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Peter Laban

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  1. Kitty had a D/G for a while and it didn't suit her at all. I actually tried sell it for her here but no takers so she sent it back at considerable financial loss. A D/A would have been the way to go to take her style of playing to concert pitch.
  2. You may be thinking of Chief of police Francis O'Neill who collected Irish music, James O'Neill wrote down the music for him. Neither of them played the concertina however, nor is the concertina ever mentioned in their works. Various books/biographies have been written about the Chief and one, The Scribe, about James O'Neill.
  3. lot 35, Lachenal tuning bellows is of interest as well I think:
  4. The owner of the account has weighed in by inserting this into the listing:
  5. A whole portfolio of concertina related patents is listed here Once you know that, it's not hard to find them
  6. It's more likely one of those plastic, floppy ones that used to come in tutor books etc before they put CDs in them. Still requires a record player at 33 or 45 rpm though.
  7. There will be a Commemorative weekend for the late Tom Carey in Cree, Co Clare on 13-15 April. All profits to West Clare Cancer Fund.
  8. Best bet at this poi9nt is probably: http://www.irishmusicdoolin.com/Traditional_Music_Shop/Traditional_Music_Shop.html
  9. Have been holding back for three weeks now but each time I see the thread title I cannot help but think of the old joke Joe Burke and Jackie Daly tell ad nauseum: that the old tunes are great but it's very hard to get new parts for them.
  10. First is the Lisheen, followed by (Dan) O'Keeffe's slide.
  11. Maybe you should consider CD Rom or on-line lessons as well. I think you could do worse than taking the on-line lessons at oaim.ie. Ernestine Healy teaches those I believe.
  12. I don't know how many places were available officially. I didn't count but I'd say there were not more than maybe fifteen participants during the student recital. Mostly teenagers from all over Ireland.
  13. The weekend went off brilliantly, the classes were fully booked. The concert by Noel Hill and Jack Talty was well attended as were the student recital on Saturday and the lectures on Sunday. Kudos to all involved.
  14. I saw that. Looks like a nice place to look around.
  15. Ah yes, that's the museum that went on a marketing offensive a few years ago declaring on all sorts of websites they were the first and only museum in the world dedicated to musical instruments. I never worked out if that was hubris or ignorance. The other, much older and ironically bearing the same name, MIM in Brussels is worth seeing too : MIM Brussels
  16. I said seventies because I allowed for people Brendan McMahon and Bruce DuVé who were a bit ahead of the big wave. I also wouldn't discount the (as I said, a few) German flutes completely, John McKenna seemed to have been doing OK on one and he was arguably one of the most influential players during his lifetime and long after . I handled and tried Josie Hayes' Metzler (brought over from the US by Paddy Killoran) and it was no shrinking violet. JC Talty did fine in the Tulla on his ivory headed flute. There are plenty of examples of German flutes used to good effect in Ireland during most of the 20th century.
  17. One could easily argue that the common flute for Irish music was not the keyless baroque flute but the stronger sounding 19th century English (and a few German) keyed flutes. The keyless flute for Irish music was introduced by the more modern makers, from the seventies onward would be my guess, because most fluteplayers didn't make much use of the keys to begin with (and quite often removed the leaky ones anyway).
  18. I knew that ofcourse. Noel Hill owns and plays a lot of concertinas.
  19. There is the issue of competitions in Ireland. There is pressure on young players who feel that to have a shot at the All Ireland they need to be seen to play a Jeffries concertina. I have seen (parents of) very fine young players replace perfectly fine Wheatstones and Crabbs for much more expensive instruments in hope their offspring might have a better chance. The same sort of thing is going on with other instruments, whistle players at regional and provincial level competitions are told to get a 'better' instrument (a more expensive one effectively) so they are seen to have committed t otheir music. A pefectly fine Cillian O Briain whistle won't do. It needs to be John Sindt. Same for the flute. A keyed flute is a must on the higher levels, even when the keys aren't used at all. Appearances count in that field.
  20. Well, those and Seámus Creagh but it was Neillidh Mulligan at the end who made me feel happy.
  21. Come West Along the Road has started a new series. An early nineties recording of a young Yvonne Griffin was featured on this weeks programme. Programmes are archived herefor three weeks.
  22. Both parts are archived. Go to 'archive' and 'music' click the program and both parts will come up.
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