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  1. Alfons's Avatar
    Nice tunes and well played. The sound was pretty good for a video cam! I really enjoyed watching your right hand as well - beautiful economy of motion for all that great music coming out of it.
  2. kmmando's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tom D
    Thanks Kevin! Great tunes and well played. Do you have a link to music for the first tune, Deer Raid Marchers? I couldn't seem to locate that pipe tune.
    Tom, I have only recently found it, and have a rough picture of the first two parts. Parts 3 and 4 i added myself, but have not scored them onto it yet - not very good at that! PM me and I can get you the original 2 parts. Cheers Kevin
  3. Tom D's Avatar
    Thanks Kevin! Great tunes and well played. Do you have a link to music for the first tune, Deer Raid Marchers? I couldn't seem to locate that pipe tune.
  4. kmmando's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kt-va
    wonderful! another thankyou from RVA
    thanks, and it's kind of you to comment! Much appreciated!
  5. kt-va's Avatar
    wonderful! another thankyou from RVA
  6. kmmando's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dagger Gordon
    I think you also get some brownie points for standing up to play. I'm not sure I can remember anyone else doing that on Mandolin Mondays, although no doubt I'm talking through a hole in my hat there!
    Haha! I hardly ever play standing up! Getting too decrepit! Must have had a bit of energy that day!
  7. Dagger Gordon's Avatar
    I think you also get some brownie points for standing up to play. I'm not sure I can remember anyone else doing that on Mandolin Mondays, although no doubt I'm talking through a hole in my hat there!
  8. John Kelly's Avatar
    Well up to your usual standard, Kevin. Amazing sound from the set-up you mention! Thanks to David for inviting Kevin to feature on Mandolin Mondays.
  9. kmmando's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Matt
    Big thumbs up from Richmond, Virginia!
    Many thanks Matt, all the best from Scotland!
  10. Matt's Avatar
    Big thumbs up from Richmond, Virginia!
  11. kmmando's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Dodson
    Very nice. I'm curious where a National guitar finds its way into traditional Celtic music.
    Joe
    Here's the old Nationals together on the West of Ireland.

    https://vimeo.com/26553352
  12. kmmando's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dagger Gordon
    Grand stuff Kevin.
    That Sobell has fairly earned its keep!
    Sure has! Just keeps on sounding sweet!
  13. kmmando's Avatar
    Thanks, it's kind of you to comment.

    Joe, the first National tenor I saw was one that Alec Finn found in a junk shop in America, and subsequently recorded several tracks on some earlier De Danann LPs. A unique sound. I own two, a 1928 tricone



    and a 1930 single cone one. Great fun to play, and an octave down from the fiddles/flutes/pipes!
  14. Dagger Gordon's Avatar
    Grand stuff Kevin.
    That Sobell has fairly earned its keep!
  15. Joe Dodson's Avatar
    Very nice. I'm curious where a National guitar finds its way into traditional Celtic music.
  16. Michael Romkey's Avatar
    Very nice indeed! Thank you for these and getting our week of to a good start.
  17. EvanElk's Avatar
    Thanks Kevin - that was fantastic!
  18. kmmando's Avatar
    If anyone is interested, the first tune was written in 1994 to commemorate the opening of this land monument in Lewis, one of 4 that my cousin Will Maclean has designed to remember the struggles that the people of Lewis endured in the effort to obtain land to survive on.

    https://www.virtualheb.co.uk/balalla...land-struggle/



    The second tune, a 6/8 pipe march was written by my great friend Freeland Barbour, leader of our ceilidh band The Occasionals, written for my late father Roddie Macleod, Polbain.

    The last short reel is a 4 part pipe version of Lord MacDonald.
  19. kmmando's Avatar
    Thanks Jill! best wishes, Kevin
  20. Jill McAuley's Avatar
    Wonderful stuff Kevin, definitely brightened up a dreary, drizzly day here in Co. Mayo!
  21. kmmando's Avatar
    Hopefully a little different for the series, variety being the spice of life, and we certainly need that these days! I am amazed at the sound, as that was simply the wee video camera microphone, as basic as it gets. It's a great wee mandolin though, nearly 40 years old!
    Thanks for having me on this great series, most honoured!
  22. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Nicely played, Kevin. Good to see you as a part of this series. The Sobell sounds fantastic, but much of that is always the player.
  23. wildpikr's Avatar
    Nice tune and well-played! Muy chistoso la historia del pulpo. ¿Lo lleva al chef?
  24. Isaac Casas's Avatar
    Thank you so much, guys! I've been following both the Cafe and the Mandolin Mondays series for years and it's an absolute pleasure and an honor to be an active part of both! Thanks again for the opportunity, David!!
  25. Michael Romkey's Avatar
    Any tune that combines mandolins and octopus attacks gets my vote. Fun stuff.
  26. BrianWilliam's Avatar
    To poetic licenses! That was awesome!
  27. greenoak's Avatar
    Great piece!
  28. Paul Statman's Avatar
    Great stuff, Isaac - Thile's influence is apparent, but you have your own style. That's a strong sounding Prucha, too! Thanks, Isaac and DB.
  29. Alfons's Avatar
    Isaac - that's great! Really enjoyed the piece and your playing. The Prucha sounds great, and it appears that you have recovered well from your ordeal. I can't help wondering about the octopus - not having a Prucha, he's probably still suffering from night terrors.
  30. Todd Bowman's Avatar
    Very cool composition and great playing. Thank you Isaac!!
  31. Larry Howe's Avatar
    Beautiful right hand technique. thanks.
  32. Alfons's Avatar
    Nice energy and movement! Great sound. Makes me think of a Summit Artist that got way while I was thinking about it too long.
  33. Todd Bowman's Avatar
    Love the tune and playing! Bravo!
  34. Benjamin Gieseke's Avatar
    Love it, very nice! Its exciting to see another Summit out in the world as well!
  35. Michael Romkey's Avatar
    Very nice indeed. Love the intervals, minors, trills and changes. Well done.
  36. Jill McAuley's Avatar
    Lovely stuff!
  37. Denny Gies's Avatar
    Nice
  38. mondoslug's Avatar
    Just found this, so fantastic. Thank you!
  39. DCHammers's Avatar
    Yes, great tune. A haunting Appalachian mode to me. Can anyone tell me what a partial fret is?
  40. Ken_P's Avatar
    This is by far the most interesting entry in this series so far. Yes, it takes a bit of an adjustment to start hearing it as not simply out of tune, but it's totally worth it on the other end! I love how what is a pretty straight forward fiddle tune can really expand your ears to the possibilities that exist beyond 12 tone equal temperament.
  41. gregorx's Avatar
    Love this tune.

    Anyone know of lessons for this particular tune?
  42. Michael Romkey's Avatar
    This is something to ponder for certain.
  43. Eric Hanson's Avatar
    Thank you so much Flynn Cohen for your “late March” offering.
  44. Todd Bowman's Avatar
    Microtonal has to grow on you a bit, but it does! Great job Flynn!
  45. Bill McCall's Avatar
    Great to see you playing mandolin. Wonderful tune and performance. Too bad we don’t have banjo Tuesday and guitar Wednesday so folks could experience a little more
  46. EvanElk's Avatar
    Love the composition and the musicianship - both technical and very expressive
  47. John Soper's Avatar
    Great tone and dexterous picking!
  48. BrianWilliam's Avatar
    Nice!
  49. Michael Romkey's Avatar
    Creative and fun. Thank you! And this is two weeks in a row for the mighty Collings MTO, I believe. Very cool.
  50. Chuck Leyda's Avatar
    What a great tune to start the morning. Thanks G!
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