[NSP] Re: small coals, and the peacock following the hen

2012-08-15 Thread Matt Seattle
On Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 12:26 AM, Anthony Robb [1]anth...@robbpipes.com wrote: Here is what Forster Charlton, Colin Ross and Roland Wright put in the introduction to the second edition to the NPS 1st Tune Book: Small Coals and Little Money and Cuckold Come Out

[NSP] Re: April 2012 Tune of the Month: Morpeth Rant -- 1 April 2012

2012-04-02 Thread Matt Seattle
Not our pipes, but has anyone else seen this morning's Scotsman? [1]http://www.scotsman.com/news/pipes-play-music-of-love-for-edinbur gh-zoo-pandas-1-2209167# An excellent April fool, and obviously written by someone who knows something about the subject -- References

[NSP] Re: March 2012 TOTM: Adam a Bell selected by Julia Say

2012-02-29 Thread Matt Seattle
If anyone wants the dots of the Dixon version, they're in 'The Master Piper', available from NPS. If they need to transcribe it into G before playing it that will be a useful exercise. See the credit for the photo of the Edinburgh pub sign 'Jingling Geordie' which appears with the

[NSP] Re: March 2012 TOTM: Adam a Bell selected by Julia Say

2012-02-29 Thread Matt Seattle
On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 7:46 PM, John Dally [1]dir...@gmail.com wrote: Sorry about the spelling. ;-) Wouldn't anyone somewhat familiar with the tradition assume Dixon's collection to be smallpipe tunes just by perusing the table of contents? From the titles, yes, but not

[NSP] Re: March 2012 TOTM: Adam a Bell selected by Julia Say

2012-02-29 Thread Matt Seattle
On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 11:52 PM, Gibbons, John [1]j.gibb...@imperial.ac.uk wrote: There is also the question of what did Dixon intend by his blank key signature? Did it mean 'this tune is in Gmix/Cmajor or Adorian'? Or did it mean, as with Highland pipe music, 'I

[NSP] Re: TOTM

2012-02-09 Thread Matt Seattle
Gets the approval of the grumpy old Border pipers on their lunch break Matt Bill On Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 12:03 PM, Anthony Robb [1]anth...@robbpipes.com wrote: Hello all, Here's my offering. [1][2]http://youtu.be/sfiCRPct9vQ Warmest best Anthony

[NSP] Re: December TOTM

2011-11-23 Thread Matt Seattle
The obvious topic is tunes with a reference to the season (winter, soltice, Christmas, Hogmany, New Year). I suggest we pick a tune we all want to play and then combine it with one or more other tunes, as suggested by Barry Say. Here's one we prepared earlier, John, I

[NSP] International Bagpipe Day

2011-10-13 Thread Matt Seattle
Dear All I have received the following from Andy Letcher of the Bagpipe Society with a request to forward it to bagpipe-related newsgroups to which I subscribe and piping organisations with which I have contact. Please circulate further as appropriate, and please do not address any

[NSP] Re: TOTM Hornpipe(s)

2011-09-30 Thread Matt Seattle
Very nice Anthony! The pipes sound great and there's some fine phrasing in the playing. For a relatively different aesthetic, and a different reading of the word 'hornpipe', see All The Night I Lay With Jackey In My Arms, the middle tune of this duet set

[NSP] Re: Farewell to Whisky - Niel Gow

2011-09-13 Thread Matt Seattle
On Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 5:54 PM, Francis Wood [1]oatenp...@googlemail.com wrote: Can anyone provide anything more specific about the relevant circumstances in 1799 - 1801? Sorry, Francis, no. I do know about Matt Seattle's Farewell to Whisky, but it is not relevant here as

[NSP] Re: Matching tune parts.....

2011-09-11 Thread Matt Seattle
Ian Lawther wrote: I was playing through Tom Clough's Bobby Shaftoe this evening and realized that the 6th part is identical in pattern to the 4th part of the highland pipe march The Barren Rocks of Aden (P/M A MacKeller c. 1843). A very interesting observation, Ian!

