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..........just discovered this anglo player in the UK on Youtube; great concertina player.

               Can anybody name this tune ?

                             He does but it is hard to hear what he says.

    It's just lovely tune; does it have snatches of the King of the Fairies  attached below ?

              Music starts at about 1.08.

Thanks

Robin

I think he is paying a Wheatstone anglo with 4 fold  bellows ..........unusual, no ?

https://www.youtube.com/

watch?v=StQkZwXJv7g

King of the Fairies.pdf

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I think you are right and thank you !

            What a haunting air, eh !

Any comments on the 4 fold bellows ?...........seen it lots on vintage English concertinas but not on a more recent anglo.

    Thanks again.................

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On 11/19/2022 at 12:08 AM, Robin Harrison said:

 

            What a haunting air, eh !

 

 Junior Crehan made the hornpipe, based on an existing air. Caoineadh an tSagairt / The Priest's Lament, if I remember correctly.

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6 hours ago, Peter Laban said:

 Junior Crehan made the hornpipe, based on an existing air. Caoineadh an tSagairt / The Priest's Lament, if I remember correctly.

Thank you Peter for letting us know ! I checked Junior Crehan's CD "The last house in Ballymakea", and found that he relates these two tunes (Caoineadh an tSagairt-The Priest Lament/Caislean an Oir-The Golden Castle) . He also talked about the story of these two in that track but my English hearing ability is not so good that I could not hear well...

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Junior wrote  a parting note before he  died where he said he wanted to laid to rest 'by the side of the chapel, near Cailséan an Óir' .  The line caused a bit of confusion in some people as they got the impression the name referred to the church in Mullagh, where Junior was laid to rest. I remember Kitty Hayes saying after Junior's funeral, that it came as a surprise, as they had always thought the name referred to  castle hill in Doonogan, close to Junior's Bonavilla/Ballymakea home. I think she had been right all along.

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On 11/19/2022 at 12:08 AM, Robin Harrison said:

I think you are right and thank you !

            What a haunting air, eh !

Any comments on the 4 fold bellows ?...........seen it lots on vintage English concertinas but not on a more recent anglo.

    Thanks again.................

Hi Robin,

 

I attended a workshop Chris ran in Lewes many years ago, thoroughly lovely guy and a wonderful musician! He explained the 4-fold bellows to us, which he had specially reduced. The principal is that the less volume of air the bellows hold, the quicker the instrument will respond to changes in bellows direction. This helps with playing fast and for the quick and light ornamentation Chris employs. In ITM you do see the players hardly using any bellows with the instrument held fairly closed, this is for the same reason I believe.

 

Paul.

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Well thank you Paul for the explanation.

                I've never seen 4 folds on an Anglo before so a customization makes sense.............4 folds on vintage English concertinas is common.

        He does come across on any Youtube videos as a nice bloke.

Thanks again

Robin

 

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