Lakeland Fiddlers

I have just returned from a session at Staverly, Lake District where there was a fiddlers Session run by Carolyn Francis. A nice evening with a lot of different sorts of tunes and rhythms: 3/2 hornpipes, jigs reels, waltzes, slow airs, and a bit of Country and Western! It is the type of session where any contribution is welcome. The session was mainly fiddles, but also a piccolo, 1 bodhran, tamborines, guitarist, mouth blown Border pipe, flutes, recorders, and a melodian. I played my Northumbrian Smallpipes, Scottish Smallpipes, Border Pipes (all bellows blown) and Gaita.

I played a slow air on my NSP and a a man said he had not heard that melody since 40 years ago! He had heard it once played by the Battlefield Band when he had moved up to Cumbria and liked it, but did not know the title of it. It was called Johnny Armstrong, a Border Ballad melody.

I also met 2 people who play the gaita in the Cumbrian Gaita Band, which are now meeting once a month in Kendal/Cumbria.

I also learned that there is an monthly meeting of Northumbrian Smallpipers near to Carnforth, I think it was the 3rd Friday of the month.

Author: ethnopiper

A Ethnomusicologist and musician of traditional music, Small pipe maker, teacher and workshop presenter ...

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