[NSP] Re: Harvest tunes

2011-09-02 Thread Matt Seattle
Yes, Cut Dry is the obvious one. I did a survey of versions for an article in the NPS mag many (harvest) moons ago, and have since come up with more information and my own version, but one good version is enough (e.g. Peacock or Dixon). Others with appropriate titles are Jack's

[NSP] Re: September TOTM

2011-09-01 Thread Matt Seattle
Cuddy Claw'd Her - OK, if a 'consensus' is reached by three people!! But there is little rationale for recommending Peacock's setting to players of Border pipes, as it is one of his tunes which are so obviously 'adapted' to smallpipes by the replacement of all the low F naturals -

[NSP] Re: Peacock Follows the Hen videos

2011-08-12 Thread Matt Seattle
How could I forget? Go to [1]http://homepage.ntlworld.com/tracy.firby/WyrDGeneS/jukebox.html and select Mad Moll And buy the album, this guy deserves some support! -- References 1. http://homepage.ntlworld.com/tracy.firby/WyrDGeneS/jukebox.html To get on or off this list

[NSP] West Border Piping Weekend

2011-08-08 Thread Matt Seattle
Greetings I've now posted an announcement of the West Border Piping Weekend (21-23 Oct 2011) on dunsire [1]http://forums.bobdunsire.com/forums/showthread.php?t=139743 and the NPS Forum [2]http://www.northumbrianpipers.org.uk/pipersforum/viewtopic.php?f=18; t=224

[NSP] Re: TOTM/Drones

2011-08-01 Thread Matt Seattle
On Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 9:43 AM, [1]barr...@nspipes.co.uk wrote: If I can change the tune in question to illustrate a point. or rather, to miss the point (IMO)! The point is that, in a tune such as Oyster Wife or Wild Hills or 'Skye Crofters' or Swallow's Tail, which all have the

[NSP] Re: TOTM/shameless plug

2011-07-31 Thread Matt Seattle
On Sun, Jul 31, 2011 at 11:51 PM, Gibbons, John [1]j.gibb...@imperial.ac.uk wrote: Matt has argued an octave pair of drones tuned Gg will work for The Peacock/Mad Moll and other harmonically similar tunes like Cuckold - you want to show up the contrast between the Am and Cmaj

[NSP] Re: Shield's H'pipe

2011-07-16 Thread Matt Seattle
On Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 11:50 AM, Matt Seattle [1]theborderpi...@googlemail.com wrote: On Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 11:20 AM, Francis Wood [2]oatenp...@googlemail.com wrote: I think history and evolution have been fairly kind to Isaac Cooper. A lively 'Miss Forbes' Farewell

[NSP] Re: Shield's H'pipe

2011-07-15 Thread Matt Seattle
On Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 8:12 AM, Anthony Robb [1]anth...@robbpipes.com wrote: The matter of real importance and certainty, of course, is that it has survived in various forms and is a cracking tune. Agreed, Anthony! And thanks for reminding us about Phil

[NSP] Re: Shield's H'pipe

2011-07-15 Thread Matt Seattle
Proof at last! On Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 10:41 AM, Francis Wood [1]oatenp...@googlemail.com wrote: Shield is buried in Westminster Abbey, adjacent to Muzio Clementi, the first really significant composer for the piano and subsequent piano manufacturer. Clementi was 'discovered'

[NSP] Re: Shield's H'pipe

2011-07-15 Thread Matt Seattle
On Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 11:20 AM, Francis Wood [1]oatenp...@googlemail.com wrote: I think history and evolution have been fairly kind to Isaac Cooper. A lively 'Miss Forbes' Farewell' is a cracking tune! Yes, history, evolution, and Will Atkinson. His is the 'definitive', most

[NSP] Re: Shield's H'pipe

2011-07-15 Thread Matt Seattle
Impressive, Francis. Now you've even uncovered where Shield has been Haydn for all these years. On Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 12:29 PM, Francis Wood [1]oatenp...@googlemail.com wrote: On 15 Jul 2011, at 10:41, Francis Wood wrote: Finally, there is an odd, tenuous and completely

[NSP] Re: Shield's H'pipe

2011-07-14 Thread Matt Seattle
Anthony You just can't believe everything you read, even on FARNE or in the Clough mss! The attribution is definitely 'out there', and is, I believe, a case of 'iconic attraction'. Tunes become posthumously attached to the names of famous musicians who neither composed them, nor

