Sorry for the delay, folks - just got back from a great weekend of playing concertina in Vermont, and didn't have the wi-fi connectivity I expected.
OK, that's a lie; I was too busy playing to get on the computer. So be it.
Anyway, here's the poll for June. Vote for one of the following three.
I'm a sucker for good oldtime fiddle tunes played on concertina, and this one is one of my favorites. It's cool how the concertina can in some ways emulate the fiddle (see Bertram Levy, Jody Kruskal, et al), but also surpass it as a powerful rhythm instrument. Trust me, there's a lot you can do with this tune.
Here is is played for a contra dance by the Glen Echo Open Band; I'm somewhere there in the mix.
Couldn't find a squeezebox version, but what about harmonica?
I bet Jody could give us a killer version of this tune if it's chosen.
La Luna Dins Aiga:
I learned this tune from David Barnert at the Northeast Squeeze-in a few years back; it quickly became a favorite among the assembled squeezers. Personally, I like it played slow with a touch of drama, but at NESI it sounded great played at a lively pace.
I can't find much about its origin, but it's a good tune, so who cares?
Here is C.net stalwart Alan Day playing it - it's the second tune in the set, at about 1.08
Here's Peter Trimming playing it, I believe on a Bf/F.
The Kilnamona Barndance
I've always been intrigued by this Irish tune because I've heard it played so many different ways, and in particular with a lot of variation in the B part.
Here it is in straight up Irish style. But I'm guessing it would also sound pretty good played in an English chorded style.
Here's a pretty fiddle version (the second tune in the set)
Solas has a gorgeous concertina version on their Sunny Spells CD – I assume it's John Williams on Anglo, but my CD is packed away so I can't read the liner notes. He takes the somewhat mundane B part of most versions and gives it some intriguing twists. I won't violate their copyright by posting it, but if you can find it, get it, it's gorgeous.
That's it; vote now if you want your voice heard.
Edited by Jim Besser, 29 May 2013 - 02:58 PM.