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Fergus_fiddler

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  1. Well, I can not talk too much about black people - they're relatively new to this country - but having into account that Spain suffered a 40 year dictatorship an we still have a delay of 20 years respect from Europe, I think we're not doing too bad ( Have in mind we got the first arrival of inmigrants only 10 years ago, so most of them are the so called '1st generation' with new and bizarre customs ) Victims? The word 'victim' should have been redefined. You'll barely hear a spaniard complain about an eastern european, chinese or black people. They're at their own business. Not like latin or moroccan that are among the highest rates of crime. I know very well what goes here behind the 'offences' and 'you're a racist' cries - I mean, in my country -. I would like to be kept, too. But instead, still have to work hard everyday. Of course, only another point of view from an especific situation Cheers, Fer
  2. Beatiful pictures, Dick. Are you really playing or only posing for the picture? I've seen - and collected - your 'tina videos. Would be very nice to see your skills with the fiddle! Cheers, Fer
  3. What about Kenneth the Niger, then? http://www.nok-benin.co.uk/prev-articles/royal_8.htm Well, in Spain was even worse: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negro_of_Banyoles http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negro_of_Banyoles Cheers, Fer
  4. Opening again the can of worms and ant risk of being called troll, what makes a tradition attractive? Exactly, that it's not like any other one! So, in this beatiful climate of 'political correctness', 'good vibs' and 'multiculturality' you're loosing your roots!! Nobody asks anyone to change a certan belly dance or native african tradition, right? So, why should anyone take a centuries old dance, dating from a time when black people wasn't even known in Europe, out of context ? Who is looking for a confrontation, then? I'm sorry, i can not stomach thesession.org. Is beyond my skills. Cheers, Fer
  5. Are you trying to say that, because we realise that women were paid unfairly in the past, English boys' schools should no longer put on Shakespeare plays, because some of the boys would have to dress as women? (As Shakespeare's own actors did!) Sure, values have changed - but Shakespeare's plays seldom hinge on whether women get equal pay for equal work. Elizabethan actors, and modern actors in an all-male environment, did not dress as women to mock or parody them. It was acting, not travesty. Mummers and Morris men with blackened faces were around long before there were black English people. Disguise is central to a lot of ritual performance, and "evil be to him who evil thinks". Whoever gets the idea that such disguises are a mockery of another race must find that other race first and foremost worthy of mockery. I think it is a good idea! The concertina is about music, and much of music is song, and much of the song that is accompanied by concertinas is traditional. These songs transport ideas and facts from earlier times, which even the oldest of us do not know from personal experience. Some of these facts and ideas may shock us, and make us glad that times have changed. But others show us that the human condition has certain constant factors that have always been there, and which we cannot abolish. The only other way to get at this knowledge would be History at school. But the school History books are made by politicians, and are thus "politically correct". As someone here put it, they tell us "what to think, not how to think". Traditional song, but also dance and drama, give us food for thought, and are, with some exceptions, not "politically corrected". Even the concertina its cultural aspects! Cheers, John Funny you talk about political correctness. A sample about how ridiculous could it be: I readed a couple of days ago a new at Yahoo Spain about a show in a rural area in Castilla. Well, the show was two girls in bikini washing a tractor. Then, right-winged partys complained because 'it's inmoral' and left-wing partys because 'that degrades the image of women because make them look like mere objects, blao...' The fact is that the girls got paid for this, farmes enjoyed this very much and even wives said 'meanwhile they're watching these, they're not messing around with anything else' . So, if everybody was happy at the event, where's the problem? Leonard, I have nothing against you nor anybody at this forum. But I think that if you believe concertina has nothing to do with politics, you're wrong. Absolutely everything has to do with politics. And that apathic attitude is one of the reasons that made possible the recession. Cheers, Fer Edited: I wouldn't have said it better, John; totally agree: Only wish my english was better!
