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An Féa Caol

An Féa Caol (David White’s Terz tuned guitar that I currently have guardianship of) has had a couple of days to aclimatise to being in Wales and to being subjected to my uncultured handling so I thought I ought to post a sound sample.
I’ve chosen my own arrangement of the Turlough OCarolan favourite “Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór”. It’s a single (third) take and recorded with an ageing Audio Technica MB4000C mic which refuses to run on phantom power so has an AA battery installed. I’ve had to get in close with the mic because it’s a little underpowered. I mention this because it hasn’t picked up the very sweet presence that An Féa Caol possesses though I hope I’ve managed to catch some of her sustain. Two files, the same recording (with quite a bit of ‘red recording light fever’ present) but the second with reverb. The tapping at the end of the files is click track spill, sorry.

Without reverb

With reverb

anthea at keiths

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