A short video of a gentleman playing a German ‘Harmonipan’ street organ in the main street of the reconstructed town at the Beamish open air museum in County Durham.
The instrument is hand-cranked, and turning the handle both operates the bellows that enable the pipes to sound; it also draws a roll of punched paper tape about 2in wide across a what we might call a "reader", consisting of a row of holes, each connected to a pipe. The bellows pass air to the reader, and where there is a hole in the tape, air passes through and off to the corresponding pipe.
The music is a medley of American tunes by Stephen Foster, and ends with quite a flourish. I wasn't able to capture the very beginning of the medley, but I got most of it and what there is effectively captures the feeling of this kind of street entertainment, common in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
Shot (hand-held) on 23 August 2009