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

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4 thoughts on “An Féa Caol

  1. That touch of reverb does just help to lift the sound — but I’m speaking as one listening on tinny inbuilt laptop speakers. What a hypnotic rendition, I’d have been happy for it to go on twice as long. Thanks for posting this.

    1. earthbalm

      Thanks Chris. This was the first time I’ve made public a recording of my acoustic guitar playing so I was a little wary. I wouldn’t have let it out this time but for the fact that I felt obliged because David White was good enough to send his beautiful guitar on a ‘road trip’. Hence the AABA structure, once through. Cheers, Dale

  2. Gorgeous! There was such tranquility in it! It is one of those pieces that makes you close your eyes and just listen. Even my daughter (who is currently in the kitchen cooking) started humming along with it. I would love to hear you play more.

    1. earthbalm

      Thanks Greg. I have decided to spend more time on the guitar and less on social media, web and graphic work. I have been deleting many tweets, likes and retweets on Twitter and my posts here on WordPress. I hope nobody takes it personally as I’m just ‘tidying up’.
      I hope all is well with you.

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