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Sedayne : Fiddlesangs

GUEST,Suibhne Astray 19 Feb 12 - 05:29 AM
Will Fly 19 Feb 12 - 06:15 AM
boldreynard 19 Feb 12 - 06:16 AM
GUEST,Suibhne Astray 19 Feb 12 - 06:30 AM
GUEST,Suibhne Astray 23 Mar 12 - 09:04 AM
GUEST,mattmilton 23 Mar 12 - 09:12 AM
GUEST,CS 23 Mar 12 - 09:23 AM
GUEST,CS 23 Mar 12 - 09:31 AM
GUEST,Suibhne Astray 23 Mar 12 - 10:38 AM
glueman 23 Mar 12 - 12:25 PM
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GUEST,Suibhne Astray 23 Mar 12 - 01:53 PM
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Ross Campbell 23 Mar 12 - 02:38 PM
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GUEST,Suibhne Astray 26 Apr 12 - 09:29 AM
GUEST,John from "Elsie`s Band" 26 Apr 12 - 09:39 AM
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GUEST,Suibhne Astray 27 Apr 12 - 04:25 AM
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GUEST,Suibhne Astray 27 Apr 12 - 05:28 AM
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Subject: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 19 Feb 12 - 05:29 AM

Fiddlesangs is my ongoing New Year's Resolve to learn a bunch of new songs & overhaul some auld yins for sessions, singarounds and (of course) Soundcloud. So this is just me singing with my fiddle, much as I do in sessions (only entirely sober); it's all live, no overdubs, and rough and raw as you like really. It's not an album, or even a project, just a bunch of folk songs & ballads by way of document rather than product. Each song is, however, fully downloadable, plus notes, words and suitable artworks. As of posting this, there's ten so far in this musical Blog, with more to follow...

For the curious:

http://soundcloud.com/sedayne-fiddlesangs


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: Will Fly
Date: 19 Feb 12 - 06:15 AM

Ah, lovely stuff as ever, Sean. Just enjoying "The Trimdon Grange Explosion" even as I write. This is just the sort of music from the tradition in just the sort of style that I thoroughly enjoy - and you do it superbly.

Must get down to the Fylde the next time I visit kith and kin in Lancaster and hear it all in the flesh!


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: boldreynard
Date: 19 Feb 12 - 06:16 AM

I have been enjoying the Fiddlesangs for the past few weeks and look forward to hearing what comes next. A great mix of songs, deftly played: thank you for sharing them with us!


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 19 Feb 12 - 06:30 AM

Whilst I'm not entirely sure what the next song'll be, I should think it'll be played on my New Fiddle, which we bought just yesterday in Forsyth's in MCR. It's an amatuer-made piece of Folk Art Treen basically, made by one George Elder in Didsbury in 1921. Has to be seen (and heard) to be believed, but I had a go & fell in love and I like to think it's mutual! Unmuted, it's louder than I can possibly sing (which is saying something) but muted it's got this warm buzz like a meadow of bees on a summer day.

Of course, it wasn't until we were on the tram back to the Ladywell P&R that I realised I wanted it, so we dived off at Deansgate-Castlefield and dashed up Deansgate to Forsyths with 10 minutes to spare before closing. Phew!


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 09:04 AM

Fiddlesangs has now reached its 2 hour limit which seems like more than enough for now; 24 songs in all by way of rough & ready howking into the glorious mire of traditional song which (along with maybe a dozen more) has me set up for sessions for the rest of the year.

This isn't about gigs & professionalism - though I might throw in the odd fiddlesang in a storytelling set - rather, this is about the Raggle-Taggle Vagabondian informality of vernacular minstrelsy, which would have sounded better on a wax cylinder. Whilst such an approach is anthema to most folkies (watch how swiftly this thread drops off the bottom!) I've already had a dozen or so requests for the double CD-R document (which comes with 4 pages of notes) and a further five asking for just the more archaic balladry. So far for the Soundcloud page there's 946 plays and 156 downloads, which is nice enough for a puckle o' sangs sung to while to cold winter away on an instrument I have no intention of ever learning to play properly least I ever end up sounding like anyone else other than me. Too much folk these days is just acoustic wannabe karaoke, which seems to me a bit of a waste really. My defination of Folk therefore : As good an interface between the Idiosyncratic and the Traditional as you can get.   

http://soundcloud.com/sedayne-fiddlesangs


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: GUEST,mattmilton
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 09:12 AM

"It's an amateur-made piece of Folk Art Treen basically"

someone made a fiddle out of the Mekon's minions?!!


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: GUEST,CS
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 09:23 AM

Cheers Sean, trust you & your lovely long haired Mrs are having a most fine Spring.


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: GUEST,CS
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 09:31 AM

Your King Orfeo is simply beautiful by the way. I'll be havin' that..


