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  • Birthday 09/21/1951

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    I am a full time musician, a Scotsman living in Ireland, who plays the music of Ireland & Scotland on Fiddle, Nyckelharpa, Mandolin, Hammered Dulcimer, Anglo & English Concertinas.

    I spend my days teaching traditional music in local Primary Schools & occasionally giving talks on trad music in schools. I also run three local Pub Sessions each week. My wife & I perform period music in costume at various historical sites & events throughout the year, at which I also play Hurdy Gurdy & Bowed Psaltery .......... well after all, a man needs a hobby!

    Recently I started a site The Irish Concertina, to help promote the playing of Irish Music on both the Anglo & English Concertina, not that it really needs any help from me of course! ;-)

    I also set up the 'Concertinas in Scotland' Forum & a MySpace, in order to help promote these wonderful instruments in Scotland.

    If you ever find yourself heading for the Causeway Coast, please get in touch. I'd love to meet up & swop tunes, while you are in the area.

    P.S. My Profile photo is rather appropriate you see, because I worked in the Pest Control industry for a number of years!
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  1. Hi Wolf, Regarding the position of the thumb strap, I agree that it usually sits behind centre on a 64 key model, but as you'll see in this photo, on my 62 key instrument on the right, the thumb trap is actually bang in the centre. 🙂 Also, on this page which gives details of old recordings, those of George Morris detail him playing an English Concertina. https://www.mustrad.org.uk/reviews/sook.htm The fact that the population of Oldmeldrum stands at only around 2,000 folk, I reckon it's highly unlikely that there were two men who owned a large & small English Concertina, who's son didn't play the instrument, so at the moment I'm convinced that this was George's Concertina. Cheers, Dick
  2. I thought I'd add my own take on this lovely tune. For this Carolan tune I'm playing Hammered Dulcimer, English Concertina, Fiddle & Tin Whistle. Cheers, Dick
  3. I had a go at this lovely tune myself, a while back. Playing a Baritone Treble, I was able to double track the 2nd time through, bringing in the 2nd octave. As you will know, of course, this requires mirror fingering for the lower octave, which is always good fun. ? I took the photos of some local Co. Antrim ruined Castles. Cheers, Dick
  4. Watson's Scotch Measure, played on my 62 key Wheatstone Baritone Treble English Concertina! Cheers, Dick
  5. Glad you enjoyed that, I'll root out a few more videos. ? Cheers, Dick
  6. Glad you enjoyed the tunes folks. Yes Wolf, as you can see in this photo, my 62 key is a fair bit smaller than the larger 64 key to its left, which belongs to Alan Jones. Unfortunately my low note is not an F, which is a pity as I play twice a week with a Northumbrian Piper & his Pipes are in F. I've often thought of getting the low Reed tuned to F, but am a little reluctant to mess around with the reeds. By the way, my wife Sabine is from Itzehoe & we spent a week there, 3 years ago. I should have given you a shout when we were over. ? Cheers, Dick
  7. The Flowers of Ashgll & Alston Flower Show! Played on my 62 key Wheatstone Baritone Treble English Concertina. The Flowers of Ashgll & Alston Flower Show! Cheers, Dick
  8. The Independence! Hornpipe, played on my 62 key Wheatstone Baritone Treble English Concertina! The Independence Cheers, Dick
  9. On the subjects of recycling & Mandolin alongside Concertina ... here's The Trafalgar Hornpipe. Cheers, Dick
  10. Lovely to hear the contrast between the two, thanks for that Jim.
  11. Standard Lachenal size Jim, the wee was to do with only 20 keys. It was as light as a feather though & like most cheap instruments, these things probably discouraged more people from playing than they ever helped. Little better than an ornament, I'd say. Stephen Chambers has suggested that it was a Klingenthal product & having looked at photos of some of their Melodeons, I'd say he's hit the nail on the head, although this thing wouldn't be as well made even, as most of the other cheap German Concertinas I've seen. Cheers, Dick
  12. Someone brought along this little 20 key German Concertina to the Session last night for us to have a look at. Obviously cheap & cheerful & designed for either a child or a complete beginner, with a flimsy cardboard case. Does anyone have any more info. on this model? Cheers, Dick
  13. That's a lovely elegant tune. Good luck with the restoration. Cheers, Dick
  14. Lovely tune Daria. I had to have a go myself, although I'm used to hearing it as a slow air on the Uilleann Pipes, so I play it more as an Air. Blind Mary On Hammered Dulcimer, English Concertina, Fiddle & Tin Whistle. Cheers, Dick
  15. Naturally, you understand Wolf, I wasn't trying to influence the result of the poll by posting the music.
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