- @ccordionscandanavia -
HŒkan 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.
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.
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
- 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
- "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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 you’ll 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
- 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
- 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
- Homespun Tapes - Publishers of
the John Williams "Learn to Play Irish Concertina" video.
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
- 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.
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
- Island Ireland - An "Internet
guide to Irish art, culture and environment."
- Jack Gilder has some nice web sites for his traditional Irish music groups:
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.
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
- 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)
- 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
- 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,
Information on Connemara,
Irish Family History Foundation
for your Irish roots.
Irish Music Magazine for news,
views and more on the Irish Folk and Trad scene.
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!
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."
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
- 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
- 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."
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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