… & now for something completely different!
"Flanagan Brothers "On The Road To The Fair" & "The Leitrim Trush" Irish Columbia disc (Jew’s harp)."
Now it just so happens that my first instrument was a Jews Harp, so I was very interested to hear this, but since those far off days, I’ve moved on to slightly more melodic beasties, but there’s no denying the great rhythm folks are able to produce playing these simple little instruments & they don’t come much cheaper. Never can understand anyone trying to play one at a large session, but they can sound great when played into a Mic. although I’ll never forget the time I was playing a solo spot with a Jews harp, in a Folk club in Aberdeen, when the darn thing snapped … from loud Boingy Boingy to - Silence! :-D
It goes without saying that accompaniment has moved on just a little, since this recording, but there is something rather charming in this more innocent sound, don’t you think. Perhaps it’s the lack of ye olde funky syncopation which is so clearly missing from this recording, but which is such a part of the music today. Tastefully added, of course, a touch of funky rhythm adds something, but so often it is just overdone these days, sometimes to the point of nausea, I find. This is particularly true I find, of so many of the wee makee-upee tunes that appear on new CDs, especially in Scottish Music. If I’m honest, I think I actually prefer this simple style of guitar backing, to many of those playing today, who often sound to me like frustrated R&R thrashers, but that’s just me. No doubt others will disagree … ;-)
Of course, there’s no going back, but thank goodness we have old recordings like this to go back to. :-)
By the way, for those of you who are not big fans of the Jews Harp, fear not, because at around 3:15, they launch into some great Flanagan Brothers music on Accordeon & Banjo.