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  1. Re: La Machine and Andy Cutting (no mandolins though)

    A pair of French schottisches. The first one is La Sansonette ('The Starling') https://thesession.org/tunes/2636 , composed by Dominique Forges. The second one is very familiar to me (traditional,...
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    Re: Hornpipe rhythm

    Yes, the 3-pulse is not immediately obvious without counting it. Traditions and conventions notwithstanding, there would be a case for notating a tune like this in 3/2, since each of the beats has...
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    Re: Hornpipe rhythm

    Sorry if I didn't express myself clearly enough. I did not mean to suggest that the hornpipe in the Deb Chalmers clip was in any way reminiscent of a polska. I was referring to 3/2 hornpipes, which...
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    Re: Hornpipe rhythm

    Ah. Sorry, Tim!
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    Re: Hornpipe rhythm

    There are a handful of makers in the UK making 'pointless' fiddles. One of them, Tim Phillips (recently retired), lives near me - but I don't think this is one of his.
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    Re: Hornpipe rhythm

    Hornpipes are generally regarded as having originated in England and spread from there to the rest of Britain and Ireland (and sporadically to continental Europe). I don't hear the similarity with...
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    Re: Hornpipe rhythm

    @Aidan Crossey: No, it's not just you. The Tailor's Twist is a beautiful tune, with a beautifully fitting title - and The Showman's Fancy has a nice lightness to it. I've just listened to the John...
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    Re: Hornpipe rhythm

    See previous post

    https://youtu.be/MvRgderOXuM
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    Re: Hornpipe rhythm

    Here are a few examples of hornpipes played by Irish musicians. They range from very slightly 'swung' in the first couple of examples (perhaps 4:3 ~ 3:2), through 2:1 in the third, to very...
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    Re: Sean Casey on mandolin

    I just picked up the sad news over on the session.org . I picked up a lot from him in my early days playing in sessions in London. RIP.
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    Re: Celtic Mandolin Builders

    ...I see Dave Shapiro was mentioned earlier in the thread by Sean Keegan.
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    Re: Celtic Mandolin Builders

    A quick mention of Dave Shapiro in Co. Kerry (can't find a website for him, but here are a few recommendations from The Session https://thesession.org/discussions/30256...
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    Re: Tarantella Storta

    See video desctription: It's a chitarra battente https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chitarra_battente
  14. Re: Ceilidh Band in Lockdown (WARNING: non-mandolin content...)

    I should say that we are normally an actual 5-piece band (including a guitarist that plays in time), but two of our members were indisposed due to family commitments and lockdown injuries.
  15. Ceilidh Band in Lockdown (WARNING: non-mandolin content...)

    ...Those of a sensitive disposition, avert your eyes.


    https://youtu.be/hJ59pXDz_6k
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    Re: The merry Ploughboy?

    Ah, well necessity is a the mother of learning.

    Once you've learned it, you'll be glad you did.
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    Re: The merry Ploughboy?

    www.thesession.org offers abc and staff notation but not tabs.

    Edit: It seems that Dean Campbell has got what he was after :)
  18. FREE Virtual Klezmer Concert! (non-mandolin content)

    Following of the cancellation of this year's Kleznorth https://kleznorth.org.uk , there will be a free virtual concert of klezmer and Yiddish song tomorrow (Sat 21 March) at 8pm UK time. See below...
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    Re: Best Celtic Mandolin around ~500($700)?

    As you'll find looking through past threads on this forum, there is no definitive 'Celtic' mandolin. Decide on your budget and choose the instrument you like the sound and feel of.

    Eastman's...
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    Re: Back in action

    Some nice tunes there. I particularly like Farewell to the Bay and Cardiac Hill - the first one for its simplicity (I am aware that it is not actually that simple - but the basic musical concept...
  21. Re: New to playing Celtic music but I see its big locally

    I must apologise in advance for not directly answering the question asked - and I certainly do not mean to be negative about the mandolin (a forum dedicated to the mandolin would be the worst place...
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    Re: Sean Casey on mandolin

    Very perceptive! I don't think I could confidently identify Clare fiddlers of that generation to species level.

    For my part, however, there are a few more incorrect titles:
    1. The Happy Bloom...
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    Re: Back in action

    'Mr. E.' - I like that. It has an air of 'Mr. E.' about it.
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    Re: Birmingham tradfest 2019 anyone?

    Unfortunately, my lack of forward planning means I can't make it. Public transport stops early to my part of Wales, which means I would need to organise accommodation in Birmingham. Pitching my tent...
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    Re: Back in action

    Some nice new tunes for me to learn on your site. I look forward to playing them with you sometime - I'll have to get south of the river on one of my visits to London.

    Ed. - Something peculiar...
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