[NSP] Re: Shield's H'pipe

2011-07-14 Thread Matt Seattle
To make it absolutely clear, it was not I who attached the name Shield's to the soundclip. Whether the source - JA of C - gave it that title, I don't know. This is not impossible given the Clough connection. The FARNE Core Tunes article on Morpeth Rant (not my work) also gives the

[NSP] Re: Deaf/dead

2011-06-27 Thread Matt Seattle
On Sun, Jun 26, 2011 at 1:23 PM, cwhill [1]cwh...@santa-fe.freeserve.co.uk wrote: I wonder what the bag is made from then - a shepherd perhaps? A long time ago (not quite mediaeval times though) someone (Dave van Doorn?) did a cartoon for the BagSoc magazine on exACTly that

[NSP] Last call for Newcastleton Piping Comps

2011-06-27 Thread Matt Seattle
Last call for Newcastleton Piping Comps Sat 2 July 2011 When I was asked to judge these again this year I said I was happy to do so if the Festival Committee were happy to continue with them, given the recent low turnouts for both Border and Northumbrian pipes classes. The

[NSP] Re: Was Mr. Fenwick right?

2011-06-23 Thread Matt Seattle
I don't have Fenwick's Tutor, but I do have, reprinted elsewhere, the tunes it included, and these, to my mind, show that he had contact with the evolving stem of the Tradition at the time - the first appearance of the longer Hol(e)y Ha'penny set, the Barrington Hornpipe,

[NSP] Re: Forbearance please

2011-06-22 Thread Matt Seattle
On Sun, Jun 19, 2011 at 7:58 AM, Anthony Robb [1]anth...@robbpipes.com wrote: [1][2]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cxh4GyR7XhA Hoping that no further discussion will ensue! OK Anthony, I won't discuss it, but how good to hear Mr Preston's Hornpipe, it suits the NSP very

[NSP] Re: Tune books with arrangements for other instruments

2011-06-19 Thread Matt Seattle
These are now published by [1]www.mally.com I should think the majority of the tunes and many of the harmonies would fit NSP On Sun, Jun 19, 2011 at 8:04 AM, Chris Harris [2]ch...@harris405.plus.com wrote: And Matt Seattle has published 3 books called 'Airs for Pairs

[NSP] Re: Ending tunes traditionally

2011-06-18 Thread Matt Seattle
Richard I'm not going to answer your question directly, but draw your attention to the difference in aesthetic between Harmonic Direction and Harmonic Proportion. And rather than elaborate here now, add that I have pondered this long and hard and given the results of my ponderings

[NSP] Re: Ending tunes traditionally

2011-06-18 Thread Matt Seattle
And, bowing to Anthony's greater experience of kirn suppers, this lesser mortal's thoughts are pretty much the same as his about ending such tunes - dancers expect an ending, listeners can happily sit in the air. Felton Lonnen for ex. would IMO be awful with a 'resolution' on the

[NSP] Re: The Dartmouth Competitions

2011-06-17 Thread Matt Seattle
Lotsa fun here - Adrian's inspired '6 classes' made me laugh out loud As for 'tradition', it is a neutral, value-free term, there are good traditions and bad - human sacrifice was traditionally practised in some cultures.. As for 'can you play' - in one sense, of course Anthony can

[NSP] Re: Historical image of John Dunn, John Peacock?

2011-05-04 Thread Matt Seattle
This sentence, as well as the omission of editorship, It is the inaccurate '2nd edition' rather than the 3rd which is of more concern than the omission of editorship -- To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: Tuning

2011-02-08 Thread Matt Seattle
On Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 10:06 AM, [1]christopher.bi...@ec.europa.eu wrote: Also, it's a song and all of the singers I have backed prefer that key. Yes, it would be horribly high in A min unless you were a natural light tenor. Fair enough. George Welch sings it in B

[NSP] Re: Bewicks German Spa

2011-02-01 Thread Matt Seattle
Re: German Spa It's a fairly standard 19th C dance tune, no local connection AFAIK, I included it in the edited selection because Bewick has a plain chanter adaptation (other versions need c#) On Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 12:58 PM, Dave S [1]david...@pt.lu wrote: Hi Ian, Check

[NSP] Re: Where hast though been all the night?

