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  1. Here are 2 compositions by american musicians interested in silence:

    The first one searched for a possibility to express silence in music without using any rest (caution: risk to fall asleep):


    The second one wanted to express the impossibility of silence and the possible musicality of our environment (concertina sighting at 3'04):



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  2. Playing concertina, or any musical instrument, is a nice way to travel in a pandemic time. 

    Here is an Icelandic hymn discovered on C.net (thanks Gregor!):



    And here is a song from Okinawa "The Voice of the Sea", usually played on the sanshin, a traditional 3 strings lute. On this drawing one can also see the nice concertina bag used by concertina players in Okinawa:


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  3. Hi Clive, no I didn't get any problem after changing my technique to manage the bellows more like bandoneon players. I understand that there are many factors which have an incidence on the air volume and not only the size of the bellows, so it could be interesting if duet concertina makers pursue their researches on those multiple factors because I think that we need more air with duet concertinas when we want to play different styles of music. 

    And thank you also Richard and Little John, now I don't know how many folds have my bellows and maybe it's better like that...

  4. Thank you Ritonmousquetaire, it's always very  interesting to listen to your comments and musical recommendations!


    Yes I removed the public access to my video of La Marine because at that time I wasn't really satisfied with the sound of the recording. Maybe because I recorded the video in my boat on the Marne river to be in the mood of the tune, but as it's quite tiny it sounds a little harsh aboard, even if I tried to correct it with the mics. But for you and the fans of George Brassens here is the link:


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  5. One year after beginning to write the sheet musics of my arrangements for duet concertinas I've just completed 3 other tunes:

    Da Slockit Light (Tom Anderson): 



    Innocent (Joe Hisaishi):



    Nuestros Hijos(Rodolfo Mederos):



    And for Xmas a score written by John Cage for any concertina system and available at Peters Edition:



    Happy Holidays!


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  6. I was just asking him the permission to introduce his new channel here. Gilbert is also a novelist and painter under the name Paul Sath. I think that his wonderful recordings would deserve a place in the Duet Recordings page...

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  7. Thank you very much Daniel and Welcome Isra to the fan club of Cornish concertina blues!

    On 12/7/2020 at 8:21 AM, Isel said:

    The repetitive bass line in the middle part does sound wonderfully intriguing to me. 

    Maybe the balance between the bass line and the melody is more audible on this other video because I was just in front of the mic:



    Actually for this bass line I was inspired by this wonderful video sent to me by a concertinist called Zach (maybe he is a member here?). As him I think that it is the best rendition of this tune after the one that I heard from the Cornish Hobo:



  8. On 12/6/2020 at 2:40 PM, David Barnert said:

    Interesting (and a fine performance!). Your story is reminiscent of Giuseppe Tartini (1692–1770) and his story of how he wrote his “Devil’s Trill” violin sonata

    Wow, thank you David, the parallel with the story of Tartini is interesting although a little too big! But I see at least 2 differences between the 2 stories: Tartini was dreaming, so his story is the result of his nocturnal imagination, a kind of fiction. In my case I was fully awake when it happened and I didn't have taken any product that could have reduce my lucidity. So it's just the difference between fiction and reality. The other point is that I have never had a servant, even in my dreams.


    On 12/6/2020 at 2:40 PM, David Barnert said:

    Did European migrant farmworkers actually call themselves “Hobos”? The word originated in the USA in the late 19th century.

    I don't know if english speaking people still use this word in Europe, but thank you also to clarify the meaning. That's too bad that we can't have the opinion of Jack Chantegril on the subject but what I feel is it could be some differences between the use of this word in USA and Cornwall. It's just my humble opinion but maybe the Cornish Hobo could be a little closer to the tramp, but the BIG difference with a tramp is of course that the Cornish Hobo can play concertina!

  9. On 12/6/2020 at 1:38 PM, wunks said:

    Hauntingly beautiful.  As a railway worker for 37 years I had many encounters.  One stands out:  A young fellow late in November knocking dirty icicles from beneath a boxcar into an old soup can to make coffee.  I asked if it wasn't late to be heading south.  He politely informed me he was headed for Bangor, Maine!  There's a song there for sure...

    Thank you Wunks, this memory is very moving! I wish this man could also play concertina like the Cornish Hobos.

    And after reading your comment I wonder if somebody like you, concertina player with a long railway worker experience, could be a possible Jack Chantegril? Well, even if you are him or not the book "When the River still Ran" could be a nice Xmas present to any concertina player interested in the Cornish Hobos and the Railway musicians...

  10. On 9/13/2020 at 4:11 AM, David Barnert said:

    Do you ever accompany your own singing on the concertina?


    Hi David(s),

    I began to play music instruments just because I couldn't sing. Voice is the best instrument and there are many musicians accompanying their own singing very nicely with different kind of concertinas, but I think that if I could accompany my singing I would have chosen an instrument more different to the human voice, with non sustained and more percussive sounds like guitar or piano, because the concertina sound is quite close to the human voice.

    Looking forward to meeting you on Zoom and I hope that it will works well,


  11. Thank you David! Dan had already recorded his own video that he sent to me, I added a concertina part on another video while listening to his file and he managed to synchronize the 2 videos with iMovie. It would be better if we could record it at the same time but maybe also more difficult...

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