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About hjcjones

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  • Birthday 07/15/1954

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    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
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    Cheshire, UK

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  1. There's a discography on his website, although it doesn't say which instruments he uses on which tracks. If you want evidence that he plays bass concertina, here's one of his album covers: https://www.mikeharding.co.uk/recordings/mike-hardings-back/ There's also this:
  2. They all have published songbooks which you should be able to get from most music shops, or online. They won't be arranged for concertina of course, but should give you the melody and chords.
  3. Say you have a long phrase coming up which will be played all on the push, and the phrase before is on the pull but isn't long enough to give you sufficient air tp get through that long push, so you run out of bellows. By using the air button while you play the pull chord you can exteni the bellows further than playing the notes alone would allow, and that gives you sufficient air to play the push chords. When you're working on a tune you need to think about not only the actual chord sequences but which bellows direction is best to manage the air, and this includes when and how t
  4. C Chord on the pull is a problem as the notes you need are all fairly high-pitched, in particular you are lacking a low C note. I don't usually play this song myself, but running through it quickly I am not finding any exceptionally long phrases which might cause me to run out of air. The trick is to use pull versions of other chords where possible to manage the bellows. If you could indicate where you are having a problem you might get more specific advice. One of the other tricks of bellows management is to use the air button at the same time as playing notes, rather than t
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Maths was never my strong point. However my point stands, albeit a few quid out.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. In the UK it is the case that the quoted price includes VAT unless it is expressly stated that VAT is payable in addition.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
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