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  1. Richard, I did go trawling through old copies of the EFDSS magazine English Dance and Song a few years ago, and found both an announcement and advertisements for the MayFair. It seems that they were only available between 1955-60, so they must have stopped doing them when Wheatstone's moved into the Boosey & Hawkes factory (and Harry Minting left). I've seen a few of them finished in mother-of-toilet-seat, and I've even heard tell of a green m-o-t-s Anglo of traditional (not MayFair) construction. For that matter, Lachenal's made their Accordeaphone and "The New Edeophone" models out of it back in the early 1930s. It's not unheard of!
  2. Richard, I did go trawling through old copies of the EFDSS magazine English Dance and Song a few years ago, and found both an announcement and advertisements for the MayFair. It seems that they were only available between 1955-60, so they must have stopped doing them when Wheatstone's moved into the Boosey & Hawkes factory (and Harry Minting left). I've seen a few of them finished in mother-of-toilet-seat, and I've even heard tell of a green m-o-t-s Anglo of traditional (not MayFair) construction. For that matter, Lachenal's made their Accordeaphone and "The New Edeophone" models out of it back in the early 1930s. It's not unheard of!
  3. Richard, I did go trawling through old copies of the EFDSS magazine English Dance and Song a few years ago, and found both an announcement and advertisements for the MayFair. It seems that they were only available between 1955-60, so they must have stopped doing them when Wheatstone's moved into the Boosey & Hawkes factory (and Harry Minting left). I've seen a few of them finished in mother-of-toilet-seat, and I've even heard tell of a green m-o-t-s Anglo of traditional (not MayFair) construction. For that matter, Lachenal's made their Accordeaphone and "The New Edeophone" models out of it back in the early 1930s. It's not unheard of!
  4. Paul Walker the well known English and Anglo player and member of the Band Of The Rising Sun(with Brian Peters and others)will be our guest on Wednesday at 8.00pm at The Royal Hotel,Dungworth(not the usual Tuesday)when he will talk to us about his new Northern Tune Book and play some of the tunes from it.The book will be available to purchase.There is no charge for attending and everyone is welcome whether they play the concertina or not.If you need directions or further details email me. Mark Davies
  5. I have had no internet connection at home for the past week.I am hoping that my telephone line will be repaired today but if anyone wants to contact me my mobile no is;- 07850475067 or chambers email:- davies@judiciary.gsi.gov.uk Mark Davies
  6. Personal statistics(of the concertina):- 40 Key C/G Geoff Crabb Eight Sided Anglo Me 6'1" 15 stone-overweight-little hair. The sale of calendar will enable the Pennine Foxhounds to make a substantial donation to the Kirkwood Hospice,Huddersfield.We have through "The Merry Mountain Child Fund" since 1999, given a very large sum of money to assist the terminally ill.This was founded in 1999 by the local rural community in memory of Hayd Thorpe,a local farmers son and member of the Pennine Foxhounds, who died that year in the Kirwood Hospice of leukemia, at the age of 23. Although all the calendars are now sold.If you want to support the Kirkwood Hospice by making a donation contact me.
  7. Firstly the title of this topic should read "The BRADFIELD Traditional Music Weekend". Sorry Chris, I took a poll of people on my mailing list for the weekend, who decided that the date of the event should not be changed.It also clashes with the Dartmoor Folk Festival.It was bound to clash with one event or another.The following weekend many of us go over to Kilrush,Clare for the Eigse Mrs Crotty which is now a permanent fixture in our musical calendars,not to be missed.
  8. The following guests have confirmed they will attend Geoff Crabb(the maker of Geoff Crabb,concertinas and formerly associated with the family business H.Crabb & Sons) Shay Fogarty(Anglo concertina-Dublin) Jody Kruskal(Anglo concertina-USA) Steve Harrison(Anglo concertina and other things)& Annie Dearman Finbarr Wall John Waltham Jeff Wesley Chris(Yorkie)Bartram Roy Harris Hannah Hutton Dave McCracken The following have yet to confirm Alan Day(Anglo) Mandy Murray(Anglo) Taz Tarry(Fiddle) Tom Driscoll(Anglo concertina-Clare) plus many other musicians and singers. A flyer and a booking from is attached for those wanting tickets.Accommodation locally is in short supply so do not delay requesting an accommodation list. Mark Davies Email:edeophone @aol.com BTMW2007FLYER.rtf BTMW2007BOOKINGFORM.doc
  9. The Royal Hotel,Dungworth,Sheffield The first session of 2007 will take place on this date.Everyone welcome regardless of age,system played or ability.Email me if you have never been before and need directions,but in any event I have attached a map.Dungworth is above the Y & O of Yorkshire. Mark Davies
  10. A worthwhile buy for anyone interested in the concertina.I do not know if the copy on ebay has it, but my copy came with a floppy 45 rpm inserted in the back of Percy and Mary Honri performing.I am still in touch with Peter Honri and his wife and I was trying to arrange for Peter to come and talk to us at The Royal Concertinas Group.Peter attended some of the Concertina Conventions in the 1970's and carried on the family tradition of playing the Maccann Duet.