  6. David, I see your point of good intentions, but I can hardly agree with this. I began to play irish music 16 years ago - God, I'm ageing -, but didn't stopped in music, but trying to understand and KNOW as much as possible about irish culture & tradition, in order to play the music as it deserves. As everybody knows in this forum, my wife is english. So, I've tried to understand british culture and tried to explain her the 'peculiarities' of spanish people and customs, because we live in Spain. So, people coming from outside Britain should have to understand the culture of the welcoming country and don't thing they're the target of all offenses - sometimes, to get any cash compensation -. So, there wouldn't be any need of any 'Smurf Morris Band'. Cheers, Fer PD: Actually, 'black people' is not black, if we're going to be so picky...
  7. Phalacy. You're talking about two facts - same earnings and same right to vote - that deserved terms of equalty. I'm not guilty of being born in my own country, paying taxes and have less rights than - even illegal - inmigrants. A subtle difference, as you can see. Some call it multi-culturality. I see it as loosing your own identity. Why, please? And now you can throw stones to me, if you want Cheers, Fer
  8. Sorry, I didn't understood a single word.... Cheers Fer
  9. I think this is ridiculous. In the same way of absurd political correctness we had a similar argument here about one of the most popular traditions in Valencia - east coast of Spain-: the so called 'Moors and Christians', sort of parade with people in fancy medieval dresses. Very colourful and worthy watching, but they had a lot of quarrel 'because somebody could feel offended'. Gosh, I feel offended because although I don't wear any religious symbol - is supossed I'm catholic but Spain is nowadays a non-confessional country, so, no religious - I've to stand muslim symbols around me. They even asked to retire crosses from traditional schools - the ones in the classrooms aside the blackboards - but to teach Islam in the schools! In my opinion, respect should go both ways. And isn't. I wonder how much the native spaniard will stand until the rope minorities are pulling so hard brokes... So I think about morris. Who has the right to say that a centuries tradition has to be changed? Then it would't be tradition anymore. I almost split my sides when I readed about the suggestion of retire sticks from the dance. What would be the next stupid thing? To say that morris is an african tradition, or something like that? People with a lot of spare time, indeed... Cheers, Fer
  10. Thanks for the kind comments ( big tongue in cheek emoticon ) David, I'm not talking about the hypotetical person you portrait, nor about a bloody venusian buying a concertina. Just about ME. I'm 39 next October and, even working hard all my life, never had too much money for to spend in expensive instruments. In my not so humble opinion, paying such ammounts of money for any instrument, if you are not a professional musician, is almost obscene; more having into account what the huge work is going to be for me to save that almost 4000 euro. I'm not questioning here anyone else's behaviour; I said what I WOULD or WOULDN'T do. The 'I-want-it-all-and-I-want-it-now' referred to the fact that almost everybody nowadays wants instant things, nobody wants to wait for anything or a good instrument, that from my point of view would make it even more worthy. Not talking about, of course, spend a lifetime learning to play it - I've been teaching fiddle and have a slight idea about pupils' impatient -. On the other hand, I think that my 'alter-ego' Snorre understood perfectly my point when I said that I don't deserve it: I'm just not good enough concertinist. I've seen people without the less idea of playing uilleann pipes buying expensive full sets from renowned makers. Well, I feel that is frivolous and presumptuous, and is even worse about people who gathers dozens of concertinas & let them gather dust on shelves ' as an investment'. For f**k sake, if you want to make an investment buy gold, instruments were made to be played. Honestly, I don't know what I said for to upset you in such a way. It's supossed that a forum is for discussion and have different opinions, not for to agree all of us and give each other pats on the back. End of story. Fer PS: Edited by request for languaje.
