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  1. A bit more digging reveals that SPENCE LEES was a Music Hall Owner, Character Actor, Comic and Photographer, in DOUGLAS Isle of Man. See here at page 93 ... https://www.manxmusic.com/media/Learn Songs/PEEPS INTO THE PAST - MUSIC COMPLETE.pdf Oh, there is a picture of him!! regards Jake
  2. Well, a research challenge always did get me interested now that "social separation" has left me to my own devices.!! An Isle of Man website has a list of photographers active on the island from which the entry for SPENCE LEES reads ... Lees Spence(r) 1887: Loch Parade (in street directory at Sea terminal end - no number given Lees, Spencer, Photographer) 1889: Regent St Douglas, and Shaw St, Liverpool [not found in Liverpool Directories - only photographers in Shaw St were MacMahon & Co [1887-1888] and John W. Walmsley [1891] 1894: Regent-street In an Advert in John Heywood's 1891 guide: ARTISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY. THERE are not many watering-places throughout the British Isles at which somany facilities are afforded to visitors for obtaining an exceptionally-good photograph as at Douglas, where, during the summer season especially, the atmosphere is so wonderfully clear. All classes of people are catered for by the Douglas photographers, and the "tripper" can obtain his counterfeit presentment for the merest trifle. But to those who desire something more permanent, and, although not expensive, something far beyond the ordinary seaside photograph, a visit to the spacious and handsome studio erected by the well-known artistic photographer, Mr. Spence Lees, opposite the General Post Office, may be cordially recommended. Mr. Spence Lees has earned for himself a high reputation for the peculiar delicacy and beauty of all work executed at his establishment, whether portrait or landscape. The studio has been tastefully and elegantly fitted-up for the comfort and convenience of visitors, and the latest photographic appliances and improvements have been secured Mr. W. Rennison (architect) furnished the plans for the studio ; Mr. C. H. Williams executed the plumbing and gas-fitting work; Messrs. McAdam and Moore, of Douglas, were the contractors ; while the furniture was supplied by Messrs. Ratcliffe Brothers and C. Latham, of Douglas. Visitors to Man, who are desirous of being taken under exceptionally favourable conditions, cannot do better than place themselves under the skilful hands of Mr. Spence Lees. Branches have been established at Port Soderick and Glen Mays. At these, as at the main establishment, moderation in price So, the 1880's & 90's then. regards Jake
  3. Thanks Mike ... I made a search but couldn't find any contacts. Robin ... thanks for the PDF. I did find an ABC transcription on Melodeon.net which gave me something to work on but I never would have found that sneaky bar of 3/2!! Also, I find 7 bars in the B part a little unsettling. regards Jake
  4. In another thread Bill N wrote .... " Posted Friday at 12:17 AM Snip, ... Snip, ...... I'm enjoying playing this and other recently composed pieces in the tradition (Mrs. Saggs & Polpero Bay for instance) that make one stretch a bit compared to some of the more straight-forward tunes in the traditional repertoire." Mrs SAGGS I have already but the reference to POLPERRO BAY intrigued me so I searched it out and listened to it on sound cloud here : ... Polperro Bay I rather liked it, so can anyone direct me towards the sheet music?? regards Jake
  5. Hi Petey, welcome to Concertina.net. I think AMMOON is the retailer not the make of concertina. Is this what you purchased?? ..... https://www.amazon.co.uk/ammoon-Concertina-20-Button-Anglo-Style/dp/B01G52W0OU Jake
  6. Hi "Grabman" You don't say if you are Anglo or English. ... It makes a difference! Me, I'm anglo. I run an easy/slow session for all instruments, playing from the dots and meeting weekly on Tuesday evenings, 20:30, at the TIGER INN, Lairgate, Beverley. .. except the first Tuesday of the month when the MG car club have the room. However, on Tuesday 03rd December we are meeting in the front poolroom of the MONKSWALK, Highgate, Beverley, 20:00 onwards and there'll be no more sessions until 07th January. (The TIGER has too many xmas meals booked.) Soo ... if you're free this next Tuesday, come along and meet some musicians (they don't bite), and see how the session works. There's generally an English player there as well. I'll set them to work and we can talk concertinas? Jake
