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#1 Dan Worrall

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Posted 22 February 2005 - 10:02 PM

We will hold a concertina workshop in the small east Texas town of Palestine, on April 1-2. There is a wonderful music festival scheduled there (March 31-April 3) called the Palestine Old Time Music and Dulcimer Festival; you can read about it at
http://www.geocities...tival/index.htm. We will hold our concertina workshops within that festival, so there will be lots of great southern fiddle music around as well.

The workshop focuses on concertina players in the western part of the US south. This workshop will be oriented much more on networking and playing than on teaching, although all three will occur. We are drawing on people within the concertina community in our region to host workshops and sessions.

The festival has a very modest fee charged to all participants, but there are no extra charges for the concertina events. Suggestions on accomodations can be found on the festival website.

Workshop planning and scheduling is still in motion, but so far we have the following confirmed:

1. Song accompaniment techniques. Mark Gilston plays an eclectic mixture of styles on the English concertina , and is a featured performer at the festival. This workshop, hosted by Mark, will focus on song accompaniment techniques, and is open to players of any systems.

2. Beginning concertina. Gary Coover plays English, anglo, and Jeffries duet, and will host a session for beginners on all concertina systems. Help in getting started with the buttons; on finding resources for learning; where to get instruments; what are the various systems all about, and help meeting some local players for mentoring. And play a few easy tunes!

3. Morris anglo: Dan Worrall plays in the William Kimber style (English tunes with lots of left hand chords), and has just finished writing a book of detailed transcriptions for anglo of Kimber’s playing. He’ll bring a few of those transcriptions along, and we’ll try them on for size. Limber up those pinkies!

4. Duets Anonymous. We know you are out there. Playing all sorts of non-traditional tunes, in the shadows…. You are not alone, even here in the Southwest. There will be players of several duet systems (including Hayden, Jeffries, and Crane) at Palestine. Gary Coover will host, with his rare Jeffries duet, along with Kurt Braun, who plays the Crane. Any McCann folks out there?

5. Irish concertina. Dan and Gary will host this one, but we’re looking at this more as good networking rather than teaching. Bring your favorite tunes and tips. We’ll trade information on various styles of anglo playing; discuss ornamentation. Mainly for anglo players, but English system players also most welcome!

6. Concertina repair workshop. Harold Harrington, of Herrington Brothers Concertinas in nearby Mesquite, both builds and repairs concertinas. Bring your questions on buzzy reeds and sticking buttons, and Harold will review the basics of repair.

7. Concertina tuning demonstration. Ever wonder how they tune those things? Harold is bringing along his tuning bench and strobe system, and will show you how it is done.

8. Concertina slow jam session. Ever wonder what a room full of Southern concertina players sounds like? Bring your favorite tunes and let’s just see. We’ll keep the tempo slow so all can play along.

Schedules for the workshops will be placed here in coming weeks; the workshops will occur in time slots starting Friday and Saturday at 9:30 am and all will end by 4 pm each day. We will try to put together some sort of lunch or dinner event so that all of us can get a good chance to get to know each other, but will save the evenings for the old time music concerts. There is a full array of Old Time and mountain dulcimer sessions and concerts throughout the large old building, so there will be no lack of things to do (you are most welcome to join in these sessions, as there are jam sessions for all levels...but please be sensitive to the few more expert sessions, where concertinas are not yet considered apropos by some old time string band players). For less musical spouses and friends, the dogwoods are in bloom in the piney woods, there are tours of old southern houses, and there is a great nineteenth century steam locomotive that takes passengers from Palestine to Rusk and back.

If you wish to participate and have not already done so, please answer the questions below and email it to Dan Worrall at concertinatexas@msn.com. All arrangements other than the concertina workshops are up to you.

We look forward to meeting you there and playing some tunes!

-The Organizing Committee (Dan Worrall, Gary Coover, Mark Gilston, and Harold Herrington)

Applicant questions:
1) I am___ I am not___interested in being informed about potential future concertina workshop weekends (annual or semi-annual) for this region.

2) I tentatively plan to___ I do not plan to___ attend the weekend in Palestine.

3) I play: English system________ Anglo_________ Duet__________ (if duet, please specify system)

4) My level of playing is: Beginner_________Intermediate___________Advanced___________

5) If intermediate or advanced, would you be willing to help host a workshop if asked? Yes_____ No________

6) My preferred styles of music is (choose top one or two): Irish_______ English & Morris_______ Old time fiddle tunes___________ Contra and English Country Dance music________ Song accompaniment_________ Other________( if other, please specify).

