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    Re: R.I.P. Paddy Maloney

    Oops -- at least I spelled "Tony MacMahon" right.
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    Re: mandolin with violin music

    Check out Post #1 (a mite different from the one you posted):

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/156507-Cape-Breton-mandolin-(1976)
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    Re: R.I.P. Paddy Maloney

    Nice story. I'm curious who the Canadian fiddler was. I looked up "Down the Old Plank Road" on Wikipedia, and saw only Irish and American fiddlers listed -- I think they were referring to a CD...
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    Re: R.I.P. Paddy Maloney

    I came across the Chieftains in the mid-70's, shortly before the movie, Barry Lyndon, launched them to international fame. I saw them in a packed concert at Ottawa's National Arts Centre soon after...
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    R.I.P. Paddy Maloney

    Sorry to pass along this sad news.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58881862
  6. Thread: Bedpan-dolin

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    Re: Bedpan-dolin

    That's interesting. I also asked Keith Cary a few years back too. He didn't mention the "novelty" aspect, though I take his point. Keith is a luthier, and said he was focussed on making other...
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    Re: Bedpan-dolin

    Thanks, Jo. I always jump at the chance to post this great video, with a "commodium".

    "www.myspace.com/axelrodcaryandfoss
    The cello player built the mandolin out of a metal bed pan. He calls...
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    Re: Hello from France !

    You're right about "au."
    I'm a Mac man, and got those booklets with my first couple of computers. I marked the page of accents, for easy reference. They were important in my academic life. Now,...
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    Re: Hello from France !

    I know that "Cafe" has no accent in Mandolin Cafe. the word "cafe" has been absorbed into the English language a long time ago, and my dictionaries give alternate spellings, with and without an...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    Perhaps the Country Dance Band was not far from the old village band tradition discussed in the essay. Baroque music had a major influence on what's called "Celtic music" these days. David Greenberg,...
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    Re: Hello from France !

    I enjoyed that very much. Bienvenue a Mandolin Cafe. (I know, there should be accent marks).
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    [QUOTE=mandocrucian;1839240](Did you ever listen to The High Level Ranters out of Northumbria? I really liked all four of their LPs on trailer, and learned a lot of their repertoire from their High...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    I get your point, Niles. If a person wants to sing and accompany themselves on fiddle, they should work at it until they accomplish their goal. However, I'm not involved in the bluegrass scene where...
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    Re: Ookpik Waltz- Chris Thile

    I hope this all didn't seem too harsh, Jake. I understand your reasoning. Still, we had our point to make. Sometimes these internet discussions feel more hostile than they would if we were sitting...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    Back in 1976, Robin Williamson of the Incredible String Band compiled a tune collection, entitled English, Welsh, Scottish & Irish Fiddle Tunes, distributed by Oak Publications. It came with a little...
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    Re: Ookpik Waltz- Chris Thile

    Thanks, Jim. I don't think anyone was suggesting that Chris Thile didn't pay his royalties. The issue was that the OP posted the transcribed tune and credited it to "Thile". It would be more...
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    Re: Ookpik Waltz- Chris Thile

    It is "traditional" or "folk" in the sense that's it's been passed around aurally, and, as played, is often well removed from its composer, as the different variations show. But I agree that a tune's...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    There are practical reasons for this.

    First of all, most people hold the fiddle to their jaw. You can't sing without moving your jaw. Anyone who has learned to play this way will have difficulty...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    My folksinging sweetheart walked into the room while I was listening to the Hannah Cumming video, and commented, "The English seem to do a lot more singing while playing fiddle than people in other...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    Shall we take up a collection to buy Lisa a mandolin?
    After 28 posts without the word "mandolin," it's about time to work it into the discussion!

    Added: My mistake, Eoin beat me to it in Post 3.
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    i really enjoyed that, Niles. I've seen the American fiddler, John Hartford play and sing at once. I've seen other North American fiddlers do this, though I can't remembered who off hand. I've pulled...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    I'd heard that a former mayor of Sydney Cape Breton, for many years a steel town, scolded Alister MacGillivray, a local singer-songwriter for recording such a terrible song about Sydney. If the story...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    I agree with both points.
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    That's the big question isn't it? Scholars have used up a lot of paper and breath on that subject. Essentially, we're talking about music or other forms of cultural expression passed down orally,...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    Thanks, Paul. I enjoyed Kitching and his band, but I suspect they're a long leap from folk tradition. I can't imagine a sailor leaping to his feet to dance a hornpipe to that interpretation. Apart...
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