For the past half-week, I get a list of forums but cannot find a way to list the latest activity unless I go within each separate forum. How can I get back to receiving the site the way I used to…Continue
I heard an interesting discussion on NPR the other day. There was a study that found that we tend to associate lower-pitch notes with darker colors and higher-pitch notes with lighter colors. They…Continue
"I have that LP but my turntable is inoperable. Tried to download the YouTube audio but it appears to be protected. It's good to have as a reference but I never did enjoy it much for its listening "pleasurability"."
"That might raise an interesting consideration, Wes. Do you think Skinner's playing was similar to the era when most of the music was written (1780s-1830s ????) or do you think his playing was more similar to the "art music" that…"
"Nice. Will have to see if I can find that. As long as you posted a strathspey, I'll give you a head's up.
Alastair Fraser and Natalie Haas will be at the Ark in A2 tomorrow evening if interested. I think it's…"
"It would not really require too much. Lots of playing, and the organization of a concert. I think there are enough individuals with the group that could do some presenting.
Perhaps share some of the organizing remotely, so one person is not…"
"I was surprised to find it on harp but when I did I, too, thought it sounded great. And by the way,....does anyone know who this Alex Boatright is?!? Multi-talented! Harp, Cello, Anglo-Concertina, Button Accordion...."
"Ken, I'm confused. I'm merely an occasional participant on this website and not one who has any 'pull' or authority. Have you contacted John Masciale? I think he is the one who maintains the Minstrel Banjo…"
Al, That's the kind of thing you can either add as a link in a thread (there's a way to upload files to a given thread, click on the paperclip icon), or something as generally useful as that we can put under resources. Elaine has been going through period songsters and has a list of over 1800 songs at this point from the time period. The list is growing. I would put your spreadsheet under documetation.
I find that the most useful thing about the Weidlich book is his index of Minstrel Songs and which instructor they are in. It would be great to have some resources like that here on the site.
I'm not a re-enactor (though I do have a suit of funny clothes in the closet) so I usually don't always have to limit myself to completely period-appropriate performances. When I am doing a historic perfromance I use the "period" instruments that I happen to play — wooden flute, Scottish smallpipes, fiddle and sing unaccompanied. I've never earned the trick of self-accompaniment with fiddle. It's all I can do to play in tune when I'm not singing.
I mostly do 1812 songs from the Canadian point of view. My repertoire comes from old manuscripts and early published sources and also includes songs of the time that survived to be collected as part of the folk tradition in Ontario. I've been accumulating this stuff since the early 80s. Canada was much less urban than the eastern US at that time so there weren't nearly as many printed broadsides produced up here. Your Library of Congress website has lots of American 1812 songs online. (I'm envious)
In a concert setting, I'll usually perform this stuff in a more "folksingerly" context, as music from the past that has survived into the present. I use non-period instruments like steel-string guitar, mandolin and concertina and arrange songs to suit my own tastes — which to most people's ears are probably pretty arcane.