Some of these soundfiles are a bit rough, but the purpose isn't to showcase my playing, but rather to give some idea of how the instruments sound. I am using an expensive Sony ECM-MS907 mic, probably a bit too close (less than two feet away from the chanter). Because of the mic placement, the back D sounds considerably quieter in these recordings than it does live. The perfect is the enemy of the good.
These recordings are of course copyright Bill Haneman 2006-2009. If anyone is interested I would be happy to create some recordings for release under a Creative Commons license (but not these, except for those used in the gallery page). Thanks.
In some cases the players had literally only had the set in their hands for seconds before these recordings were made, so please bear this in mind when listening. It's great to hear a classic set played by so many people nonetheless. Thanks to the folks featured for granting permission to post. Soundfile (15 MB)
Players, in order:
An Bonnan Bui, played on an original narrow-bore Taylor set pitched just below modern D. This set was reeded with the same design as used in my flat pitches and narrow-bore D, and is the set from which my current narrow-bore D model is derived (in A=440).
An Caiseadach Ban (reprise) Bflat chanter in ebony with two drones, design reconstructed from an altered Coyne original.
Paddy Whack Bflat chanter in ebony with two drones, design reconstructed from an altered Coyne original.Rocks of Bawn Bflat chanter, design reconstructed from an altered Coyne original.
Sean O'Duibhir an Ghleanna Bflat chanter, design reconstructed from an altered Coyne original.
The Morning Thrush Bflat chanter in ebony with two drones, design reconstructed from an altered Coyne original.
Bean Dubh an Ghleanna Bflat chanter in ebony with two drones, design reconstructed from an altered Coyne original.
Reel (name escapes me at the moment) Bflat chanter, design reconstructed from an altered Coyne original.
An Ghaoth Aniar Aneas Bflat chanter in ebony with two drones, design reconstructed from an altered Coyne original.
Scale/O'Suileabhain Mor. An ebony narrow-bore D chanter derived from a unique narrowbore Taylor. (Uses same reed as Coyne-derived chanters.)
An Caiseadeach Ban/The Drunken Gauger. B 3/4 set in ebony, based on an original full set in the National Museum of Ireland.
The Colliers' Reel (sorry about the noise in the background of this one). B flat Coyne-derived chanter in ebony - old design (2007).
How Can I Live at the Top of a Mountain (song air). B flat Coyne-derived chanter in ebony (old design - 2007).
An Buachaill Dreoite. B flat Coyne-derived chanter in ebony (old design, 2007).
A bit of chanter play inspired by the Mici Cumba O'Suillivan cylinder. B flat Coyne-derived chanter in ebony.
All the Ways to Galway (also known as The Road to Lisdoonvarna). C Coyne-derived chanter in european boxwood.
The Maid that Jigs it in Style. C Coyne-derived chanter in european boxwood.
The Butcher's March. C Coyne-derived chanter in european boxwood.
The Lament for Limerick/Nora Criona (These tune are somewhat abbreviated versions, for 'sound bite' purposes only). I am not a competent regulator player, but this tune does convey some of the character of the B regs. The mic was a bit too close to the regs in this recording, they sound a bit less loud in person. B three-quarter set in cocobolo.
The Green Fields of Canada (D): A beautiful air which I hope to which I hope someday to do justice. Concert pitch half set in ebony (the set newly pictured in the Gallery).
The Queen Of The Rushes (D):The playing of Maire ni Ghrada first brought this wonderful tune to my attention. Concert pitch half set in ebony.
The Curragh Races (D):A great tune for practicing off-the-knee tone color in dance tunes, and a great one for barks! Concert pitch half set in ebony.
The Queen Of The Fairies (D):A scary little tune that runs up to the third octave d on the first downbeat. You can tell I'm not used to playing d3, but the chanter doesn't mind at all. Concert pitch half set in ebony.
Garrai na Saileog(D): Concert pitch half set in ebony.
Chief O'Neill's Hornpipe (C#):I am not much of a regulator player yet, but I can't resist...C# one-regulator set in ebony.
The Fowler On The Moor and Jimmy Ward's Jig. Two current favorites C# one regulator set in ebony.
When Sick, Is It Tea You Want?: C# one regulator set in ebony.
Bean an Ti Ar LarThe Woman Of The House is On the Floor, a lovely tune I got from the playing of Tommy Reck. B set in cocobolo.
The Yellow Wattle/Sean Bui/The Lark In The MorningThree of my favorite jigs - the first from Clancy, the third (roughly) from the playing of Joseph McLoughlin. B set in cocobolo.
An Ghaoth Aniar AneasMy slightly atypical setting of a great tune. B set in cocobolo.
A Stor Mo Chroi/The Rambles of Kitty:A Stor Mo Chroi (a 'sentimental potboiler' to quote a certain personality), and Kitty's Rambles. B set in cocobolo.
Montgomery's Wedding March: My friend Paul wrote this tune as a wedding present for a friend. He plays it here with our friend Carol, on 'chanter #1' a C# half set in pearwood.
Bonny Anne: I play up the scale, followed by a brief blast of Bonny Anne on a C# half set in rosewood. This set is the C# prototype that started it all...
The Plains of Boyle: I play up the scale, followed by the Plains of Boyle on a Coyne-type pearwood C chanter. I have come to the conclusion that other timbers have more "bite" for C.
...More sound samples to follow, ...stay tuned