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  1. Hi Jim

     

    Richard here.

     

    I am curious about the Edeophone Anglos.

    Would you mind sharing with me what yours was like. I know they must be very pretty. How was the sound and playability? 

     

    Thanks,

     

    Richard

    SF

  2. Hi Jim

     

    Richard here.

     

    I am curious about the Edeophone Anglos.

    Would you mind sharing with me what yours was like. I know they must be very pretty. How was the sound and playability? 

     

    Thanks,

     

    Richard

    SF

    1. Mark Davies

      Mark Davies

      I play a 40 Key Lachenal Edeophone Anglo with metal ends in the keys of G#/D#. It was purchased by me from Bonham's in London some years ago. It is the only genuine Lachenal  Edeophone Anglo I have ever seen. Its in a Lachenal leather case containing the usual Lachenal  label. The right hand end contains the words " Edeophone Anglo Lachenal & Co London WC"in the usual cartouche while the left hand is engraved with the number "1860" It is not one of the batch that was subsequently acquired and marketed by Wheatstones. I showed it to Stephen Chambers in Ireland some time back.I will try to post some photographs.

       

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  3. Hi Patrick,

     

    I have recently come back from 6 weeks living in east Clare (Tulla) and studying concertina with Mary MacNamara.  I am a retired music teacher that has come late to Irish trad but am now deeply involved in it.

     

     I  have never really done any research but currently am obsessed with the influence of the concertina player from Feakle, John Naughton.  As you know he was a big influence on musicians such as Mary MacNamara, Martin Hayes and Christy MacNamara.   

     

    It is amazing to me that this man, who really had no commercial recording or "original" tune has had such an impact on music of this area. You find many tunes recorded with just the name John Naughton as the title.

     

    I am currently searching out recordings of his and any information about the man on the internet but am finding it difficult.  I have been transcribing some of the recordings I have found.

     

    I went to the local Arts counsel to discuss possible grants that might help with my research.

     

    You sound like the man to help me out.  any ideas or suggestions will help.

     

    thanks

    Doug Barr

    1. Mark Davies

      Mark Davies

      Gerald O'Halloran,the well known Clare Concertina player now based in Canada fully researched John Naughton in his superb doctoral thesis which covered Concertina playing throughout County Clare.I obtained a copy of the thesis from the British Library but I understand it has now been withdrawn and is not available.His research was carried out in the 1980's. Thus it appears any research you carried out would be covering ground already fully dealt with.

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