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I am selling my 4-CD set, “300 Gems of Irish Music for All Instruments,” for only $4.99 USD. See https://greylarsen.com/shop/product/300-gems-recordings-mp3s-or-set-of-4-cds/. This price is good through January 6, 2020. All my Irish music books and most of my CDs are also heavily discounted. For all the info, go to: https://greylarsen.com/webstore/holiday-cd-book-sale/. This audio collection is a companion to my book “300 Gems of Irish Music for All Instruments.” (See https://greylarsen.com/shop/product/300-gems-of-irish-music-for-all-instruments/). All 300 tunes are notated in the book. Free excerpts are available as PDF downloads (at http://greylarsen.com/webstore/books/). Many of the transcriptions pay homage to recordings by great musicians and groups such as Matt Molloy, Martin Hayes, Sharon Shannon, Mary Bergin, Kevin Burke, James Kelly, Willie Clancy, Altan, the Bothy Band and the Mulcahy Family, as well as early 20th century recordings from revered masters Michael Coleman, Paddy Killoran, Dennis Murphy, Bobby Casey, Paddy Canny and others. The tunes are notated in a style that makes them equally accessible to players of fiddle, flute, whistle, accordion, concertina, harp, keyboard, guitar, mandolin, banjo, uilleann pipes – to all melody players. I play the tunes on Irish flute, tin whistle, and 49 of the tunes on my Wheatstone 12-sided anglo concertina from the 1930s. This is an excellent resource for repertoire building and makes a nice gift. Also, I designed the tune sequence such that good medleys result when you play consecutive tunes one after another. (At least I think so.) To buy only the 49 concertina tunes, go here: https://greylarsen.com/shop/product/49-concertina-tunes-from-300-gems-of-irish-music-for-all-instruments/. For $9.99, you can get the same collection as 300 downloadable mp3s, and save shipping costs. This costs less than getting the CDs if you are in Canada, Mexico or outside of North America. The mp3s can be found here: https://greylarsen.com/shop/product/300-gems-recordings-mp3s-or-set-of-4-cds/. The CD set is so inexpensive because I have piles of them on my shelves! Time to move them out into the world. I make no profit at this price, but I have the pleasure of spreading the music around. Most of my CDs are also on sale at 40% off. And all my books are reduced as well. See https://greylarsen.com/webstore/holiday-cd-book-sale/. Thank you for your attention, and happy holidays! - Grey
After responding to the recent query here on Harry Boyd, I've made the first of a series of updates to my website. This update has added three more Alexander Prince 'Winner' label 78rpms, so you can now download a complete set of all his Winner recordings, which were issued between Feb 1912 and Jan 1914. Research suggests that all these sides were recorded c.1910 and previously release on the Bell Disc label, but until I find more definite release dates for Bell discs, they are indexed by their Winner release dates. The Prince audio page is here An update to the Prince discography is also well advanced. Many more release dates - especially of cylinders - will be added, plus direct links to the audio where I have it.
I've not done much work on my site over the past couple of years, so I've decided to add two fairly rare recordings for you all. The first is by Percy Honri - Popular Melodies, recorded c. 1904 and you'll find it on this page http://www.concertinas.org.uk/audio.htm . The second is the earliest recording by Alexander Prince (Tout Passe April 1903) I've located so far and its on this page http://www.concertinas.org.uk/PrinceAudio.htm . With reference to the J Collis Bird thread (http://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=16266) where I've listed all the Gramophone Co. concertina recordings up to Maccann-The Empire, March -No 9122 12-Sept-1900, I've located two Prince recordings on the Charm database ( 9135 - Under the Double Eagle/Cock of the North and 9136-Tout Passe both recorded 22-Apr-1903). Prince recorded four sides at this session, another version of Tout Passe that wasn't used and an unknown title - the surrounding matrixes are by other artists.So we still have 9123 to 9134 missing . 9137 and 9138 are Dutch Daly recordings that you'll find on the same page as the Honri recording above. I've got a double sided Nicole of Percy Honri that I'm still struggling with - its more like a fruit bowl than a record - and recordings by Harry Boyd, Mitchell and Shepard, and Bill Kimber to add, as well as more recordings of players already featured.
Some of you may remember earlier postings of mine, refering you to the ‘Lusthof der Muziek’ or ‘Garden of Musical Delights’ (http://lusthof-der-muziek.blogspot.com/) [lusthof-der-muziek.blogspot.com/], our website for the dissemination of rare musical sources from the Netherlands and Flanders from the 16th to the 20th century. Over de last couple of months, a lot of new material has been added. Both famous and obscure sources from our folk (and ‘burgher’) history are now available online, often in various digital formats (abc, pdf, mp3, xml) and all free of charge. To give you a taster, some names and titles that will do ring a bell with people who are familiar with the tradition are Balmer, Hanekuijk, Kiers, Speets, de Gruijtters, De Hollantsche Schouburgh and De Nieuwe Hollandsche Schouwburg. Also included are some treasures which until recently had escaped everyones attention, such as three manuscripts bij the family Van Bolhuis, a charming manuscript for keyboard by a guy named Mentjot (a suitable source for arrangements on the concertina, I suspect), the manuscript ‘Musicq Boek 1740’, and several presumably lost volumes and fragments from famous music series that were published in Amsterdam. I hope to reach any Dutch musicians on this forum, but maybe also people who trace their ancestry to the Low Lands, and of course anyone else who might be interested. Please have a look and take advantage of the efforts of our industrious volunteers who produced these transcriptions. The writing is in Dutch, but we installed the Google translator, which should at least give you an inkling of what each source is about (and the dots can do without, obviously). Thanks, Mark