2011-01-31 Thread Matt Seattle
On Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 6:28 PM, Anthony Robb [1]anth...@robbpipes.com wrote: . would it be even more wonderful if some clever person (I think all three of you have the skills) to put it all done as a living piece of music somewhere for all to hear? Anthony Thanks to

[NSP] Re: Doublin' (Keenan Glackin)

2011-01-08 Thread Matt Seattle
On Sat, Jan 8, 2011 at 10:51 AM, Anthony Robb [1]anth...@robbpipes.com wrote: I feel my comments need clarification, Where drones can be destructive is when there is up to 70 cents difference between one player and the next and each tunes their own drones to

[NSP] Re: Doublin' (Keenan Glackin)

2011-01-07 Thread Matt Seattle
On Fri, Jan 7, 2011 at 3:55 PM, Gibbons, John [1]j.gibb...@imperial.ac.uk wrote: I'd agree completely about this record. Lovely! I must dig it out again. The precision is what marks it out from a lot of lesser performances, Irish or from wherever. I am so relieved

[NSP] Re: Like never before

2011-01-07 Thread Matt Seattle
Clever and funny, Francis, well spotted On Fri, Jan 7, 2011 at 9:43 PM, Francis Wood [1]oatenp...@googlemail.com wrote: Two hornpipes as you've never heard them before - The Wordsfail Hornpipe followed by Loudrocks.

[NSP] Re: Doubleday et al

2010-12-19 Thread Matt Seattle
On Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 12:55 PM, Richard York [1]rich...@lizards.force9.co.uk wrote: for me hearing Billy Pigg (interesting how often his name crops up in this) playing the Wild Hills of Wannie just Did It ... a seed was set Yes -- References 1.

[NSP] Re: a key question for NSPipers

2010-12-14 Thread Matt Seattle
When a high C# comes in a tune I play middle C# and it's not too bad. Anthony Yes - City of Savannah is the one that first springs to mind, and the others I can think of are also not pipe tunes ... -- To get on or off this list see list information at

[NSP] New Piping Superstar

2010-11-26 Thread Matt Seattle
This ad came up on myspace - BEYONCE 'I AM' LIVE ALBUM EXCLUSIVE No one does it better than Queen B, hear her mighty pipes recorded live on her epic world tour. -- To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: Pipes with continuo?

2010-11-25 Thread Matt Seattle
Richard, not only is it on topic but it's a very live topic (for me at least). I was lecturing yesterday at Glasgow for the 3rd year Piping Degree students (as Highland pipers they are exposed to two hours of Border pipe music in three years...) and the Dixon variations - which

[NSP] Re: Where hast thou been a' the day, waggin' thy hand?

2010-11-06 Thread Matt Seattle
On Sat, Nov 6, 2010 at 6:11 AM, Julia Say [1]julia@nspipes.co.uk wrote: On 6 Nov 2010, Julia Say wrote: according to my current prejudice ... some variation sets were written down without the ground on the front. (Bobby Shaftoe in Clough MSS is like this and

[NSP] Re: Where hast though been all the night?

2010-11-04 Thread Matt Seattle
Some time ago I had a go at this too, before I saw the Crawhall set. I'll look it up. On Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 1:29 PM, Julia Say [1]julia@nspipes.co.uk wrote: On 4 Nov 2010, Gibbons, John wrote: Erratum: line 4 in the tune I just sent should end dgf d2 and I

[NSP] Re: Where hast though been all the night?

2010-11-04 Thread Matt Seattle
Before you read on - is anyone besides John Gibbons, Julia Say and myself interested in this? Seriously, please say so, I'd like to know, because if not, we can carry on the discussion privately. If anyone thinks the three of us are crazy, I would like to point out that I have been

[NSP] Re: Tune hunt: OT but I hope interesting!

2010-11-02 Thread Matt Seattle
I see why you prefer the 3-strain Reavely version as more consistent, but the Crawhall strain 4 is worth having - perhaps better if tweaked to fit the others from Reavely. I should have another look in that case, thanks. I have been thinking about this, and Lord

[NSP] Re: Recommended new recordings and books

2010-11-02 Thread Matt Seattle
Well, obviously I'm biased, but I recommend Matt Seattle Band ~ Reivers of the Heart from [1]dragonflymusic.co.uk Traditional and Original Music from the Borders and Northumberland, including state-of-the-art versions of some Northumbrian classics (I did say I was biased

[NSP] Re: Tune hunt: OT but I hope interesting!

