Smash The Windows
Colin Hume

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    Here's another beautiful waltz written by Colin Hume and another complete live performance from the March 3, 2012 Ladies and Gentlemen of the 1860's Conference Civil War Ball in Camp Hill, PA.

    Bruce on the Ithaca String Instruments (Eric Aceto) 5-string viola, Carolyn Gardner on an open-hole silver flute, and Peggy on her Yamaha electronic piano.

    We used the same recording chain as we always do.  I should add that we captured the audio via a mono mix to the headphone output of the Mackie 1202 VLZ into a Zoom H4n field recorder using a HOSA insert or "Y" cable.  The original recording resolution was 24 bit at 48 KHz.

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This recording is first in a series of fiddle lessons based on variations on the theme of the traditional favorite, Ragtime Annie.

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This is the second installment in a series of lessons based on the traditional fiddle tune, Ragtime Annie.

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Here is the whole tune as it is usually played with just the A and B parts.

Smash The Windows

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Live, unedited recording from the Innkeepers' Civil War Ball in Gettysburg made on January 12, 2012.

  Bruce on five string viola made by Eric Aceto of Ithaca Stringed Instruments, Patty on her antique wooden flute, and Peggy on a Yamaha electronic piano.

  Recorded through Mackie VLZ preamps from the 1202 model mixing board.  The only effects we used were the onboard EQ.  The piano was recorded through a Stagehand Direct Injection box, set flat with no rolloff or ground lift.  The flute was recorded through a Midnight Blue 4000C from ATM.  The viola was recorded through an ATM wireless system with a pro 35X mic element clipped onto the chinrest.  The element was positioned above the strings just behind the bridge with the mic axis pointed towards the area in front of the bridge.

Smash The Windows
Mar 18, 2012
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    Whiskey In the Jar is one of our favorite Saint Paddy's Day sing-alongs.

    This complete acoustic live performance was recorded in stereo with the on-board x-y pattern mics of a Zoom H4 field recorder.  The device was placed on a fireplace mantle, facing the audience, behind and above the band, with the lead vocal and fiddle to stage right, flute and high vocal harmony at center, and the Center's acoustic upright piano with Peggy's low vocal harmony at stage left, which accounts for the EQ and mixing anomalies.

    It was part of a show Peggy, Carolyn, and Bruce did at the Eicher Performing Arts Center in Ephrata, PA on March 18, 2012, one of Carolyn's first gigs with the trio.  The first verse parody was a completely spontaneous ad-lib which has never been repeated.