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  1. Crystal, I'm not a fiddler, only a listener. If my opinion counts, I love Alasdair Fraser's work. The Road North is one of my favorites.
  2. Crystal, here is a website that might help. http://og-man.net/ It's called "Every Celtic Thing on the Web". I can't vouch for every, but it does have lots of links, including history of the various branches of the Celts, language, music . . . just about anything you would want to know. Have fun.
  3. Here's a short history of Clan MacLeod. http://www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Set/3242/mac.html And here's one for Dunvegan Castle: http://www.dunvegancastle.com/index.htm We were able to visit this place a few years ago (once in a lifetime trip ). Saw the "fairy flag" and dungeons and everything. It was especially interesting that the family still lives there. You might find more information by doing a web search.
  4. Dunvegan, try this: http://www.ingeb.org/songs/dunvegan.html I don't know if it's word for word, but there is a translation. [This message has been edited by D.H.Parker (edited 04-27-2001).]
  5. One more question (I hope that's all.) Would the bugs that eat the bow hair also attack gut strings?
  6. Again, thanks for all your help! Don't worry, Deb. If this mystery is ever published, I'll be sure to let everybody know.
  7. I had thought about the Celtic knot design, not for the first fiddle, but for another one which figures in the story. Have you ever come across a fiddle with inlays of different woods or would that change the sound too much?
  8. I NEVER would have thought of rattlesnake rattles. Thanks, Bob. That's an interesting bit of knowledge.
  9. Wow! You folks are great! This is exactly the information I needed. Thanks so much for your help.
  10. This is a question for fictional purposes, but it does concern a stringed instrument so I hope it's ok to put it in this part of the forum. My character has found an old fiddle in the attic. Not the cliched hidden treasure, just something that a farm laborer loved and used in the 1890s. My questions are: What might the case look like? (Can you recommend any web sites where I could see one?) What might a pack-rat kind of person from this era stash in his fiddle case with the fiddle? Thanks!
  11. I believe "Both Sides the Tweed" was written by Scottish composer Dick Gaughan, so is still under copyright. However, his web page does have at least the melody line and words to it and he grants limited permission for its use. Hope this helps. http://www.dickalba.demon.co.uk/songs/index.htm
  12. A long time ago I asked for your recommendations about a video that would help me visualize some of the things my fictional fiddler would be doing. I ended up with Kevin Burke's second Irish fiddling video ordered from Elderly Instruments. It's extremely helpful, so I just wanted to say thanks to those of you who made suggestions. For what it's worth (if anything), Mr. Burke seems to be wearing a watch on his left wrist and a ring on each hand. By the end of the tape, it also looks like he has a problem with darkening fingertips.
  13. My son gave me Bonnie Rideout's "Soft May Morn" for Christmas. The last cut is one of those pipe pieces which goes for 8 minutes and 39 seconds. I can't judge the performance from a violinist/fiddler's perspective, but as a listener, I can say it is amazing! [This message has been edited by D.H.Parker (edited 01-02-2001).]
  14. quote: Originally posted by AJ: I wonder if there are any of his performances on video, I'd love to have one. Yes, AJ. Amazon.com lists several of them. You could probably get them other places, too. [This message has been edited by D.H.Parker (edited 11-15-2000).]
  15. Ah, if only we still had comedians like Jack Benny! Thanks, Stacy.
  16. I wish we could be there! I wish we could be there! I wish we could be there! . . . Rats. The ruby slippers just aren't working.
  17. Oooooh. Spooky. Are you the author, bobcat? Happy Friday the 13th.
  18. quote: Originally posted by Oldbear: I'd like to see someone with some high frequency-producing equipment do some experiments with their dog or cat. It would be interesting to see, especially with dogs that howl, just what range of frequencies set them off. Around here dogs howl at any police/fire/amublance siren. I have no idea what frequencies those are, but they start howling before I hear the sirens. The dogs seem to be trying to hit the same note as the sirens.
  19. Hopefully someday there will be books in your local bookstore with this name on the cover. (They will will be on the mystery shelf and have a character who is a fiddler.) Then maybe you will see the books and say, "Ah, I remember . . . "
  20. Thanks very much for your suggestions. I checked out the site and it looks like some of those videos might be just right. I appreciate the input!
  21. Can anybody recommend a good video of fiddling? I don't want a music video-type thing, which can be more fantasy than fiddling, or a concert one with the (artistic) camera all over the place and sometimes more on the audience than the fiddler. I'm not sure a teaching video is exactly what I want, either, though that might be best. I would just like to watch a regular fiddler playing different tunes so that I could see posture, hand movements, how certain sounds are made, etc. (Hopefully, this would help me picture my fictional fiddler playing.) The best thing, I know, would be to watch a live fiddler, but they are, as my old Ozarks granny used to say, "scarce as hens' teeth" around here. I would appreciate any suggestions!
  22. Crystal, I've only been to one Renaissance Fair in my life and I'm no musician, but I have an old LP (anybody remember those?) with medieval music that sounds like what I heard there. The LP is called--surprise--"Medieval Music". The group playing is The Jaye Consort. I have no idea if any of this music exists on CD. If you don't get a better answer, I'll ask my sons, who go to Renaissance fairs about once a year. They might be able to come up with something.
  23. This is a little late, so don't know if it'll be much help. Rounder Records has a selection of "old time" fiddle CDs. I have a couple of their Ozarks collections. These are recordings of people who grew up in the given geographical area. Some of the fiddlers have passed away. It's great to hear the music as it was pre-Nashville and Branson. Then there's Canadian old time fiddle. You might check out Patti Kusturok's home page: http://www.angelfire.com/music/pattikusturok Her CD "Y2Kusturok" is one of my favorites. She also maintains a forum site (under links) for old time fiddlers.
  24. Sorcha mentioned playing for nursing homes and prisons. It made me wonder: who do you most enjoy playing for? Who most appreciates your playing?
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