2010-11-01 Thread Matt Seattle
Where have you been all the night? she describes as a Scotch Tune. It's tempting to think she's mis-remembered the line in Billy Boy, See the Note in the recently published NPS edition of Bewicks Pipe Tunes, which has a tune of the title which is *not* Billy Boy

[NSP] Re: Tune hunt: OT but I hope interesting!

2010-11-01 Thread Matt Seattle
I've no idea whether it's got anything to do with Lord Randal. I was made aware, from my reading, of the idea that 'Billy Boy' and 'Lord Randal' are sort-of counterparts to each other, humorous and tragic, and both have relatively old antecedents. The Note in Bewick merely hints

[NSP] Re: James Grieve

2010-10-25 Thread Matt Seattle
On Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 4:14 PM, Jim McGillivray [1]jim...@piping.on.ca wrote: (I've attached a photo of the Border set.) The list won't accept attachments could be a reproduction from the late 1800s as two or three of the large GHB firms were making reproductions of

[NSP] Re: Proudlock's Hornpipe - earliest reference?

2010-10-11 Thread Matt Seattle
See the Comments tab here - [1]http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/2734 I am aware of the obvious similarity between Monk's and Proudlock's but for some reason I'm not quite convinced that one is derived from the other - it could be (unconscious) plagiarism, but it might be

[NSP] Re: (Fwd) Hello - Spanish luthier enquiry

2010-10-07 Thread Matt Seattle
Simple mistranslation - plano = plan (noun) or flat (adjective) salud el ultimo gaitero de la frontera On Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 9:33 PM, Julia Say [1]julia@nspipes.co.uk wrote: I've just received this message, and I've mislaid my babel fish. Would the consensus

[NSP] Re:

2010-09-08 Thread Matt Seattle
Will the Barber (or won't he?) On Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 5:14 PM, Gibbons, John [1]j.gibb...@imperial.ac.uk wrote: 4-bar jigs are worth thinking about too - see 'I cannot get time to play with my hinny' (both versions) on FARNE, or of course 'Wylam Away'. There

[NSP] Re: The Grand Chain

2010-07-08 Thread Matt Seattle
It seems from [1]http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/GRA_GRAPE.htm that it is in fact La Grande Chaine and that Le Grand Chien is the mondegreen but truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, or more slippery than friction -- References 1.

[NSP] Re: The Grand Chain

2010-07-08 Thread Matt Seattle
Thanks Francis, but the credit goes to Paul Gretton! -- To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Newcastleton Piping Comps

2010-06-24 Thread Matt Seattle
NEWCASTLETON TRADITIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL has the longest running Border piping competition in Scotland and the only Northumbrian smallpipe competition in Scotland. This year's date is 3 July. [1]http://newcastleton.com/ [2]http://newcastleton.com/comps2010.html Entry

[NSP] Re: Rosslyn Castle

2010-04-26 Thread Matt Seattle
An early sighting is in Oswald CPC Vol 4 where it is called Roselana Castle: 2 strains of air followed by 2 of variation followed by 4 'Brisk' 6/8 jig strs. The tune has been attributed to Oswald - it was previously published by McGibbon as Glamis Castle in 1746 but Purser's notes

[NSP] Re: Rosslyn Castle

2010-04-26 Thread Matt Seattle
On Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 2:18 PM, Richard York [1]rich...@lizards.force9.co.uk wrote: what about the Scottishness of Welshness of the shape of the tune? I don't know enough about Welshness to comment, but to me the tune sounds more rooted in a particular time than a particular

[NSP] Miss Forbes' Farewell

2010-04-07 Thread Matt Seattle
On the subject of sharing tunes in emails, here's a transcription I did recently after Anthony Robb reminded me of Will Atkinson's playing of Miss Forbes' Farewell. It's very slightly idealised, in that Will does play all the 'deviations' included in the second pass through the tune,

[NSP] Re: key springing.

