No pumpkins here!
Can you guess what it is yet? I’m a bit late … but it’s something I normally only do every three years …
(I wasn’t at number 3!)
Another great Scandi Session in Edinburgh – many thanks to all who attended, 11 musicians in total this time. The nyckelharpa had a great time!
Sorry, fuzzy photos, low light, phone 🙁
A truly excellent performance by Leveret this evening (Andy Cutting – melodeon; Rob Harbron – concertina; Sam Sweeney – fiddle) at the Traverse Theatre. Real English folk music, including some Playford and plenty of their compositions. We heard them on last week’s “Travelling Folk” and decided we had to go. Tremendous!
It didn’t take long to cut out the new tailpiece shape with hand saws, but I had a sore shoulder for a week or two afterwards!
The tailpiece on the kontrabasharpa was originally designed to be somewhat over-engineered, as I had no idea how strong it really needed to be, or what I could get away with. Also I still have no certainty as to what the wood is that I used to make it! However (a) it works fine and is certainly way too heavy, and (b) it looks a bit ugly as well as heavy. Something more delicate is called for, and we’ll hope it doesn’t break.
So there it is – another bit of recycled piano ready for some serious shaping.