CP: Announcing "The Phonograph Project"

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CP: Announcing "The Phonograph Project"

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Hi folks, I’m dropping a line here to announce the launch of The Phonograph Project, a new venture from myself and Caitlin Finley. We’re two Boston-area musicians obsessed with Irish music from the 1920s and 30s; I play flute and uilleann pipes, and Caitlin plays fiddle. Each month, we’ll be picking a 78 side that was recorded exactly 100 years ago (or as close as we can get). We’ll study the tunes and the style of the musician(s), record a video of us playing the tunes, and create a tutorial that teaches the tunes and captures the setting, style, and spirit of the music as we’ve interpreted it. For those who haven’t encountered many Irish-American recordings from the 20s and 30s, the project will serve as a musical guided tour; for those more familiar with the era, it’ll provide an opportunity for close study, new musical perspectives, and an opportunity to uncover some forgotten gems. For fiddlers, Caitlin was raised playing in the New York Sligo tradition, and we'll be looking at Coleman, Killoran, Morrison, Gillespie, and some of the lesser-heard fiddlers of that era over the coming months.

We’ll be hosting The Phonograph Project over on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/phonographproject. There’s a bunch of content over there, including early access to our monthly videos, bonus videos for subscribers, and full-blown tutorials on the tunes on fiddle, flute, and uilleann pipes. Check out the page for more info and to sign up for this month’s set, “The Beauty Spot / The Sunny Banks”, which was recorded by Michael Coleman, Michael Walsh, and Arthur P. Kenna in the early 1920s. The video and tutorial are already up on Patreon, so check them out now if you’re curious!

The Phonographic Project is hosted over at http://www.patreon.com/phonographproject. For more about us and the project, you can check out our website, http://www.woodsonfinley.com/phonograph. For those wanting to hear more of our music, it’s over at http://www.thegloryreel.bandcamp.com and our Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF121J0658IYgPllMYI8ZCQ

I’m happy to chat about the project here, of course, so let me know if you have any questions!
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I'm going to hazard the guess that you'll have explored the Smithsonian's collection of ancient recordings?

Sounds like an interesting project you've got cooking!
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