Fonotopia

Fonotopia Shorts: Obed Pickard

Posted in Fonotopia Short by nissarhusseinkhan on June 23, 2010

Jew’s harp, guibarde, munnharpe, moorsing, dan moi, khmous, genggong–call it what you will, the modest instrument is about as universal as they come. Here, Ian serves up a 1927 recording of American practitioner Obed Pickard. The guy who introduced Ian to the record said “If you like weird records, there’s a real weird one over there.”

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  1. Cormac said, on June 23, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I can tell you that an Irish-speaking man I knew from Connemara who played one called it a “trompa”

  2. Dave Harris said, on February 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Great stuff! I just read another post about the Pickard Family in hunts for info on Obed “Dad” Pickard, who apparently was a one man band before the family grew old enough to become a band (I’m writing a book on one man bands). The post was by Michael Kennedy, a descendant of the family. He said the family is now all dead and Anne was the youngest.


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