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    Re: R.I.P. Paddy Maloney

    A legend passes. Living outside of Philly, the Chieftains played the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day for several years and filled the Kimmel Music Center's Verizon (Big) Hall. My wife and I got...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    Thanks Niles,
    I wasn't aware of that book but will check it out. I live less than a mile from the traditional boundary between Lancashire and Cheshire (the river Mersey in South Manchester), so feel...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    Thanks for the link - I've listened to early Steeleye a lot, but haven't kept up with them or their exes lately. This was very interesting in the instrumentation and arrangements. Although I do...
  4. Our congrats to Tristan who picked up the award...

    Our congrats to Tristan who picked up the award for IBMA's Writer of the Year last evening.
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    I agree with both points.
  6. There are more pickers near me than I realised....

    Hi folks,
    I love my hometown of Manchester. There are vibrant music scenes in Irish folk, jazz, classical, klezmer pop etc... That said, my experience is there is something of a dearth of...
  7. David Surette offering new online mandolin class, lessons too!

    Hi folks,

    The Mandolin Almanac is a new, online, participatory class being offered this fall at the Concord Community Music School in Concord, NH. The Mandolin Almanac is based on last year's...
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    Re: Cape Breton mandolin (1976)

    I live in the Ottawa Valley, which straddles the border between Ontario & Quebec. The Ottawa River area was a rich source of lumber, and it brought together the French, Irish, Scots and English. It...
  9. Re: Scottish mandolin event in Inverness on 1st September

    I heard a rumour that Inverness might be the ‘City of Culture’ for 2022?
    Lovely city, yes, have a good time!
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    Excellent! Have fun!
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    Re: Dagger Gordon CDs

    Thanks for doing this.
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    Re: Dagger Gordon CDs

    I got the CD of you and Colin a long time back, Dagger - at a concert you did - and still enjoy listening to it.
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    Re: Dagger Gordon CDs

    Great stuff, will definitely head over to Bandcamp to get some of those!
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    Re: RIP Andre Sakellarides (French luthier)

    RIP André. https://phonotheque.hypotheses.org/17848
    And many thanks Dagger for posting this tune with such a human performance. Wonderful.
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    Re: RIP Andre Sakellarides (French luthier)

    sad to hear... Patrick Vaillant put his instruments to very good use.
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    Re: New prototype Celtic mandolin

    Here you go. Sorry, been very busy.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SmnOe6a888

    Nigel
    www.nkforsterguitars.com
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    Re: Andy Statman Bought A Loar F5!

    I am really glad for him. He has given us all so much pleasure through his playing. Inspiration, too. I hope this instrument provides him with the same.
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    Re: Andy Statman Bought A Loar F5!

    I just had a long talk with Andy and I now stand corrected on an earlier post of mine...

    Andy's father did not buy him his original Loar F5... Andy bought it with his own money in the mid-1960's...
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    Re: 10 Questions for Dan Beimborn

    10 years...

    Just as long as DB stays safe and in good health, keeps up his photographic skills, his musical chops and does his Lloyd Loar geekery, were fine. There might even come the time when...
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    Re: 10 Questions for Dan Beimborn

    He's busy furrowing his brow at computer screens and doing unspeakable things in a smoker to chickens and pork.
  21. My apologies. Great article.

    My apologies. Great article.
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    Re: What artist/album got you started with Trad?

    I had a similar moment with a dissimilar outcome.

    When I ventured out to sessions in the early 90s , the first person I met was a Shetlander with a Stefan Sobell mandolin that you could actually...
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    Re: Old-time on Dotara (Indian Lute)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQtxm54zHXE

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    yes dagger! the scene is pretty scary here at the moment. just trying to stay safe as much as we can...
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    Re: Dagger Gordon video

    Great stuff! Your Sobell rings like a bell so it does!
  25. Re: Apparently you can play a slow air on a fretted instrument ..

    Additionally, I'd like to point out that there are really two different instruments commonly referred to as the Irish/Scottish harp (clarsach/clairseach). What is most often seen is the modern nylon...
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