2010-04-05 Thread Matt Seattle
Having been thoroughly negative, if someone else can get a program going (the use of modes in Border music, Matt? grin), I'll attend if at all possible. I'll give it some thought. My own disincentive for doing anything much there is that I don't want to miss the Border

[NSP] Re: travelling with NSP

2010-03-19 Thread Matt Seattle
On Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 2:30 PM, [1]pscot...@gmail.com wrote: many thanks to all on this posting response Knowing what Dublin airport security is like, it would be remarkable if they even notice anything unusual at all. Paul It is common for Uilleann

[NSP] Re: Holy/Holey Halfpenny

2010-02-18 Thread Matt Seattle
proverbial saying (see [1]http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=38961 if interested). On Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 1:45 PM, Matt Seattle [2]theborderpi...@googlemail.com wrote: I'm currently putting what I hope are the finishing touches to the new edition of Bewick's Pipe Tunes. I've

[NSP] Re: pipe cases

2010-02-18 Thread Matt Seattle
On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 2:30 PM, DEREK LOFTHOUSE [1]dloftho...@shaw.ca wrote: There is a Belgian on the HurdyGurdy list, who is in the military, who has tried to blow up his Pelican case (empty) with grenades but it survived intact. DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME !

[NSP] Holy/Holey Halfpenny

2010-02-15 Thread Matt Seattle
I'm currently putting what I hope are the finishing touches to the new edition of Bewick's Pipe Tunes. I've reverted to Robert's Holy Halfpenny title , corroborated by another early local source, rather than the later Holey, and written The significance of either interpretation is

[NSP] Re: Holy/Holey Halfpenny

2010-02-15 Thread Matt Seattle
poor Matt should have known better than ask for anything conclusive... ;) Keep it coming, please - poor Matt -- To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: Memories of Father Angus MacDonell

2010-02-09 Thread Matt Seattle
Not Northumbrian or pipes, nor Cape Breton, but some may enjoy this 1972 RTE prgramme on John Doherty the Donegal fiddler, in 5 parts. Part 1 is [1]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiehZZ2tXKg -- References 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiehZZ2tXKg To get on or off this

[NSP] Re: Sliabh na m'bhan (was Gaelic Pronunciation)

2010-02-06 Thread Matt Seattle
On Sat, Feb 6, 2010 at 6:21 PM, Julia Say [1]julia@nspipes.co.uk wrote: On balance I think it's been of great use to a large number of people over the years. Sure. And everybody has a bad slow air day once in a while, no big deal. -- References 1.

[NSP] Re: Gaelic Pronunciation - pedantry warning

2010-02-05 Thread Matt Seattle
It's all beyond me, I don't know my Erse from my Alba On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 5:04 PM, Paul Gretton [1]i...@gretton-willems.com wrote: Good point! Similarly, we don't say Deutsch when we mean German or Nederlands when we mean Dutch. In the same vein, it annoys me when

[NSP] Warning: scam

2010-01-21 Thread Matt Seattle
I found the following on Amazon for a hefty price - Music of Northumbria: Northumbria, Folk music, Border ballad, Northumbrian smallpipes, Bagpipes, Fiddle, The Ballad of Chevy Chase, Rapper sword, ... Bagpipe, Border pipes, Pastoral pipes (Paperback) by Frederic P. Miller

[NSP] Re: NSP oil for pipes and key pads

2010-01-13 Thread Matt Seattle
I can attest to extremes of skin chemistry. At a gig once where I was playing electric guitar another band asked to borrow our gear for a song or two. I lent their guitarist my newly-strung instrument, and when he returned it a few minutes later the strings were rusty and dead.

[NSP] Re: NSP

2010-01-06 Thread Matt Seattle
Etiquette Only couple of gross offenders, but please don't include EVERY message in a thread when you reply to it, just the relevant bits Happy New Year -- To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: What to call youself

2010-01-06 Thread Matt Seattle
On Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 8:11 PM, Ernie Shultis [1]cmcpi...@hotmail.com wrote: Cauldwind Pipes Or as Colin Ross strategically called then, the ambient-air-temperature pipes, thus successfully and wisely scuppering an attempt to change the Lowland and Border Pipers' Society into the

