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The Pipe on the Hob (Jig)

This is a real classy piping jig. Clancy and Ennis spring to mind, of course, as does Liam Og.

The 'partially-opened-top-hole-with-chanter-raised' C natural possibilities on the chanter really makes something of it that's not available to other instruments. Pat Mitchell very appropriately refers to that note (isn't it a world of notes unto itself?) as the 'Clan-C'!

Regards,

Harry.

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I recently got a nice new D chanter made by Makoto Nakatsui in Sapporo, Japan.

Makoto is making lovely stuff; nice lively and responsive instruments with lots of character. Check out his web pages for sound clips and pics:

http://nakatsuipipes.com/

This chanter is made of ziricote. I'm hoping to add drones and a couple of regs to it when my boat comes in (or my horse... or lottery numbers... whichever's first!)

I'm not much used to playing in D, and I generally find D chanters to be very different beasts to their flat pitched, civilised brethren - but I thought I'd lash down an old piping standard to celebrate the new arrival.

I generally cite Clancy when I think of this tune on the pipes, but I've heard a lot of the good players putting a nice shape on it (do a search on the title on NPU's online archive for a great rendition of it from Felix Doran).

Regards,

Harry.

p.s. Watch yer ears! I hadn't much time to EQ this recording well; it's a bit spiky.

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The Bantry Hornpipe.

Ciarán asked me to have a whack at this one, so here it is, my man.

This is another one that Ennis made supremely 'pipe sensible', although I think I heard Jimmy O'Brien Moran and/or Tommy Keane playing it before I ever clapped ears on the Ennis recording.

Nice tune to play. I like the 'ghost D' carry-on in the last part, it really gives it a touch of piping class, to my ear. That's an Ennis thing of course.

Regards,

Harry.

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The Flannel Jacket (Reel)

Ennis played this reel up against the Milliner's Daughter that I recorded recently.

An unusual thing about this one, which is a very nice feature of Ennis' setting, is the C natural roll in the second part: Playing it off the knee, with the top-hole-partially-vented-type-C-natural, while doing the roll fingering, is a very interesting exercise in manipulating and controlling the chanter.

Regards,

Harry.

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The Ravelled Hank of Yarn (Reel)

Here's a Clancy classic. Nice old tune.

I've lost my EQ settings, so this one may be a bit 'hot' on the old highs and high mids.

More restraint may have been in order on the old BCB triplets, but there you go.

Regards,

Harry.

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