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This track is a wee bit different (!) to what I’ve already posted and appears because a couple of MacJammers have expressed interest in hearing some of my fiddle playing…

This track was written about 5 years ago – I was attending a Highland fiddle workshop on the Isle of Skye (Scotland) and our tutor suggested that we all tried to come up with a tune for the last day. For some bizarre reason, rather than something in the Scottish Highland style, I came up with something which sounded a bit as though it were Eastern European Gypsy music.

The track is played here by Las Bragas (one of the groups I play with) and was recorded in one take with no overdubs. The band are Jim: percussion; Gaz: bass; Ed: Guitar; Daz: drums; and myself on fiddle.

I won’t bore you with how I chose the name, it really isn’t that interesting.
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Uploaded: Aug 15, 2005 - 09:35:44 AM
Last Updated: Jan 10, 2007 - 03:41:34 PM Last Played: Jan 30, 2017 - 03:58:02 PM
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drakonis said 4481 days ago (August 15th, 2005)
Wow!
This is great fun! Wonderful fiddling, great tune, Las
Bragas kept the pace nicely. You mention that the "track
was written" 5 years ago... was it recorded & mixed then,
or did you just recently re-record and remix? It sounds
very clean, and each instrument is well-mic'ed. 8s across
for a great tune, great virtuosity, great recording!

Hmmm... are you up for a violin collaboration? :-)

ttfn,
Drakonis
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Komrade K said 4481 days ago (August 15th, 2005)
Wow!
Thanks for your very positive feedback - the band's been playing this track for a
few years but we recorded it 18 months ago.

Definitely up for a collaboration - I haven't put fiddle onto a track on my own
computer yet but I'm hoping to very soon now that I've worked out how to do it
(LTD was recorded on a friend of a friend's who has lots of gear and seems to
know what he's doing)

KK
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TobinMueller said 4481 days ago (August 15th, 2005)
Fiddlers welcome!
This is so lively, so fun. Has a Klezmer feel to it. Delightful.
Having a fiddler available for collaboration will be fantastic.
Thank you for joining and sharing!
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Komrade K said 4481 days ago (August 16th, 2005)
Fiddlers welcome!
Thanks for having a listen and your generous feedback - am very keen to have a
go a few collabs
Check out my latest song called Urra Moor/The Leckie/Reel CJ/Willafjord
Rebsie said 4481 days ago (August 15th, 2005)
Woooh Jeez!
Well, I was looking forward to hearing your fiddle playing
... but I wasn't expecting anything quite like this! This is
really sensational playing. Wow. Gobsmacked.

More! More! More!
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Komrade K said 4481 days ago (August 16th, 2005)
Woooh Jeez!
Rebsie

Again I'm all aglow! I thank you

KK
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caroline said 4481 days ago (August 15th, 2005)
well the devil came up from georgia!
i never heard you do that in cheltenham sunshine but please come back and do it again - bloody fantastic - thank you so much - one fiddle x
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Komrade K said 4481 days ago (August 16th, 2005)
well the devil came up from georgia!
Never did understand that devil/fiddle connection but it pops up all over the
place - of course my fiddle is made of gold! (I wish...)

Were you ever connect with the Everyman? I used to work behind the bar there -
lots of parties - had a rollicking time.
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caroline said 4481 days ago (August 16th, 2005)
well the devil came up from georgia!
not the everyman - pffft! but the playhouse? now that is another story - you can serve me a drink anytime x
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Cameron said 4481 days ago (August 15th, 2005)
music of the heart
Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful piece here!

There is nothing like a "live" instrument, like your fiddle,
to convey emotion. I was dancing in the aisles listening to
this tune -- it has such wonderful energy, and the drum/
guitar accompaniment is very organic to the whole.

This piece has such a simple structure, easily identified
with...a universal "dance" theme of celebration -- and in a
minor key, yet! This is the push and pull of klezmer and
Eastern European music. All the emotions rolled into one!

