ANother saxophone player is Fraser Fifield with the Scottish band Old Blind
Dogs, not Irish I realize but in the same vein! He's also an excellent
Also, has anyone ever come across Irish traditional music played on a
hurdy-gurdy, or vielle a roux to give it it's French name? There is French
band Ad Vielle Que Pourra who play around here (N. California) fairly
regularly who use one of these fascinating instruments. Their music is
obviously mostly French but some of it is celtic-influenced. The hurdy
gurdy has melody strings and drone strings which to me give it a definite
celtic sound, but I've never heard or seen an Irish or Scottish band using
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Subject: Re: Instruments in Irish music (Flute mostly)
Talking about Joe Skelton, Jim said:
He also could half hole most of the notes on the whistle at up tempo.
Sure enough, in Drumshambo, at the final concert, he was dared by June Ni
Chormaic- flute player with the very good group "Siona" who has just
released an album ("Launching the boat" DL001 Every good home needs one !)
- to play on the whistle one of those exhibition hornpipes few of us flute
players would dare get near with a fully keyed flute. And , no bother to
him, he did it at full speed, without missing a beat or a note, half-holing
all the way.
About flute and sax player: Many years ago Michel Bonamy who lives and
plays in Clare came to Paris with a couple of flutes of his own making.
He went home a little later with one flute less which stayed at my home
(It's still there) and taking back to Ireland my tenor saxophone which he
has played round the place ever since.
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