"Displays the amazing range of this ancient folk instrument...there's not a bad track to be found. "--All Music Guide
"Tasteful and extraordinarily beautiful"--Amazon.com
"Beautiful and unique"--Ceili Magazine
The glass harmonica is the most commonly accepted name for the instrument featured on this CD. It has also at various times been referred to as the glass 'armonica, the angelick organ, and the glass harp. Once, several years ago, an old gentleman walked up to my now deceased brother Terry as he played his homemade glass harmonica at a festival. The grey haired man pointed to the glasses and said, "where I come from, they call that a ghost fiddle." Terry and I agreed instantly that 'ghost fiddle' was somehow the most appropriate name we had ever heard for the instrument. It still is to me. We never did find out where that old man came from.
it is well known that Mozart wrote music for this instrument and that Ben Franklin created an ingenious mechanical version based on it. It's origins, however, are a matter of debate. Some credit ancient China, some Renaissance Italy, and some say it was an Irishman who came up with the idea in the mid 1700s. Most likely, it's as old as the inner drive to make music; my brother was not even aware of its invention until after he had already put his instrument together. I have tampered little with the system he devised for playing glasses. The particular instrument used to record this CD is based on a 2 and a half octave G scale. The glasses themselves--and the hundred or so others that currently reside in boxes in my kitchen--were all purchased at thrift stores and flea markets. Only a few of the glasses are actually crystal. They are secured to a well worn piece of plywood by some molding and window spline. The haunting sound is produced by rubbing a wet finger around the rim of the glass causing it to vibrate; the different notes are achieved by the water level and the size of each glass.
Produced by Donal Hinely and David Henry
Donal Hinely--glass harmonica, acoustic guitar
Bob Hatter--electric guitar
Terry Hinely--glass harmonica on "Scarborough Faire"
Marsha Harvey--violin on "Scarborough Faire"
Recorded at True Tone Recording, Nashville, TN.
Engineered by David Henry
100% organic! No electronic samples were used in the making of this CD.