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Steve Wilson

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  1. G'day All,


    There is currently a series of videos being released on a daily basis that features traditional Australian tunes and some songs and played by some of our concertina players here in Australia.  The series is inclusive with players of a range of abilities and styles.  Warren Fahey initiated the project with the aim of increasing awareness of Australia's traditional tunes which evolved with the country (bush) dance culture that existed in days gone by.


    There are nine videos, each about 20 minutes long, being released between 23rd and 31st of July and can be viewed on the Concertina Australia Youtube channel here.  So far there are just three, here is today's, #3.






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  2. 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.

  3. 12 hours ago, tomstaff said:

    I am young-ish (23) and would love to start playing. unfortunately concertinas aren't cheap :///////

    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.

  4. On 9/7/2020 at 6:30 AM, soloduet said:

    Maybe even more lost in translation because I don't know well this music and I didn't want to just make a copy, but after listening to both versions I tried to adapt it on my Wicky duet in the same key of G. For me it's the same tune with 2 big changes in the Tricolor version: the rhythm and a F natural instead of a F sharp in some parts:









    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.


  7. 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.



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