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  1. Seen on BBCs Victorian Farm program...........I think it was episode 4. If you're in the UK you can catch it on IPlayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00hb...Farm_Episode_4/ Last ten minutes or so....Anglo and Single Row. Phil
  2. Amazing little tune Jody. That could easily work as a Morris tune. You planning any visits to the UK? Phil
  3. Loved the Gower Wassail.....in fact, I've penciled it in as something to learn for next Christmas. Minor nag Jody......Gower is an area of Wales, not England. You can see my Wassail Bowl at http://groeswenphil.blogspot.com/ Phil
  4. There's a lovely line in the song, "Song for Ireland" that mentions the fiddler touching the bow and playing a reel. Can't get teh song out of my head and it occurred to me that I don't actually know any reels. Anybody suggest something nice but not too hard? Phil
  5. http://www.soundlantern.com/UpdatedSoundPage.do?ToId=25611 Phil
  6. Damn...........Still, it's the thought that counts ) Phil
  7. Just a little thank you to everybody here. I've enjoyed reading your posts.....possibly you've enjoyed mine. Here's a little Christmas gift for all of you. It's a Concertina Crossword Puzzle........stunned silence from all of the other readers here. It's at:- http://www.btinternet.com/~groeswenphil/cr...ords/test1.html You will need a Java enabled browser. Click the down arrow next to where it says "A puzzle with hot links and graphic clues" The concertina crossword is bottom of the list. Good luck, Phil
  8. A lady called Catherina would squeeze her old concertina. She'd care not a fig for a reel or a jig but loved to play Macarena Phil
  9. Playing in the dark!!!! Years and years and years ago when there were still wolves in Wales, I was driving home. There was a power-cut. Miners' strike.....1970s? In those days I used to park my car in an old converted cinema. It had a huge sliding door. So.......stopped by the sliding door, got out, slid the door open........drove car in. Got out of car, shut huge sliding door. Got back into car and parked it in my usual place. Stopped engine, turned off lights. Immediately struck blind. Started walking towards the small door beside the huge sliding door, working on memory alone. Suddenly HUGE SOUND !!!!!!!!! Bach Toccata and Fuge in D Minor. Heart missed several beats. Evidentially it was the next door neighbour....he got bored in the power cut and cam in to play the old cinema organ. Incidentally........I don't think I'm too far off topic because it was actually a harmonium......with bellows and reeds. Phil
  10. Once again the joys of living next to a cemetery. AMAZING.............There's another concertina player in the world that lives next to a cemetery. Anybody like to up the bidding? Phil
  11. Easy.............this is what we do. Go out into the garden at 11 a.m. next Sunday morning and at EXACTLY 11 a.m. (U.K. time)Everybody plays "Speed the Plough" in the key of G. If we have 3500 people playing, then it will probably make the news. If the neighbours just shout at you, then we probably haven't. Phil
  12. Morris musicians are often referred to as , "the muso". Is that because they don't deserve the last few letters? I remember a quote from a Seekers concert aeons ago....and I'm talking about the Old Seekers I might add. One said to the other....."You're just a stupid musician," to which came the answer"...........I might be stupid.....but........" Then there was Ringo Starr.........at a press conference, the Beatles were asked, "Is Ringo the best drummer in the world?" John Lennon answered, "He isn't even the best drummer in the Beatles".
  13. Maybe though that there are musicians and Musicians? Perhaps I shouldn't have said that? Phil
  14. Easy test. Sit in a bar and start playing. If it takes twenty minutes for the bar to empty, you're probably an advanced player. If it only takes ten, you're intermediate. If you get thrown out of the bar, you're a beginner. Phil
  15. Anybody know where I can get one that's just like the one in the Roger Watson book that I can't put my hands on at the moment? ) Phil
  16. I'll chuck my vote into the 'why not learn to play it yourself' corner. I used to teach children how to play concertina.....and I regularly gave them the music for Auld Lang Syne just before the Christmas break, knowing that they'd be getting a concertina for Christmas. They were always able to play that tune by New Year's Eve. A concertina has a very low learning curve. It's easy to learn the basics......although you might spend a lifetime perfecting your playing. A word of warning.....recently a Jones concertina came up on these pages with a similar story to yours. Eventually it went on to Ebay and sold for what I thought was an awfully low price. Knowing what the state of the market is at the moment, now might not be the best of times to sell. On the other hand........it really does look like a lovely instrument. Lucky you, Phil
  17. Back in the 1980s Greenland had a president that played the concertina. Can't remember his name but I bet somebody else here can. Phil
  18. Personally, I feel her playing is slightly better , if that is possible, when she wears her Supergirl T-shirt. Would you agree? Phil
  19. Anybody else seen this? http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=5SK9W-387mY WOW! Phil
  20. So..........it is going to be SO hard finding the woman of my dreams. Phil
  21. I play Anglo..........Marcus Butler G/D English Button Melodeon. I've got two pokerworks G/D and C/G and a new Hohner Morgane G/D Welsh bagpipes in D Hummelchen bagpipes also in D Recorder. Harmonica. Piano (badly) Guitar (also badly) And my advice to any young person is:- This is not a good idea. If I had concentrated on just one instrument and tried to play it well I would be a far better musician than I am now. Also.....carrying all the kit is becoming a real trial. I play for local Morris sides and that usually means Anglo, Melodeon and one set of pipes.....possibly a recorder as well. Phil
  22. How about this:- Welsh tune called Lawr A'r Ffrancod (Down with the French) http://www.btinternet.com/~groeswenphil/french/french.html All the best, Phil
  23. http://www.wired.com/gadgets/miscellaneous...uturistic_music Phil
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