7) If I attend, I would most like to accomplish the following during the weekend:____________

8) My name: _______________________________

9) I live in: Town or city____________________________ State________________________.

ps. make your room reservations early...it is a small town!

#2 David Barnert

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Posted 22 February 2005 - 10:46 PM

Sounds great. Wish I could come, but I'm planning to go to the SouthEast Squeeze-In that same weekend.

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Posted 25 February 2005 - 04:14 PM

Sigh. I wish. It's only 1 state (600 miles away).

Maybe next year :(

Sniffle.

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Posted 26 February 2005 - 02:54 PM

Next year we'll try to organize this a bit sooner; sorry there's nothing more to be done on the width-of-Texas issue. Palestine is in northeast Texas, which helps keep distance down for those in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. Maybe you could offer to host the next one in New Mexico? A plate of green chile enchiladas with some blue corn tortillas would go very well with concertina music.

We've had a relatively strong response however (around fifteen confirmed so far for our first concertina workshop in this region); there seems to be a pent-up demand for a get together that doesn't entail traveling all the way to the east or west coast. The convergence with a fine 'old time music' festival has undoubtedly helped as well.

One addition to the agenda that was posted earlier: Bob Tedrow will be sending a demo instrument from his shop in Alabama. Harold Herrington will have some instruments there too, so there will be a very good opportunity to see how some of these mid-price range instruments look and play.

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Posted 28 February 2005 - 04:11 PM

*definitely* count me in for 2006!

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Posted 08 March 2005 - 09:56 PM

I could possibly make it. I live in the Texas Panhandle (Amarillo for college to be exact) about 8 hrs. 45 mins. drive from Palestine. I would have to miss two of my classes (Gen. Psychology & Literature), but all I would miss would be reading my books. I would need to ask my parents first though; I've never driven 9 hours by myself before, so one of them might want to come with me (even though I'm 20 years old).

Here's hoping . . .

Edited by Music Nut, 08 March 2005 - 09:58 PM.


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Posted 24 October 2005 - 03:28 PM

I noticed the dulcimer festival posted their 2006 dates last week.

So what's the scoop for the concertina contingent for next year?

(been waiting since March, and I'm already excited!)

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 01:11 PM

I noticed the dulcimer festival posted their 2006 dates last week.

So what's the scoop for the concertina contingent for next year?

(been waiting since March, and I'm already excited!)


Rhomylly,

We'll definitely be going back. The Palestine Old Time Music and Dulcimer Festival occurs March 30- April 1 next year, in East Texas. They'll again be focusing on old time music, in a very session-oriented festival. We concertina folk will again form a festival within a festival, taking advantage of the facilities as well as the opportunity to hear some great music, meet some really nice folks, and soak in the small town atmosphere. This year we intend to send out some music ahead of time for a performance late in the festival as a concertina band; that part was a lot of fun last year. I'm looking for some appropriate old timey southern tunes for this purpose....but would consider one of your New Mexico canciones too if you've got a good one! We'll also try to organize workshops in advance on various topics desired by attendees (we had experienced folks on almost all systems last year, and they were great about sharing what they knew). I'll post more information on the Forum around the first of the year. See you there!

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 04:46 PM

Thanks, Dan!

Can't help with the canciones, sorry. I am very likely not only the wrong accent but the wrong gender to be made privy to the local folk "in the know" of such things :(

I will be breathlessly waiting for more info so I can get my hotel reservation and vacation request alllll squared away (or would that be hexagonaled away?)

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Posted 27 October 2005 - 03:06 AM

Can't help with the canciones, sorry. I am very likely not only the wrong accent but the wrong gender to be made privy to the local folk "in the know" of such things :(

Reminds me of a friend who at one time claimed to be the only female member of a professional Mariachi band in all of North America. But, she said, though the other members of the band let her play, they didn't treat her seriously as a musician, much less a social equal. ... Until one night the first trumpeter was ill, and she turned out to be the only one of the rest who knew his parts. She played lead that night, saved the gig, and -- the perhaps surprising part -- after that they treated her as an equal.

I will be breathlessly waiting for more info so I can get my hotel reservation and vacation request alllll squared away (or would that be hexagonaled away?)

I think "hexed away" would be the proper construction... unless you play an Æola or Edeophone. Concertinas are magical little beasts, after all. :)

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 09:11 PM

lookin forward to it.




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