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Steve Wilson

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  1. Fascinating reading everyone's stories. Me, during high school years I played guitar, learned with friends, played Dylan, PP & M, Beatles etc. A bit later I discovered traditional Australian folksong and moonlighted in "colonial" type restaurants. THEN at a folk festival I saw someone playing and singing with a concertina, don't know who, could have been Danny Spooner. Immediately I knew that was the instrument for me, especially as I intended to travel, backpacker style. Didn't know about systems but inquired and was told for song accompaniment english was the way to go. Found one, a Lachenal, not in great condition I soon discovered but later while traveling I picked up one from Boris Matusewich after noticing a tiny advertisement in the NYTimes. He had some made, in Italy I think, for his students and that was the instrument that got me going.
  2. Yes that is unfortunate but they do tend to hold their value. If you can scrape together the funds for an entry level instrument you shouldn't lose too much on a sale when upgrading. Sometimes generous concertina people will loan underutilized instruments if you can earn their trust and perhaps demonstrate some musical ability. If you're in Oz I could possibly assist. Reach out to your local concertina community, something nice might happen.
  3. There aren't many young people playing concertina in Australia. I'm trying to encourage more by producing videos like this one.
  4. Can anyone identify this concertina, made in Italy? I'm guessing it would have accordion reeds.
  5. Yes very lovely, both versions and yes Yuka Nakafuji's video has disappeared it seems, such a shame. Since I have Gary's tutor I learnt this tune, albeit on english, after viewing the video which is unusual as I'm more into song accompaniment with concertina. Shall continue to play it Yaka's way, the first way I've heard it even though I've since listened to the original version. But Soloduet may I suggest you slow it down just a tad, Yuka might be chuffed.
  6. Me too wow. Fantastic, really enjoyed these videos.
  7. I thought the series had finished but no, there's more. This one is a beauty, especially the pirate fellow above.
  8. Loved it, very enjoyable. I guess the bookworm has heard it a couple of times before.
  9. Number four in the series includes a parody, "The Concertina Song" by John Thompson.
  10. This is the second in a series of six concertina video concerts produced during the Covid 19 virus lockdown period in Australia during 2020.
  11. This is the first in a series of six concertina video concerts produced during the Covid 19 virus lockdown period in Australia during 2020. https://youtu.be/QVeE6O8FDC8
  12. I think you've made the right choice. For many years I had a wheatie 21 and it served me well, but now I have a superior concertina and I'm so glad.
  13. Homebaked Concertina Australia 2020 a series of You Tube video concerts featuring concertina playing as we have coped with lockdown and isolation Coming Soon to a device near you stay tuned
  14. I've sent concertinas back and forth to George with Australia Post without problem. Tracking is pretty good these days, just might take a bit longer with this virus and all the resultant parcel post happening. George does excellent work. Don't know anyone in Melbourne, sorry.
  15. I had a Wheatie 21 for many years and it served me very well. Mostly used it for song accompaniment but it could hold its own when playing along in a rollicking tune session. One adjustment I made was to slightly reduce the travel of the buttons by placing a second washer on the foot of each. These I made of leather using a leather hole punch although I think the existing washers were felt.
  16. G'day Gary, I guessed you'd missed it way back. Posts seem to disappear from view quickly with this current C-net platform. I'm still enjoying the anglo and even use it in a performance on occasion. If only I had more time, should have started long ago. Cheers.
  17. One of our own, Richard Depledge, lost his house on new years eve during the night when the fires swept through Cobargo. He managed to save his concertina and that's all I think. The Cobargo Folk Festival, normally coming up soon, has been cancelled this year. In fact summer was cancelled, the fires took over. Les Love, mentioned above, has been loaned a concer and is playing again I hear. The fires came through my property just over a week ago but with a month of frequent false alarms we were very well prepared with pumps, hoses and many sprinklers. My wife Trish and I defended, just us, the fire brigade couldn't get in because of fallen trees. We saved our house, our two sheds and all our equipment, vehicles and four concertinas. However all our surrounding bush has tragically burnt, the bush is wrecked. As well about half of our cut flower plantation was burnt, our livelihood. Looks like a couple of lean years coming up. Luckily we are far better off than many and I've still got concertinas to play.
  18. Very nice, I enjoyed that. Lovely playing by both of you.
  19. Not at all. The music company isn't worried about this sort of usage but only if someone tries to make money from the song. So don't go putting it on your next CD or Spotify.
  20. I'm not sure what you mean jg. I meant that my accompaniment was nothing special, simply melody with a bit of rhythmic chording, but that the history of the rabbit plague might be of interest. Thanks for posting the ABC file Lach. There is indeed a wealth of material on Dave Johnson's Bush Traditions website. I should clarify that the version I've sung which pretty much follows the ABC version is not what was recorded from Basil Cosgrove. It is Dave de Hugard's own version and there is copyright on this version, not held by Dave but by a music company he used to record with. Dave asked me to clarify the fact that it is not the original Cosgrove version which is why I pulled the video for editing. For better or worse it is the de Hugard version which is, as far as I know, the only one sung in Oz these days with the Cosgrove version forgotten about, except by Dave.
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