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John Wild

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  • Birthday 03/31/1949

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    I play English Concertina and Hayden Duet. I play solo at local folk clubs, and play in the band with Kettle Bridge Clogs, a ladies North West Morris side. More recently I have begun playing in a small ensemble of about 12 concertina players, mixed ability levels, many of them connected with Kettle Bridge Clogs.
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    Gillingham, Kent. U.K.
  1. John Wild

    2-button tunes on Anglo?

    Some years ago, Brian Hayden compiled a set of tunes for beginners on the duet concertina. It starts with a one-note melody, then 2-note melody, increasing by one note with each tune. The left hand accompaniment is also simple. I hope Brian will not mind me sharing this here. scan0001.pdf
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    Top octave on English

    Jumping in fifths along the rows can help. E.G. when you reach the G at the "top" of your presumed comfort zone, the next button on the row is a D. Similarly find the high E from A, and C from F. Once you get a few buttons in that range, following the standard pattern can find the rest.
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    Concertina Spotting: Bonanza

    There was another concertina sold to the production company by Chris Algar. It was a Steve Dickinson Wheatstone piccolo, originally made for Glad Thorp. that one was not ultimately used in the film. Some time later, it appeared for sale on Ebay with the seller saying it had been gifted to him. Several questions were asked about its history, and the item was suddenly withdrawn from auction. As far as I know it has not been seen or heard of since.
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    Uk Concertina Happenings In May

    there is a concertina band workshop day at Stamford Lincolnshire on Sunday 10th June. Edited to add - it might not fit with your visit to Plymouth! https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiGocv4kbraAhWpCMAKHd-WBmMQFgguMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fsqueezeast.org.uk%2F&usg=AOvVaw2imYepBckh0tGf7sNcefDR
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    Playing By Ear

    This is a link to a downloadable program - functional ear trainer, which some may find useful. https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0ahUKEwjVnJHgrabaAhXTe8AKHZOTDBQQFghNMAI&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.miles.be%2F&usg=AOvVaw3SthhBqbIBEtDAtDeBypcY
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    Suggestions: "classical" Dots For A Duet?

    You could try the Piper's Companion volume 5 - classics for folk. Pieces are arranged for duets (mostly) or trios. The music is arranged by Derek Hobbs and published by Rossleigh Music. They can be contacted at www.rossleighmusic.co.uk or email info@rossleighmusic.co.uk I have attached an image of the contents page. Regards John Wild
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    What Concertina Is This?

    It seems to a small MacCann system duet. 6 rows of buttons on each end. Though it is a small-range one with only 39 buttons in total. Visit the www.concertina.info website, and go to the types of concertina page for information on the layout. I expect Maccann duet players will post specific comments on the system. best wishes, John Wild
  8. The English concertina (treble version) has a range of 3 1/2 octaves with the lowest note the G below middle C. I think it is probably true to say that most EC players do not use the very high notes, which encroach into the piccolo range. There are extended range versions, eg the tenor-treble which gives you an extra 1/2 octave below the treble range. There are also baritone instruments which are a full octave below the treble range, with the same fingering.
  9. John Wild

    World War One Concertina : Another Possible Book ?

    Other possible titles for inclusion: We're going to hang out the washing on the Siegfried line Who do you think you are kidding Mr.Hitler (theme from Dad's army) Goodbye Dolly Gray Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye Obviously I need some sleep as I read "Quand Madelon" as "Quand Melodeon" That is a comment, NOT another title!! thank you and goodnight! - John Wild.
  10. The BBC arts programme, Front Row, included an item of music from Julian Rowlands with the Santiago quartet, including bandoneon. They play a piece by Astor Piazolla (sorry if that is the wrong spelling). It includes a brief demonstration of how a bandonion works. This feature comes in about 19 minutes 36 seconds into the programme. Quote: The bandoneon is a traditional Argentinian squeezebox and a key component in tango music. Virtuoso Julian Rowlands performs on the instrument alongside the Santiago Quartet and gives Stig Abell a lesson in how to play it.[end-quote]. This is a link to the program for anyone interested: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09r3nl9
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    Jeffries Duet - Michael Hebbert