  7. My preferred product is a mink oil paste available here :- Tandy Leather Jake
  8. Here from "Sea of Thieves" is the ABC to "Becalmed" ..... X:1 T:Becalmed from "Sea of Thieves." C:A computer game for pirates!! – Composed by Robin Beanland & transcribed by Josh McGraw. M:3/4 L:1/8 K:Gmaj "Becalmed"A,2 | D4E2 | F4A2 | G4FE | F4A2 | G2F3E | F4D2 | (B,6 | B,4) D2 | A,4D2 | F4A2 | B4A2 |! (F4F)A | B4A2 | F4D2 | (E6 | E2)z2EF | G6 | (F4F)D | B,2(D4 | D6) | G6 | F4D2 | (E6 | E4)A,2 |! D4E2 | F4A2 | B4A2 | (F4F)D | E2F2G2 | F3G/F/E2 | (D6 | D4) FA | d2^c2A2 | F2(A4 | A6 |! A4)FA | GFE2D2 | B,2(A,4 | A,6) | (A,4A,)A, | D2D3E | F3G/F/E2 | (D6 | D4)A2 | d4d2 |! B2A3G | (A6 | A4)A2 | d4d2 | ef/e/d2^c2 | (d6 | d4)FA | B2A2F2 | E2(D4 | D4)FA | GFE2D2|! B,2(A,4 | A,4A,)A, | (D4D)E | F3G/F/E2 | (D6 | !>(![D6A6] | [D6F6])!>)!| d6 | z4zF/G/ | (A4A)G/F/ | E2A,2D2 |! (D6 | D4D)F/G/ | (A4A)G/F/ | E2A,2(D2 | D6 | !>(!D4 D)F/G/ | (A4A)G/F/ | E2A,2D2 | (D6 | D6 | D6 | D6) !>)! |]! Available on U-tube of course!! Here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVE_7GG3xQM&frags=pl%2Cwn or here ; www.youtube.com/watch?v=9t8TFGTAAoU&frags=pl%2Cwn regards Jake
  9. It looks to me as if the original insert has pulled out! How is the other side fixed?? In order for the replacement insert to be secure you may need to fill the hole & re-drill for the new insert Jake
  10. Brilliant playing & a brilliant introduction to the English concertina, .... BUT Did you notice the unusual way he holds it?? Most players of the EC that I know hold it with the rows of buttons horizontal, thumb in the strap & little finger on the rest. With Simon, the strap quite loose on his thumb and has been adjusted & re-fixed with a slight twist, the concertina is rotated so that the buttons slant upwards at 45 degrees and I didn't see him use his little finger at all! Jake
  11. Is this the one you mean??? "The JAMESTOWN Homeward Bound" Jake
  12. Steve Morrison is Red Cow Music, York, UK. here ... https://redcowmusic.co.uk/about-us/?v=79cba1185463 - Welcome to www.concertina.net/forums, Steve. Jake
  13. The Concertina Museum has another photograph ... here .. http://www.concertinamuseum.com/NC3020102-002.htm and here a link to two articles by Dick Henrywood from the Antique Collectors Magazine. .. http://www.reynardine.co.uk/Articles/Concertina.pdf Jake
  14. The Premier English Concertina Band was mentioned at the start of this thread in Feb 2007 ..... https://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?/topic/5462-premier-english-concertina-band-and-more/&do=findComment&comment=51028 Jake
  15. From "BOXING the COMPASS", by Roy Palmer, - Sea Songs and Shanties. In the notes to this song says, .... If not the fastest of the Western Ocean packets, the DREADNAUGHT of the Red Cross Line was arguably the best known. She was built at Newburyport, Massachusetts, and at 1,413 tons register was a large ship for the time. ... She was wrecked off Cape Horn in 1869. ...The song may have derived from the FANCY FRIGATE (No 98 in this book) which was current from some 20 years earlier. The two songs shared the tune of 'King John and the Abbot of Canterbury' and the DREADNAUGHT was also sung to versions of 'The Bold Princess Royal. ... ' see here for a picture ... Wrecksite Jake
  16. Ahoy Roger! Both books should be available from Charlie via his website, here : http://www.charlieipcar.com indeed samples of both can be seen here : http://www.charlieipcar.com/songs_of_cfs_sample.pdf and here : http://www.charlieipcar.com/uncommon_sailor-songs_sample.pdf Ooops! Posted before I'd finished! Curses on this new fangled forum! As for her own books she was of course a poet & author, so no scores in her own books. In the first quarter of the 20th century about 20 of her poems were adapted for singing by well known composers of the day and they were also used by the BBC in their early broadcasts of the late 1920s. There is a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/193746917452633/?fref=ts but there's not a great deal of activity. Jake
  17. For your information ;– A.P. James makes a 10 button Anglo, 92mm across the flats with 7-fold bellows. here ... http://www.apjmusic.co.uk/apj_miniature_anglo.htm regards Jake
