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Video Co. Antrim group: Scad the Beggars!
Posted by: Dick Glasgow - 06-09-2016, 03:24 PM - Forum: Other Music - Replies (2)

Hi folks,

Here's my 1st post to the new Forum ... hope it goes well Nigel.  Cool

It's a video of our wee group, playing over here in Norn Iron last Saturday at the 24th Broadisland Gathering in Ballycarry, Co. Antrim.

As you'll see, we play a wide variety of instruments, including Hammered Dulcimer, English Concertina, Fiddle, Northumbrian Pipes, Moothie, Whistles, Guitar, Harp, Fifes, Oboe & Piano Accordion. ... Sorry Nigel, we left the Mandolins at home this time.   Blush

We play a mix of Scottish tunes & songs, plus some Northumbrian & Irish tunes.


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  Tune suggestion/recommendation
Posted by: kypfer - 28-08-2016, 11:42 AM - Forum: Scottish Music - Replies (2)

Whilst browsing around I came across a selection of fiddle tunes, many of which seem to have a Scottish heritage or influence, one of which particularly took my fancy.

You might care to check out "The Grey Widow's Song" included at http://www.riddellfiddles.co.uk/index.ph...resources/ (about half-way down in the "G"'s).

Nice and slow, so suits my skill levels admirably, but with sufficient "flavour" to make it interesting to play Smile

I've included a link instead of a listing just in case of any copyright issues - enjoy !

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  NGMS Mandolin Classes
Posted by: nigelgatherer - 27-08-2016, 12:52 PM - Forum: Nigel Gatherer's Classes - No Replies

Nigel Gatherer's Music School

Booking is now open for all my Edinburgh mandolin classes. Full details at the links below.

NGMS Beginners Mandolin
Tuesdays | 6pm | Morningside United Church

NGMS Improvers Mandolin
Tuesdays | 7pm | Morningside United Church

NGMS Intermediate Mandolin
Tuesdays | 8pm | Morningside United Church

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  As easy as ABC?
Posted by: JAJ - 26-08-2016, 07:54 AM - Forum: Scottish Music - Replies (6)

I'm not sure if this is the right category for this discussion but we can restrict it to Scottish music if we wish... Smile 

There's a discussion elsewhere https://thesession.org/discussions/39461  which is a bit of an old chestnut but I thought it might be good to hear the views of people here.

In short, I use both systems but while I think "ABC" is a useful tool for simple melodies e.g. the "bare bones" versions (Though in many cases, these are enough)  of most traditional and other tunes,  it is less useful for more complicated and ornamentated arrangements. Apparently, there is still a lot of scope but, in my opinion, it makes the process too cumbersome for my liking and "staff notation" is much better when you require a learn more detailed arrangement.

What are your thoughts?

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  The Mandolin Companion
Posted by: Eric R - 25-08-2016, 03:57 PM - Forum: Scottish Music - Replies (1)

Whilst the main pursuit of some musicians who play folk music appears to be based solely around speed, I am sure that there are many who are keen to develop their overall level of expertise. Those of us who were lucky enough to be able to attend workshops or lessons by the late Alison Stephens may well have received handout exercises for them to work on. Sadly, she was taken from us before these could be expanded and printed in book form. However, one of her students, Chris Acquavella, who is now an international mandolinist in his own right, has taken up Alison's project, and I am delighted to say that The Mandolin Companion has recently been published by Astute Music (check this company out on the web if you haven't come across it before) in both spiral bound and download form. It is designed to help mandolin players at all stages in their development, from beginner to advanced, and its 77 pages are crammed full of useful exercises, studies and excepts. I highly recommend it. Eric.

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  New members
Posted by: John Kelly - 23-08-2016, 07:25 PM - Forum: The Gathering Forum Admin - No Replies

Have been watching the new enrolments slowly coming in, and am glad to see some of the old regulars re-joining - Eric, Alistair, JAJ and Ray (T) so far.  Hoping to see the forum beginning to get active soon with all the dicsussion that was here previously.

Must be a nightmare for Nigel having to authorise each one as it comes in, and so many not really being genuine applications.  Thanks again Nigel for maintaining the forum and the whole site.

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Posted by: nigelgatherer - 09-08-2016, 06:57 PM - Forum: The Gathering Forum Admin - Replies (10)

Figured it out, so now members can post and reply. Any further problems, please let me know.

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  Not Working
Posted by: nigelgatherer - 09-08-2016, 06:47 PM - Forum: The Gathering Forum Admin - No Replies

I'm aware that the settings aren't right, and that members cannot reply or post. I'm trying to work out how to fix it, but haven't as yet - patience, please...

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  Gatherer's Grand Collection
Posted by: nigelgatherer - 08-08-2016, 08:39 PM - Forum: Scottish Music - Replies (19)

In my idle moments I've put together two new digital books, the first two volumes of what I'm calling "Gatherer's Grand Collection". The contents are mostly in sets of two or three tunes, they're all Scottish, and they're all tunes I like. At the moment they only exist in standard notation, but mandiolin tab versions will appear at some point.

Gatherer's Grand Collection Volume the First

Gatherer's Grand Collection Volume the Second

Any problems with downloading, let me know.


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Information The New Gathering Forum
Posted by: nigelgatherer - 06-08-2016, 09:46 AM - Forum: The Gathering Forum Admin - No Replies

As regular visitors to The Gathering Forum know, it hasn't worked for months now. One of the reasons I was avoiding it was that it needed to be upgraded to a newer version of the forum software, and the last time I did that was not successful, and I had to re-install the older version. Well, I finally took the plunge and upgraded to the latest one...


...my fears were realised and it seems like I've lost all of the old forum. Blast! Perhaps someone who knows about these things may suggest a solution. In the meantime, we're starting from scratch. Sorry!

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