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About PeterT

  • Birthday 09/07/1954

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    As of June 2008, I have retired from music, and will, therefore, no longer be as active on this forum.

    I have no real "interests", but here are some of the things which I've done over the years:

    Performed traditional music and song.

    Former Secretary of the International Concertina Association (1992-4).

    Played mainly Anglo concertina, but dabbled a bit on English, MacCann Duet and Jeffries Duet.

    Former competitive cyclist, riding for Anerley Bicycle Club (1996 - 2006). Didn't set the world alight, but managed a PB of 22min 34sec for 10 miles.

    I've researched my family tree since 1974, and with the arrival of the internet, made significant progress. I'm back to approx. 1600 on the Trimming name (Froyle, Hampshire), and anywhere between 1487 and 1816 on other branches.
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    Somewhere in England.

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  1. Thanks for posting, Jake. I was sorry to read this news a couple of days ago. Like Steven, I did not meet Peter on many occasions, but he was certainly a character. Our first meeting was at Peter's 'Working the Halls' show, as mentioned by Steven. Peter was living in Basingstoke at the time, and gave me an invitation to drop in if I was ever in the area. In 1988, en route to the WCCP event at Halsway Manor, and realising that I could have a couple of hours spare in Basingstoke, I telephoned to see whether it would be convenient to visit. It was, and I found both Peter and June at home, with Peter working on the construction of a model railway. We chatted for a while, then it was time for me to meet a fellow concertina player who was driving me down to the event. That evening, I started to feel unwell ... turned out to be 'flu and I was not well enough to do most of what I was booked to do over the weekend. My driver, who was flying to the USA a few days later was also ill whilst away, and I never did get around to ringing Peter to see whether he had also been unwell. He had a forth-coming tour! Our last meeting was at the 1992 'Concertinas at Witney' event, where Peter was one of the guest performers. It was good to see that performance on stage; Peter was very much a showman. The concert was recorded (by Phil Beer), and highlights put out on cassette format. Whether it is still available, in any format, I don't know, but Dave Townsend might be able to advise.
  2. Good news, Mark. I used it when I lived in a flat in Peterhead. My neighbours probably still heard it, but it was not as loud as the other anglo which I had at the time (by far the loudest which I have ever played). Regards, Peter.
  3. A lovely instrument, with a beautiful tone. As far as I am aware, I was its third owner, and had it from August 1992 to August 1994.
  4. Can't get the link to paste, for some reason, but the Wheatstone Ledgers for No.3265 indicate a date of 27th February 1851. The 6-fold bellows puzzle me, as I thought that fewer folds was the norm in the early years. If the bellows are replacements, this could tie in with the more recent address label.
  5. Regarding Nigel and Lisa Sture; yes they were related, but that was well over 20 years ago.
  6. Interesting concept! Whilst both are tuned as G/D, the pitch is different, consistently, between the two instruments. Did you have an electronic tuner to hand?
  7. It's about 15 years since I heard Iris playing in the band with Martyn. When on Maccann, I recall that she was using the 67 key, although I have seen her play a 58 key (faster, due to smaller volume of air). Iris does (or certainly did) play Anglo. In one of the ICA competitions, we played in the 'Folk Dance' category; Iris on Anglo, myself on Maccann. I think it's fair to say that Iris is a better Anglo player than I am a Maccann player!
  8. Nightmare! Here is all I can find (just a percentage of the collection): http://www.horniman.ac.uk/collections/browse-our-collections/category/Aerophone/per_page/20/view_as/list/page/6 http://www.horniman.ac.uk/collections/browse-our-collections/category/Aerophone/per_page/20/view_as/list/page/7
  9. I think that the answer is 4, but only 3 at any one time. Colin Thompson - English. Ralph Jordan - Maccann duet. Nigel Chippindale - Anglos (standard C/G and piccolo C/G). Nigel was really pleased with his Jeffries piccolo, which he obtained whilst working for Hobgoblin. It looked tiny in his hands. Great tune and great arrangement.
  10. Having read this thread, I have to agree that the Jeffries which I have owned all looked 'rough' internally. Action always felt good, though, and the sound produced was always distinctive. The best one was a 38 key C/G, which I bought from Brian Hayden. From memory, one reed needed to be replaced, but was otherwise in 'new' condition. Colin Dipper said that it was the best Jeffries which he had worked on. It was a stunner. It went to a new home some 20 years ago, and the new (I guess still current) owner was delighted.
  11. Fingers crossed that the links work! What I have found is the ABC notation for this tune 'Bert Jamieson's Set Tune No.2', which is X:41 on the attached list (first link). If you copy all of the text from X:41 onwards, and paste into an ABC converter (second link), you get the option to see the sheet music, or hear a midi file. The latter will give you what you want - an audio file. This is the first time that I have used this particular software, but it seems to work fine. All I did, in addition to pasting the text in the box, was to select the key of 'G' from the drop down menu. Don't know whether is is necessary, as the coding is there within the ABC text. You can repeat this procedure with any tune which you want to learn, as long as you can find the ABC coding by searching on the internet. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~torchia/aussie.abc http://www.mandolintab.net/abcconverter.php Good luck! Regards, Peter.
  12. Having now had the opportunity to view the video, the concertina being played appears to be from a slightly later vintage than 1918 (strap fastenings are different), and does not appear to be a 36 key. Maybe a 37 key, as I can see a drone button on the left hand. If anyone is wondering how to establish a Wheatstone serial number, if the paper (or metal) number is missing, see the attached photograph of No.27835. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ladydetemps/3271863512/in/photostream/
  13. I think that you need to check the serial number. I have owned Wheatstone No.27835 since 1982.
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