  18. Okay-y-y. 192.com has a list of Patricia Luckhursts here ... http://www.192.com/atoz/people/luckhurst/patricia/ I've not made use of this site but I guess that if you register etc. you may get access to more detailed information such as full address & phone no. ?? As for face book, many people are on it but never check it. Edit: checking CONCERTINA.NET membership lists shows three members with "trish" in their 'name', one is in Ireland leaving two possibles??? regards Jake
  19. Oh dear!! Facebook has this lady in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. .... https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008568765907 Jake
  20. The Archive Organisation has a project ongoing to digitise old 78s & cylinders, here http://great78.archive.org I have only made a brief search but came up with this example .... a cylinder recording from 1904, a ragtime tune "Lumbering Luke", player unknown. here https://archive.org/details/ipc-2595 Happy hunting!! Jake
  21. Welcome papawemba to concertina.net. Plenty of tips, hints & friendly advice here, just ask. Do let us know how you progress. For those wondering where the Reed Lounge is; it's near York, UK. here :- https://thereedlounge.com Jake
  22. The seller has added the following information ..... "Somebody has kindly mailed me with more info about the probable maker, age, etc, please look below. 'Hi about your concertina, it's a duet system, probably McCann or Wheatstone, the maker was TS... that Thomas Shakespeare, and a good and rare maker from around 1880 to 1920 ish. the Mozart bit was the shop selling it when new, I think they mainly sold organs' " Jake
  23. Pardon me for continuing the thread drift by discussing the shanty SHENANDOAH, ... but ... In the book THE SEVEN SEAS SHANTY BOOK by JOHN SAMPSON (with forward by JOHN MASEFIELD), the shanty SHENANDOAH appears in the section CAPSTAN SHANTIES. His notes accompanying the shanty state ... "The origin of this beautiful Shanty has been often attributed to the American Negro. Personally I do not think that any of the facts warrant this assumption ... ... neither the words nor the tune are even remotely connected with the negro. It was originally a song and was always a great favourite in the American Army. As a Shanty it is easily one of the first three, and the tune is of great beauty and lends itself easily to harmonious treatment." In his preface the author states ... "There are a few so called Shanties that I have omitted purposely, as I did not think them worth a place in this collection, but I cannot recall any deep sea Shanty in general use during my time which is not in this book, ...." So, he regards this not only as a capstan shanty but as being in the TOP three of ALL shanties! THE SEVEN SEAS SHANTY BOOK was "... the outcome of a desire on the part of the members of the Seven Seas Club (mainly composed of past and present officers of the Merchant Service) to have the singing of Sea Shanties as an integral part of the programme at their monthly Dinners. As I (John Sampson) had taken a leading part in the Shanty revival which began in the early days of the club, I was commissioned by my fellow members of the Committee to prepare a standardised version of some of the more popular Shanties for the use of the Club ...." He goes on to say ... "There are a number of Shanty books already on the market, but without wishing to be controversial, they are not considered adequate by the sailing ship members of the club. ... I had actually sung every Shanty and song in this book at sea in sailing ships; ... " I think that he has to be considered a very reliable source. The Seven Seas Club was founded about 1922 to promote and foster the comradeship of the sea. My edition of the book is dated 1927 and in it he also refers to them broadcasting from the club which is quite amazing really as the BBC itself only made its first broadcast in June 1920. Does this mean that "folk" revival began in 1922 and that these unknown mariners were the first "folk" singers to make a live broadcast?? [Ducks behind previously prepared sandbag defences!!] regards Jake (Nothing concertina related in this so I can't start a new thread!!)
  24. There's also A P James here : http://www.apjmusic.co.uk/apj_30button_anglo.htm Jake
  25. A quick Google shows this :– https://hungerfordlodge.org.uk/2015/02/21/martin-henderson-freemason-entertainer/ with a picture of the miniature. Jake
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