Two of us have been meeting monthly since October, and we’ve spent the meetings playing music, sharing ideas, and lending CDs. This month we worked on a piobaireachd we’d each been studying. Sam and I have both commissioned a historical instrument through David Kortier in Duluth, Minnesota. I have a Trinity in the works, which is a low-headed medieval instrument, and Sam has a Sirr, a high-headed 17th century instrument. What makes this particularly fun is that I visited Ireland last summer and got to see both of the originals up close.
Here’s a photo of Kortier’s new 26 string Brigid, with a willow soundbox and black walnut neck and pillar. At this stage I’m tuning and playing, and then tuning some more. Although the clarsach is designed to go up to g in the treble, I retuned it to add comhluighe, and that brought the top note down to f, which works for me. Bass C is the lowest note. Back to tuning!