I look forward eagerly to more things like this from you.
My only very minor suggestion for future songs like this
would be to raise the recording levels on the fiddle ever-
so-slightly, maybe give it a subtle touch of reverb, let it
shine forth even more brightly.

Wonderful playing, performance and recording on this!
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Komrade K said 4481 days ago (August 16th, 2005)
music of the heart
I like it when minor keys rock (and for that matter when major keys are
melancholy - Richard Thompson's great at that). No one's ever said that stuff
about this tune before - many thanks, I'll listen to it in a new light from now on!
Check out my latest song called Urra Moor/The Leckie/Reel CJ/Willafjord
Einarus said 4481 days ago (August 16th, 2005)
Weee!
Wow - I had a blast listening to this! Great fiddling!
Haven't heard a real fiddle on here for quite some time...
Really good and fun tune!
Thanks for sharing!
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Komrade K said 4480 days ago (August 16th, 2005)
Weee!
Hi E - glad you enjoyed it!!
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ninipe said 4480 days ago (August 16th, 2005)
Good one
That`s a nice tune but I don`t like to hear the fiddle playing so close to the bassline. In my opinion it would be more interesting to maka a clear seperation between the two instruments, because of the tonal width. The gypsy touch is a nice idea, well played, but doesn`t sound half as much as the native players. Don`t get me wrong: Overall a pretty good tune!

ninipe
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Komrade K said 4480 days ago (August 16th, 2005)
Good one
Thanks - pleased you liked it.

Perhaps you're right about the bass - Las Bragas hardly ever practise so these
things never get ironed out. Likewise we have a fairly irreverent take on world
music - so authenticity tends to take second place to having a good time (albeit
in a rather singular Las Bragas sort of way).
Check out my latest song called Urra Moor/The Leckie/Reel CJ/Willafjord
thetiler said 4480 days ago (August 16th, 2005)
Fun piece
Like was stated, nice celebration dance piece.
The fiddle really shines, it is great to hear more fiddle hear at
MJ.

Thanks for sharing
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selters said 4478 days ago (August 19th, 2005)
so cool!
I can listen to this for hours!!! nothing more to say actually. Its downloaded ;)
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Joanna said 4478 days ago (August 19th, 2005)
Wonderful!
This song is so much fun! Great fiddle playing and your
band supports you perfectly. I'm looking forward to
hearing more from you.
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said 4477 days ago (August 19th, 2005)
As Rebsie said........
"Well, I was looking forward to hearing your fiddle playing
... but I wasn't expecting anything quite like this! This is
really sensational playing. Wow. Gobsmacked."

This is music. Alive... Ethinic... Festive... and so totally
well done! As Tobin said, how great to have a fiddler
here at macjams. Do you do any Celtic/Irish tunes?
10-9-9-9 Fav'd and D/L'd.

Jack
Komrade K said 4474 days ago (August 22nd, 2005)
As Rebsie said........
Thanks for your feedback - yes I have been known to turn my hand to an Irish or
Scottish tune (or two!)
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wittybrit said 4475 days ago (August 21st, 2005)
If I had only known...
I would have asked you to play at my (Jewish) wedding (many years ago). Fabulous!!!
Komrade K said 4473 days ago (August 23rd, 2005)
If I had only known...
We love playing weddings - well if you're celebrating an anniversary and we
happen to be in the same country we'd love to hear from you!
Check out my latest song called Urra Moor/The Leckie/Reel CJ/Willafjord
Moco said 4475 days ago (August 21st, 2005)
Tight sound
I really enjoyed your fiddle playing, not sure about the bass
taking your melody line with you sometimes though - bass is
a bit loud really. But great to hear proper musiscians playing
so well.
bronco said 4475 days ago (August 21st, 2005)
Great Fiddle!
Seems like everything gets 8 or above these days but this
song actually deserves it! Great tone, melody! Technical
profficion combined with passion is an unbeatable
combination.
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Anonymous said 4474 days ago (August 22nd, 2005)
great fiddle playin
like the gypsy feel a lot. it`s fun to listen. got some turkish feel, too, in my opinion.
Quiet Lifer said 4474 days ago (August 22nd, 2005)
It's alive...
Wow, it's got my foot stomping away and my wife is hopping
around like a gypsy dancer.. I love this stuff. I love Skye also:
this is not evocative of that enchanted Isle but of the Baltics
maybe??
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Komrade K said 4473 days ago (August 23rd, 2005)
It's alive...
Welcome aboard QL. Glad you and your wife enjoyed this tune - not sure what
style it is really (probably a bit of an amalgam of all the various things I listen to,
I'm very keen on klezmer and Eastern European styles... could be Baltic even).
Obviously not a lot of Skye in there (other than to reflect the fabulous time I was
having!).
Check out my latest song called Urra Moor/The Leckie/Reel CJ/Willafjord
Tadashi Togawa said 4471 days ago (August 25th, 2005)
Race's descendant
The violin is cheerful, and melancholic.
A simple sound is exceeded the race and extends to the
world.
Swing and swing.

