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  1. Peter Laban

    Alawon Cymreig / Welsh Tunes

    You know, there are ways.. Thousands of people play in D on a C/G anglo.
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    Cormac Begley and Caitlin nic Gabhann (?)

    That gets me there, thanks. The first dancer is Stephanie Keane, I think. Saw her dance a few weeks ago. The fiddle player is ofcourse Ciarán Ó Maonaigh. Great dancers, all of them, enjoyed that.
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    Cormac Begley and Caitlin nic Gabhann (?)

    Where's the link then Daniel? I only see the above and 'Edwina Guckian' is the only link in that quote, which leads to her Facebook page, not to any video
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    Cormac Begley and Caitlin nic Gabhann (?)

    Is it just me or is there only a link to Edwina Guckian's facebook page (which can only be viewed if you have a Facebook account)?
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    Eddie Kelly, tunes

    This is a bit of a zombie thread revival but it should perhaps be mentioned Éilís Crean has compiled a book titled 'The Life and Music of Eddie Kelly : the East Galway Tradition as interpreted by Eddie Kelly' that contains all 21 of Kelly's compositions. In 2017 her recording Searbh Siúcra featured her playing these tunes. The book was to be launched at the Feakle Festival on Thursday, I went up only to find there was no launch, without any sort of an explanation apparent. Which was a bit of a disapointment. Someone told me later Crean was delayed in her travel and the launch was postponed. I am hoping to find out more later. While I was in Feakle I landed in a pleasant session with loads of concertina players, presided over by Michael O Raghallaigh and Catherine McEvoy. As I had traveled up I sat in there for a bit, made the trip worthwhile. The book is out there somewhere anyway, if any of the original posters of this thread are still around and interested.
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    Kate McNamara

    <Never mind, off-topic Sunday morning. thoughts>
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    Homewood Music gallery of available concertinas

    Works fine for me in Firefox (68.0.1 (64 bit))
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    An elaborate early Lachenal English #9952

    Yes we get to see a few of those played occasionally. Here's one : Anders Trabjerg is another player who likes that sort of thing.
  9. I like to think get to see a fair few nice concertina players and very much so during the past few weeks. Normally I wouldn't bore you with that but today Chris Droney, in his 94th year, his daughter Ann Kirrane, son Francis and daughter in law Aine McGrath did a spot at lunchtime. And the unstoppable Chris Droney deserves a mention. Some snaps :
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    For the sake of discussion perhaps speed and unmusical/poor playing shouldn't be equated. They can run together but one doesn't follow from the other in the hands of a good player.
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    One man's 'lively' is the next person's 'breakneck speed'. It's always hard to figure out who is referring to what speed exactly. Some people fall over themselves at speed while others are perfectly relaxed and comfortable at the same speed. And dancers.. in my experience dancers demand speeds higher than those I would perhaps play at when playing to amuse myself. Any opinions on the speed in the video below, clearly a comfortable one for the dancer:
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    West Clare Concertina Players

    The Rolling Wave RTE, 16 June, Kitty Hayes : https://www.rte.ie/radio/radioplayer/html5/#/radio1/11048700
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    West Clare Concertina Players

    Well, that probably explains the missed calls from Aoife Nic Cormaic on my phone earlier this week. 🙄
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    West Clare Concertina Players

    Well, same here. I was making a way in during the seventies without much of a clue and became more focused and serious once I started the pipes, or got the pipes, in 1979. The quality these gentlemen's music would probably have eluded me (Ronan Browne alludes to that sort of thing in his sleeve notes for the CD). I am sure I heard Paddy Murphy play during the Willie weeks of the early eighties without understanding much of his music and that's probably only one of the players I regret not paying enough attention to when the opportunity was there. I can only be glad a few of that generation were left by the time I did start paying attention, or developed an ear and a degree of appreciation for what I heard and perhaps some understanding of what to listen for. Looking back though, there are a fair few tunes on this CD I knew as doing the rounds at the time. With hindsight, listening to recordings from that time and being familiar with the repertoire of players of that time and place, it's probably safe to say this was a repertoire popular with that group with many tunes breaking out of that circle to become overall classic tunes. Over the past few weeks I have been hearing a fair bit of music, a lot of younger players with whole new repertoires of tunes. I pick up the tunes that appeal to me, the ones that stick easily, but there's a lot of comfort in hearing 'the old tunes' played well and finding new corners in them when revisiting them.
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    West Clare Concertina Players

    Hard to say isn't it? A good portion of those tunes will come up if you listen to recordings of the time and players of that era so I would venture they were popular. But then again, some would have been popular because these very people played or recorded them. A bit of a chicken and egg situation.