"RE: Pirates of the Caribbean Hornpipes
Hello and good day to you: Chris;
It's simply amazing what Hollywood can do to history in order to make a commercially rewarding screen play. The Wheatstone Symphonium (circ.1829) became the Anglo concertina when two employees (Crabb and Nickolds) formed a break-away company to produce the same. The "Golden Age" of piracy occurred roughly 1685 to 1735 about 125 -130 years before the advent of the instrument. There was a quiet period of about 100 years after the" Golden Age" and then a short recurrence of water-borne vermin after the end of the plague of wars (1812, Napoleonic, and Latin Colony Succession), so - by a real stretch of the imagination, a concertina might have been played in a pirate hang-out.
My album "Billy Bones and Other Ditties" has the track Two Hornpipes which excited official interest and it seems that my chording and arrangements are copyrightable; hence the screen credits. The two hornpipes are the "Fisher's" hornpipe (used in the film) and the "Sailor's or "College" hornpipe (which wasn't).
There is no lyrics or music book available at present.
Capt. H.B. Henderson
Point Richmond, CA. July 19, 2006"
Are there any other films, ancient or modern, known to feature one or more concertina players, that Cnetters remember?
Edited by Chris Drinkwater, 21 July 2006 - 08:21 AM.