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  1. The topic of playing Irish Music on an English Concertina has cropped up in discussions a few times over the years, so I thought it might be time to create a thread devoted to promoting videos of such musical efforts. 


    To get the ball rolling I've posted links to two of my own YouTube playlists.

    Each playlist contains over one hundred videos & the music is played on an English Concertina, plus a few other instruments, including Fiddle, Hammered Dulcimer, Tenor Guitar, Nyckelharpa, Whistle, Tenor Banjo & Trump.

    I hope that other enthusiasts will post links to similar videos or sound files, either of their own making or which they have come across on their travels around the Net., to help demonstrate that playing Irish Music on an EC is not such a strange pursuit. 😀 


    1 - Irish Music on an English Concertina


    2 - The Music of Turlough O'Carolan





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  2. On 12/13/2011 at 4:23 PM, Wolf Molkentin said:

    My first guess was Duet, because of its size and therefore probable weight; but as your newly acquired "big one" has additional wrist straps, it might be yours as well..., but then again the thumb is not in the position as one would anticipate regarding any EC... :unsure:


    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.



    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.








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  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.






  4. 7 hours ago, Wolf Molkentin said:

    Very nice playing Dick - and congrats re this instrument; I gather it's 8 inches across the flats (thereby falling right between a TT and the usual 64k BT) and goes down to the baritone F... Another happy medium - would love to try it... ?


    Best wishes - ?

    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.  ?





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