I am just starting out to learn to play the Anglo-Concertina after researching and deciding what type of concertina I want to play based on the type of music I want to play and from what I have experienced. I love the sound of an Anglo-Concertina and would like to learn to play Sea Shanties, Civil War music, Irish Music, and other period/folk music from the 1800s on up, etc. I am planning on buying a new Wren 2 Anglo-German Concertina from McNeela Instruments in Dublin, Ireland at http://www.mcneelamusic.com/the-wren-anglo-concertina-2/?I was also wondering if anyone has any previous experience with this instrument from McNeela Music?
I currently 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 concertina player. I am also looking for Anglo concertina players in Southern California that I can meet up with and learn from and play with as well. I do have a friend in Orange County, that is an experienced 30 year Anglo Concertina player, that turned me onto the Anglo concertina as well as from the historical research or history of concertinas. Any suggestions on how to independently learn to play the Anglo concertina?
I also 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 California Gold Rush Days of 1849.
I look forward to everyone's feedback. The best way to contact me is either through Concertina.net or at firstname.lastname@example.org or skype at Ivan Workman. Thanks.