LINDSAY PORTEOUS
Culross, Fife, Scotland

 ... is probably the most wellknown traditional Twanger (Jew's harper) from Scotland. He has played on a lot of traditional music occasions, not only in Scotland but also in the U.S.A. In Scotland there is an annual Jew's harp competition at the Auchtermauchty-festival. Jew's harpers all over from Scotland try to win than the Lindsay Porteous Cup.

Lindsay Porteous is a multi-instrumentalist and has published a lot of traditional recordings on Jew's harp, mouth bow, mouth organ, harmonica, dulcichord, hum-drum, pennywhistle etc., but he also uses the cantarach-style, the traditional mouth-music as for lilting, jigling and didling.

For many years he accompanies on his instruments the wellknown Scottish storyteller Duncan Williamson

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Twangers from Scotland
left: Duncan Williamson,
right: Lindsay Porteous

(photo: Ph. Bakx, 1991)

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SPIRIDON SPIRIDONOVITCH SHISHIGIN
ШИШИГИН СПИРИДОН СПИРИДОНОВИЦ
Podrovsk, Republic Sakha (Yakutia), N.E.-Siberia, Russia

Member of the International Jew's harp Association.

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LEO TADAGAWA
Japan

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Member of the International Jew's harp Association

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TRANG QUANG HAI
Vietnam

Ethnomusicologist on traditional Vietnamese instruments. He learned Jew's harp playing from John Wright. Mostly he plays the Jew's harp alone, but sometimes he combines it with didjeridoo or overtone-singing. His way of playing is ethnic but surely it is contemporary too.
Tran Quang Hai gave more than thousand concerts on the Jew's harp. In 1975 he used the instrument in an electro-acoustic ambiance. In 1982 he played the Jew's harp on the jazz / improvised music album "Shaman". His research as a player has developed his techniques to enable techno- and avantgarde-music on Jew's harp.

Hai:"My Jew's Harp music is focused on rhythm. This is one of the rare
aspects that you can find on my Jew's harp-CD."

Tran Quang Hai has made the CD "Jew's harps of the World"
(Playasound PS 69009, Paris, 1997)

Tran Quang Hai lives in Paris (France) since 1961

Member of the International Jew's harp Association

You can find him at :

Websites: www.tranquanghai.net - http://tranquanghai.phapviet.com
www.tranquanghai.org
E-mails: tranquanghai@hotmail.com - tranquanghai@tranquanghai.net - tranqhai@club-internet.fr - tranqhai@mnhn.fr

pphoto Tran Quang Hai

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Tran Quang Hai on Jew's harp
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GERARD MARINUS VERKERKE
Goes, the Netherlands

His Jew's harp playing is concentrated on experimental music, sometimes linked to ethnic, folk or even nomadic music. He is a singer in the folk ensemble Primrose, and plays on instruments like the Irish drum "bodhrán" and mouthorgan. Beside the ensemble he forms on stage a duet with his wife Rosilde Vermijs (accordion).

Accompanied by the Dutch village-brass band Advendo, he has recited a prominent Jew's harp-composition called 'De Inbreuk' (Enchroachment). In this composition he also make use of the bull roarer and the bodhrán. Most of his concerts has taken place in the province of Zeeland (NL) and in Antwerp (Belgium). In his hometown Goes he has founded the "Temporary Mouth- and Jew's harp Conservatory".

For connection (address): J. Smallegangesbuurt 74,
4461 AT - Goes, the Netherlands - teleph.: + +. 31.113.22.90.44
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CLEMENS VOIGT
Leipzig, Germany

Clemens Voigt is Jew's harp player in the ensemble Baka. The group consists of y5 musicians and all together they play about 50 different instruments from all over the 5 world continents: (bass)drums, Jew's harps, didgeridoo, flutes, gongs, djembes, bongos, cimbles, rainmaker, balaphones, berimbao, templeblocks, shakers, wa-wa tube, et cetera. Their music consists mainly of percussion improvisations, balancing between meditation and dance music. The group performs regularly all over Germany. They have produced one recording, but without Jew's harp music than.

Clemens Voigt: "Improvisation means to us: playing the music which is
already there, in the people, in the moment, in the place....."

Baka resides in Leipzig, Germany.
For contact: Clemens Voigt, Helmholtzstr. 7
D - 04177, Leipzig, Germany - e-mail:
baka-musik@web.de

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DUNCAN WILLIAMSON
Scotland

The Horsieman (1928-2007)

Is called the nestor of all storytellers in Scotland. Beside storytelling Duncan Williamson played traditional Scottish music on the Jew's harp for more than 55 years. He was also a fine singer of old ballads, interpreter of the old traditional cantarach (mouth-music) and a player on the mouth-organ. Duncan Williamson belonged to the Traveller People, the Scottish nomads.
He often played Jew's harp in duet with the Scottish
twanger Lindsay Porteous, now and than joined in by his younger cousin and bard Robin Williamson (Incredible String Band). Duncan has been recorded several times, mostly on musicassette. His stories are published now in more than 25 different books and are spread over the whole English-language area on the world.
Duncan has passed this world on 8 November 2007 at the age of 79.

Duncan Williamson lived in Fife, South-Scotland.
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JOHN WRIGHT
England

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Jew's harper and specialist on medieval violin- and fiddle-types.
Lives in Paris, France

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