Rare Clarsach Recordings Restored

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To coincide with @edinharpfest the Virtual Edinburgh International Harp Festival 2020 we have added four recordings of pioneer professional harper and singer Héloïse Russell-Fergusson recorded in Edinburgh in 1933 for release on the Beltona label. These have been restored by Stuart Eydmann from original records held in private collections.

https://raretunes.org/heloise-russell-fergusson/

Ms Russell-Fergusson had a role in establishing the Clarsach Society in the early 1930s and the tracks are among the oldest recordings of the small harp in Scotland. They were preceded only by those by Patuffa Kennedy-Fraser from 1929, which can also be heard on rareTunes.

We will be adding further archival tracks by Héloïse and more harp-related material in due course so register to follow rareTunes if you wish to receive notice of this and other additions.

rareTunes at Ten

RareTunes is now 10 years old. We are still uploading tracks from our original system and have recently added fiddlers, singers, pipers and folk groups. Happy listening! Many, many more still  to come!

Concertinas are Coming

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Eight Scottish concertina players* and their music have been added to rareTunes. This is just the start as a new area dedicated to the instrument is in preparation. Watch this space!

*Alexander Prince, Walter Dale, Tommy Dale, George S. Morris, Jack Easy, Peter McCabe, Victor Smith and Jimmy Dickson.