The fair haired boy/The controversial

I finally found the time to record some tunes and am going to share one after the other roughly every week. I’ll put some info on where I got them from. The following two reels have been longtime favorites of mine.

The fair haired boy is tune I first heard played on a recording of a Lisdoonvarna session someone had filmed with a cell phone and posted on facebook. I can’t find it anymore but luckily, I played it back out loud and recorded it with my cell phone on the train immediately while I was commuting to work. Poor folks sitting next to me… It was only after that incident that I heard it played in the Amsterdam Session as well.

The controversial was written be Billy McComiskey. It seems less popular on this side of the pond, which I think is a pity so I keep advertising it. IMHO The best version is actually not played by the man himself, but by John McCann.


Restored Hohner B/C for sale

I decided to sell my recently refurbished black Hohner B/C to make some room for new boxes ;-)

The box was fitted with new TAM reeds in B/C as well as new feltpads. It’s 2-voice and the bass layout is standard G/D, C/G, A/E, C/F without thirds. Here you find some more info on the instrument.

Here’s a sample of what it sounds like:

Play Keogh's - Dom and Ole

Played by me and Dom in an Amsterdam session.

Update: Sold and shipped to the US.


Watch me restore a beautiful vintage Hohner two-row

Whilst I removed all the old reeds and replaced them with new TAM reeds in B/C on the inside, I decided to keep the look and feel of the instrument on the outside.
The buttons show some tear from being used all those years, but in my opinion this adds to the instrument.
The only thing I had to fix on the outside was putting new feltpads to take away the button noise.

The result can be watched and heard in this little youtube clip


CD Release!

The frisian folkband Kalüün released their first recording entitled “Spöören”. As a guest musician I was very fortunate to contribute some fiddle, button accordion and low whistle lines to this excited new project. Check out the CD trailer if you never heard somebody singing in the frisian language or if you just want to hear some good music…

Update:  The debut CD of Kalüün just won the german record critics’ award (“Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik”)!