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  1. Ptarmigan

    Eleanor Plunkett On Aeola

    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
  2. Ptarmigan

    One More Roslin Castle

    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
  3. Watson's Scotch Measure, played on my 62 key Wheatstone Baritone Treble English Concertina! Cheers, Dick
  4. Ptarmigan

    The Independence!

    The Independence! Hornpipe, played on my 62 key Wheatstone Baritone Treble English Concertina! The Independence Cheers, Dick
  5. 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
  6. Ptarmigan

    The Independence!

    Glad you enjoyed that, I'll root out a few more videos. 😃 Cheers, Dick
  7. 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
  8. Due to financial constraints I am reluctantly having to sell my treasured old Jeffries Concertina. It was first bought on the 26th of June 1899, by one Albert Canacott {1881 to 1956}, new from Mr Charles Jeffries & signed by himself ..... & I actually have the receipt! When Albert died, in 1956, it passed down to his son, who you can see on the right, in this old photo. It cost Albert the princely sum of £7 & 7 Shillings, although on the day he actually only laid down £2 & 2 Shillings. However, the only other time this Concertina ever actually changed hands for money then, was in 2010, when I bought it from Albert's Grandson. Neither Albert's son, nor his Grandson, ever learned to play this instrument, so it has only ever had two 'playing' owners. As it is in old pitch too, I haven't actually played it very often in the past 4 years, so there's a lot of life left in this old dog. As well as Albert's Receipt, signed by Charles Jeffries himself, I have his little old Concertina Book, which contains detailed drawings of all the notes & how to play a number of scales, which is fascinating to see. Sadly, Albert's whole company was killed in a Mustard Gas attack, during the first World War & as they were clearing away the bodies, they actually found Albert, still alive under a pile of bodies! Can you imagine how that must have felt, being the only survivor! Needless to say, he always had trouble with his lungs after that, but still managed to reach the ripe old age of 75! To give you an idea of just how gorgeous the reeds sound, here are a couple of videos of me playing this Concertina. Reels, Polkas & a selection of tunes myself & a few friends played for a TV show, set in our local session pub. Two Reels: Set of Polkas: Rathlin Air, Turfahun Barndance, Kate marie & Rathlin Reel: I have posted some photographs below to give an idea of the condition of this instrument. The original case, receipt & Albert's old book will of course be included in the sale. As I have said, its present pitch is between present day G/D & Ab/Eb, so it could be lightly tuned either way. As the reeds are in their original state, they will undoubtedly be in excellent condition for such a re-tune & so will still maintain that gorgeous tone that you only get with a quality vintage instrument like this. The bellows are also original & I have just never had the heart to replace those, especially as it plays so well, as it is, but if this Concertina is going to be played seriously, following a re-tune, then new bellows would be required. Other than that it is in excellent shape for an instrument that is now about 115 years old. For the lucky buyer, this will probably be a once in a lifetime opportunity to get their hands on such an exquisite instrument, with those gorgeous Jeffries Reeds in original condition, not whittled away to thin, pale, weak & wasted versions of their former selves, as is the case with so many old Jeffries out there today, that have sadly suffered a number of re-tunes over the years. So, I would ask anyone who is seriously interested in this instrument, to contact me privately for more information & I will be happy to discuss the finer details with them. The photos posted below are relatively small, but larger ones can be sent by eMail to anyone who is seriously interested. I would prefer to sell this instrument in Ireland, as I have no intention of posting it. In any case, I would like to meet the new owner in person, which would also give them an opportunity to actually check this Concertina out for themselves. As is the custom, I am offering this instrument to the Concertina family of players here, but if a buyer is not forthcoming I will, of course then post it for sale by auction, on eBay. Please enjoy checking out the photos below. Cheers, Dick * * * * * * * * * * Now here are a few photos of this lovely Concertina. #1 - The receipt, dated 26th of June 1899 & signed by Charles Jeffries himself: #2 - The Concertina with its original case: #3 - Right Hand End: #4 - Right Hand End: #5 - Right Hand Reeds: a #6 - Right Hand Reeds: b #7 - Left Hand End: #8 - Left Hand End Reeds: a: #9 - Left Hand End Reeds: b: #10 - C Jeffries stamp on both ends: #11 - The Jeffries by Candle Light: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
  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. Ptarmigan

    Wee German Concertina.

    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. Ptarmigan

    Wee German Concertina.

    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. Ptarmigan

    Poll: Tune Of The Month, Sept 2015

    Naturally, you understand Wolf, I wasn't trying to influence the result of the poll by posting the music.
  16. Ptarmigan

    Poll: Tune Of The Month, Sept 2015

    I lived there & in the surrounding shire, for many years, so my choice is easy, too. Incidentally, for anyone interested in this tune, here's a link to Skinner's actual written MUSIC for the tune & an old recording of him actually playing his TUNE. Cheers, Dick
  17. I think I found the one with the longest name: Squire Wood's Lamentation On The Refusal Of His Halfpence! Played on English Concertina, Fiddle & Hammered Dulcimer. Cheers, Dick
  18. Ptarmigan

    Three English Concertinas For Sale At Whitby Folk Festival

    Thanks for clearing that up John. It looks rather tasty alright. I'm sure you won't have it for long. Cheers, Dick
  19. Ptarmigan

    Three English Concertinas For Sale At Whitby Folk Festival

    Thanks Jim, I too look forward to seeing what John has to say. Cheers, Dick
  20. Ptarmigan

    Three English Concertinas For Sale At Whitby Folk Festival

    John, I'm not in the market & forgive the stupid question but I am curious. I was looking at a couple of Tenors recently, but both had only 35 keys, so I'm just wondering how come your Tenor Edeopone has so many keys? Is it a Tenor / Treble or just a Tenor with a lot more options? Cheers, Dick
  21. Ptarmigan

    Aeola Tenor-Treble At Auction

    700 - 900 GBP ... clearly a 'come & by me' price Chris, to attract the buyers.
  22. Thought I'd throw another one in. Here's Mr O'Connor on English Concertina, Hammered Dulcimer & Sobell Mandolin. Mr O'Connor Not the easiest of his tunes to learn, especially by ear, with all those twists & turns & extra phrases to keep you on your toes. Cheers, Dick
  23. Hi Wolf, Being a Dulcimer player myself, I love that spelling mistake, when you describe the Dulcimer effect as ~ "creating a wall of decay"! ... or perhaps that's what you meant. Anyway, it's especially amusing as it's not exactly the most popular instrument, when introduced to an Irish Session over here. Cheers, Dick
  24. Ptarmigan

    The Northern Lass!

    Wow, that's three completely different Northern Lasses - the great version played by Brian Peters, the one on the wonderful new Leveret CD and yours. The more lasses .. the better!
  25. Ptarmigan

    The Northern Lass!

    Hi, The Northern Lass! Played here on Fiddle, English Concertina, Tin Whistle & Hammered Dulcimer, it first appeared in James Oswald's 'A Curious Collection of Scots Tunes', published in 1740. N. B. ... not to be confused with English tunes of the same name. Cheers, Dick * * * * *
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