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  2. Congratulation on your purchase ! I also bought one lately and I very happy too 🍺 yes there are no comparison against the Wren !! Nicolas
  3. What’s especially nice is that my poet friend Giles today came back from visiting his parents, having showed them the video, with a Lachenal 20b that looked a twin of mine virtually! (And this is in SW Australia) Turns out his dad played (as well as harmonica) and used to spend many hours restoring things including harmoniums and old organs.
  4. Here’s my latest adventures on the 20button. It’s back from its visit to the doctors, hale and hearty and raring to go And this one is a bit different in that it is accompanied by a poetry reading, inspired by tree folklore and a tale from Welsh and Irish legend. But mostly because it just wanted to play this tune after coming back! Having fun exploring the Lydian mode i.e. C major scale with an added Fsharp (made for this instrument!) and playing with a drone accompaniment amongst other harmonic treatments - and coming up with an introductory bit, for a change
  5. I went to this last time it was on in 2019, it was a great weekend. Highly recommended. I will post up the date when it,s announced. I can hardly wait!
  6. Lingus franca definitions: 1:late 17th century: from Italian, literally ‘Frankish tongue’ 2: often capitalized : a common language consisting of Italian mixed with French, Spanish, Greek, and Arabic that was formerly spoken in Mediterranean ports. 3 : any of various languages used as common or commercial tongues among peoples of diverse speech English is used as a lingua franca among many airline pilots. 🙂
  7. Yes. But note that we are in the Central European time zone. So 10 am for us is 4 am for US East Coast and 1 am for the Pacific Coast. (9 am for the British.) That's the reverse of the problem that I have with Zoom sessions hosted in the US. I've just gotten up to join a shanty session in Seattle. For them it starts at 8 pm; for me that's 5 am. 8^)
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  9. Hi there, We currently have a few of these in stock at Barleycorn Concertinas- you can see one of them on our website at www.concertina.co.uk. We can send pictures of the others if you drop us an email
  10. We're currently waiting on the new bellows to find that out, but we'll be sure to let you know! Thanks again for the article Gary, we'll be posting it on our website in the next week 🙂
  11. Sorry I've only just seen this! Yes it's definitely not got a huge margin in it but we prefer to have as much available as possible and we haven't had a Jeffries Duet in a long time- although like London busses, two have turned up at once! You're right on the tuning though, I'm not sure I've ever seen my Dad so unwilling to start a tuning job!
  12. Is it reasonable to assume that English is the “lingua franca” of the event?
  13. Scandinavian Squeeze-In April 23-25, 2021 (last weekend in April) This will be our 21st SSI.  Not a school nor a festival, but a weekend of squeezers sharing with and learning from each other. Due to the risks and restrictions of the ongoing pandemic, we will not hold our event as an in-person gathering, but thanks to some last-minute technical assistance, we are going to try an on-line format. Very short notice, but if you want to join us, you don't have to make travel plans. Please see our web site -- http://www.nonce.dk/SSI/ -- for
  14. I like it Bill, its cool. Would look great on the mantelpiece. Doubt its a player though, obviously.
  15. Its beautiful in a crude kinda folk-art way. I'd buy it for its decorative value at least.
  16. Here are some recordings that I took for my girlfriend. She sends me paintings because she's an artist. You have to look for the correct picture: Duet, Chemnitzer and also two melodeon tunes. https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxmdUyzOLoE8Z0Yv7dDcc3xnDPJIPPTPP
  17. Looks lovely .Its a great felling having a New instrument so well made. I know my concertinas when I had them new really made an improvement to my playing .I hope it gives you many happy hours of enjoyment Bob,
  18. I thought I’d give it a try and post something here… the second tune is one of Simon Thoumire´s if I remember correctly
  19. Hello Tom Louw. You should contact "https://boeremusiekgilde.co.za/ " They could put you in touch with concertina players in your area. The website is being updated but there is an e-mail address for the secretary. They apparently have a branch in Pietersburg/Polokwane. "Beste geluk." Zak.
  20. I'm in Manchester, not Polokwane, but there are several examples of South African tunes in Volume 2 of Dan Worrall's The Anglo-German Concertina (pp. 252-256). I dunno if this counts as Boere Musiek (two of them are flagged as Sotho/Zulu, the rest as Boer)... Volume 1 of this rather splendid book is also available...
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