tunebook 1,225 tunes.
I live in Switzerland in the highlands of Zurich and try to play the uilleann pipes, the flute and the (low) whistles.
My pipes are a concert pitch full set in boxwood made by Allan Ginsburg around 1980, but most of the time I play it with my Andreas Rogge chanter which is an exact copy of the Seamus Ennis / Liam O’Flynn chanter made by Leo Rowsome. Recently I bought two flat chanters in Bb and C made by Rogge as well - that is another pair of shoes.
I found my flute in a second hand shop for 30Euro, but it was damaged with cracks and broken or leaky keys. I hanged it on the wall and it was very nice to look at. But a few years later I started to tinker sucessfully and at the end I had a quite nice flute, not very loud, but a nice sound. It is probably from the 19th century and made in Germany and it’s much better than a few German flute I touched since!
The band I play with for 30 years now is called ‘sláinte’, more information at http://www.slainte.ch or at http://www.myspace.com/slaintech.
Since a few years I’m playing at sessions also, especially at the one in Lucerne and Zurich, see
I love a lot of different music, so the real traditional Irish music like Willie Clancy, Liam Walsh, Tommy Reck, Liam O’Flynn, Micko Russel, Jean-Michel Veillon, Mick O’Brien, Patsy Hanly, Ronan Browne, Matt Molloy…. to name a few.
Some bands I would like to mention are Planxty, Bothy Band, Lunasa, Altan, Orion, Oisin and The House Band and on the not so traditional side Stockton’s Wing, Moving Hearts, the early Pogues, Stoneage, Manau, Celtas Cortos, Tri Yann and Gwendal.
Beside Irish music I like music from the Bretagne, Galicia, Eastern Europe, North Africa, Klezmer, Scandinavia, but I also like Salsa, Reggea or music by Frank Zappa, J.S. Bach, Tom Robinson, Tom Waits, Mary Coughlan, Elvis Costello, Mari Boine,The Toy Dolls, Laurie Anderson, Herbie Mann, Max Lässer, Steve Reich, Barbara Thompson, Christian Blak, Värttinä - anyway any music played with great spirit!
I have tried to add a few tunes to the tradition, feel free to play them, to alter them - just like as a real traditional tune. If you give my name it’s a honour, if you send me any recordings a pleasure!
The Final Cut
Pink, But No Barbie
Ceiliuradh Don Oige
Dieter’s Squeezing The Box