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  1. Hello everybody, this is not entirely new, as we had already discussed that player's achievement here a while ago, but I stumbled upon his work again yesterday while searching for concertina arrangements of german well-known air "Puppchen, du bist mein Augenstern", for which he made a good arrangement. But what really caught my ear is his version of the Marino Waltz : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIhQ_NF5wbI He's playing a basic, two-reeded, 20 keys anglo - but in my opinion he has fuller arrangements, and a more beautiful sound than many of the more high-end concertina players that can be heard online. I also love the way he makes a good use of the lowest notes available on the anglo - which brings me back again to my point that duets makers are losing something by making their instruments often limited to the c below middle c. But I'd love to see more duets - and why not, english - players try to delve more into that kind of playing, and use the chromatic abilities of their instruments to make even richer arrangements - using chromatic runs and without any push-pull limit, you could get closer to what (in my opinion of course) would be the graal of the "full sound", the barrel organ! Thoughts aside, I hope you'll enjoy these videos as much as I do. He's really using the 20-keys anglo to its full harmonic potential.
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    Da Slockit Light in winter and summer

    Tona, that's an amazing version! With these basses and counter-melodies, you almost sound like a string quartet. It seems that this tune fits the duet extremely well - the version JeffLeff recorded a few years ago also comes to mind. Forgive me if I already asked you this, but what's the range of your instrument? Now, with all the talents there are on this website, you guys should start to publish some of your arrangements!
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    Sous le Ciel de Paris - David Barnert

    Great! Also, it's a nice example of the way you can come up with an arrangement in a different key for the same piece. It sounds great in D, and you're obviously having fun playing it!
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    South American tunes

    I'd be very curious to have a look at these videos! I didn't know that the concertina was played in Bolivia, it would be great to hear more!
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    Sous le Ciel de Paris - David Barnert

    David > That's quite a fun story! I thought you had just recorded it for pleasure, hadn't guessed that this record actually was the first step in your acting career! 😀 Playing the concertina in such a setting must be an interesting challenge - are you also required to act while you play (not necessarily talking, but interacting with the other characters etc)? Looking forward to hear your latest arrangement - it'll be interesting to see how you managed to adapt it to the different key. Speaking of the arrangement, how did you come up with this one - especially for the bass part? Did you work by ear, or did you use a sheet music?
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    Da Slockit Light in winter and summer

    The accompaniment for which piece? I've got to say that I haven't had much time to practice these past months, I should play a little bit more...
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    Padam Padam

    Ok - I won't make such statements again... You found a nice example indeed! Didn't know this video before; a wonderful example of the "bell imitation" effect that I until know hadn't really understood, having only read it from sheet music. Thanks for sharing this! As for Tim Laycock, I found this clip : So, there are indeed anglo and duet players playing their instruments that way. Yet, I'm still under the impression that the thumbs straps allow for more elegance in the way the concertina is held; even in the videos we"ve linked to above, the EC appears to "float" more in comparison... It's difficult to explain why.
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    Padam Padam

    Great interpretation - with that "pah-pah" (minus the "oom") pattern and the held notes, you get a very full sound from that concertina. Besides, this video proves once more that the EC, with his thumbs straps, is the most elegantly held instrument in the concertina family. The way you can play it, standing, swinging it around... No anglo or duet player does that, for sure!
  9. I hadn't noticed this quite recent and excellent recording of "Sous le Ciel de Paris" by this forum's member David Barnert : "Sous le Ciel de Paris" is a famous musette-accordion tune - a genre that is surprisingly rarely tackled on the concertina. Outside of member tona's records, there aren't many attempts that I know of. David, do you have some others pieces of this kind in your repertoire? I don't know if you've already listened to "À Paris dans Chaque Faubourg", it's a beautiful tune that's not often played, but of which a few magnificent versions on the accordion exist - Armand Lassagne's one for instance or the one Joe Rossi recorded with an accordion quatuor. If you like this kind of music, I'm sure you could make a great arrangement of it. If anybody here knows of other adaptations of the musette genre to the concertina please feel free to post them.
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    Da Slockit Light in winter and summer

    I agree that the first one is more in the spirit of the tune - but I'm a oom-pah fan, and you sure made a great work with the oom-pah bass in this one! Alternating basses, short "walking" bass... That sounds great! Maybe you could start playing some accordion tunes that would fit this kind of left-hand work very well? My favorite accordionist in this matter is V. Marceau (who also had a great right hand), maybe some of his tunes could fit on a concertina...
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    Did Brian Hayden ever record anything on his duet?

    Right! But do these instrument still exist? I'd be curious to know how they sounded; were they multiple-reeded or not? I didn't know that; too bad there weren't enough people interested. I tried to find the info on his website, but apparently google can't find anything on his website using "Hayden" as a keyword. I'll try to see if I can find anything using archive.org...
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    Bach on a bandoneon

    You're a bit harsh David... Though I agree with you on her interpretation, I at least appreciate to hear somebody trying to tackle a difficult repertoire on her instrument - at least she shows that it can be played; I wish we'd see these kind of attempts by concertina players a little bit more. That being said, she probably suffered from the fact that there aren't many bandoneon players trying to tackle Bach's pieces, which means that she hadn't any classicaly trained teacher that could have helped her with her interpretation. Maybe organists could help here... She's not the only one to play Bach on the bandoneon though, Rodolfo Daluisio comes to mind. David, what's your opinion on his interpretation here? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ7JraKSggo He also plays one my favorite pieces, Rameau's Le Rappel des Oiseaux : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvhtVbzrLws When I got my 20b anglo, it was one of the first pieces I tried to arrange. I did play its first part - though in a heavily butchered version of course. Maybe one day I'll get the ideal concertina, a not too big instrument that'll allow me to play such pieces... Chemnitzer players on the other hand don't seem to be really interested in playing such music on their instruments - I'd be curious to hear them try though.
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    Did Brian Hayden ever record anything on his duet?

    Thanks for the info, I didn't know that the Dippers had produced many specials - I thought they were focusing on the more standard concertinas. inventor > As you did order some square-shaped concertinas, did you ever try to get a producer of chemnitzer concertinas to build instruments using your layout? It could be fun to have a Hayden-chemnitzer, with the kind of sound and register switches some producers did...
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    Did Brian Hayden ever record anything on his duet?

    That's a beauty! Looks like it has quite a lot of button too. I didn't know that the Dippers had built some Hayden duets in the past, do you know why they didn't include that model in their "standard" production? Thanks for the information! What's the highest note of this instrument?
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    Did Brian Hayden ever record anything on his duet?

    Thanks a lot for posting this! So now we have a complete piece to listen at... Do you remember if he was playing the instrument we can see on this 2002 picture or if he was playing another one?
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