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Robin Tims

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About Robin Tims

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    English and Anglo system Concertinas, Diatonic Melodeon, Piano Accordion. Most traditional acoustic music from UK, Ireland, and Continent including Playford, Morris, ITM and French dance.
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    Norfolk UK

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  1. Yes, as I expect you know, regulars all had this as an email too this morning, thanks Pianist. Disappointing isn't it, but the only sensible decision. A bit tough financially on tutors and local accommodation people as well as maybe Grinton Lodge itself. Rob
  2. In my own experience Tablets are increasingly putting in an appearance at sessions. Indeed I have now succumbed myself but my embarrassment is tempered by a plea of advanced years and less reliable memory, not laziness in learning tunes. The use of the excellent 'forScore' app facilitates extremely rapid tune finding (so long as you can recall the title !) and tunes can easily be organised in sequences regularly used. I also have typical individual 'Setlists' for local sessions eg 'Irish at .... ? pub' or ''English at ....? club' so that a tune 'aide-memoire' is provided for inspiration as well. Yes completely agree, it is a hindrance to good satisfying traditional session playing for all the reasons mentioned above, and I do feel uncomfortable about it....... but needs must, it's better (for me) than staying at home and luckily my fellow musicians are tolerant and kind. For all that increasing use of Tablets by many seems a sad thing. Rob
  3. Thanks Lizzye.. Website deems not to be updated with those details yet but guess that will happen soon. Rgds Rob
  4. ..... and purchased in October last year it looks like. However no indication of asking price here. These are delightful concertinas. Rob
  5. Another vote from me for the Caitlin courses online which show a lot of thought and work in effective presentation. An excellent resource for learning Irish music on C/G Anglo. Rob
  6. Yes Susan, I think she must be the Gold Standard for smiling. (Her playing is not so dusty either ! I am one of her many fans) Oops, sorry, we are talking about faces here and that excellent picture of Wolf. Rob
  7. So I am not the only one who finds it hard to smile while playing, even though feeling happy. A question of being relaxed I suppose, which I still find especially difficult with Anglo (less so with English or Melodeon). Looking afresh at our photos and videos of groups local to here, there really are an awful lot of frowning squeezers, including yours truly. Perhaps we should start a "Go on, smile darn you" campaign. Rob PS BTW smashing sketch, Wolf
  8. Oh John, that is really sad, unbelievable really. I am so sorry to hear. Robin
  9. Inspired by this thread I decided to make a 'bellows tight strap' myself for my Wolverton C/G so that 1. It could safely sit around home just waiting temptingly to be picked up and played and 2. Would more readily fit between the blocks in it's case and be easily lifted out. I used soft webbing with 50mm long Velcro pieces glued and stitched (by my wife Marj') into place per photos. No way a match for that terrific frame shown earlier, but still useful. Rob PS The Wolverton is just fantastic, love it. (well over two years old now and better than ever)
  10. Yes, Howard has it absolutely right. That was my experience too. After 20 years or so on D/G melodeon for Morris and English session (and English Concertina) I started 30b C/G Anglo, then, thinking a G/D Anglo might be easier I tried that too (a very nice used Edgely). Wrong, it just really muddied the water and became very confusing at such an early stage. I reluctantly let the G/D go again, and pressed on with C/G (mainly for Irish these days) which is going reasonably well. However, I really like Anglo ( a Wolverton) now, and often wish I had chosen that route all those years ago. Rob
  11. Booking ('Registration') is now available on the website: https://www.davetownsendmusic.com/music-workshops-classes/witney-supersqueeze-workshops/course-fees-booking/ Rob
  12. Thanks Greg for the quick reply. The Carroll video is very helpful and clear also confirming your own view. I might give it a go when I'm feeling brave enough to dismantle one end of my wife's much loved Anglo. Rob
  13. The push G reed on button C5 of my wife's metal ended 30b C/G Lachenal is intrusively louder than neighbouring notes. All other aspects are fine. Any ideas please about why, or of any reasonably simple remedies ? I tried a search with no success so apologies if this is an old topic. Thanks. Rob
  14. Ah yes, on the 'Pirate Songs' series and sounding very nice as you say, thanks for the tip. Gary mentioned on here somewhere not long ago that he was happily playing a Wolverton. I was surprised to see on his website that Jake is discontinuing further orders for the 'Standard' hybrid model, in C/G form anyway, though continuing with G/D's so long as he still has stocks of 'hybrid' reeds. That seems a bit sad given their many admirers, I certainly like mine a lot, but I guess he wants to concentrate on the 'Advanced' concertina reeded models and there are only so many hours in the day. How good to know that in the UK too, there are now a few really skilled and knowledgeable younger people following in the steps of eg Steve Dickinson, Colin and Rosalie Dipper, and others. Yes, your appropriate 'paying the piper' comment refers to an old and endless debate I fear............ sorry ... "Pass' ! 'best Rob
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