  11. I have a number of 40 Key Wheastone anglos made in the 1950's they are very good to play and are well made.The only difference being the fretwork is not as complex as earlier instruments.I also believe that Wheatstone anglos with the numbering in the 50.000's were also made before the Second World War.I have a 40 key concertina 50705 that is a superb instrument both to play and in construction and has the more inticate fretwork associated with earlier instruments.Many,if not most 30key anglo's made in the 1950's have reeds crimped onto frames.Instruments over 30 keys,in my experience had slotted reeds. The great advantage of a 40 key instrument with the Wheatstone keyboard layout is the duplicated notes that enable you to play Irish music especially,without contorting your fingers.Most of the notes you use can be played on the push and the pull. Please bear in mind that my views are often considered odd by other concertina players.For instance I would not have a Jeffries concertina in the house!
  12. I am pleased to announce that Jody Kruskal will be attending the weekend as part of his tour of the UK.Details of other guests will follow.
  13. Tuesday 5th December Everyone is welcome to join us at The Royal Hotel,Dungworth,Sheffield,South Yorkshire for our Christmas Dinner and session.If you want The Royal's Special Christmas Dinner you need to book,Email me for the contact details. Mark Davies Email Home:edeophone@aol.com Home Tel:0114 2851479 Mobile:07850475067
  14. Dave Prebble in England as just restored a 48 key ebony ended Lachenal Edeophone which came to him in similar condition, including broken fretwork.Why not speak to him about this instrument.He of course a concertina.net member and may respond himself.
  15. Marie,I think we last met at a Concertina Convention in Pontefract,West Yorkshire in 1976.In those days I mostly played the English Concertina and was usually found playing in the company of Harry Hatton from Haydock.Lancashire and Harry Beard of Coventry.You may remember they were good friends with Gordon Cutty.You were a very good player, if my recollection serves me correctly so I hope you are still playing. Regards Mark Davies
  16. Many of us older players will remember with affection the Concertina Conventions organised by Neil Wayne and other enthusiasts in the UK in the 1970's.These events kick started the concertina revival and were directly responsible for the current healthy state of the concertina scene. To run alongside the 2007 music weekend I am considering organising a "Concertina Convention"which will bring together concertina makers, repairers, those interested in the history of the instrument and players.Geoff Crabb has been a great supporter of the weekend and Jurgen Suttner attended the 2005 event and has indicated he will be coming to the 2007 weekend.I also hope to attract a number of other repairers and makers. Would any of you support such an event?The cost of the 2007 weekend will be £20 per person.This will include entry to all events. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.The proposed dates for the 2007 weekend will be Friday 10th,Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th August as long as this does not clash with the dates of the Mrs Crotty Festival. Please post here or email directly.
  17. Try again!Apologies its not letting me attach the photographs to the message.
  18. I attach two photographs of the visit referred to me in my posting,one of Bernard with his grandson and another with Shay Fogarty, Bernard and his family.
  19. Bernard was visited at home by Neil Wayne(who recorded the two Topic LP's in the 1970's)and Shay Fogarty the Dublin concertina player during the recent Eigse Mrs Crotty.The two LP's that Bernard recorded with Tommy McMahon are a formative record of a distinctive style of playing that is not now favoured and are thus of great importance.Neil Wayne is planning to re-issue these recordings and all his other concertina recordings on CD.It was pleasing to see Tommy McMahon playing in Kilrush during the Eigse Mrs Crotty and particularly at the Tom Carey Tribute.Bernard's grandson has taken up the concertina and is showing great promise for one so young, so the O'Sullivan concertina playing tradition will be carried on.
  20. Geoff Crabb at Bradfield Traditional Music Weekend Not to be missed.Geoff Crabb will be passing on his knowledge of over 150 years of Crabb family concertina making.He has suggested giving a reed making demonstration on Saturday morning and, given sufficient time, a spring making and fret cutting demonstration.If you have any interest in concertinas you should not miss the chance to listen and watch Geoff at work.Weekend tickets are still available.Email me for a booking form. Mark Davies Email:edeophone@aol.com
  21. Concertina Related Talks I will arrange concertina talks/workshops on both the Saturday and Sunday morning of the weekend.I hope that Geoff Crabb,Alan Day,Shay Fogarty & Tom Driscoll and many other players attending will all contribute.Please contact me for details.
  22. Tom Driscoll the Clare concertina player has confirmed that he will be attending.Tom plays a unique repertoire of tunes largely learnt from the Killourie(this may be an incorrect spelling) brothers.It is thought the tunes were derived from the British Army brass band that existed in Kilfenora.Shay Fogarty the well known Dublin player will also be with us.Would anybody be interested in them giving a talk on Irish style anglo playing?All the Irish musicians and singers attending the weekend are staying over till Monday so will round off the weekend with a Sunday session at The Royal Hotel,Dungworth.Tickets are still available for the weekend so email me for a booking form.
  23. Bye Bye Miss American Pie!! Important Announcement The full range of The Royal Hotel's superb pies will be available for anybody who wishes to indulge before listening to Jody Kruskal.Demand is likely to be brisk so I suggest you book a table(The Royal Hotel,Dungworth Tel 0114 2851213)For directions to Dungworth contact me. Mark Davies
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