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  • @ccordionscandanavia - Hkan Widar's accordion & record collector's pages. Check out the vintage concertina recordings in RealAudio format!
  • This site has some vintage recordings of concertina player Alf Edwards.
  • Alfredo De Pietra's Celtic Music site.
  • Al Ladd - Al is a concertina player and professional woodworker who also does the woodworking for the Morse (Button Box) line of anglos.
  • Amplifying Concertinas - Internal Microphones
  • Henk van Aalten's Anglo-Concertina.net - with some cool (and free) audio files!
  • APJ Music - miniature concertinas and more by Anthony James
  • Arizona Irish Music Society
  • Augusta Heritage Center web site.
  • Barleycorn Concertinas - This looks to be a very good source for vintage concertinas. See their entry in the guide for more details. Owner Chris Algar sells a LOT of concertinas every year and is VERY busy, so don't e-mail him -- if you're serious about looking for an instrument, give him a call!
  • "Jim Besser - Concertina Squeezer"
  • The Birmingham (UK) Accordion Center - According to Geo Meadows: "A free-reed instrument specialist who will offer a good deal on most piano accordions, button accordions and concertinas and with on-site tuning/repair facilities."
  • Bob DeVellis' excellent concertina pages, featuring photos of his beautiful Jeffries, Dipper, and Lachenal, as well as historical information and photos.
  • The Box Place - "Theo Gibb runs this repair, restoration and tuning service for concertinas, melodeons and accordions. Usually a selection of restored instruments for sale." (in the UK)
  • Bruce McCaskey's web site, includes his report of the 2004 Winter Noel Hill Irish Concertina School (in Ireland).
  • The Button Box - A great place to buy quality instruments. I bought my vintage Lachenal anglo mail-order from these guys. A good source for recordings, books, and more.
  • Carroll Concertinas - Wally Carroll, in Kentucky, USA, is now making what look like really fine anglos, inspired by vintage Wheatstone Linota construction, including real concertina reeds and shoes.
  • ceili.ie - "Extensive site dedicated to Traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance. Event listings, Online Shop, Newsletter, Ceili Club, Festivals, Message Board and more. The Online Shop stocks a small selection of books, CDs, tapes and videos of "the real thing" - genuine traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance - direct from Ireland. Based in Ireland."
  • "Celtic Backup for All Instrumentalists". From Matt Williamson: "[...]I have the book, and have been attending Chris' weekly 'slow sessions' (two hour sessions with an emphasis on learning the tunes) here in Bloomington for well over a year. In my opinion, Chris is the best accompanist in the area (and there is a lot of talent here), with a full range of expressive nuance and an immense knowledge of the genre; and an accomplished teacher as well. The book comes with a cd, with Chris, Grey Larsen, and Erin Shrader providing the musical illustrations; and it is worth having just for the clarity and skill of the renditions. As for the material in the book, I play guitar and sometimes accompany, so it interests me directly, but I think it can help melody players greatly by deepening our understanding of the underlying structures of the music. It is a bit technical, but the cd offsets that. I recommend it highly."
  • Celtic Crossings - "Irish Traditional Music for All Occasions" (affiliated with Gearoid Ó hAllmhuráin)
  • Celtic Grooves Imports - "The specialist in Irish traditional music", run by Philippe Varlet and recommended by Ross Schlabach as a good source of import and hard-to-find recordings.
  • Celtic Roots Festival in Goderich Ontario
  • Celtic Ways -- "Linking to 1000s of Celtic and Folk music tracks"
  • The Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments at the Graduate School of The City University of New York.
  • Ceolas - One of the largest and oldest online collections of Celtic music information.
  • Chiff & Fipple: The Post Structural Tinwhistle Internet Experience. Run by the one-and-only Dale Wisely, this is the CONCERTINA.net of the tinwhistle world, only funnier and with a more regular newsletter! Be sure to check it out, and be ready to fall victim to WhOA (Whistle Obsessive Acquisition Disorder).
  • The Chemnitzer Concertina Novice
  • The Cedar Key Florida Arts Festival. My parents are major organizers. No concertina art that I know of. But maybe you can commission some.
  • The Chick Schwartz Web Site - My father's a famous artist and this is his web site. Sorry, no concertina art.
  • Chris Sherburn and Denny Bartley - Concertina & Guitar duo. See my Music page for more details and MUCH smaller RealAudio versions of their sound clips.
  • Tim Collins - Official Web site of the well-known Irish concertina player (see the Suttner site for sound clips too)
  • Colonel Saunderson Memorial Band, Liverpool - A concertina marching band.
