Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About hjcjones

  • Rank
    Heavyweight Boxer
  • Birthday 07/15/1954

Contact Methods

  • Website URL
  • ICQ

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Interests
    Traditional music and song, especially English.

    I play Anglo: a C/G Crabb 40 key, a Dipper D/G 31 key, and Lachenal F/C baritone. Besides concertina, I play melodeon, guitar, hammered dulcimer and recorder, and sing.

    I used to be in the ceilidh band "The Electropathics" and now play with Albireo
  • Location
    Cheshire, UK

Recent Profile Visitors

1094 profile views
  1. A further thought: the music you linked to is in the key of A, not the easiest of keys if you have a C/G anglo, especially if you want to add an accompaniment and not just play the melody. You might find it easier if you were to transpose it into one of the "home" keys of C or G - Musescore will do this for you easily.
  2. The link describes it as transcribed for accordion, presumably meaning piano or continental button accordion with the same notes in both directions, so the long bass notes aren't a problem on those instruments. I you want to play long notes or chords on a push-pull instrument you may need to play across the rows to find the melody note you need in the matching bellows direction. This isn't always possible, especially on instruments with fewer buttons, and then you may have to change the arrangement.
  3. Maths was never my strong point. However my point stands, albeit a few quid out.
  4. I think it's gone further than that. A VAT-registered seller can now UK VAT when selling to a purchaser in the EU, who will then have to pay VAT in their own country when it is imported. Assuming similar VAT rates, neither is any worse off. However VAT will also be charged on an import from a non-registered UK seller, but they can only reduce the price by eating into their own profit margin. Both parties are probably going to be worse off - it will now cost the buyer more now he has to pay VAT when he wouldn't before, unless the seller can reduce his price to remain competitive, which will
  5. I expressed myself badly. What I was trying to say is that the price you see is the price you pay (unless it expressly states that VAT will be charged in addition). So if you see something priced at £100, you will pay that whether or not the seller is VAT registered. If they are registered, they will then have to pay 20% VAT to HMRC so they will be left with only £80, whereas the unregistered seller can trouser the lot. However, as has been pointed out, the unregistered seller pays more for their supplies because they can't recover the VAT they pay on these.
  6. In the UK it is the case that the quoted price includes VAT unless it is expressly stated that VAT is payable in addition.
  7. Goodness, Malcolm, that's an impressive feat of memory! Thank you for your kind words. I enjoyed that day, but I felt that I did not have much in common with most of the other players, and living 200 miles from London where most ICA activity took place I didn't feel it had anything to offer me. I'm afraid I knew little about other concertina players (it's easy to forget how isolated we were pre-internet) and failed to take advantage of the opportunity as you did. I think competitions have their place, provided they don't take over the organisation and people don't bec
  8. My only encounter with the ICA was in 1983 when I entered their competition, more out of curiosity than any hopes of glory. Father Ken and the noted violinist Vera Kantrovich were the judges. I was pleased to come away with a small cup for playing by ear, although in the anglo class Ms Kantrovich complained that as I hadn't provided a full score she found it difficult to assess the accuracy of my harmonies. I wondered what she thought her ears were for, but thought better than to say anything. Most of the participants were elderly* EC and duet players who solemnly worked their way
  9. I met Andrew several times at sessions at Sidmouth, usually in the Balfour Arms. He was a hugely talented musician, and he appeared to me to be one of those people who shine at whatever they turn their hand to. I found him very likeable, and was very sad to hear of his untimely death. A great loss. I don't know the circumstances Roger refers to, but it's pleasing to see him memorialised.
  10. I get the same thing, although it is not enough to be annoying except on one or two notes, so can live with it. I play English harmonic-style anglo so any tremolo tends to get lost amongst all the other notes. I might try to get the audiologist to tweak it a bit next time I go. My HAs (a standard Nathos NHS model) have three different settings. One is for normal speech, but that is horrible for music so I have a separate setting which presumably removes all the filters they use to make speach more audible. The third setting allows me to plug leads directly into the HAs and use th
  11. I've not handled either, but the Wren is described as a beginner instrument, the Phoenix is "intermediate". The Phoenix has traditional riveted action and tipo a mano reeds, whereas they are a bit coy about how the Wren is constructed. I suspect the difference in price is accounted for by better quality construction and better reeds, and you can expect that to make a difference to playability and sound.
  12. I play guitar and have callouses on the fingers of my left hand. They don't cause me problems when I'm playing concertina. I think its more likely to be a technique issue.
  13. I had to look it up, but I note that the Brush Script capital N also resembles how we now form the lower-case 'n' and so appears 'backwards' These styles of writing have long fallen out of fashion, and we forget how many different ways there are to form letters, especially now we do eveything at a computer using modern fonts by default. When I was at school in the 1960s I was taught to make a lower-case 'z' with a looping tail, so it looked almost like a 3 or the Old English 'yogh'. It was probably old-fashioned even then, but my teacher was quite elderly. I am more and more conv
  14. I believe this substitution arose because printers didn't have the "thorn" character and used "Y" because it was the closest match. The confusion continues to the present day. When John Offord was re-printing his classic tune collection "John of the Greeny Cheshire Way" he discovered on looking more closely at the original music that there was a tiny "e" next to the letter "Y", so it should actually be "John of the Green, ye Cheshire Way". Which makes a lot more sense, but is a bit dull. I prefer his original interpretation. Reversed letters seem to have been common
  15. As for chords, most folk tunes are written out as simple melody lines. Players add their own chords, which is pretty straightforward on an anglo (in the home keys anyway), rather as a guitarist would. It is possible to find detailed arrangements for anglo in both notation and tablature, but these cover only a tiny fraction of the repertoire. I would regard them as an aid to learning, to see how other players have approached this so you can develop your own skills to be able to play any tune you come across. Different styles of music also require different approaches. Irish music
  • Create New...