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Gavin Atkin

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About Gavin Atkin

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    Chatty concertinist
  • Birthday 01/02/1956

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    Kent, England

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  1. Thanks very much. I'd say that it /is/ a useful approachable instrument, and it's a sadness that it seems so likely to disappear over time. G
  2. As we say au revoir to our European chums, Julie sings the beloved 1945 Edith Piaf-Louiguy hit La Vie en Rose with my accompaniment on the rarely heard Jeffries duet concertina. (Fixed... I hope it works for everyone now.) Gavin
  3. We've re-released our 2013 album of Julie's mainly Tin Pan Alley songs mostly accompanied by Gavin's Jeffries duet concertina. It's been unavailable for a long time, but now on download from Bandcamp, priced at £5. 'The voice of an angel' - local music enthusiast 'Sweet and earthy! A warm nostalgic blend of Julie's songs from between the wars. Julie's fine, clear voice is shown off by Swing-style chords on the Jeffries' - Valmai Goodyear, folk club and festival organiser 'I sang all the wa
  4. Julie and Gav sing and play We'll Meet Again We felt we had to sing this just now. And like most people we're so looking forward to the company of friends and family again one day... Gavin
  5. I posted a link to a YouTube of our recording of The Teddy Bears' Picnic last night - but this morning we've decided to re-record it as we think we can improve on it. Sorry for the messing about... I'll post a new YouTube soon. Gavin
  6. Thanks for letting me know Joy, and for your kind words! Hopefully it's fixed now. Gavin
  7. A couple of amateur, back-bedroom recordings of two classic songs. I hope you enjoy them! Misty: https://youtu.be/E4q1OdLc764 Autumn Leaves: https://youtu.be/4o2spQnqOLk If anyone is like us and still learning, and would like me to explain how we made these, just ask... Gavin
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFw5Wv3VsEs Jeffries duets really are a great vehicle for nostalgia, aren't they? Gavin
  9. Very nice work Stuart! It's so nice to know there are other Jeffries duet players around - particular ones who are (or appear to be) under 50! Please get in touch if you're ever down our way. Gavin
  10. Brigid MacCarthy's concertina - hexagonal Dipper Clare model concertina No 540 as it has been reported stolen in Peru. I'm told that in the way of these things it may well find it's way onto online auctions or to the UK (or Ireland, I guess) over the summer, and if so it would be great to reunite the instrument with its rightful owner. I'm posting this because I understand Brigid has had difficulties posting here. If anyone spots the box, Brigid can be contacted here via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/brigid.maccarthy.5 Gavin
  11. I'm always delighted to hear of other Jeffries duet players - so it's good to hear from you Stuart. From your reply, I'd say you clearly have a typical duet-player's mind... Now, how many Jeffries duettists are there playing now? We should try to connect and meet as we travel about... I like to think that Frittenden's just about doable in an evening if you've got a car and live on the eastern or southern sides of London. Gavin
  12. We're delighted that entertaining Jeffries duet maestro Mike Hebbert has agreed to return to Frittenden to feature in the regular free end-of-the-month session on the 26th April - the last of the season. If you're interested in concertina playing, live in the south-east and haven't yet heard him play, this really should be an unmissable event. I don't think anyone forgets the first time they hear him - I certainly haven't as he inspired me to take up the instrument. Just think of it - TWO Jeffries duet players in ONE room! Is this breaking the laws of physics? The session starts at 8pm,
  13. While I'm unable to post a link to the duet class playing, perhaps this short video of some of the tunes we played will stand in: Duet concertina tunes for Kilve, March 2014 Gavin
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