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    Posted: October 04 2020 at 03:25
Hi all! I was previously a very active member of the forum, before life got too damn busy. But I thought this would be the perfect place to come back to for some tips!

I am putting together Spotify playlists that showcase the following:
Harp
Hammered Dulcimer
Flute (I have bent my own rule a little and added a dash of recorder)
Double Bass (or upright bass)
Strings (can be just one violin, or a quartet, or electric violin, or whatever!)
Saxophone

I'm trying to showcase how these instruments can be used in popular and contemporary music. So I'm not generally adding classical, folk or jazz that would ordinarily have these instruments in (but, for example, jazz with hammered dulcimer would be fine because who's heard that before?).

So I turn to you! Tracks don't have to be prog, it doesn't have to be an instrument the band always uses, and yes, it *can* be your own band/project!


I mostly want to showcase less common instruments to explore the possibilities outside the standard band setup. But I am, of course, also showcasing my own band Wink We are called Tape Runs Out and use hammered dulcimer, violin, and sometimes electric double bass
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Snicolette Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 04 2020 at 08:34
First one that comes to mind for me is Deborah Henson-Conant.  She does do some traditional, but primarily is a jazz harpist.  https://open.spotify.com/artist/1nVTBTmv9vDs9Vegbs4Go1  Check out her "Invention and Alchemy," and "Around The Corner," releases.   
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Icarium Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 04 2020 at 09:30
Some very old Elton John songs features harp and flute. "I need you to turn to" The Greatest Discovery" and "Come Down in time"
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 04 2020 at 09:43
Gryphon maybe?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote popeyethecat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 05 2020 at 12:00
Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! Chopper, which Gryphon track would you say showcases such instruments especially well? I don't know their material well enough myself but will have an explore.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Steve Wyzard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 13 2020 at 13:43
A very excellent dulcimer album appeared on the Windham Hill label in 1986: Malcolm Dalglish's Jogging the Memory. It's still not too hard to find.
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John McCutcheon is quite a famous player of the hammered dulcimer.

But this is perhaps my favourite piece featuring the instrument, by a Quebecois group Orealis....stick around thru the whole track as the second part takes it to a whole nuther level and is pretty proggy actually




Edited by kenethlevine - October 13 2020 at 17:58
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Try this. Delight for the ears, really.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote popeyethecat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 19 2020 at 15:25
Originally posted by Steve Wyzard Steve Wyzard wrote:

A very excellent dulcimer album appeared on the Windham Hill label in 1986: Malcolm Dalglish's Jogging the Memory. It's still not too hard to find.

Unfortunately it is not on Spotify :( But I'll try to hunt it down for my own interest.
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Originally posted by kenethlevine kenethlevine wrote:

John McCutcheon is quite a famous player of the hammered dulcimer.

But this is perhaps my favourite piece featuring the instrument, by a Quebecois group Orealis....stick around thru the whole track as the second part takes it to a whole nuther level and is pretty proggy actually



Great pick! It's in. I'm trying not to include straight-up folk since it's an instrument that isn't unusual in that context. But this is a fun spin on the genre. Thanks!
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Thanks so much all, Explore the Hammered Dulcimer and Toot that Flute! are now public Smile keep 'em coming! The harp playlist is still a bit thin on the ground but hopefully it'll hit the hour mark soon.
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Strings: FLAIRCK! Aranis, After Crying, iamthemorning,
Zithers: Alio Die 
Double bass: anything with Danny Thompson
Hammered dulcimers: Jack O' The Clock
Harp: Art in America, Alan Stivell, Andreas Vollenweider
Flutes: Focus, Flairck, early Kotebel, Änglagård, Big Big Train


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BaldFriede Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 24 2020 at 05:47

Mother Gong used the beginning of this on their album "Fairy Tales" for the track "The Three Tongues", with a slight improvement over Ravel. Can you spot the improvement?


There is a lot of flute in that track too and some more harp as well.


Edited by BaldFriede - October 24 2020 at 05:55


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote popeyethecat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 02 2020 at 09:57
Sorry for the radio silence, moving house can take it out of you! But thanks so much for the suggestions, I have included many of them. Still working on Harp, Double Bass and Saxophone before I feel like there is enough material to go public. I also have a fledgeling Bagpipe playlist, but not got far with that yet.
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Loreena McKennitt makes some very interesting music with a range of instruments. She recorded the album 'A Midwinter Night's Dream' at Peter Gabriel’s Real World recording studio near Bath, England McKennitt providing vocals as well as accompaniment on the piano, accordion and harp, the record features a diverse instrumentation that includes oud, fiddle, cello, viola, percussion, hurdy gurdy, Greek lyra and Greek lute.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote nick_h_nz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 02 2020 at 14:42
Two of my favourite albums from this year are harp albums.


I was smitten when I heard the lead single, Smirr, from Adenine’s debut album. And then at almost the same time that album was released, so was Mary Lattimore’s rather good album.



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Snicolette Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 02 2020 at 15:38
Originally posted by nick_h_nz nick_h_nz wrote:

Two of my favourite albums from this year are harp albums.


I was smitten when I heard the lead single, Smirr, from Adenine’s debut album. And then at almost the same time that album was released, so was Mary Lattimore’s rather good album.

  Videos removed for space, but thank you!  Never heard of either harper, and both are wonderful.
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