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Alan Day

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    Anglo player,Currently playing with Will Fly Guitarist
    Showing English Setters
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    Horley Surrey England

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  1. I remember years ago Andrew Norman made me some bolts ,but did require one good one to get a matching thread etc. As an X engineer I have enjoyed the different approaches to solving this problem. very interesting. Al
  2. I think the Gremlin fell into the mid range of concertinas . Slightly better than the Hohner ,but nowhere near as expensive as A Crabb, Jeffries or Wheatstone. A good beginners learning instrument and capable of playing a large range of music even with ten buttons each side and an air button. Al
  3. https://youtu.be/eQEVn6U9l0Q A new tune Played on a CG Jeffries Anglo but can be played on a 20 Button Concertina. I hope you like it Al
  4. I had the pleasure of communicating with the late John Nixon X Bolton Concertina band EC Player, who played his Concertina on the Frog Chorus Paul Mc Cartney. Al
  5. Thanks RAC for your response ,As I danced with the lovely German girl I could not help but think how dreadful the War was and lovely people on both sides killed for the sake of power crazy people . Let us hope RAC we never see the likes of it again my friend. Al
  6. I was not responsible for any final decisions on any of the Internationals and I cannot now remember the circumstances surrounding any decisions on your recordings ,however you were up against the Worlds best ever players past and present and it was not possible to include recordings that were not quite there ,hesitations etc ,but we never passed on any information regarding recordings we received and there were some famous names who's recordings we did not include or that they sounded very similar to the style of another player already included. The Internationals were supposed to show the versatility. of the instrument . The current Duet players recordings on here, however are including all good Duet recordings and are not tied to a CD length so please send me or Wes what you consider to be your best three Duet recordings and we can go for it. Al
  7. I have had many highlights in my playing career that started with the musician not turning up for a Morris tour with the Broadwood Morris Men and I had to play for the dancing all day I managed it just . Many bands followed The Biggest trio in the World booked for the Ris Orangis Folk festival in front of about three thousand people, Rosbif booked for many festivals and GIGCB (The Giant George Inn Ceilidh band) that consisted of 15 players ,but usually we managed about twelve. It was with this band that I have picked my highlight . We were booked to do the Leipzig Folk Festival in Germany and i was worried about it . I lived my early childhood in Clapham and we were situated in a triangle of an Armaments factory, Clapham Junction (the largest railway junction in Europe) and Clapham Common where many anti aircraft guns were situated. Our area was consistantly bombed during the war and I remember from the age of about three onwards constantly going down to the bomb shelter in the middle of the night. So when this gig was offered I thought long and hard before I decided to go. We arrived about mid morning and in the afternoon we were doing a dance workshop which was prior to a big dance in the evening. We were very well received and everybody was very friendly. One young German Lady was booked with a few musicians to teach Breton dancing and as we were setting up the bands instruments for twelve musicians I decided to go into the centre of the hall and play solo Kost de Khote a Breton step circle dance. Immediately the young lady gathered a crown in a circle around me and gradually we were joined by all the dancers that were in attendance who danced around me, about 150 dancers in total an amazing number just for a workshop. Gradually as our musicians were set up they joined me and when our base section was all set to go they joined in( two trombones three saxophones an electric base) we then joined them on stage and played with the full band that was greeted with cheering and we got an ovation at the end. We taught the dancers of many nationalities some very complicated dances and I was amazed at the outstanding quality of dancing in all the groups, unlike the UK where only about half the dancers get it right most times. In the evening we played for over 400 dancers and I danced a lot with the lovely German Breton dancing girl that helped me with the first dance. The reaction over all was memorable I was very emotional at the end and all my old fears worries hatred was wiped out by one memorable and special night. Al
  8. Since you have been playing your concertina ,what do you consider to be the highlight of your playing career. Was it a particular performance ,a breakthrough , a magic moment . I will post mine up if you are interested in this topic. Thanks Al
  9. I was not aware that you were a South Londoner Geoff. I remember clearly you going to Australia ,greatly missed at the Black Horse. What great evenings there .Smoking bans were not in force then and if you remember it was difficult to see across the room from one end to the other. I remember now about the Waltz not being Tommy's but the exchange of tunes heard in one place and played from memory in another has been going on for years. When i started to play Traditional French Music many times I heard an A music with a different B or visa versa. . Al
  10. I too was lucky enough to meet Tommy Williams at an ICA meeting and of course you Geoff years ago at the Black Horse Nuthurst. I spent most of my early years on the border of Clapham and Battersea and Tommy's House was a small turning that joined Silverthorn Road with Queenstown Road his little wooden plaque was on the wall. If you walked further down the road opposite Battersea Power Station was Battersea Park a lovely place to go to and adjacent to The River Thames. Tommy was a South Londoner as I was (am). He was a joy to listen to playing that big duet .He suffered badly from arthritis but what lovely playing. Iris Bishop is one of the few modern players that reminds me of his style. If Tommy lived in Battersea in that area during the war He like I (although very young) new the horrors of war . I would certainly think that his tune Springtime in Battersea was influenced by his walks around the park. Thank goodness these old recordings exist of these lovely old players and of course the players of today like this one from RAc well done. Al
  11. Well done Gary. did you include Trumpet and Air in the recordings ? Al
  12. I think we all make the mistake of separating one row from the other The South African approach is all over the place. Al
  13. You could investigate using the C row as part of your playing in G .Instead of dropping down to the left hand on the G row try going up on the C row instead Al
  14. Hallo Kelteglow Just a straight take with a little Sony Camera Cybershot resting on my concertina case. No tracking. Pleased you liked the tune thanks for the comments. Al
  15. This tune can be played on a twenty button instrument across the rows. less a few base notes and one note of the tune. Al
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