Next meeting of Midland Concertina Group:
Saturday 4th November 2017.
Arnold United Reformed Church Hall
(Opposite the entrance to Surgeys Lane)
Starts 13:00, ends 17:00.
A typical meeting is 10 to 20 people with a mix of Anglos, English and duets. Occasionally a partner will come along and join in with another instrument.
Format is that everyone takes a turn to play unless they prefer just to listen. Most people play solo, but there are some who play as duos or trios. Many play by ear, many play from the dots. Any style of music is welcome, and there is usually a variety of English, Scottish and Irish music as well as Americana, European tunes, music hall, classical, hymn tunes - anything goes. Very occasionally, someone will sing and play at the same time.
There are often tunes there anyone can just join in. In the interval, there is usually a short informal workshop with "as many as will" learning a simple piece in parts which they play together later in the afternoon.
There is no formal admission charge, but a voluntary donation towards the hall hire is encouraged. Tea, coffee and biscuits freely available all afternoon.