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Some of you might be able to contribute to this Twitter page.
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Drifter

good link, great to listen to given we have very little else to do but listen & play.

Another good site is the Mandolin Cafe - Song of the Week  Forum

https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/group...1a73d2a4b8

enjoy

Alcluith
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Alcluith,  

Thanks for the link to the Mandolin Cafe.  First thing I found was a video by John Kelly, "Flower O' the Quern"  which is a nice slow tune.  Found the ABC file for the  tune and will give it a go.   Unfortunately the ABC file does not have the harmony which was nice.   i will really have to make an effort to learn how to write counterpoint.
I belong to a couple of harmonica forums but have not considered visiting those of other instruments.  I will now have to look around to see what is available.

Drifter
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#4
Thanks for the mention, Drifter! I posted that one yesterday over on the MC site in the Song-A-Week group, as a wee effort to keep folk in a happy and tranquil frame of mind! In fact I realise I have posted 5 tunes on my YouTube channel in the past week, as I have been doing lots of home-recording as a way of using my lockdown time creatively . The MC site works by posting your videos on YouTube or Vimeo then putting that link into the SAW group on the MC site. All great fun.

The arrangement I used is from one of Christine Martin's excellent publications, Ceol Na Fiddhle (Highland Tunes for the Fiddle) Volume 1. The ISBN is 1 871931 053. I stress that I have no commercial interest in the books she publishes!
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(27-03-2020, 07:59 PM)John Kelly Wrote: Thanks for the mention, Drifter!  I posted that one yesterday over on the MC site in the Song-A-Week group, as a wee effort to keep folk in a happy and tranquil frame of mind!  In fact I realise I have posted 5 tunes on my YouTube channel in the past week, as I have been doing lots of home-recording as a way of using my lockdown time creatively .  The MC site works by posting your videos on YouTube or Vimeo then putting that link into the SAW group on the MC site.  All great fun.

The arrangement I used is from one of Christine Martin's excellent publications, Ceol Na Fiddhle (Highland Tunes for the Fiddle) Volume 1.  The ISBN is 1 871931 053.  I stress that I have no commercial interest in the books she publishes!

John

Yes another great tune, and arrangement  I was curious on your arrangements,  and these books look like a great source of these highland tunes.  As you know I have been using your YouTube tunes to play along with which has helped me a lot with timing and phrasing of these tunes, it certainly keeps me happy, tranquil and focuses my concentration, which take your mind off these trying times.

Drew
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#6
Here is my version of Flower O' the Quern.  I spent a long time trying to compose a harmony but gave up and just added a backing using BIAB.  Thanks to John for bringing this tune to my  attention.

https://soundcloud.com/chris-wilson-5339...-harmonica
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#7
That is a fine arrangement and lovely playing, Drifter. I like your use of BIAB. I used it a long time ago, not for taditional music, but somehow got out of the habit (started playing a lot more Scottish stuff). Your recording makes me think it might merit a revisit!
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(28-03-2020, 11:28 PM)John Kelly Wrote: That is a fine arrangement and lovely playing, Drifter.  I like your use of BIAB.  I used it a long time ago, not for taditional music, but somehow got out of the habit (started playing a lot more Scottish stuff).  Your recording makes me think it might merit a revisit!
John,  I like your rendition of The Skye Glen Waltz on the Mandolin Cafe page.  When I first  saw the sheet music I thought the tune was very repetitive appearing to repeat every couple of bars or so.  I liked the way you started the first part slowly and then increased the pace achieving a great rhythm.  I will have to remember that tactic.  I can't find Blair playing it anywhere on the Internet.
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(29-03-2020, 06:31 PM)Drifter Wrote:
(28-03-2020, 11:28 PM)John Kelly Wrote: That is a fine arrangement and lovely playing, Drifter.  I like your use of BIAB.  I used it a long time ago, not for taditional music, but somehow got out of the habit (started playing a lot more Scottish stuff).  Your recording makes me think it might merit a revisit!
John,  I like your rendition of The Skye Glen Waltz on the Mandolin Cafe page.  When I first  saw the sheet music I thought the tune was very repetitive appearing to repeat every couple of bars or so.  I liked the way you started the first part slowly and then increased the pace achieving a great rhythm.  I will have to remember that tactic.  I can't find Blair playing it anywhere on the Internet.

Hi Drifter, I think you might find a version by him on Spotify.  I do not use Spotify, but I believe you can sign up for a free account (which includes ads).
Thanks for your comments re Skye Glen.  I got the idea, I think, from an Andrew MacDonald CD where his band is playing the great pipe march Heights of Cassino and it begins with solo fiddle playing as a slow air before the accordion and the rest of the band come in in 6/8 tiime.
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