  • Concertina.biz -- by Neil Gibbs
  • Concertina.com - Bob Gaskins' stupendous Concertina Library
  • Concertina Academy is "an initiative of Pauline de Snoo who holds a BMus degree on the concertina and a.o. publishes tutors and is distributor of the
    dvd 'Playing the Concertina', a music documentary by Pilgrimm Pictures onhistory and playing of the concertina."
  • Concertina Connection - Promoting "the reintroduction of the concertina in classical music"
  • Concertina FAQ - Plenty of well-organized, clear and concise information for the concertina enthusiast here -- don't miss it! Maintained by Chris Timson.
  • Concertina-Spares.com - Run by David J.Leese. David has been connected with the concertina world since 1978, and has been working with Chris Algar of Barleycorn Concertinas for many years. With no minimum order, you can now order online (or off) and easily pick up that spare pad or valve so youll never be stranded. Parts supplied for all well known makes and types of concertinas. Click through today and be prepared for any concertina emergency!
  • Concertina Spotters' Guide: Anglo Concertinas, Pictorial Guide - Not many details here, but a nice collection of concertina photos, including some beautiful anglos.
  • Concertinas at Witney - Concertina courses in the UK. A good site with plenty of details, so check it out! If you know much about these courses and want to add some details or comments, I'd love to hear from you.
  • CraneConcertina.com - "The Crane Duet Concertina"
  • English Concertina Sheet Music Database at English-Concertina.co.uk
  • Ernie Coopman - "The Man, The Music, The Memories" ...Chemnitzer concertina player.
  • Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) - "an association of people and groups with a common interest in English and Anglo-American folk dance , music and song."
  • JulietteDaum.com -- official web site of English-system concertina player Juliette Daum
  • DickMiles.com -- the official web site of English concertina player Dick Miles.
  • Didier Jaffrédo's French anglo concertina site
  • Don Nichols' Concertina pages - Okay, so there's really not all that much here about the anglo (Don plays the English), but it's still a great place to poke around for concertina information, including some photos of Suttner's concertinas.
  • Dr Faustus - Band featuring Rob Harbron on English concertina
  • Eigse Mrs. Crotty - Traditional Music Festival and School in Kilrush, Co. Clare, Ireland
  • English Folk Dance and Song Society
  • Folk Music of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and America
  • Fleadh Nua Traditional Irish Music Festival
  • FolkTale.net - web site for English concertina player and professional storyteller Tim Jennings.
  • Foot Stompin' Records - The home of English-system concertina player Simon Thoumire, and "For the bright young stars of Scottish traditional music."
  • Frank Edgley -- Anglo Concertina Maker. Frank makes, plays, teaches, repairs, tunes, and sells concertinas.
  • Free Reed Magazine - This old newsletter/magazine by Neil Wayne was originally the "Concertina Newsletter". I recently ordered all back-issues available (about 17 issues). They're not all necessarily chock full of relevant info for the today's anglo player, but they're cheap to order and so I would highly recommend them to any collector of all things concertina! Still, there are some really good articles and cool info you won't find anywhere else. Order them before they're gone forever!
  • Gaelic Roots 1998: A Music, Song and Dance Summer School and Festival - Presented by the Irish Studies program of Boston College (Mass, USA), this looks like a superb opportunity to learn and listen to Irish music, including the anglo concertina.
  • Gearoid O hAllmhurain's official web site Check out the site for info about ordering his CD, courses, touring schedule, etc. For more about his courses and music (and for sound clips), also see my Learning and Music pages. Read an article about Gearoid here.
  • Gilbert Carrere's Le concertina en France web site, with "scores of arrangements of my own for duet, english and ensemble of concertinas."
  • Green Linnet - Purveyors of Celtic music.
  • Hard Chords - "A quick guide to difficult chords for duet concertina players".
  • Robert Harbron - UK-based "Concertina Player, Guitarist, Fiddler, Workshop Leader, Arranger, Sound Engineer"
  • Herrington Brothers Concertinas - If you've already checked out the info in the Guide about Herrington concertinas, be sure to check out their web site. They haven't been in the business long, but they appear to be making what could very well be the best value in the anglo concertina world today.
  • Hobgoblin - This seems like a good place to shop for a concertina if you're in the UK. They carry a wide range of new and used instruments (not just concertinas), but keep in mind that like Lark in the Morning, the prices they list for new concertinas made by the top makers are quite a bit higher than what you'll pay direct from the makers. This makes sense since they're assuming the responsability and of course they have to pay shipping, duty, etc., and naturally they have to make money, but it's something to keep in mind before you get turned off by the prices you'll see. This links to their US page, but from there they have a link to the UK site. Used (vintage) instruments are only sold through their UK shop.
