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traditional music

Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 5:51 pm
by bathfolkfest
At Bath Folk Festival we are really keen to keep traditional tunes alive so if you like the "sound" of that, why not come along to our summer school 10th -14th August or just come and listen to a whole range of traditional music? I'd be interested to know how many of you play instruments when you do the living history reenactments and how you know what to play. By the way has anyone been to the Bate collection in Oxford? Went there a few weeks ago- an amazing collection of old instruments and you can even try some of them out.

Re: traditional music

Posted: Sun May 17, 2015 3:12 pm
by Jack Campin
The week after, there is HISS in Scarborough (mix of early and traditional music):

http://www.hiss.org.uk/

I'll be at that, and then going on to Whitby Folk Week:

http://www.whitbyfolk.co.uk/

which sometimes has an early music event or two.

Re: traditional music

Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 11:56 am
by KAY M
I'm on the lookout for a reproduction of a type of ancient harp that I have seen in TV re-enactments; the type I mean looks very portable, ie an almost flat frame , and is roughly rectangular ( with the top edge curved) , and usually has 6 strings.... a search of various websites has shown me that so far I am looking in the wrong place! Any ideas?

Re: traditional music

Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 11:29 pm
by Jack Campin

Re: traditional music

Posted: Fri May 29, 2015 10:53 am
by KAY M
Yes, I think I do!Thanks so much..... does anyone know where I could hear a good player in action, ever?

Re: traditional music

Posted: Fri May 29, 2015 11:27 am
by Jack Campin
Michael Levy has set himself the slightly insane project of playing klezmer music on the kinnor:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF5rUiYR_X0

only anachronistic by about 2000 years. More Kinnor details:

http://www.ancientlyre.com/the_biblical_kinnor/

I think what players of Viking and Anglo-Saxon lyres do is usually a bit more believable, if less fancy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1f29rtaRYk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYGSagKYadg (discussion)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoI34A-MSNc (discussion)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHN9eWFLgvk (demo)

The usual technique makes it like a small autoharp - you damp the strings you don't want to sound.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Dx9mbkdQsA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHA5SvmJyJM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTxA-p6XoTQ

BTW I recently bought an instrument from Michael King on EBay (not a lyre) and can vouch for him as a reliable person to deal with who really knows his stuff about strong packaging.

Re: traditional music

Posted: Fri May 29, 2015 4:45 pm
by KAY M
Thanks again.... I listened to that stuff; fascinating. I've always been a bit of a guitarist, but I'm not very good, and my hands are going wonky, so I'm fiddling with a few odd old things.... maybe something to do in my old age..... :)

They are every pretty things indeed. And they look very portable for the travellor; you could sling them on a horse or other four legged thing, or chuck them on a cart, or on your back as you plodded from place to place... very practical, and rather sturdy in design.

Perhaps someone does courses.... :?

Re: traditional music

Posted: Fri May 29, 2015 4:59 pm
by Jack Campin
One of the makers sells an instructional DVD.

I think most accounts of lyre playing don't suggest that portability mattered. Whereas Irish harpers do seem to have lugged those great big lumps around from patron to patron. I always wondered what Thomas Moore was thinking:

The Minstrel Boy to war has gone,
With his wild harp slung behind him...

Really? He was going to a military campaign with a few weeks' rations, beermug, battleaxe, a change of socks and a "wild harp" in his rucksack?

Re: traditional music

Posted: Fri May 29, 2015 5:13 pm
by KAY M
Soldiers in Aghganistan took guitars.... and James Blunt tied one to his tank in Kosovo..... but seriously, those lyres look pretty portable to me; no weight to them and you could yomp all day and keep people awake all night. :)