Concertinas In Scottish Music
Posted 09 February 2004 - 02:58 PM
Posted 10 February 2004 - 07:52 AM
Posted 10 February 2004 - 08:56 AM
I think Brian McNeill--multi-talented in multi-media and great multi-instrumentalist--might be mentioned. One of the founders of the Battlefield Band, he played some concertina accompaniment on some of the early Batteflied Band recordings.
Again, English concertina. Interesting, the Scottish = English concertina propensity.
Posted 10 February 2004 - 09:00 AM
I wish him a long and healthy life, but I hope he doesn't take that as an excuse to postpone "foreseeable".
Stuart Eydmann tells me all his research into concertinas in Scottish music will be collated and published in the forseeable future(i.e maybe tomorrow, maybe next century).
Posted 11 February 2004 - 06:15 PM
I will say this only once - you will NEVER see me in a kilt!!!!!I'm just curious... who did the surgery?Well part of me is. Other parts of me are English and Welsh. That is a long story....
John Wild himself is, of course, a Scot.
Of course we have the time. Is the"Wild" part of you Scottish?
- John Wild
Posted 12 February 2004 - 05:45 AM
You'd only say no to doing it once. After all, that is what you said. So, you've said your no and now you are available. Pictures?
Or did you mean you were not willing to do it once, but would do it multiple times?
Posted 12 February 2004 - 05:47 AM
Okay, that is pretty definitive.
Posted 15 February 2004 - 02:32 PM
Oh oh I get it. You didn't say no, you said NEVER.
Okay, that is pretty definitive.
No! Nay! Never!
I said I would only SAY it once, but that makes 4 times ;-)
Posted 18 February 2004 - 09:14 AM
Posted 18 February 2004 - 12:10 PM
Or what Helen will see if he's without one?
Be fair, he didn't say that he wouldn't wear a kilt, just that you would never see him in one.
Which leaves open the question of whether the rest of us will see him in one...
Posted 09 March 2004 - 05:49 AM
As mentioned I have written this up in my PhD thesis which I have now saved (text only at present) as a series of PDF files. These will be passed to the Centre for Free Reed Research at CUNY and posted on my onw web pages before long. I have an extensive archive of related photographs and other images which I should also make available in time.
I hope to recast the paper on the conertina in scotland prsented at the Aberdeen conference last November for publication this year.
There are currently very few convertina players active in Scotland and almost none among the flourishing interest in traditional music scene among the children and youth.
For interest, I play fiddle and concertina (English) in the Scottish music group the Whistlebinkies which has been operating since the late 1960s - I joined c1980. I also use and record with a highly unusual duet system made by Wheatsone with a unique layout (hopeless for melody) but great for adding bass lines and chordal accompaniment to the pipes, flute, harp and fiddles in the band. I can propvide information about this one off duet if anyone is interested.
Posted 09 March 2004 - 06:43 AM
We met in Boston at Kitty O'Shea's, at the launch of a cd of the late, and much missed, Tony Cuffe. Tony was a friend and colleague when I lived in Boston. He had a concertina; he told me he didn't play it much, but could be added to the list of Scottish players.
With Scottish blood (including her grandfather, a fiddler) on my mother's side, I have an interest in the early free-reed recordings from that part of the world. I recommend the wonderful "Melodeon Greats" LP (reissued on cd), many of whose tracks are suitable for the anglo (and I'm sure the other concertina systems). Are there no known recordings of the anglo players from that time and place? I have a Jones 20 key sold by Campbell's and understand they also sold steel-reeded 20-keys of German make (would like to find one of those!).
If you ever need photos of a Wilkinson's Excelsior button accordeon (an early B/C or C/C# with 24 bone bass keys in a "piano-accordion-style" layout), as played by Hannah, I have one in the shop.
Posted 09 March 2004 - 06:44 AM
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Posted 01 April 2004 - 04:33 PM
"There are currently very few convertina players active in Scotland...."
Not so ! Maybe not known personally to you but I'm sure that like me there are plenty of other players.
Through dancing with the Banchory Morris Men, I know of and have played with at least five others in the Aberdeen area of varying degrees of skill - ranging from playing regularly with ceilidh bands to learners.
Posted 01 April 2004 - 04:44 PM
Posted 02 April 2004 - 02:40 PM
Actually, this whole discussion is interesting because my wife was just commenting to me a couple of days ago how she's never seen anyone play SCD music on the concertina. I figured that was just because the piano accordion is so prevalent, so it seems to be the free-reed instrument of choice in that style of music. My reply was that the concertina SHOULD be used more, so there! Maybe some day I'll be good enough to help that happen, at least in my area.
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