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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 6:31 am 
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They are for sale here, photo on the site just about shows how it sits together, and it seems simple enough :

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:18 am 
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I've seen them jig dancers at some of the Appalachian, old time, bluegrass events and rarely at the Irish events. There is a player in our group that uses one, but, he is Finish and crosses over into the Appalachian playing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdsTsdCMs28
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS8aEbiwvWw

Here's another type that is hand controlled.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWRBhDLVJdY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aThzn865R4k

The kids get mesmerized when the jig dances.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:44 am 
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Yes that's what I'd always heard them called, limberjacks.

Sean Folsom (a member here) has a row of puppets hanging from a string, one end tied to his leg, the other end to a post. As he stomps his foot the puppets dance. I think he does it when he plays hurdy gurdy, but I suppose you could be playing anything.

Has nothing to do with foot percussion, really, because they don't make much sound.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:46 am 
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Actually, limberjacks are very much percussion instruments as well- they make quite a lot of sound, and if you don't have the skill to make them dance in time to the music it sounds simply awful (as is quickly apparent when you let a bystander try one out). When i first began to 'play' limberjacks years ago, the random percussion sound aspect of it was frankly unbearable to listen to with the music playing. As I got better at it, the wooden/clacking percussion sound became pleasing- in sync with and as accompaniment to the music. It's a skill like any other, that takes a bit of practice. :)

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Here's one in an engraving from a Hogarth painting from 1733. See the piper in the lower left corner of the engraving with his twin dancers. He's much harder to see in the original painting (where he's in the lower right corner).

(The piper subsequently became the logo for the Pipers Gathering as I am required by contract to make at least one gratuitous publicity comment per month.)

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