Although I am not a musicologist I have been recording traditional music practically since they invented the tape recorder. Over the years I have recorded hurdy gurdies in the Auvergne, shawms in the Atlas mountains the songs of the Tuareg in the Sahara, harps in the llanos and marimbas on the Pacific coast of Colombia.  A few years ago I revived my recording hobby and over the last three years I’ve recorded over 500 songs and tunes from around 30 different ethnic minority groups and subgroups in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son provinces in Thailand as well as the areas around Luang Prabang and Luang Namtha in Laos and Kengtung in Burma,  capturing  over 120 different musical instruments.

The first traditional musician I recorded- 1961!

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