She was playing superbly in her eighties , having taken it up again later in life. It is very rhythmic and she plays a C/G anglo along the C row mainly. I have been playing along to work out the keys of the tunes and she was playing in F, Gminor, Dminor, C and occasionally G.
She had musicians with her like Peter Laban, Martin Hayes, Josephine Marsh and Eoin O'Neill who coud play in those keys. I find that in a session such keys throw flute players and some fiddlers.
As Dan Worrall writes in his book, C was commonly played when concertina players were the main musicians for dancing, I hadn't realised how F came so readily, many of the tunes don't ue the Bflat of the accidental row. As Martin Hayes commented ' Kitty played with great common sense'. By this I assume he meant that she took tunes suited to the instrument and adapted them to the possibilities and limitations of the instrument.
For one who is constantly working to play reels in D, G and A in sessions it is a pleasure to relax and play along in these more comfortable keys
I suppose a G/D Anglo would afford the same way of playing in more usual keys but as they weren't available in the old days the concertina style evolved in other ways. Any ideas.
If Peter Laban is still on concertina net maybe he could comment.
Edited by michael sam wild, 28 June 2012 - 09:27 AM.