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Peter Laban

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  1. This year with a website: https://concertinacruinniu.ie/ Always a pleasant weekend during the quiet, dark months of the year.
  2. Peter Laban

    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.
  3. Peter Laban

    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.
  4. Peter Laban

    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.
  5. Peter Laban

    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:
  7. Peter Laban

    Peli Storm Case Strap

    For feck's sake, grow up.
  8. I don't think anyone doubted that for a second (or said/implied they weren't)
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    Sporting Paddy

    Sporting Paddy is the tune that starts at 1.55. Is that what you're looking for? It's a very common tune. Here's one version of it: T: Sporting Paddy R: reel M: 4/4 L: 1/8 K: Gmaj |: EAAB GABG | EAAB G2ED | EAA2 GABd | edge dBAG | EAAB GABG | EAAB G2ED | EAA2 GABd | edge d2 || ef | ge ~e2 gede | ge~e2 a2ba | ge~e2 ged2 | efge d2ef | g2fg edBd| ge~e2 a2ga | bgab gedg | efge dBAG 😐
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    Great tune, need help for Ornamentation

    As always it is probably best to try before you buy. But I don't know what was going on in this instance , if she was nervous in front of a camera with an instrument she wasn't used to or anything else. She normally plays a nice concertina. I can imagine anything, even slightly, less responsive can wrongfoot you in those circumstances. I didn't mean to suggest the concertina was poor or otherwise sub-par for it's price range.
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    Great tune, need help for Ornamentation

    Aoife is a lovely player. The clip doesn't do her playing justice, whatever the cause of it.
  12. Peter Laban

    Great tune, need help for Ornamentation

    The first tune Aoife is playing there is Bímid ag ól 'is ag pógadh na mBan, the second one is The Horseshoe, named for her grandfather's shop in Capel street. She doesn't seem to find that concertina very easy to play.
  13. Peter Laban

    C# within 20 button CG Anglo.

    My son started off on an old 20 key we had on loan. It did have a C# albeit in a slightly awkward place (which didn't bother him). I don't remember where the note was located. So yes, it has been done.
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    Concertina Ryan Air

    FWIW, he EU will remain a single customs area after the UK leaves.
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    Concertina Ryan Air

    There is a limit on the number of items of hand baggage you can take though, if I remember correctly. So with just the concertina you will most likely be fine but if you carry other stuff, best check the website to be sure.