I know that the "full band" characterization I used in the title is not very clear. To be more precise, I refer to a style - whose name I don't know - in which the bass is usually based on the "oom-pah" or "oom-pah-pah" pattern, with some additional short runs, and in which the right-hand work (let's call it like that) not only carries the melody, but also enriches it using chords or short melodic passages when the melody note is held down long enough. The repertoire is mostly composed - it seems - of marches, polkas, waltzes...
It's a kind of sound that I associate with the sort of "full" arrangements that can be heard on barrel organs - it's a fair sound.
These kind of arrangements have been played on some instruments of the bellow family. Here are a few examples :
On the CBA, some records by V. Marceau fit in that category. Marceau had a very rich left hand compared to most accordion players, and made a different use of his right hand than most musette players (who favored fast chromatic melodic licks over chord work). Here is a video when you can see him playing solo : https://youtu.be/bttQfTkgHH0?t=38s
On this page : http://gallica.bnf.f...8/bpt6k1311023gYou can here another accordionist (named Delepierre - I can't find any infos about him) playing in the same style.
On the Chemnitzer concertina, I stumbled upon a few videos by Maureen Dwyer which correspond to what I'm trying to describe : https://www.youtube....h?v=TR3JXEU03Gwor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmcKZFiUI-g Here again, right hand is not only playing the melody, but enriching it with chords, etc.
So, my questions are :
1 - Do anyone here knows a proper name to describe that kind of music?
2 - Do you have any examples of this kind of arrangements being played on the concertina?
The anglo is well suited to oom-pah music, but it's limited number of notes available in either push or pull position makes it difficult to play complex (and even not so complex) melodies.
These arrangements seem to be technically out of the english concertina's range - even simple oom-pah arrangements are extremely rare on the instrument. I can think of a few, for instance Jody Kruskal's recent arrangement of Shostakovich's famous waltz ( http://www.concertin...showtopic=19996), or a waltz on Danny Chapman's website (look here http://www.rowlhouse.co.uk/concertina/music/ in the Tunes for Louise files), yet these examples don't sound as "full" as the videos I linked to above.
The duet concertina would seem to be the best suited of all to this kind of music, but there are surprisingly few videos out there featuring it playing even a simple oom-pah bass. The closest examples to what I'm searching for are JeffLeff's videos on youtube, especially these two : https://www.youtube....h?v=5PDvPkV_-TMa waltz medley and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDVrHqQkMC0 where his right hand work is really good.
Do you know of any other examples?
3 What, in your opinion, is the best layout to play it? I'm an anglo player myself; but having looked at the Hayden keyboard it seems to be well fitted to the kind of right hand work that would be necessary, while some other duets layouts (the crane one for instance) would make it more difficult - once again this is only based on the look I had at the layout; I haven't tested any duet concertinas so I can't tell if this is actually the case.
I'd be glad to hear your opinions on this.