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Peter Laban

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  1. No it isn't. Don't believe everything you read on the session.org, especially mishearings of misnamed tunes.. Usually it's referred to as 'the Connemara version of Páidín Ó Raifeartaigh' All three tunes played in the video have words sung to them.
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    How far is the salt air dangerous...

    The subject was touched on (see Geoff Wooff's posts, among others) in a previous thread: I live in an environment that is both damp and inundated with salt air (a few miles from the Atlantic in Co Clare) and I can tell you from experience it's an environment where just about everything is affected by it, from leaves scorching off the trees after a day's strong wind from the west to everything that can rust, rusting and decaying at an astonishing pace.
  3. More than a few of us present on the occasion were wondering if we'd see the concertina explode before the end of the tune. It was a bit much.
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    In praise of a good hard case

    I use the Lowepro Flipside as a camera bag and should perhaps add it is a very comfortable bag, the weight distribution is such that you barely feel the weight, even on long hikes.
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    Clicking

    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:
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  10. Perhaps a more seasonal view. Have a good one, all.
  11. It's a bit more grey and dark today but this is what I found when out on a recent more clear day.
  12. 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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