This is one of the first tunes I worked on when I started playing concertina: the French Canadian dance tune La Bastringue.
The backstory: I was the guitar player in a contra dance band with my late friend Michael Reid - an early concertina.net participant and my Northeast Squeeze In buddy. This was one of the tunes we played, and I loved his rendition (on English concertina).
When he moved out of the area, I missed the sound of the concertina and started playing the garage sale Anglo I already had. La Bastringue was one of the first of Michael's tunes I tried to work out. Later, with better instruments, I played it in medleys of French Canadian tunes, and at family dances for the circle mixer of the same name.
Somehow, it dropped off my radar screen, and I haven't played it in a number of years. Good to be reminded of a great tune!
Interestingly, Michael - a superb English concertina player - moved to Colorado, became immersed in Irish music and reeducated himself as a fine Anglo concertinist.
Edited by Jim Besser, 08 October 2014 - 11:20 AM.