  11. Indeed. We're living in the times of 'I-want-it-all-and-I-want-it-now'. I reckon that, even if I had the money, I wouldn't buy it now. It's because I think that I still don't deserve it. So, in the next years, I'll keep squeezing my Morse 'till my Suttner arrives; and I'm sure that it would make me appreciate a lot mor such a fine instrument - was more or less that happened switching from my Stagi to the Morse, despite the fact that the Stagi was almost unplayable -. Cheers, Fer
  12. Too late, I already ordered my Suttner. I don't have the cash, anyway! Cheers, Fer
  13. A lot of them, but specially: Terry Bingham. Simple irish tunes at a peaceful speed. I find it a charming album. Nomos - Set you free. I was hearing this album when I first meet my wife. Obviously, soppy reasons - although Vallely is a very fine player -. Cheers, Fer
  14. no whovians in spain then? I had to go wikipedia for to figure what the heck a whovian is... I'm afraid not, ma'am. I know about it 'cause of my wife, but she doesn't go farest than Jeeves & Wooster, Jonathan Creek, LOM or Pride & Prejudice... On the other hand, local series are nothing short of awful Cheers, Fer
  15. Thanks for the answer and apologies for the delay. I'll have a look at the links you posted - although I like english music, I think I'm not prepared for the chordal style of concertina, but, you know; jack of all trades... -. Cheers, Fer
  16. I supose concertinist. If you live in Spain, a bloody geek. Comparable to otakus, trekkies and LOTR fans. Cheers, Fer
  17. aaahhhhh...... I just love picking the best bit out of posts.... They're cute little thing, aren't they? Undoubtly, one of the most satisfaying purchases of instruments I've ever done - let see when, in four years arrives my Suttner... - Cheers, Fer
  18. Hi, everybody. Now after a month from my wedding in Sale, Trafford, I do realize that I never went to a traditional irish session in Manchester! Should any kind mancunian tell me about the ITM scene & sessions in Greater Manchester, please? I guess I would be there next August a couple of weeks. I'm looking for any foreigns-friendly session. Will not play the 'tina, tough - I'm not already good enough - but I'm a quite acceptable fiddler. Ta' very much in advance! Cheers, Fer
  19. Hi, Leo. I wouldn't call the area where Israel is Middle East. maybe a better term would be 'Oriental Mediterranean'. And as far I know, early hebrew were manuscripts - as the ones of Qumran, Dead Sea -: I haven't found any evidence of clay engraving or chisel & hammer - and hope you're not going to use the Bible as a 'reliable historical source' - but I could be wrong. On the other hand, I found a funny tendence you have to mix some concepts. I don't mind about it, but should be careful talking about accordions & chisels: Is a well known fact that a lot of people here post also on melodeon.net, sure you wouldn't like to hurt their feelings Apologies to everybody for the off-topic. Cheers, Fer
  20. Depends of the material the grill is made, and if it has some kind of lacker (sp?) or varnish. If not, usually paint thinner - or turpentine - gives good results. As usually paint thinner is kind of greasy, after removing the adhesive I clean everything with alcohol 96º - the industrial one, not the one for the wounds... no, neither the drinkable one -. Cheers, Fer
  21. Leo, I don't have the less idea you're talking about Clay tablets in european writing only go as far as phoenician or ancient greek, in the middle east a lot more older - sumerian, assirian -. Romans wrote on waxed wooden tablets with a stylus, on walls with brush, on papyrus with reed pen & on their monuments with chisel and hammer... Arabic writing is more modern. I don't want to sound pedant, but because my job - signwriter - and one of my biggest hobbies - paleography & illuminated manuscripts - I think I know a little more about the subject than about concertinas Cheers, Fer
  22. I don't think that factoid is right. Arabic writing goes from right to left too, and was primarly designed to be writen with pen or brush. On the other hand, roman alphabet - the one we use nowadays - was also designed in hammer-and-chisel days too...
  23. Would be a real novelty if Frank Edgley built ever an english concertina... Cheers, Fer
  24. Actually, neither of those techniques are anything new or revolutionary - they go right back to the playing/teaching of the concertina's greatest virtuoso, Giulio Regondi, who started performing professionally on the instrument as recently as 1835. Thats' precisely my point: original design needed improvement right away. Still awaiting a bright mind to get at it. We're snxiously waiting about your virtuoso playing that`s going t get all of of us out of the ignorance. In the maintime - BTW, spaniards are usually the same, - don´t talk about something it's not your knowledge. It's a lot betterc for everyone's sanity. Are you a builder? no? Well, stop talking at such. You' d have a pretty good choice to push-off ( spellng?) an english one.
  25. Not at all. As far as I know, Wheatstone invented the english system. Then, when the anglo-german system became popular, Wheatstone begun to produce anglo instruments of a lot better quality than the chea german ones. Cheers, Fer
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