    I had a version of this tune sent to me some years ago as an ABC file. The title I was given was Oot pik. Based on the above post, I now assume this was mistyped. There was no composer mentioned when sent to me. In the ABC pasted below, I have added the name as given above. This version is not identical to that played by Michael Hebbert but is clearly the same tune with variations. Also, there are no repeat marks in this version. X: 216 T:Oot Pik T:"OokPik" = Snowy owl in Inuit language. T:Oakpit Waltz (from Michael Hebbert variation) C:Frankie Rodgers M:3/4 L:1/4 Q:90 R:waltz K:G |(3D/E/F/|"G"G> F G/B/| "D"A G E/D/| "G"E G> A| G B d| "Em"e>d e/f/| ed B/G/| |"G"B d>e| d2 B/d/| "Em"e>d e/g/|e d B/A/| "G"B d B/A/| "Em"G E D | "C"C> B, C/E/| "D"D F E/D/| "G"E G> A| G B d|| "Em"e B> A| B2 e| "Bm"d B> A| | B2 B| "Am"A> G A/B/| A G E/D/|"Em"E G A|G B d| "Bm"e B> A|B2 f/e/| d B>G| B2 B| "Am" A> G A/B/| A G E/D/| "Em"E G E| "D" D2||
  12. John Wild

    Large Anglo Keyboard Numbering System

    You can upload files to an online storage service, like box.com, then paste a link in a forum post.
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    Social Media Circles?

    Don't forget Radio Luxembourg!
  14. John Wild

    Rollo Woods

    Interesting question David. Unfortunately, I do not know the answer.
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    Rollo Woods

    It was announced a few days ago that Rollo Woods had passed away at the age of 92. This is a copy of the notice from the family which appeared on Facebook: It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Rollo Geoffrey Woods, who died today, January 29 2018, at the age of 92. There will be a thanksgiving service in Swanage URC at 1200 on Friday 9 February, with a further celebratory event on April 7 from 3pm at Swanage School. All who knew him are warmly invited to attend one or both of these events. To put into words his achievements would take more space and time than we have, but I shall try. Much of his personal life was devoted to the folk arts. His grandparents were keen revivalist folk singers and his mother was a dancer – it was she who first introduced him to English Country Dancing in 1937 at the age of 12. He was Squire of the Cambridge Morris Men and later the Winchester Morris Men. He took up the English concertina in 1948 and played with William Kimber, Scan Tester, Stephen Baldwin and Bob Cann. He also contributed much of the music for Lionel Bacon’s seminal “Handbook of Morris Dancing”, known to all as the Black Book. He played for ceilidhs for longer than some have been alive, over 60 years. He founded the first ceilidh band in Hampshire, the Black Glove Band, ran the Greenwood Tree in Swanage for 20 years and his last band, Maiden Oak is still going today. His arrangements and sets are legion and legendary, becoming common currency in the region and survive as battered photocopies all over the country! For many, Rollo will be remembered as a researcher. He started researching West Gallery Music in 1972 after a chance discovery of manuscripts in Widdicombe in the Moor in Devon and it gradually became a consuming passion. He founded the Madding Crowd in 1975, the Purbeck Village Quire in 1989 and was a founder member of the West Gallery Music Association in 1990. He has published several books on the subject, his last, the second edition of “Good Singing Still”, being released only last year. In 2015 he was awarded the gold badge of the English Folk Dance and Song Society for a lifetime of work promoting the folk arts. That is how posterity will remember him, but to those who met him he will be remembered as someone who took an interest, who worked tirelessly on behalf of others and one whose dry humour was never far away. He led dance workshops with EFDSS, ran the children’s band at the Avon Tyrell residential weekend and ran evening classes for Hampshire County Council’s Further Education department for over 15 years. He would construct all sorts of instruments out of odds and ends for these groups and it was he who gave many children their first experience of playing music, myself included. This was a source of great pride to him in later life. On a personal note, it is because of him that I have had such a huge amount of pleasure in playing traditional music and playing the melodeon. He leaves behind his wife, Anne, four children, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. We will miss him. Rollo Woods would also have been known to many who attended the West Country Concertina Players Association weekend events in Somerset, where he was active for many years. This is a link to a clip of Rollo playing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRQUrISOso4 My condolences to the family. He will be missed by many in the concertina world. - John Wild.