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 10:38 AM

Have away, CS - I've always felt in yr debt for Child Owlett anyway.


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: glueman
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 12:25 PM

Very nice indeed.


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: Acorn4
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 01:06 PM

Currently enjoying your duo CD which we've just bought.


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: olddude
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 01:13 PM

scale of 1 to 10 it is a 15, superb isn't strong enough. What great work ... loved every second of every song

wow


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 01:53 PM

Hey, thanks, guys! Seriously, that means a lot.

I now declare myself well & truly refreshed & ready to head off along the by-ways of darkest Norfolk with Rachel & the kids for a internet-free week communing with Mad March Hares & Medieval Churches untouched since the Reformation. And I've bargained for 2 hours to myself photographing the cloister bosses of Nowich Cathedral with the new camera whilst they all go off into town. Bliss!

Be back on-line (appropriately) on April 1st...


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: olddude
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 01:54 PM

Well post more for us ... dang you are good guy wow


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 02:38 PM

re mattmilton's post above, referring to Sean's new fiddle. I have seen the instrument, and there is definitely something of the Mekon about it. The body has a sort of "inflated" look, as if somebody had clamped the edges where the top and back meet the sides, turned the wood to plastic and pumped air into it. No ill effects on the sound, perhaps the increased internal capacity gives the increased volume that Sean describes.

For those who are neither male, aged 60 or more, nor from the UK, the Mekon was the super-intelligent arch-enemy of Dan Dare, hero of the science-fiction strip of the same name that featured on the cover of "The Eagle", comic/magazine published from 1950 to 1969.

The Mekon


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 03:07 PM

Superb stuff!
Enjoy your internet-free week, Sean..


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 26 Apr 12 - 09:29 AM

I did as well, Dave. Liberating on so many levels!

Anyway here's another; not a Fiddlesang, rather a Zithersang - the zither in this case being a Hungarian citera; a sort of wild ancestor of Appalachian dulcimer. This is Walt Whitman's Song of Myself #32 bookended by two versions of Gently Me Johnny, recorded (& ambiently enchanced) in 2008 in tribute to The Wicker Man and other such merry May* wyrdness...

http://soundcloud.com/sedayne/gently-johnny-song-32

* Yes, I know it's not May until Monday, but allow a boy to get excited; in an ideal world Beltaine would be a national holiday on a par with Xmas, in which case by now we'd be seeing all sorts of festive folkloric idents on BBC; and just imagine the cover of the Radio Times!


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: GUEST,John from "Elsie`s Band"
Date: 26 Apr 12 - 09:39 AM

Well done Sean. It all puts me in mind of our late, loved and lost friend and band member, Mike Hutchison with his Orcadian singing and playing.


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 26 Apr 12 - 01:57 PM

Great - this is a keeper, Sean - so can it be downloaded too?


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: GUEST,CS
Date: 26 Apr 12 - 02:43 PM

Luvlyjubs!

As for Norfolk we're off camping in Thetford forest in May which is only an hour and a half from us, so dead easy to manage for a few days. Not the best woodland going -being predominantly commercial plantations of pine- but really feeling a thirst right now to get out into the relative wilds for a breather after the winter season cooped up in a house.


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 27 Apr 12 - 04:25 AM

All downloadable, Dave - just MP3s though.

Woodlands in Norfolk, CS? I think of it as all open green hare-hopping vistas dotted with a myriad church towers, though I did chance on a fine beech wood near Tatterford complete with a huge fairy-crater so typical of that part of the world...


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 27 Apr 12 - 05:17 AM

Best listened to with NO electric glow of computer screens, no distractions but the flicker of candles indoors and roar of a wild wind outdoors.

I shared the page on my facebook. Hope that is ok and does not attract any unwanted traffic.


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 27 Apr 12 - 05:28 AM

No probs, VT. Are we FB friends yet?? You'll find me as Sedayne Astray.


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 27 Apr 12 - 09:11 AM

Thanks Sean, have downloaded it fine now.


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 03 May 12 - 11:14 AM

Check this out: The Werewolf Songs album feature in The Wire - featuring WINTER : WEREWOLF by Rapunzel & Sedayne (as Sedayne & Rapunzel...); very much a fiddlesang, albeit one we've made ourselves...

http://www.thewire.co.uk/articles/9030/


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Subject: RE: Sedayne : Fiddlesangs
From: GUEST,Blandiver
Date: 25 Jun 12 - 08:25 AM

Not a Fiddlesang, rather a Harpsang on themes of diverse Harelore...

http://soundcloud.com/sedayne/the-names-of-the-hare

Jack Blandiver (The Mudcatter Formerly Known as Suibhne O'Piobaireachd / GUEST Suibhne Astray)


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