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Komrade K said 4471 days ago (August 25th, 2005)
Race's descendant
Tadashi, I enjoyed your feedback - I will endeavour to swing and swing!!
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Shimky said 4470 days ago (August 26th, 2005)
Las Bragas
Whose were they - a stranger's or the wife's??? ;O)

How can you record all of you in one take and get such a
FANTASTIC sound??? I'm amazed!
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Komrade K said 4470 days ago (August 26th, 2005)
Las Bragas
Congrats, you're the first to pick up on that! And a good question indeed...
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mandolinquent said 4462 days ago (September 3rd, 2005)
Swinging...
Wow, lovely, warm, lively playing. Really terrific. This is
really good fun too. Much kudos. Wish my fingers would
do a tenth of what you do there. Like your band too.
Much, much impressed. Thanks for that.
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Komrade K said 4462 days ago (September 4th, 2005)
Swinging...
Thank you very much Mando I really appreciate your comments - glad you
enjoyed it!

KK
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ceilidh said 4460 days ago (September 6th, 2005)
brilliant!!!!!!
oh god! how i love fiddle!!! i know nothing about composing
of a song or tune but im telling you that is one of the best
tunes on this web site! your fiddle are "blazin" :) i love it to
the bits!
please more tunes like that and i will be over the moon with
happiness! :) you are fantastic!!!
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Komrade K said 4459 days ago (September 7th, 2005)
brilliant!!!!!!
Well I'm deeply honoured (and gobsmacked) that you feel this is one of the best
tunes on MJ - I can only hope it stays that way once you've had more time on the
site!!!

Very many thanks for your comments!
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renecalvo said 4292 days ago (February 20th, 2006)
Excellent
I like the way it builds in intensity. It makes me want to eat, laugh,
drink wine and slap womens bottoms. Thanks
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Komrade K said 4292 days ago (February 21st, 2006)
Excellent
It's kinda cool getting feedback long after a track's been posted. You sure know
how to enjoy yourself! Glad to provide the soundtrack!!

KK
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K.I.S.KISMET said 4276 days ago (March 9th, 2006)
Gypsy's Muse
Like the overall warm, festive tone. Wonderful playing Kember! You have had some entriquing musical experiences which continue to serve you well in providing us with some enjoyable musical escapades.
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Komrade K said 4274 days ago (March 10th, 2006)
Gypsy's Muse
Thank you for you for your lovely and lively comments.

KK
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annalia said 4016 days ago (November 24th, 2006)
Wow!
That was Great!
Smooth and Professional all the way.
Very good for group and/or line dancing.
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slumbering said 3918 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)
Gosh...

This is beautiful, wonderful! And very impressive. I love this.

(I'm not good at giving eloquent descriptions, if i love something, i usually just say, "Oh, i love it!")

I feel lucky to have found this, thanks!
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Komrade K said 3909 days ago (March 10th, 2007)
I love it when...
...really old tracks still get attention. I'm very glad you enjoyed it.

Thank you

KK



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