[NSP] Re: NSP item on BBC Radio 4

2010-01-01 Thread Matt Seattle
I don't suppose anyone wants to hear my theories about Holey Ha'penny? Francis Yes please -- To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: schei greiss

2009-11-04 Thread Matt Seattle
Notereader makes Hornpipes sound fairly good in 21/16, with dotted and undotted quavers alternating. Do you mean 20/16, John? Any system of notation relies on a culture which knows how that particular music is played, just as any written language relies on people knowing

[NSP] Re: [nsp] file

2009-11-01 Thread Matt Seattle
I agree with Julia on the idiosyncratic nature of the Kielder Jock ms. Note that the title and composer have been supplied by another hand. The version of Barrington is one musician's rendering, and valuable as such, but I don't think it improves on the 'original', which is what the

[NSP] Re: musical form

2009-09-25 Thread Matt Seattle
Call and response is a good term Stephen, as is Colin's question and answer. I think it's kan ha diskan in Brittany, and no doubt there are other terms from other places. I'd noticed this in pipe tunes (e.g. Lasses Boozes Brandy, Sweet as Sugar Candy, Cuddie Claw'd Her) and I'd

[NSP] Re: Whinshields thingummy

2009-09-19 Thread Matt Seattle
The FARNE site does not make it clear enough that I did NOT write the Morpeth Rant article. I would rather it did make it clear because I don't wish to take the credit or the blame for what I didn't write. I DID write the other three and also the Introduction to the Core Tunes

[NSP] Re: [NPS-Discussion] Cut and Dry Dolly

2009-09-17 Thread Matt Seattle
On Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 12:51 PM, [1]richard.hea...@tiscali.co.uk [2]richard.hea...@tiscali.co.uk wrote: Speaking purely personally, and without further evidence at this stage, the definition that most appeals to me is that relating to a kirn-dolly the last corn to be cut

[NSP] Re: Looking for other NSP players in Suffolk or East Anglia

2009-08-12 Thread Matt Seattle
and A and only goes up to f# on the fiddle's top string. I would ask NSP players to comment on the above from their own experience. Matt Seattle On Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 1:47 PM, Gordon Brown [1]gor...@10db.co.uk wrote: Many thanks to all who replied, I've given this lots

[NSP] Re: [NPS-Discussion] Robert Bewick tune

2009-08-04 Thread Matt Seattle
This thread seems to have been split between the dartmouth and NPS groups so I'm resending this bit to both. I've since checked SMM and found that the link ([1]www.gleeman.org) provided by Richard gives an inaccurate transcription and midi of SMM, which is actually closer to Oswald

[NSP] Re: [NPS-Discussion] Robert Bewick tune

2009-08-04 Thread Matt Seattle
Below is the SMM version, and I'm pretty sure it's now exactly as in the book on my lap, except that I have joined the note groups rather than left them separated as in the vocal score. There is still the possibility that Robert had a different local version or a distinct tune;

[NSP] William Dixon Weekend, 17-18 October 2009

2009-08-02 Thread Matt Seattle
with me if attendance is sufficient. I hope to be able to offer excellent catering at a reasonable price as an optional extra. Accommodation is not included and should be arranged by participants. To register an interest or a firm intention, email Matt Seattle off-list and you

[NSP] Re: Transposing music

2009-08-02 Thread Matt Seattle
On Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 3:12 PM, Christopher Gregg [1]chrisdgr...@gmail.com wrote: I am looking for a way to transpose some duet parts from G down to the key of F without having to wrie it all out by hand. Any suggestions? Yes. Just read it down one note

[NSP] Re: [NPS-Discussion] Robert Bewick tune

2009-07-26 Thread Matt Seattle
That's a fine tune from the Scots Musical Museum. I checked for other versions and found it's also in Oswald (c.1750), 'What shou'd a Lassie do wi an auld Man'. Different details - no snaps, and in G/Em rather than D/Bm - but basically the same melody. I'll post the abc but haven't

[NSP] Newcastleton Festival Piping Competitions

2009-06-23 Thread Matt Seattle
The 40th Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival [1]http://www.newcastleton.com takes place 3-5 July. There are piping competitions on the Saturday afternoon. I've been asked to judge them and to spread the word. Northumbrian Pipes (all classes) 2.30 pm in the Community Room,

