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Tony Eyers | Black Mountain Harmonica

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Black Mountain Harmonica

by Tony Eyers

Traditional fiddle tunes played on diatonic harmonicas.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Billy in the Lowground
2:00 $0.99
2. Girl I Left Behind
2:44 $0.99
3. Drowsy Maggie/merry Blacksmith/crowley's Reel
2:20 $0.99
4. Hewlett
2:37 $0.99
5. Black Mountain Rag
2:39 $0.99
6. Kesh Jig/morrison's Jig/legacy Jig
3:04 $0.99
7. George Brabazon's Second Air
2:23 $0.99
8. Stoney Point
3:27 $0.99
9. Tom's Creek
2:22 $0.99
10. Alabama Jubilee
2:42 $0.99
11. Miss Mccleod's Reel/dunmore Lassies/morning Star
2:51 $0.99
12. Erin's Shore
2:07 $0.99
13. Whiskey Before Breakfast
2:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Black Mountain Harmonica CD displays a unique approach to the harmonica. Tutorials and mp3s are at my site, reached by following the link on the left hand side of this page. A key feature of this new harmonica style is that it adapts well to fiddle tunes.

Fiddle tunes underpin Irish and American traditional music. Over time, only the best tunes survive, and enter the standard repertoire. This forms a common language, which is shared by musicians everywhere. Fiddle tunes are played on many instruments, for example the mandolin, guitar and banjo in Bluegrass, and whistle, pipes and accordian in the Irish tradition.

The diatonic harmonica however is known mostly as a blues instrument, and is not often used for fiddle tunes. In particular, the "cross" position adopted by most blues players eliminates notes needed for these tunes. Also, the bending techniques needed for some notes are difficult in fast melodies. The standard "Richter" harmonica tuning was developed for solo playing (not blues), to allow chords and melodies to be played together. While some manage this style beautifully, it is difficult at high tempos

To address these problems, and to play this wonderful music, I developed a different tuning system for diatonic harmonicas. This allows a playing style which more easily matches the swift tempos of Bluegrass and Irish players. The fiddle tunes on this recording, all from the traditional repertoire, use this modified tuning.



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Stephen Goode

Motivating:buy it.
If you are reading this then you are probably a player&interested in genre,styles&tunings.Do yourself a favour-buy this cd.I just love this cd ;several tracks just blew my mind&others sent shivers down my spine.Listening to this music motivates me in my own playing.One criticism-I would like to see more info about the tracks/recording session eg players anecdotes/funny things that happened/dissagreements.All I can say is Tony Eyers thankyou & please do another cd.

Janet Lord

Easy listening and ejoyable music
Great foot tappin music to listen to while enjoying a well chilled wine with friends.

Mark Fitzgerald

Tony Eyer's .. Black Mountain Harmonica
It's a wonderful collection of tunes and very well done. The tone is bright and clear. Tony's playing at swift tempos with such clear notes is astounding. I really like this CD and one of my favorite tunes from it is Tom's Creek. There is great musical accompaniment on this CD as well. Grab it!

Robert Ziejewski

Good-Very Good
I'd have to say he is a good++ harmonica player.

Ed Hackett

Wow !
Outstanding harmonica CD. I'm mainly a blues harp fanatic, but I liked the samples I heard on CD BABY. Very happy with this CD. Nice change of pace from all the blues I listen to. Did I mention - this guy can play !!!

Mykl Lozin - AURArecords

Aussie Legend
A master musician with amazing depth of passion in many musical styles. Having shared the stage with Tony many times his ability never ceases to amaze. This album is an oustanding example of a most unique and diffilcult harmonica style that's sure to inspire players everywhere,
5 stars.


So great!
I like it!I think it as a poem,a wonderful poem!
I enjoy the song'George Brabazon'best.I also play the harmonica very often.

David Van Syoc

Great playing. Great band. Great tune selection...
Tony Eyers shows how it should be done. Classic...

Raymond LeFort

This is a great cd and I love it
For anyone who likes celtic music and harmonica, this is a great cd. I particularly like Barbazon's 2nd air played on the key of A. if you are a Harp enthusiast, get this cd.