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This second reel of track 6 is a setting of a tune more commonly called 'The Hare's Paw'.

Corry is an area on the north shore of Lough Allen in County Leitrim not too far from where McKenna was reared.

In the clip below I initially play the sort of rhythmic pulse which includes McKenna's unusual phrasing in the first part (where he takes a long breath/break after the long G).

I generally play this rhythm a bit more emphatically than McKenna does, and I'm playing with quite a different tone, so the effect is different in certain respects.

McKenna's accuracy and tone on the E rolls in this tune is top class.

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Intermission.

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Construction on the McKenna project has been held up because I'm moving house. I'll hopefully be back putting the timber plumbing in some time next week.

Regards,

Harry.

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Well, I was up to my blow pipe in exams and assignments there for a few months, so there was little elbow room for error, and now there is something important about to happen in the parallel universe of flute playing that is demanding my attention...

 

To celebrate the immanent release of the Complete Recordings of John McKenna I'm going to be giving my elbows even more of a rest and posting a few McKenna-inspired flute playing efforts here.

 

I'll be looking at some of the distinctive features of a clatter of my favourite recordings of his, particularly rhythm and how his rhythmic approach affected his sense of melody. The point is to enjoy the recordings and get inspired by and learn a bit from them. It's not my intention to just copy them for the sake of it: McKenna already did McKenna much better than I ever could.

 

It may be of interest to anyone who'd like to bring a bit of his approach into their own flute playing. Pipers are also invited, if they behave themselves. I may also sneak in the odd piping track now and again if I find time. You have been warned.

 

The double CD of 'The Complete Recordings' will soon be available to buy. I'll post links when it's up online.

 

Regards,

Harry.

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Debut!

My first 'commercial' recording on pipes is now available from iTunes HERE (track 6). It appears on a benefit CD of tunes and songs on a Boyle theme.

My track is a version of the song air Mainistir na Búille followed by a pipes setting of The Plains of Boyle.

It'll cost you all of the princely sum of 99 cent, and I can assure you it goes towards a very good cause.

...Buy a dozen as Christmas presents, or to scare people at Halloween with, or just to get rid of those 99 one cent coins that are cluttering up your sideboard... but buy 'em before stocks run out as I hear iTunes is running low on internet fluid!

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There won't be any publishing activity on this blog for a few weeks as we're currently in the process of moving house to the People's Republic of Cork.

 

Regards,

 

Harry (prospective langer).

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Summer Hiatus

I've been busy a lot lately, and my computer is still down (waiting on a recovery disk in the mail now), so no posts here for a while. I hope to be up and running again soon, or soon-ish.

In the meantime, I came across this nice Youtube playlist that compiles a lot of great videos of old piping, including some 78 record uploads. Well done that youtuber (and no small credit due to Kevin Rietmann for uploading many of the tracks)!

Regards,

Harry.

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Tionól & Donations.

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I'm tired and emotional after returning from NPU's annual Tionól in Listowel, Co Kerry. It was a fine weekend of piping, and related activities and diversions.

My computer, the one on which I'm set up to record, seems to have given up the ghost, so no tunes for a few days until I'm sorted there. In the meantime, I just wanted to draw your attention to the link to the 'NPU Donations' page of the Na Piobairí Uilleann website which can be accessed by clicking the logo pictured above as it appears in the 'links' menu on the right hand side of this page. If you enjoy this webcast, and would like to support the playing and teaching of the uilleann pipes, then please consider making a small donation so as to help NPU carry out their aims via a broad and very prolific programme of events and publications.

Many thanks to all who continue to check in to The Errant Elbow.

Regards,

Harry.

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Time Marches On…

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It seems like only yesterday when I uploaded the first sound file here (which sounded like an bum take from a wax cylinder recording session that had been rejected for particularly bad sound quality)... but it was actually a year ago today.

So thanks to all the people who have visited here 22384 times (last count); or to the one man or woman (let's face it, probably a man) who has visited 22384 times (last count). What can I say, if that's the case then you should get out more, buddy... and have some cake.

Pipe on, mo bros and sistos!

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