  • Homespun Tapes - Publishers of the John Williams "Learn to Play Irish Concertina" video.
  • Homewood Musical Instruments - Owner Bob Tedrow is an anglo player himself, so Homewood is probably a great place to look for vintage or new anglos, although he has as much trouble as everyone else finding good vintage anglos. If you're in the market for a Stagi (Bastari), definitely check out the Stagis upgraded by Bob -- they're almost the same price as an off-the-shelf Stagi and are likely to be a better playing and sounding (and longer-lasting) instrument.
  • The Horniman Museum - Featuring a large collection of vintage concertinas.
  • House of Musical Traditions - Lots of good squeezin' stuff, including sales of new and used concertinas, recordings, books and videos. Don't miss Wendy's squeezebox buyer's guide -- lots of great info and details here, including answers to common questions about the differences between different types of squeezeboxes. A nice example of a truly useful commercial site!
  • The Official Herbert Green web site- "Detailing the musical life of a professional Maccan duet player, with samples of his playing."
  • Ian Robb's home page - "one of North America's best-known singers of English folk song".
  • Intercelt - "A web based resource for cultural and Irish music based holidays in Ireland."
  • The Japanese concertina-playing tomato - No, I am not making this up.
  • The International Concertina Association.
  • Ireland My Homeland - "The Music, Songs and Stories You Love".
  • Irish Arts Week - Gearoid O hAllmhurain teaches anglo concertina seminars here every summer. It seems to be a great family affair. I'd love to attend one of these years...
  • irishtunes.net - A collection of sheet music
  • Island Ireland - An "Internet guide to Irish art, culture and environment."
  • Jack Gilder has some nice web sites for his traditional Irish music groups: Jody's Heaven, Tipsy House, and Crónán. Jack plays beautifully (on a Wheatstone anglo), and there are a number of high-quality sound clips on the site of his playing, along with superb fiddle and guitar too. More sound clips are at the Aniar web site (you can order Jack's CDs there too).
  • Jamring - Home to Lea Nicholson's "The Concertina Record". Check out the MP3 sound clips, and order the CD direct.
  • Jason O'Rourke's Home Page - Jason's an experienced anglo player living in Belfast who has played on several CDs now. He has a nice concertina page with schedules, links and general info, including ordering information for two CDs he's played on. He also has an upcoming solo CD.
  • Jax RCFB Hayden Duet Concertina Page
  • The official web site of singer and concertina player Jill Dornan.
  • Jock Tamson's Bairns - "Music from the heart of Scotland", featuring Norman Chalmers on concertina.
  • Jubilee Concertinas - "a friendly bunch of enthusiastic musicians ...Concertina Workshop on the second Saturday of the month ... On the first Saturday of the month we have a 'slow and steady' session for all instruments."
  • Kalie de Jager's Boeremusiek web site.
  • Kensington Concertinas made in Maryland, U.S.A., by anglo concertina player Dana Johnson. Check out these nice, reasonably-priced (for hand-built) instruments.
  • Keshlam's "Good Squeeze" page - A nice page with some photos of Joe Kesselman's beautiful "new" 38-button Jeffries anglo including excellent diagrams of note locations (thanks Joe!).
  • Konzertina.org - Lots of anglo concertina info in german, by Martin Döring.
  • Jody Kruskal's new CD.
  • Louis Killen's web site - British traditional fold singer and english concertina player.
  • Lark in the Morning - These guys have a cool catalogue of instruments from around the world, but they don't specialize in concertinas or free-reeds and keep in mind that the prices they list are much higher than prices you'll get directly from the concertina makers, so don't let them fool you into thinking that you'll never be able to afford a really nice instrument.
  • David J. Leese - Supplier of spare parts for repair and maintenance of concertinas.
  • The Living Tradition - "Specialist Irish Traditional Music Store"
  • Concertina Library - "Documents for the study of English, Anglo, and Duet concertinas: history, instruction books, sheet music, patents, technical papers, rare periodicals, and new research by many leading scholars. Full texts to read, download, and print--all free."
  • Mary MacNamara's official web site
  • Marcus Music Web Site - Makers of the Marcus anglo concertina (see also HMI)
  • Mario Kliemann's web site in Germany, with links and information about the German Concertina Weekend in Bielefeld.
