Here in the states we have this “phenomena” called “open mic”. The idea is to go to supporting restaurants, clubs and bars and play three or more tunes. This takes a lot of nerve, as you are mostly by yourself in front of an audience of people who are complete strangers. I have been doing this for a number of years and the purpose of this post, is to open up discussion, seek advice relate experience for others to maybe join the “open mic concertina circuit”.
My “go to concertina” is a Lachenal 20 key Anglo C/G. I have found that, if you can sing in c/g, fewer keys are better. I have tried to play my wonderful Lachenal E/C but it is difficult to play, standing up and the thumb straps are just waiting to send the instrument “flying” which would be some performance crescendo! Putting my thumbs completely in the E/C straps is not practical (for me) though, I have seen many wonderful professionals (Jeff Warner, L Killen) play the E/C with great success on stage.
Since I have been doing open mics, I have never seen another concertina performance (besides myself). I do get a lot of attention when I bring that little “squeeze box” out of its case, and do my best to give a presentable performance.
Your thoughts, suggestions ideas, please.