June 28, 2008
Problems with tuning pegs slipping or sticking? It may be that the peg holes are out of round.
In my case, after I finished building the pochette I realised I had made a mistake in using a standard woodworkers reamer for the peg holes – but I was impatient and needed to take the fiddle travelling with me. Now, in slower time I can rectify that issue with the arrival from Pilgrim’s Projects of a well made violin peg hole reamer and adjustable peg shaper to achieve the proper 30:1 taper. Pilgrim’s Projects is a luthier suppliers based in Michigan USA.
I need to do a bit more work on the pochette anyhow, so this seems like a good opportunity to correct the other build problem.
June 23, 2008
A successful foray into the recording studio – with a number of revisits planned. We accomplished a lot at Tam Lin’s studio in Sydney – some great sounds and a well equipped studio with state of the art mics running through pro gear and a large mixing desk all feeding into a large desktop mac running ProTools – very similar software to Tracktion. With this kind of gear it won’t be long before Full Circle’s debut EP is together and ready for the airwaves.
We played around with some tunes, a couple of songs and a couple of a-capella shantys to show our vocal versatility. At the very least it will be a good demo for festivals and the like. So it was a very productive session. We are booked in again in a couple of weeks time to do some overlays and possibly a couple more songs.
There is of course a great deal of work still to do – recording is just the first step, then there is post-production to get the tonal values right before a final mix down. Then there is the mastering for professional production and the design of album covers etc. But after ten years it is high time we responded to all the calls for a CD. This time it’s actually happening – and it’s a pretty exciting step for us.
We came away with a pretty decent first mix down ready to return to the studio in a couple of weeks time.
More on how this story unfolds later
June 9, 2008
The Full Circle show at Gunning went really well – we played at the Gunning Shire Hall for a show in honour of a family reunion. It seems the O’Neill’s and the O’Briens and the Heffernans once owned most of the land between Gunning ans Western Sydney back 150 years or so. And this weekend saw their descendants descend on Gunning Shire Hall. They came from London, Perth, Darwin and Brisbane to be there so we played a mix of traditional Irish and Australian tunes and songs.
The dark family secrets came out along with the red wine and champagne. There were quick back-of-the-envelope calculations to confirm the four months between wedding and birth of one set of ancestors and intrigue was in the air.
It’s amazing what stories can be found in small outback towns
June 4, 2008
Strings Magazine has an excellent photo essay on converting a modern violin into a baroque instrument to get that historical sound. Ever wondered what Bach’s music sounded like on the instruments played in his time? With gut strings, a new bass bar and shortened neck, you can find out!
It is not advisable to take your violin apart like this unless you have a lot of violin making experience, but it is fascinating to see the process as depicted here.
June 2, 2008
A great night on Friday celebrating 19 years of the Merry Muse Folk Club in Canberra. My band, Full Circle was there to liven up the end of the evening, and there were a number of great acts including teh Ferral Brothers with Sandy on fiddle and Michael on accordion playing Bulgarian czardas and celtic folk; Humbug focal group, and some of the Merry Muse originals.
The place was packed and the audience ripe for a good time and Guy as usual did a fabulous job mixing the sound. The whole evening was credit to Eileen Newmarch – who organised the show.