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Mark Davies

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  1. Mark Davies

    44 Key Aeola English

    Certainly not unique unless its the same one I bought for £60 in Herefordshire,England as a result of an advertisement I put in Exchabge & Mart on the 4th April 1974.
  2. Mark Davies

    George Lambert, Wigan

    As always Geoff you are correct and my spelling of the first name may be incorrect. Your father must have been relieved that I started to sell concertinas at Cecil Sharp House as he must have been fed of me calling into the shop with concertinas he knew were not worth repairing and spending his valuable time explaining why that was so.
  3. Mark Davies

    George Lambert, Wigan

    Just as a matter of interest,Wigan was a hot bed of concertina players and there were a few concertina bands in the town and I recollect Levi had played in one of them so I suppose it's likely his father did.There was a group of really fine Maccan players who were known to my great pal Harry Hatton of Haydock and who we visited.They were all ICA members and donated a "The Red Rose Cup" to be competed for annually by duet players at the ICA festival.I believe it is in the possession of our "mutual friend".
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    George Lambert, Wigan

    Yes.He was the father of Levi Lambert a repairer and player who I visited a few times in the early 1970's.My records show that he lived at9 Wood street,off Scott Lane,Newtown,Wigan and I bought a 48 Key Lachenal English from him for £12 and sold in the EFDSS shop at Cecil Sharp House for £45.As a Solicitors Articled Clerk on £ 4.50 a week I had to earn an additional crust to keep the wolf from the door!! you should have been around then Bill,you late comers missed a lot of fun and concertinas!!
  5. Zak van der Vyver Just to inform you that the superb Boermusic style player Zak will be attending the weekend
  6. Mark Davies

    Donald Pullen Duet

    Apologies for the considerable delay in replying .I have only just seen your last post. I have about 200 plus cassettes dating back to the early 1970's(but including tracks re recorded from reel to reel tapes from the early 1950's and 60's)and I do not have time to go through and identify every player. They are largely poorly documented and as all of the players are now dead I am one of the very few who would recognise who was playing. I will try to narrow down the cassettes and identify Donald Pullen's playing. Geoff Crabb would certainly have heard him playing at the monthly ICA meetings in London and at the annual ICA Festival.I think he played at the Concertina Convention the YCC organised at Pontefract in the mid 1970's.
  7. Thursday 27th July to Sunday 30th July 2017 Featuring some of the best singers and musicians from the United Kingdom & Ireland.Lots of concertina interest-including talks by Geoff Crabb and Roger Digby's "Concertina Hour".Sessions in local pubs and village halls.There is no charge if you want to attend the weekend,we will pass a bucket around to collect donations to cover the costs.Camping and parking for caravans and campavans is also free.The event takes place in a spectacular location in the Pennine hills to the west of Sheffield,South Yorkshire.If you want a copy of the programme email me on:- edeophone@aol.com Mark Davies
  8. Mark Davies

    Unique Scard Dipper 34 Key C/g Anglo

    This instrument is now sold.
  9. Mark Davies

    Donald Pullen Duet

    I have probably got some recordings that he supplied to my good Harry Hatton of Haydock,who I played with for many years.I will have a look.They will of coarse be on cassette.
  10. Mark Davies

    Donald Pullen Duet

    Yes I can remember him attending meetings of the Yorkshire Concertina Club in Leeds in the mid 1970's.This was the original YCC which has no connection with the current organisation.From memory Donald was a very technically accomplished player on both the duet and English and played from music most of the time.He was an ICA member and no doubt competed in the annual ICA competitions.
  11. Mark Davies

    Unique Scard Dipper 34 Key C/g Anglo

    If anyone wants to come and try the instrument I live near Sheffield,South Yorkshire.Construction of the instrument was completed in May 1988.
  12. Mark Davies

    Unique Scard Dipper 34 Key C/g Anglo

    Apologies for the photographs being up side down!I do not know why this happened or how to correct it
  13. Mark Davies

    Unique Scard Dipper 34 Key C/g Anglo

    This instrument was presented to the Manley Morris Dancers by a member of the team and is inscribed to that effect on the right hand end.The instrument has never been played outsid the house where it was kept and is in pristine condition and comes with the usual Dipper case.The action and tone is first class and it has lovely fretted sides.I was one of the concertina players for Manley from the mid 1970's until they ceased to perform.I have asked by the surviving members of the team to sell the instrument to fund the written history and a film of the team.The price I have been asked to obtain is £7000 but I will consider offers.If you are interested send me a PM.I can provide additional photographs if required.
  14. Mark Davies

    Bradfield Traditional Music Weekend 2016

    That's why I posted the message!Lets say James Boorer plays a duet.Sincere apologies for giving incorrect information!!
  15. This years music weekend will feature the usual array of great concertina players of all systems. We will have talks on "The Leeds Band" from Martin Clarke, Traditional Mouth Organ playing in the British Isles from Steve Harrison & Annie Dearman, The Fowke Tradition(Canadian Song Collector) John Bowden & A Concertina Workshop on the use of bellows with Roger Digby. Geoff Crabb cannot attend this year so we are showing two films .One featuring "The Concertina Concert" held at the English Country Music Weekend held in Bradfield in 2003 and the other on the famous concertina makers H.Crabb & Sons made by Anglia Television for the "Bygones" series made in the early 1970's.It features Geoff and his late father and brother as well as Roger Digby. There are the usual sessions in local pubs and its hope that James Boorer (McCann Duet and piano)will again give us his "Great East End Knees Up" Tickets for the weekend are £20 per person to include the Saturday night dance and camping. Email me for a ticket application. Mark Davies: edeophone@aol.com
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