Friday, July 24, 2009

Dick Glasgow ~ Fiddle, Hammered Dulcimer, Nyckelharpa, Mandolin & Concertinas.

Dick Glasgow, Scotsmanborn in Edinburgh by the way, just to confuse everyone, has played the Traditional Music of Scotland and Ireland for nearly forty years. 
Dick, who is the founding member of Scad the Beggars, is a full time musician who spends his days tutoring children in local Primary Schools, encouraging them to learn to play music and is keen to promote Traditional Music in North Antrim.

Dick giving a school presentation

His Grandfather was a Highland Piper and his Great Grandfather was a Fiddler so I guess you could say music is in his blood. Naturally enough he plays the Fiddle, but he also plays the Hammered Dulcimer, an instrument which has a long history in Co. Antrim, but nowhere else in Ireland. So Dick is keen to play his Dulcimer at every opportunity, to help keep alive this dying Antrim tradition. 
Another of his musical passions is the Concertina and unusually, Dick not only plays the Anglo Concertina but also the English Concertina. The former is the Concertina of choice for Traditional Irish musicians while the English Concertina is the instrument favoured by Concertina enthusiasts in Scotland.
Anyway, here is Dick playing a selection of Traditional Scottish Tunes on his Hammered Dulcimer.

The Boys and Girl from County Clare ~ The Movie

Dick coached one of the actors for the movie, 
to have him look like he really was playing the Fiddle. 
Dick also had the honour of choosing the tune, 
'The Rolling Waves', for the movie. 
He also had a cameo role at the start of the movie. 
You can see him here in this clip, as the brother's Fiddling Dad.

Dick has also produced two tapes and one CD.

Tape one: 'Rathlin Sound'

Tape Two: 'To the Bridge

For the tapes Dick chose numerous local musicians
to play the variety of North Antrim tunes he selected for this project.
For the CD, 'From a Northern Shore',  
Dick wrote a number of tunes especially for this project.

I was lucky enough to be asked to play on a Northern Irish TV show this week. 
It promotes live music here & you can still catch it on the:

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