I have heard from several older players that match sticks were used under several keys to sound a constant drone when playing pump organ together with violin to simulate the sound of the bagpipe. this predates the widespread use of piano. barry The fiddles reels, jigs, strathspeys and airs soon were being accompanied by that darling of Victorian technology, the "pump organ". I want to learn more about the style of that accompiament myself. Much like eslewhere in North America, by the 1930's and 40's the old parlor organ, once the symbol of conspicuous consumption, was looking pretty outdated and the ear was tiring of it and getting a piano became the new way to show your status. And the chording for the fiddlers also moved to the piano, on a variety of uprights built in Nova Scotia. Although, like so much traditional music, it almost died out in the 1970's, the 80's brought a revival, and now the music is quite alive and well. In fact, it is still evolving, as the upright piano is now being surely replaced by the portable digital piano, which is a lot easier to maintain and to take to and from parish and legion halls for dances than are 80 year old uprights. On the Kichen Ceilidh list, there is some interest in reed organs, and in fact folks were a little surprised that such things are still around - more still surprised to learn that the supply exceeds demand and that servicable organs can be had for a few hundred dollars or less. Some have expressed interest in obtaining instruments. Others are interested in making contact with people in their own area (note that perhaps a majority of Capers do not live fulltime in Cape Breton, due to the paucity of employment since the mines closed) who have RO's and would be interested in making them available for some attempts at historical work. I would especially call attention to Kate Dunlay and David Greenberg. They have done a great deal of the modern musicological research on the CB style, and are top rate players as well. They are in the Toronto area, and I suspect we must have ROS members in the greater Toronto area who might be interested in helping David and Kate, who have a serious interest in working with reed organs in CB music. See Kate & David's web page at http://www.total.net/~dungreen) There are others who have expressed interest in buying a reed organ in working condition. For the sake of the people on the Kitchen Ceilidh list, I offer this URL: http://www.mrc-bsu.cam.ac.uk/ROS/ - from there you can find the item to click which will tell you how to join the mailing list. Don't be shy about the ROS list - we are very used to mail from strangers asking "how can I sell my RO" - it would be most refreshing to have a new face asking "where can I *buy* a RO near me"! Also, it is my hope some folks, who may not be in a position to buy one, may get together with people in thier area who aould enjoy have the RO used for recreations of an old style of comping. Kitchen Ceilidh itself is I belive an "invitation only" list, so I'll not post data on joining, but if this is something of interest to a ROSer please just email me (rreid@dpw.com) and I'll pass your name along - I'm sure you'd be quite welcome! Or if you are a ROSer who would like to be involved in some way, drop me a note to forward to that list. Note that the highest concentrations of Capers who live away are in Boston, Toronto, and Detroit, I believe. One final note for the KC people who are in Nova Scotia - you should be aware of the The Organery in Truro NS. This is a Bed & Breakfast and museum of over 100 reed organs for viewing or playing, of which you can learn a little more at this URL: http://www.bbcanada.com/bb_show_web_page.cfm?htmlnum=590 I think I posted this quote on the Scots list in the past, but I will repost it since I now have a computer at home, or rather, one that I can carry about with me. >From "Theresa & Marie MacLellan: A Trip To Mabou Ridge", Rounder LP 7006, 1976 (yeah, I was even around then:)) "Marie MacLellan first learned to to accompany Scottish music on the parlor organ, learning from her mother Mary. When Marie was young, pianos were scarce in the countryside and it was not until she moved to Sydney after the war that she really learned to play the instrument. To this day, Marie regrets the passing of the old pump organ which she thinks was ideally suited to Scottish music." ------- Timothy Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca Windsor, Ontario, Canada http://www.netcore.ca/~furlaw/furlong.htm "Sometimes a majority simply means that all of the fools are of one mind."