyed with myself for not doing sufficient background research ... LOL. Happy to be corrected on that, of course! Edit I went away and googled a bit more, and yes, one of the most popular folktunes in Sweden apparently. The Session web page for once does not try to suggest that it is an Irish tune (which must be a first). One contributor six years ago stated the following: " The tune is from the playing of Ärtbergs-Kalle (1826–1917) from Ärtberget, which lies south of Äppelbo. " How authoritative that is I know not! ?
  10. Re the matter of sharing files online, or digitising cassette tapes ... fine as far as it goes. However, I would still like to see an actual CD - stuff online is OK up to a point, but it's not generally the way that I choose to listen to music personally. There are so many issues to be considered with putting stuff online - copyright, individual rights etc etc ... and of course the quality of such. Shouldn't be posting stuff up by people who have passed on, or indeed recordings that are not your own, either, as copyright laws persist for quite a number of years after recordings are made (and vary from one country to another). People already do put stuff online here, and there have been duet recordings from the likes of Dirge (David Gardiner) with his classical recordings in the past, for instance. Is there really any need to create a special Duet page? And if so, why not Anglo, or English as well ? I think that a special page may be carrying things a little too far in a bit of a knee jerk reaction ? ? Personally I still wonder if there is scope to arrange some crowdfunding to get a recording issued , but perhaps with a little less in the way of booklet etc etc and such overhead costs (for instance the additional information could be placed on a specific website with link details provided with the CD - something which was suggested to me about the idea of producing a CD on my research topic) . And of course in the years that have passed since the original recordings were submitted other duet players like Hazel Askew, or Matt Quinn have come onto the scene, so scope exists for newer recordings. And I am aware of other duet players such as Rob Neal for instance . These are not intended as any specific (or even, indeed, cogent ) thoughts - just musings. ?
  11. Hmm ... Al, I think you had better get your pen and paper ready to write some lines out for the teacher (private joke) Quite a few mis-spellings in that list! For Ralphie Jordon, read Ralphie (or rather Ralph) Jordan For Silvia Needham, read Sylvia Needham Re Gilbert Carriere, sadly I think his website is no longer to be found (I seem to remember listening to some of those online quite a few years ago, then looking for them, and finding them gone! ? ) Gavin and Julie are Gavin and Julie Atkin For Mike Hibbert - read Mike Hebbert As for the rest, for all I know they are OK ? ?
  12. Further to my earlier post of a video of Michael Hebbert playing in the churchyard in Limehouse in London, herewith another video of him with his duo partner Christine Dyer (duo name is Limehouse Cut) playing various Scandinavian tunes on Jeffries Duet and nyckelharpa, inside the church this time. (Just out of interest the first tune played is that has been recorded by Benny Andersson and Orsa Spelman in the past)
  13. Have spoken to Al, who has lost his password on Cnet apparently. To precis what he said, he had spent two years "putting Duet International together, sent all the recordings to Graham, and that is where they stayed." ... Any requests to re record were not his decision but Graham's on the whole. The actual matter of recording would involve a heavy outlay, and Amazon would take a cut of sales. I get the impression from what he has said that the opinion may have been that the Duet International recording costs would not be covered by sales, which was the main reason for things not going ahead. I personally am still very disappointed by this, as I know there were some interesting recordings in there ... I suppose we can still hope but after all this time ...... Al has said that when he retrieves access to the members' part of the site he will respond,
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