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  1. Canadian folk music moment (no mandolin content)

    Just thought I'd share this cute video of 16-year-old, Prince Edward Island, Acadian fiddler, Tianna Gallant getting ready for the big (hockey) game. If link doesn't work, try:
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  2. Thread: Hector the Hero

    by Ranald
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    Re: Hector the Hero

    Scott Skinner wrote Hector the Hero in A, and it's usually played in A. If no one has converted it to D, here it is in A, perhaps someone can advise you about online conversion programs to change it...
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    Re: Online percussive dance tutorials?

    Agreed. Andre is outstanding. If you want to see more great footwork while fiddlers are playing, check out French-Canadian fiddlers generally. Louise Arsenault is another great one; her bandmates say...
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    Re: Online percussive dance tutorials?

    I didn't realize that Gilles wasn't actually dancing in the video in post #8 above (I thought it was another that I've seen of him with his group). Anyway, here he is in the 1960's (the fair-haired...
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    Re: Online percussive dance tutorials?

    I'm afraid that I don't have much experience with these videos. You'll have to have a look and see what you think. Louise Arsenault (Acadian) from PEI is an exciting dancer, as is Natalie MacMaster...
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    Re: Online percussive dance tutorials?

    Gunnar,
    For Canadian stepdancing, google "Canadian, "Cape Breton," "Acadian," "Ottawa Valley," or "Metis" and "step dancing," you'll find plenty of starting material. These Canadian styles are...
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    Re: First few bars at slower tempo?

    In Cape Breton, it's often the reverse in a medley, speeding up the last bar or two of the air before moving into a strathspey, and speeding up the end of the last strathspey to lead into the reel....
  8. Thread: Hearing Aids

    by Ranald
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    Re: Hearing Aids

    It takes a while to adjust to hearing aids, especially as you've probably been hard of hearing for some time, and have no idea what the norm is. When I first got hearing aids, sounds sometimes seemed...
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    Re: French Folk / Fiddle Tunes

    Oh, do you mean the difference between Cape Breton music and mainland Nova Scotia's traditional music? That would make sense. (I'm a terrible proof reader myself, so I understand how you make such a...
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    Re: French Folk / Fiddle Tunes

    I'm not trying to give you a hard time, but I'm still confused. Changing ITM to NSTM, I get: "Auvergne is a south central, quite isolated part of France and compared to what people think of as Old...
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    Re: French Folk / Fiddle Tunes

    Sunrise, what's "ITM." I'm from Nova Scotia. If someone says I'm from ITM, are those fightin' words? ;)
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    Re: "Dark" Fiddle Tunes?

    As you suggest, old time tunes, with the exception of waltzes, are generally relentlessly cheerful, which is often a good thing, but we're not always happy. Try waltzes, such as the Tennessee Waltz...
  13. Re: Was the mandolin played in traditional folk before Bill Monro

    Thanks for the interesting comments and article, David. In your country and mine, we often use the terms "folk" and "traditional" to refer to music which belonged to (often rural) elements within the...
  14. Re: Off in the weeds on my first mando purchase ...

    I recently bought a Finnish mandolin made for the Espana company in the USA (by now, you should be thoroughly culturally confused) circa 1965. I was first attracted by the sign saying "Wide-Neck...
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    Re: "Powerful/Loud!"

    Personally, I like my mandolins loud and powerful, especially in jams as I'm a bit hard of hearing. It doesn't matter if I'm home alone, and is much less of a problem with my fiddle.



    I take...
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    Re: Insomniacs? Asians?

    Everyone's taking my query (OP) awfully seriously. Where are all the Mandolin Cafe smart alecks when I'm looking for them?
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    Insomniacs? Asians?

    "There are currently 1797 users online. 90 members and 1707 guests
    Most users ever online was 11,326, May-25-2019 at 4:28am."

    This always puzzles me, as most Mandolin Cafe users seem to be North...
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    Re: Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

    Sorry that we haven't been much help to you MrCleveland. I'm afraid we were distracted by youthful or childhood memories of that album cover. When the Tijuana Brass was on the hit parade, I enjoyed...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Even if the seller replaces the missing string?
  20. Re: Good source for beginning Celtic and Quebecois music

    We call it the "west" though. We don't have a "midwest." Winnipeg, Manitoba is near the middle of the country, going from east to west that is, but it's in "the west." Ontario and Quebec are to the...
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    Re: Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

    For you youngsters, not old enough to remember 1965:

    180360
  22. Re: Was the mandolin played in traditional folk before Bill Monro

    Mandolin was also a folk instrument before this time. Rich Del Grosso explains in Mandolin Blues, pp.6-7, that mandolins were brought to the USA by Italians in the 1850's, and were first manufactured...
  23. Thread: Fiddolin ??????

    by Ranald
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    Re: Fiddolin ??????

    As a fiddler and mandolin player, the fiddolin looks practical for me, especially for playing a song. It's not easy to sing when fiddling, but a person could sing while playing mando, then enhance...
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    Re: Index finger pain

    Here's a recent similar thread, with no definitive answers, as you likely guessed:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/146102-Arthritis-pain-relief
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    Re: House of the Rising Sun

    I thought the House of The Rising Sun was in New Orleans. ;)
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