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The flageolet is a bit messy in this one. I was improvising, more or less. Lyrics: Massa's such a stingy man, And every body knows him; He never pays his tai...

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Comment by Timothy Twiss on June 12, 2018 at 6:36pm

That is O Pray Goody from Briggs'. I always wondered what the source was. Thanks. And, nice job.

Comment by Chris Prieto on June 12, 2018 at 6:59pm

That was great!

Comment by Matthew Menice on June 12, 2018 at 7:01pm

Thank you, Mr. Twiss and Mr. Prieto. I saw Carl Anderton play this song, so I thought I'd give it a go.

Comment by Strumelia on Thursday

The loose playing of the flageolet here is totally charming.  Can you post a picture of yours?  and How is it different than a pennywhistle?


Comment by Strumelia on Thursday

Note also... another old image with the triangle in the minstrel lineup.

Comment by John Masciale on Thursday

Well done!  Strumelia, we have been using the triangle more frequently, it really does add to the music. Elaine and I are rather annoyed with the Geico triangle solo.  We were doing one years before that commercial came out...

Comment by Matthew Menice on Thursday

Upon further research, I found out that, as well as being a woodwind, a flageolet was another title they used for a pennywhistle. Probably because they sound so similar. That being said, I am only using a pennywhistle. I simply called it a flageolet as an attempt to sound historically accurate. Looking through archive.org, and the works of Elias Howe, (of Ethiopian Glee Book fame) I found that he released a song book for flageolet including a few minstrel songs. And I am planning on getting a triangle soon! I just wonder what material they were made out of then...

Comment by Strumelia on Friday

Matthew... awesome!

Comment by Richard Katz on Friday

Comment by Strumelia on Friday

Yes, old flageolets were made from wood bodies and were quite fancy.  From the picture, the whole head/hole/keys arrangement looks substantially different from simple pennywhistles or fifes.  Though I too recall reading somewhere that people sometimes called PWs 'flageolets' at some place or time.


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