Hello Everyone, I am just starting out to learn to play the Anglo-Concertina after researching and deciding what type of concertina I want to play and from what I have experienced. I love the sound of an Anglo-Concertina and would like to play Sea Shanties, Civil War music, Irish Music, and other period music, etc. I am planning on buying a new Wren 2 Anglo-German Concertina from McNeela Instruments in Dublin, Ireland.
I live in Barstow, CA, but I travel to other parts of southern California a lot for living history reenactments and will travel and pay for lessons by an instructor or another Anglo-German concertina player. I run a US Navy & Marine Civil War living history group as well as do other naval, army, and civilian impressions from 1776 to 1945, with my main focus on early California history 1830's to 1870's, the American Civil War 1861- to 1865 and the British Royal Navy from 1770 to 1866. I have found documentation of Anglo-Concertinas as early as 1840 in California, more so with the Mormon pioneers and during the Gold Rush Days of 1849.
Best way to contact me is either through Concertina.net or at email@example.com or skype at Ivan Workman. Thanks.