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#19 Bill N

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Posted 30 October 2017 - 09:19 AM

I have played an anglo and harmonica in a rack simultaneously in a public performance a few times.  "Red River Valley" on a C/G box, and a C harmonica in a rack. Initially the idea was to give some variety to the performance ( I play in a duo with a citern player) by alternating between the 2, with the harmonica in the rack to save me from fumbling for it half-way through the song, but I tried both at once and it was surprisingly easy.  I'll do chords on one, melody on the other/ melody in unison/harmonies, octaves, etc.  

 

It reminded me that when I started to play anglo a few years ago I was already a life-long harmonica player, and I would find myself hyperventilating along with the bellows!


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Posted 31 October 2017 - 02:59 PM

Yes indeed!

 

Like I said, you can do almost anything if you practise enough, and this lad has obviusly done that. Probably very talented, too!

 

Thanks for sharing!

 

Cheers,

John

 

BTW, I think I recognised the Stagi logo on the concertina. so not a Chinese.


Edited by Anglo-Irishman, 31 October 2017 - 03:00 PM.


#21 David Colpitts

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 03:58 PM

Well, now that I've seen that young star, I guess I'll play the mandolin.....

Wow!

But, I still await someone who can sing and play the harmonica at the same time....

David

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 04:03 PM

BTW, I think I recognised the Stagi logo on the concertina. so not a Chinese.

Yes, I see that, but it still looks like a re-badged Chinese box to me.   I have one just like it.
 
Anyway, here is the same guy a few years later playing Sunday's Well, one of my favourite tunes.
 
His Youtube channel is well worth scanning, quite a remarkable young man.



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Posted 31 October 2017 - 04:03 PM

But, I still await someone who can sing and play the harmonica at the same time...


I recollect that some blues singers did the trick (albeit fairly limited, of course)

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 04:09 PM

Well, now that I've seen that young star, I guess I'll play the mandolin.....

Wow!

But, I still await someone who can sing and play the harmonica at the same time....

David

He plays mandolin and bouzouki too...

 

See https://www.youtube....h?v=cSV1GuWlyWQthe concertina comes in about halfway through.



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Posted 31 October 2017 - 05:05 PM

you just made my evening Don - this is how I like my reels, playing with the selves or otherwise... 😎

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 06:58 PM

Well, at least he’s got himself a better concertina in the last 4 years. Following his link to the session.org reveals his name and some biographical information.
 

Tijn Berends

Climate scientist slash musician from the Netherlands. Started playing the harmonica around 2007. Picked up the guitar a year later, bouzouki and concertina around 2010.
Right now I play in the band "Four of a Kind", duo "Itchy Fingers" and duo "Sessioneers". I also organise the session in O’Leary’s Pub in Utrecht.


Quite talented.



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Posted 31 October 2017 - 08:55 PM

Well, at least hes got himself a better concertina in the last 4 years.


do you take that from listening to his more recent recordings, or is there a piece of information re the instrument I didn't stumble about?

Best wishes - Wolf

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 08:59 PM

 

Well, at least he's got himself a better concertina in the last 4 years.


do you take that from listening to his more recent recordings, or is there a piece of information re the instrument I didn't stumble about?

 
Just looking at the videos.



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 04:25 AM

Just looking at the videos.


thank you, fair enough  :rolleyes:

 

(had got stuck on "thesession.org")



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 11:14 AM

In the text accompanying the first video, he says he was playing a Stagi. In the second video, his text says he's playing a Marcus Anglo G/D.

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 12:21 PM

BTW, amazingly the Stagi was in G/D too (as mentioned with the first video).



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 04:29 PM

Also, I couldn’t help noticing that the earlier instrument had 20 buttons and the later one has 30.






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