When I built the kontrabasharpa I kept enough wood back to build a Moraharpa – just in case. Having just returned from Halsway I am full of new tunes and lots of inspiration – including returning to this topic! So here’s the start – the first drawings.
It’s clear, now that I have started the drawings, that this is a bit of a strange instrument! I think it will be a lot of fun …
The first kontra bow I made was OK, but I thought I could do better, especially when I was lucky enough to get some black horsehair! Continue reading
When we were in Sweden, I had forgotten to ask someone to bring some nyckelharpa strings to Österbybruk for my stock – I like to change the playing strings every year or so. I was going to ask someone to bring some over to Halsway in September, but duckduckgo-ing revealed that the String Zone now stock them. Excellent!
A long planned visit to Shetland with the family. Great that Geth finally got to see Shetland in the sun, and that Steff had lovely weather (and ponies!) to help make her first visit memorable. Continue reading
In Shetland I really wanted to go to a session at the Lounge Bar (famous music pub) and play the tune “Da Lounge Bar” by Annlaug Borsheim, but was just a little thwarted! Continue reading
We have been at the Boda Bar for about a year, but it’s closing on Tuesday. The Boda Bar group will still be there, and we don’t know what will happen at the current venue – so keep watching the Edinburgh Scandi Session website to find out where we end up! Photo of the survivors of the session above – there were eight of us in total but others had to go earlier.
We had a great (if very brief) visit to Inverness, to the “Out of the Box” concert where David Chadwick was performing on nyckelharpa in Inverness Cathedral. Continue reading
A lovely warm day – up to about 29C at maximum inland – so rather than the usual swim at the pool Anne and I went off to the beach at Yellowcraigs. Continue reading
Final 50th anniversary celebration photo – the command module and service module on the way home after transearth orbit injection. (I think it’s 1/100 scale)
Another great session at The Steam Packet in Isle of Whithorn with some lovely musicians. Sadly no fiddles there but the nyckelharpa did its best to make up!