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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Thanks for letting me know Joy, and for your kind words! Hopefully it's fixed now. Gavin
  4. 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
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFw5Wv3VsEs Jeffries duets really are a great vehicle for nostalgia, aren't they? Gavin
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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, and we'll ask Mike to chip in three short sets of three items, as usual. No doubt it will another night to remember, as Mike takes his little box through an astonishing range of musical forms - last time, in addition to his famous performance of the Dambusters March, I remember he also played material ranging from tango to slow Irish airs. In the usual Frittenden way, there will also be lots of time for tunes and songs (and anything else that's follows our usual agenda of trad, old fashioned and entertaining) from session attenders. Contact gmatkin@gmail for information. In the meantime, here's what Mike has to say: 'Concertinas are uncommon enough instruments and Jeffries duets are the most uncommon type of concertina - but Gavin Atkin plays one of these oddities, and so does this evening's guest Michael Hebbert. 'Michael was born in Glasgow, grew up in Blackburn Lancs and began his performing career in Wallingford Oxon as a pub musician and dance band leader, contributing to Ashley Hutchings's Kicking Up the Sawdust (Harvest SHSP4073) and releasing his own LP The Rampin' Cat (named after the pub, Free Reed FRR 009). 'On the folk circuit he has a long-standing double act with singer Andrew Frank and his concertina classes and workshops have featured at Kilve, Witney, Swaledale, Bradfield and the English Country Music Weekend. 'With a huge repertoire of tunes from many traditions, Michael shows the tremendous versatility of the instruments made by the Jeffries brothers. A triumph of late Victorian craftsmanship measuring only 6in across, the little squeezebox packs the essence of the music whether it's blazing away like a fairground organ, punching a tango rhythm, or unfurling the long melody of an Irish slow air fit to break your heart.'
  10. 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
  11. Grand - so that's two unexpected concertinists! Cheers, Bill. I'd imagined Service would have been more of a banjo man! Gavin
  12. Almost at the last page of Roland Chambers' biography of Arthur Ransome, I discover that the old scholar, author, journalist, negotiator, spy and sailing enthusiast was also a concertina player. Two questions come to mind: What kind of concertinist was he? Which other celebrated old scholars, authors, journalists, international negotiators, spies and sailing enthusiasts were also little known for their concertina playing? Anyone?
  13. I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to lead the mixed systems duet concertina workshops at Kilve last month - it was intensive, tiring stuff as these things are, but I'm not sure it's possible to have more fun with buttons and bellows. And great too to spend a couple of days in the company of Harry Scurfield and Dave Townsend. I was delighted too to receive some very positive feedback from my tutor group, thank you gentlemen and scholars every one. Gavin* *I've been asked to remove the MP3 links that were here previously - however, if new, cleaned up recordings become available later and I have permission to do so, I'll add them to this post.
  14. Thank you gentlemen! We're very pleased that you're both enjoying the CD. Gavin
  15. Good to see you here. I hope you're having fun in 'tina land! G
  16. Is this my old friend David Colpitts, paddler and teacher? Can it be? Hi fella! Gav
  17. Downloads are on Amazon this morning... I don't know about iTunes, as I'm not an iTuner but that should be working any day now, Gavin
  18. Available in time for Christmas! The nostalgia-laden new CD featuring Julie Atkin singing old fashioned songs accompanied by Gavin Atkin (Jeffries duet concertina and melodeon) is available to order now from: www.redadmiralrecords.com There's a track listing at the Red Admiral site, so I won't trouble you with it here - but I will say that with 19 tracks, mostly with concertina, it's a bargain! It will also be on iTunes and Amazon from the 6th December. Gavin
  19. I'm not sure the director is very interested in what concertinas can say to the wider world about his cutesy marketing proposition. Oh well... G
  20. Tin pan alley and old fashioned Singer Julie Atkin accompanied by Gavin Atkin on Jeffries duet concertina are featuring at the first Frittenden session of the season at the Bell & Jorrocks pub, Frittenden from 8pm on the 29th September. We're guesting (three short sets) at the session we usually run, so the event's free! For info see http://singdanceandplay.net and for samples of what we do, see http://julieandhersqueeze.com . We very much hope to see some of you on the night. It's a birthday celebration so there may be cake... Gavin
  21. I'm not sure I like the idea that pop music is only recent folk music, basically because it hasn't been through the transformative, diversifying and selection processes that oral transmission imposes. But I won 't say more as I'm very reluctant to get into definitions here - there are plenty of good ones around for those who feel the need. What I am interested in is creating convivial environments - sessions and the rest - in which folk songs, or traditional songs, if you prefer the term, can thrive alongside pop songs, humour and the rest, in a full understanding that songs from different sources are themselves different. That, I think, is the way forward, and is the main reason why we try to operate the agenda I like to call trad, old-fashioned and entertaining in the events we organise. I'd say that concertinas live very happily in that kind of context. Gavin
  22. Do you make it over to Lewes now and then? I'm probably a tad nearer to Lewes than Gavin is! We will take our part in this year's Lewes Folk Festival (as we have last year) and extend our stay at rustic Plumpton Green for a couple of extra days (again: as last year). I would gladly arrange to meet you then! I'll report if we're going... But as things stand there's no indication we'll be playing or singing, except perhaps at a session. Gav
  23. Guilty as charged. Julie and I are doing a lot of pop songs with my duet, but with some exceptions they do tend to be older material... Though I would say that quite a lot of stuff from the 20s and 30s remained popular for many decades, and still gets a lot of respect even now. There's a reason why we tend to favour the older material: it tends to have such gorgeous chords! However, I would say that we're finding that the older material baffles younger people, who quite often ask where the songs come from... Gavin
  24. Glad you like it! I'm sure we'll be a long to do a floorspot at one of the Lewes clubs from time to time, but we don't have a booking there at the moment and it's not that long since we (or I in one case) have played there. You could nudge the management though... Gavin
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