Paid Members Carbomb Posted January 27, 2022 Paid Members Share Posted January 27, 2022 A couple of weeks ago, something unexpected happened. My dad had been clearing out the clutter in a cupboard, and he'd come to me with a small bundle wrapped in paper, and what I found in it lifted my spirits no end. My maternal grandad, whom I never got to meet as he died a few years before I was born, used to play an unusual instrument: around that part of Yorkshire (at the very least), they were known as "the knackers". From what I understand, others call them "the Irish bones" or simply "the bones". Essentially, pairs of sheep's ribs that had been kept from the knacker's yard, which you played by putting them between your fingers and clacking them. I didn't even know that my grandma had kept them after he died, let alone that my parents had brought them down to our house when she passed, so I was overjoyed - I went on Youtube to find some tutorials, and have been practising ever since - still not great, they're surprisingly complex given their sheer simplicity, but then I guess the simpler the instrument, the more involvement from the body, which is pretty complex. But I'm now playing the bones my grandad used to play; I now have a living, working connection back to him. It's been a difficult time for all of us, beset on all sides by Covid, Tories, anti-immigrant/foreigner rhetoric, etc., so I'm glad to finally be able to talk about something positive, even if it's trivial. How about yourselves? Is there anything that takes the edge off the misery, or raises the mood, or makes you outright happy? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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