[NSP] Re: re notes v. ear

2009-06-11 Thread Matt Seattle
On 6/11/09, anth...@robbpipes.com anth...@robbpipes.com wrote:   When asked what the   third tune was, Robin said he hadn't a clue - he'd forgotten the tune   he was going to play and set off making a new tune up as he went along. This has happened on several occasions with Border

[NSP] Re: [NSP] Re: Peacock’s Tunes Facsimile

2009-06-11 Thread Matt Seattle
On 6/10/09, Dave S david...@pt.lu wrote: I,m sure it's online somewhere Francis, but my question is who actually learnt these tunes from the tradition --- ie from someone who learnt them from someone whose knew someone  who learnt from Peacock ? do we have anyone -- if so could they please set

[NSP] Re: Was: this list is safer now//speed

2009-06-10 Thread Matt Seattle
 I'm still bashing away at Peacock, and only recently took note of the  metronome settings in the recent edition, some of which are, to me,  stratospherically fast. I have never taken note of them so can't comment. What I eventually took note of was the remark of Thomas Bewick quoted in

[NSP] Re: Was: this list is safer now//speed

2009-06-10 Thread Matt Seattle
in case you didn't spot my mistake B/c/dgd rather than Bcgd should read B/c/dgd rather than Bdgd To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: this list is safer now

2009-06-09 Thread Matt Seattle
On 6/9/09, Di Jevons d...@picklewood.info wrote: I do think however there is a danger that 'life and bounce' can be mistaken for 'breakneck speed' Well said, Di. Going further, 'life and bounce' are (imho) incompatible with 'breakneck speed'. Try, for example, to play a jig with any kind of

[NSP] Re: EGM

2009-05-23 Thread Matt Seattle
I am pleased that a new form of words has now been proposed. I could not have signed the previous motion, as I can neither have nor lack confidence in a decision which resulted from circumstances and discussions of which I only have very partial knowledge. I have no knowledge of Joyce Quin;

[NSP] Re: Colin Ross

2009-05-21 Thread Matt Seattle
Another vote in favour - if Colin is willing, obviously To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: Fenwick tutors

2009-04-29 Thread Matt Seattle
On 4/29/09, Anthony Robb anth...@robbpipes.com wrote: Having said that (to paraphrase Cardinal Newman) - No man would do anything if he waited until he could do it so well that someone somewhere would not find fault with what he has done. True, Anthony. I spend a large proportion of my time

[NSP] Re: nps

2009-04-28 Thread Matt Seattle
A lot of sense in there Barry. It's easy to forget, if one is struggling with the intricacies of technique, that a relatively uninformed listener will not actually give a hoot about closed or open fingering, but *will* respond to musicality on a macro-level. I have seen in more than one context

[NSP] Re: Lisa Ridley

2009-04-14 Thread Matt Seattle
I went to that Manitas de Plata concert too! There's a strange convergence in mentioning Manitas de Plata here. During his period of fame, which I also remember, he was lionized by the great and good (e.g. Picasso, Dali), who, I suspect, would have seen him as a kind of unsophisticated 'product

[NSP] Re: Lisa Ridley

2009-04-14 Thread Matt Seattle
As far as I can remember there are quite a few dance  tunes in the Peacock collection. I'm not able to check how ranty they are the moment I'm thinking specifically of variation sets - Cuckold, Cut Dry, I Saw My Love, Jack Lattin (however he's spelt) - which I suspect you can check from your

[NSP] Re: Re:

2009-04-13 Thread Matt Seattle
On 4/13/09, Ian Lawther irlawt...@comcast.net wrote: ... Session A7 among many others. I think you mean Session A9 Ian. Session A7 is me and Bill Telfer, and we rock. To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: Re:

2009-04-13 Thread Matt Seattle
My mistake Matt - but then you too are a kid from Kent (and more precisely I think you and Tim Edey are both native to the Planet Thanet) 'Tis true, sir (along with Tracy Emin Edward Heath), though my genes are from elsewhere. As are my jeans. To get on or off this list see list

[NSP] Re: Queries

2009-04-13 Thread Matt Seattle
  Now the stupid question - is there any reason why I shouldn't play   while pregnant? Of course. Peacock tunes only, though. It might the last chance to save the world. To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

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