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  1. UPDATE Just a reminder that the 'Pressing the Buttons' workshop spaces are filling steadily, so if you haven't already done so, get your applications in very soon. Application form here. EATMT coordinator Alex Bartholomew writes: The musicians have been booked via EATMT and now the Museum of East Anglian Life is busy organising the Cider side of the event which includes adding various craft stalls and activities for the day and building on last year’s event. Camping has been added following popular requests for this as have a few beers alongside the vast number of ciders and lots of soft drinks and on site caterers. Join us for music performances, workshops, a lunchtime music session, storytelling, food tasting and craft activities. Friday 18th October 5.30pm Taking place on the back lawn of Abbot’s Hall House, the bar in the Marquee opens on Friday evening at 5.30pm and tickets for the evening are £7.50 (via the Museum – in person or in advance via the Museum’s Cider & Song website). There will be a Traditional Music Session from 7pm hosted by Company of Horham Old School with Richard Cove as MC (Richard is currently MC of the third Wednesday of the month sessions at the Blaxhall Ship Inn). You’re welcome to bring your instruments or just your voice and join in or to sit and sample the ciders and listen. Saturday 19th October 11am-5pm; 7pm – 11pm For a full and up to date list of stall holders and performers involved in the day, please refer to the Cider and Song website. EATMT has endeavoured to cover performers with links from across the counties of East Anglia with varying styles of Traditional Music and so we hope there’s something for everyone. This year, the Trust is pleased to have involved: Capstan Full Strength Sound Tradition Potiphar’s Apprentices Stumpy Oak The Harbour Lights Trio The Sam Kelly Trio For more information on this event, please visit the Cider and Song website or our Events page (scroll down for Cider and Song information).
  2. I'm glad you both like the Hardcore English book! 😊 I have to confess a personal interest: Barry Callaghan was the main musician for Lizzie Dripping, almost from the start of the side, and when I joined in 1988, he was very encouraging indeed to me. I was a very inexperienced melodeon and concertina player at that time but Barry taught me so much about playing for dancing. He was a lovely man and still very much missed by many musicians and dancers. Here he is at the English Country Music Weekend in 2006.
  3. There were three C/G Blackthorn concertinas on the Barleycorn trade stand at Whitby folk festival and I tried them all. They are very well made indeed, with proper riveted action. Lightweight and with good bellows. They are hybrid concertinas with good accordion reeds and therefore comparable with Morse and Marcus concertinas. The ones I tried at Whitby had only just come in from the makers, and had still to be properly set up. Hence the reed response, while OK, could have been improved with a bit of tweaking. Most likely the reed tip gaps needed adjusting - nothing that an experienced melodeon fettler couldn't do. But overall, potentially a very good mid-range instrument and excellent value for money.
  4. Rather than re-invent the wheel again, if you really want to get a handle on what is being played in English music sessions here in England, I would thoroughly recommend the collection 'Hardcore English' compiled by the late Barry Callaghan (a highly respected musician, audio and video recordist) and published by the English Folk Dance and Song Society. There are many tunes, some with multiple versions and all manner of historical notes about the sources. Probably one of the best collections available. It has well known tunes and less well known ones. If you come across an unfamiliar tune being played in an English session, the chances are it's in here. Get it here: https://uk.patronbase.com/_EFDSS/Store/Item?id=76
  5. Yes, agreed. In fact I have found that the pull reeds especially (in between the chamber walls) are often very close to the pitch inside the instrument, such that little or no offset is required. To me, that is worth the slightly slower working method, compared with the traditional concertina tuning bellows.
  6. Yes - I discovered this method for myself a few months ago! It does indeed work very well. 😊
  7. UPDATE Alex Bartholomew (administrator for the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust) tells me that there is a steady stream of applicants for this event, but still plenty of spaces available. After the damage and shambles caused by the abrupt resignation of the director who had just been appointed to replace John and Katie Howson, EATMT is now starting to get back on track. Please support this event if you can. We want to rebuild confidence and return to the former success of events such as the very popular 'Melodeons and More' (which included concertinas!) and 'Traditional Music Day'. Even if you can't come yourself, please spread the word to your concertina- and melodeon playing friends who may not be concertina.net members. Further information here and a booking form here. Hope to see you there!
  8. If you can find a copy, I would recommend Richard Carlin's book "The English Concertina" - beautifully clear with some really interesting tunes, and good technical tips too. The book has been long out of print but it is still possible to pick up second-hand copies with a bit of searching. See here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/English-Concertina-Richard-Carlin/dp/0825601894 The original version of the book had a floppy vinyl 45 rpm gramophone disk inside (this was before the days of CDs!), but I think you'd be lucky to find a copy which still had the disk and anyway, the quality was not really very good! But the book is excellent.
  9. Yes - I thought that would be your reasoning, but I would point out that a 45-key Jeffries is definitely much heavier than a 40-key Wheatstone. And not all of us play Irish style.
  10. Why do you say that? Assuming it is in good playing condition, a Wheatstone 40-key anglo of this period should be a very fine instrument. It can do everything a 30-key anglo can and more besides (some really usful alternatives and reversals, etc). The difference in weight is slight and not normally a problem.
  11. Just a heads-up for this day of workshops run by the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust, on Saturday 19th October in Stowmarket, Suffolk. More details here:
  12. NEWS! Bookings are now open for the new East Anglian Traditional Music Trust venture 'Pressing the Buttons' workshops, going ahead on Saturday 19th October at the Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk. Tutors are Sally Barrett (English concertina), Alan Day (Anglo concertina), Otis Luxton and Steve Dumpleton (melodeons). Also sessions on Saturday lunch time, plus a Saturday evening concert (details to be announced). On the Friday evening there is an evening of Traditional Music and Song with a session led by Suffolk-based Company of Horham Old School who are being joined by a number of local musicians. The MC for the evening is Richard Cove who regularly hosts a Traditional Music session at the Blaxhall Ship Inn on the East coast of Suffolk. Full details and booking information HERE
  13. Replying to an old thread which seems to have resurfaced... Abrasive contamination is certainly a risk if you use graphite obtained from pencils. The pencil graphite 'lead' is mixed with clay as a binder and is mildly abrasive. The harder the pencil, the greater the proportion of clay. Even soft pencils, e.g. 2B, 4B, etc., contain some clay. As advocated by some earlier in this thread, the best source of graphite is locksmith's graphite which is the pure form. No clay.
  14. The Dippers (Colin and Rosalie) are English! They are based in rural Wiltshire in the south of England.
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