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    Microphone up close picks up the sound of keys and pads
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    Minstrel Anglo

    When I saw the thread title I was expecting something long these lines:
  3. I think you'll find these have sold out and are no longer available as CD, unless you track down a second hand copy and hope it isn't priced like the ones on Amazon.co.uk
  4. As an aside, you have to wonder though, what''s the correct key? Junior Crehan, who composed the tune, used to play it in both Gdor and Ador and Paddy Glackin played it quite nicely in Edor in a documentary on Junior's life and music recently (still up on the TG4 player)
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    Secondary Key: Ab/Eb vs Bb/F

    It really depends, as it always does, on what you want. Last summer I was playing with a few pipers, in C. A young woman came a long with a C/g concertina. We asked if she had a Bflat/f but as she hadn't she said 'I'll try it on this one' and transposed on the fly, didn't miss a tune either in the five hours we played. She obviously didn't need the Bflat/f. Mileages vary though.
  6. Perhaps a more seasonal view. Have a good one, all.
  7. It's a bit more grey and dark today but this is what I found when out on a recent more clear day.
  8. This year with a website: https://concertinacruinniu.ie/ Always a pleasant weekend during the quiet, dark months of the year.
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    Hornpipe and polka rhythms?

    Hornpipes are widely used for certain figures of the sets around here, not just for solo dancing. And as such they're widely and commonly danced.
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    Hornpipe and polka rhythms?

    In the context of the music I play, Irish music, I feel that generally speaking hornpipes are different in structure from reels and they don't loose that structure when you try make them sound like reels. Surely, there are grey areas and there are tunes that have a structure that makes them more malleable, there are quite a few tunes floating about that were initially flings that have transmogrified into both reel and hornpipe for example and the odd one, like the Scholar, has made a widely accepted switch to another form but in general, I don't see tunes working both as a reel and hornpipe by modifying their rhythms and speed a bit.
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    Hornpipe and polka rhythms?

    That quite the statement. I suppose it depends where you look. I see people dance to these tunes in a social context regularly. I never understand people who say that. The two forms are different. Surely you can impose a 'hornpipe rhythm' on a reel or speed up and flatten the rhythmic shape of a hornpipe and ignore the internal rhythms built into the melody but the form of the tune is such that it more often than not sounds forced and just plain wrong.
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    Pierced Metal Sides

    I have a recording made when the above snap of Cormac Begley was taken. I don't remember the concertina as particularly harsh. I'll dig it out later today.
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    Pierced Metal Sides

    I have this of Cormac Begley playing one, unfortunately for the whole series the focus is on the player, not particularly the instrument. This one shows the instrument best:
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    Peli Storm Case Strap

    For feck's sake, grow up.