  • Melodicas.com - Hammond organs & melodicas
  • Melodeon.net - "The web's online resource for melodeons, diatonic accordions and related items"
  • Mick Bramich home page (author of "The Irish Concertina" tutor)
  • Microvox - Westfield for Microvox: Source for Microvox concertina (and other instrument) microphone systems.
  • Music-Instruments-List.com - Pretty self-explanatory!
  • The Music Room - UK music shop stocking Morse and Marcus concertinas.
  • Musique IRL - "Irish and related music sessions in French speaking Europe"
  • Niamh Ní Charra -- official web site of Niamh Ní Charra, anglo concertina and fiddle performer/recording artist.
  • NielsJensenCabinetmaker.com - Niels is a good and old friend of mine, and he makes beautiful furniture, so visit his site and order furniture from him!
  • NoelHill.com - The official Noel Hill Irish Concertina web site
  • Noel Hill Irish Concertina School - A week-long course given by Irish anglo concertina master Noel Hill himself. Takes place in September just before the Northeast Squeeze-In at Bucksteep Manor in Western Mass., USA. I attended the Sept. 1998 session and it was supert. Be sure to check out my NHICS 1998 Report and don't miss the info and quotes on my Learning page.
  • An interview with Noel Hill
  • A.C. Norman - Anglo concertina builder. (Also listed above under "a" as we like to be thorough.)
  • The Northeast Squeeze-In (NESI) - "Fabulous Free Reed Squeezing in the heart of the Berkshires" (Mass, USA)
  • Ola - A york based folk band featuring concertina.
  • Out of Mayo... - This is an umbrella site featuring lots of smaller sites having to do with Ireland, its culture, history, and of course, music. The guy who runs it (Michael Hambly) sent me these links. Be sure to check out the concert dates/venues -- I actually found some interesting concerts nearby here in Canada that I didn't know about!
    Information on Co Mayo, Ireland
    Information on Connemara, Ireland
    Irish Family History Foundation for your Irish roots.
    Irish Music Magazine for news, views and more on the Irish Folk and Trad scene.
    Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann Official Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Web Site for traditional Irish Music and Culture
    harp.net for Festivals, Summerschools, Irish Harp Organisations, Albums, Magazines and a Harp Bulletin Board.
  • Visit my PaulsFinest.com site -- the best Canadian source for NiMH batteries!
  • Pay The Reckoning -- featuring reviews of traditional Irish recordings, and more, by Aidan Crossey
  • Brian Peters: Official Website. "Anglo-concertina player extraordinaire, singer of English folk songs and more; see also Brian's CD Anglophilia."
  • "Pied Crow" fingering charts for concertinas and more.
  • Ken "The Polish Fireball" Yagelski's chemnitzer concertina web site.
  • Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival - Home of the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
  • The band Providence, with Mícheál Ó'Raghallaigh on concertina
  • Robin Garside's web site.
  • RootsWorld's "Free Reed"
  • Pádraig Rynne's official web site.
  • Slide, featuring Aogán Lynch on concertina
  • Song of the Sea - "Song of the Sea is a full-service folk music store and resource, with a FAQ page about folk instruments and a folk group, teachers, and players directory."
  • South African Boer Music - Nice site with some interesting and informative information which "reflects the use of the concertina in traditional South African Boer Music, as performed by Europeans with mostly Afrikaans as home language."
  • Sunshine State Acoustic Music Camp
  • A Supplementary Anglo Conceretina Tutor, by Simon Wells
  • The official Suttner Concertinas web site. Chock full of info and photos of these fine concertinas!
  • The Swannanoa Gathering - This series of week-long workshops held in July and August near Ashville, North Carolina, USA every year looks like a great place to pick up some first-class anglo instruction. Check out the entry on my Learning page.
  • They'll be good yet - CD by Kitty Hayes and Peter Laban
  • The band Traffic, with Shane Bracken on concertina
  • TUNEdb - Extensive and searchable collection of traditional tunes available in many formats
  • Veteran Mail Order: "English, Irish and Scottish traditional folk music from small and not so small esoteric labels."
  • The Virtual Wheatstone Concertina - by far the absolute coolest use of Macromedia Flash I've ever seen!
  • West Country Concertina Players - "A club that aims to promote interest in all types of concertina playing and music, to provide tuition for beginners and facilities for players to meet regularly in the West Country."
  • Willie Clancy Summer School - If you're in Ireland, an excellent source of top-notch concertina instruction. See my Learning page for more details.
  • Wheatstone - the official web site for Steve Dickinson's Wheatstone concertinas.
  • John Williams - The official John Williams web site.
  • Richard York's Concertina photos/info site.
  • The Zulu Concertina Player - Seems those ladies love that guy's concertina.

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