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  • Birthday 09/24/1952

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    I have played Anglo (39 key Jeffries hybrid C/G 1870ish metal ender) since my teens and English (Wheatstone 1925 metal ender) for towards 8 years - repertoire - Irish on Anglo, Northumbrian on English.<br /><br />I played for morris sides for some 20 years before concentrating on band work.<br /><br />I lead "Bracken Rigg Band", a Scottish dance band on piano accordion (1970s Morino VN).<br /><br />I also sing Counter-Tenor in Wakefield cathedral choir.<br />(and do a bit of software consultancy in the day time)<br /><br />Mad on Irish and Northumbrian tunes<br /><br />Tireless in raising concertina-awareness by playing concertinas in public and encouraging beginners to play<br /><br />Influences <br />English - John Kirkpatrick, Alistair Anderson, Morris-On (and its family), Bismarks<br />Irish - Noel Hill, Mary MacNamara, Tim Collins<br />Scottish - Jimmy Shand
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  1. Hi All - did any of my concertina buddies get to Tim Collin's workshops at Witney this weekend? Care to drop me a message?
  2. My Jeffries shrieks - so I only play melody in it and the occasional chord. I think you have to be able to play air-concertina to play in sessions - you need to instinctively know which note will come out - no noodling, trying to work it out mid-tune. We had 12 anglos playing in the Royal, Dungworth one night - that was a sight for sore-ears.
  3. eAAGA can be played all on the push But Noel doesn't like smoothing the tune out - he likes changes of direction - and again, he would want a cut on the A which is easier on the pull The over-riding question should always be ........ what ornaments do I want? Which direction are they available in?
  4. I play anglo and english and can swap during tunes - must be wired-up wrong I treat them as totally different instruments for different repertoire so I don't get confused (Irish on anglo and northumbrian on english) After some 3 decades on anglo, I learnt english as I got fed up of cross-fingering F and A on anglo If you are wanting to play Irish, it is worth learning the 4 button trick Up the LH then GA (LHC) BC (RHC) DE (LHG) F#G (RHG) then up the G row
  5. if it is a pull phrase causing a problem, very slightly touch the air button while you play a push note and vice-versa
  6. I found it helped to learn the A scale on the pull and on the push Admittedly as highlighted above, the F# G# A direction change is the pain in A But once learned, you will find some bits of a tune will fit the pull scale and some the push scale - that's the bit to practise slowly
  7. Providing you want to play tunes rather than too many chords, Have you had a go at the 4 button trick used by irish players (usually c/g)? up the LHG row DE (LHG) F#G (RHG) AB (LHD) C#D (RHD) then up the RHD row the beauty of this is the ornaments & grace notes are under the fingers
  8. Hi All, There seems to have been problems with emailing out details of Swaledale Squeeze 2012 details. If you haven't received details yet, its not too late. Details are attached below. Janes assistant Steven Bradley is dealing with reservation forms at: steven@swaledalesqueeze.org.uk Replies by 1st May please. The guest tutors for this year's squeeze are Alistair Anderson (English), Brian Peters (Anglo) Michael Hebbert(Duet). They join our regular team of tutors: Harry Scurfield (Anglo); Pauline de Snoo (English); Paul Walker (Anglo & English); Dave Ball (part playing) Carolyn Wade (concertina band) The weekend also features Dave Elliott’s “Concertina Clinic” on Saturday and Chris Algar’s “Concertina Emporium” on Sunday. See you there Reservation Form Final.pdf
  9. Busking is catered for by Einsteins Third Theory of Relativity. You actually need 45 minutes of material to fill your alloted 30 minute Stuttgart spot. Speaking from experience as a professional busker during 3 Miners' strikes in 1972, 1974 and 1985.
  10. Unfortunatly, some people spend more time online than actually playing - and it tells.
  11. Just for info, if anyone else is in the Salisbury area, I found two cracking Irish sessions with excellent beer. Worth a visit. Monday - Black Boy, Winchester Thursday - Finns, Ringwood
  12. Hi All, At a loose end in Salisbury 25th to 28th April with box to exercise. Any tune sessions around (30 to 40 mile radius)? Cheers
  13. Keeping a Northumbrianish theme, Roman Wall and A. M. Shinnie (Fitchet, not English) will also tag along well.
  14. And of course, Lemonville (is it Canadian?) and The Quarryman (is it Scottish?) If you aren't frightened by minor keys, Teddy Bears Picnic If you want the punters to sing along - Hello, Hello, Whos your lady friend Lets all go down the Strand Fall in and follow me Man who stole the bank at Monte Carlo I do like to be beside the seaside Ive got a lovely bunch of coconuts (I had to inhibit Bracken Rigg musicians' enthusiasm for shouting out BIG ONES!!)
  15. Just looked in Nick Barbers English book and it isn't in there (under that name). Has anyone got ABC to the third part? Here is my take on it. X:1 T:In the Toyshop M:4/4 L:1/8 K:G B>c[|d2 d>B g2g>B|d2 d4 G>A|B2 B2 e2 e2|d6 f>e| d2 A2 A2 f>e|d2 A2 A4|d2 dd c2 A2|B6 B>c|! d2 d>B g2 g>B|d2d4 G>A|B2 B2 e2 e2|d6 f>e| d2 A2 A2 f>e|d2 A2 A4|d2 dd e2 f2|g4 =f4|]! [|e2e>^d e2e>^d|e>^de>(a a)>gf>e|d2 d2 d>c B>c|d6 B2|! e2e>^d e2e>^d|e>^de>(a a)>gf>e|d2d2e2 ^e2|f6 B>c|! d2 d>B g2 g>B|d2d4 G>A|B2 B2 e2 e2|d6 f>e|! d2 A2 A2 f>e|d2 A2 A4|d2 dd e2 f2|g6|]
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