Friday, October 19, 2007

Of Bores And Fipples

I have a new interest. That, in part, is why I haven't been around my own pages much lately, although I've done some fly-by commenting on other blogs.

No, I'm not getting mired down in politics, despite what the title looks like. The "bore" is the totally tubular thingie with holes, and the "fipple" is the thingie that gets blown. Come to think of it, that does sound rather political, doesn't it?

Nope. It's a pennywhistle.

Gotta go work on my chiff.

8 Comments:

Blogger Howlin' Hobbit said...

You do know about the Chiff & Fipple site, right?

HH

Saturday, October 20, 2007 10:09:00 AM  
Blogger Chimera said...

Yup! If nothing else, I can talk a good whistle, so far! :D

Also, one of the other band members is teaching me a lot of his tricks o' the trade. There's a lot more to whistles than meets the eye...

Saturday, October 20, 2007 5:28:00 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Now, find someone to play the bodhran to accompany you. At a funeral once, I heard a guy play Amazing Grace on the pennywhistle, and it may just have been the most haunting version I've ever heard. The bagpipe version has become WAY overdone.

Make a recording and post it!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 12:20:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

I am the bodhran player. Well, I'm the main one anyway. But I got the whistle(s) mainly to give me something to do while we're doing songs that don't use percussion. Just something to use for fill. The other whistle player is the virtuoso at it, and the two of us do a very lively version of "O'Neill's March" on whistle and drum.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 10:57:00 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

That is so shiny! So obviously you're into Celtic. I took classes in Irish Gaelic (mainly because the classes were held in a great pub, Fado, in downtown Austin). What made me quit was when the bar owner came by, looked at our books, and asked why in hell we were learning Irish. He said everyone in Ireland speaks English, and hated being made to take Irish language in school. Hell, if even the Irish don't like it, why would I want to learn it? Besides, the damned language is so gutteral it sounds like German on speed.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 12:03:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

Why learn Erse? Because there are some wonderful songs that were written in that language and no other...

Thursday, October 25, 2007 11:24:00 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Well, that's true. One of my son's bestest friends, Tracy, came in second in a national mouth music competition. Do you ever listen to Mary Jane Lamond? She's been to Austin a couple of times, and we've gone to see her, once with Natalie McMaster! It's a very small venue and so much fun. Tracy knows MJ from when Tracy & her husband lived in Nova Scotia. So, we got to meet MJ too.

Thursday, October 25, 2007 12:42:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

She hasn't yet made it to my neck of the woods that I know of. She does have a most lovely voice...

Friday, October 26, 2007 11:36:00 AM  

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