Since then we've also been doing quite a bit with Heb Enw Morris. For a long while I stuck to just playing for the team, and that on accordion, but since my switch in medication I've been dancing more as well.
|Micky, me and Dan playing in Cardiff at our|
friend Phil Edwards' wedding to Linda - a real
Morris do with us representing Heb Enw, and others
from Cardiff Ladies, Full Moon and Clocs Canton. Linda
dances and Phil plays for all three sides...
|Outside the Iron Duke in Clunderwen, playing|
my French G pipes. These don't have a bass drone
to make it easier for stuffing it in and out
of the bag when playing Morris at events.
|Heb Enw at Tafarn Sinc, Rosebush, with the other|
Pembrokeshire Morris team - Carreg Las.
|Dan's new pipes - the wood is ash and the chanter|
is fitted with a plastic Ezeedrone tenor highland drone reed.
She's also had a set of Swedish sackpipa for her 18th birthday. We got it for her from the Texas pipe-maker Seth Hamon who uses his own make of plastic reeds for the chanter and drone which really have a good reedy sound to them and stay in tune.
Actually I was so impressed with them that I ordered a spare set of reeds from Seth and made a set for myself, though I did without such modern additions such as the double hole for c and c# and the slider on the drone. I styled mine after the 19th century Mockfjard instrument.
|Like the original it has a solid, one-piece drone and also|
plays only the traditional Swedish pipe scale which is
A melodic minor, with A being the 3 finger note. So that's
E F# G# A B c d e
Next job is to finish off some of my customers instruments. And about time too...