At the Concertina Cruinniú last sundaynight these guys were playing : Edel Fox and Jaqueline McCarthy (concertinas), Josephine Marsh (concertina and accordion), Johnny Hehir (harmonica), Rick Epping and Mick Kinsella (English concertinas and harmonicas). About as reedy as it'll get and lovely too.
Great stuff, though my impression is that Randy was asking about groups that regularly work together, not ad hoc combinations of the moment.
I guess the monthly "English" music session at Stockholm's Bishops Arms pub on Bellmansgatan1 is somewhat in between. It's a regular event, with a number of nearly constant participants, others (including myself) coming less regularly, but with newcomers and complete strangers also welcome. It's rare that there aren't at least two concertinas (anglo and English) and three melodeons (or durspel, which is the Swedish version). Other instruments invariably include fiddle and recorder, usually guitar, ukuleles, and bones, often whistle, and sometimes banjo and/or hurdy gurdy. And songs are as prominent as tunes without words.
But among the more-or-less regulars at the session is a smaller group that lately have been practicing together, dominated by free reeds. Two durspel/melodeons, one recorder (soprano & tenor), one anglo, an English or two2, one with mandolin and ukulele2, and sometimes the hurdy gurdy. So far, we do mostly English songs and tunes, some Swedish, and the occasional sea shanty. We practice both for fun and with the hope of getting performing gigs.
Subsets of this group have already done some actual "performances". For a Christmas celebration we had our Englishes and a durspel, along with our voices and some "lesser" instruments (e.g., whistle). For a performance at an agricultural hall we were joined by the anglo player and another melodeon (and also by a standup bass and hand percussion).
1 It's a chain throughout Sweden, and there are (at least?) three other Bishops Arms pubs in Stockholm, but they don't have music.
2 Currently I'm the second English, when I'm in town, but the mandolin/uke player is enjoying a recently purchased treble English, so the one or two looks certain to become two or three before long.
Edited by JimLucas, 20 February 2014 - 05:27 AM.