I'll go round to a friends and scan it. I was going to buy a joint scannner, copier and printer but fiunds are low after Christmas. Photos no good, too much glare from the shiny paper Sorry for the delay
By the way have you come across records of people playing and singing at the same time, eg popular music, music hall etc . I'm interested in what they did. I'm sure as a novel instrument it must have been put to various uses
Thank 'ee kindly, Mike; I look forward to seeing it!
Yes, certainly folks sang with their anglos. Here below is one of my favorite references, a preview from my book. Crying Harry was a London street character in the 1890s; he played concertina and sang hymns while he played, and as you can see sometimes his dog did the singing:
"'Crying Harry'is a long, lean, anatomy of a man of some sixty summers- or winters, rather- who discourses sweet music- Moody and Sanky’s (hymns)- from the brazen bowels of a German concertina to the occasional accompaniment of his diminutive dog Fidey, but more often to that of his own less melodious lungs. His hymns are invariably rendered with the most approved unction, what time the tears may be seen to flow copiously from his great sightless orbs down a pair of cadaverous cheeks, presenting a picture at once impressive and irresistible. Woe betide the tender-hearted old lady who chances to cross Harry's path when he is in his melting mood. Fresh from her cozy cottage, with the memory of perhaps a dozen sturdy vagabonds rankling in her breast, she may screw her mouth a little tighter, and step out with unwonted firmness as the form of a vocalist comes in sight, and the air becomes charged with his pious strain; but be her heart never so steeled against charity, she cannot pass him. There is about Harry a mysterious influence that no sympathetic old lady- and all old ladies are sympathetic- can resist, a magnetic attraction that no coin of the realm below the caliber of a shilling can treat with impunity. The diminutive three-penny piece may presume upon its insignificance, or its universally acknowledged utility in the matter of Sunday collections, and hide itself in the remotest corner of purse or pocket; but it knows not the man with whom it has to deal when Harry is about. …. The tears will begin to flow as if by magic, additional unction is impaired to the pious strain, and the old lady capitulates gracefully. …. Harry's facility for divining the approach of sympathetic old ladies is nothing less than marvelous."
One way they played while singing---the simplest, perhaps---was by playing simple chords, often with both hands. There is a Sally Army book written on how to play those as hymn accompaniments (see the Appendix of my Anglos in America article on www.concertina.com). Two-fisted three-chord tricks. Not too difficult.
I've got more such sightings of singer-players. Usually it is the street singers, or Sally Army types. No doubt it was in the halls, too, I have a nice photo of one SA-dressed woman singing with ther Anglo on a hall set (recently posted on the Forum, can't remember the thread). You may also recall the postcard of the inebriated couple on the beach, man playing and singing, that Stephen Chambers posted a while back. That stuff is not made up...it was one of the key uses.
There is the myth, or rather urban legend, occasionally circulated in some English circles that singing to a concertina is just a product of the revival (the Bert Lloyd era, etc), and that real folk singers never used musical accompaniment. I rank that one right in there with other concertina urban legends, like 'sailors never played them--that is an urban legend'. Printed 19th century texts are much better sources than folk revivalists for such history.
Edited by Dan Worrall, 09 February 2009 - 10:20 PM.