Posts posted by Daniel Bradbury
I live in Tampa Florida now and experience no particular problems. I have carried my concertina with me when I either lived in and/or worked in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia (Java and Sumatra), and Swaziland. Some very dry and some very humid. I have experienced no particular problems. I am carefull not to rest it on my bare leg when playing while wearing short pants, or leaving it exposed to direct sun, mist or rain. I believe a well made instrument will adapt to most conditions. The only problem I noted was when traveling from a humid zone to a dry zone by air, sometimes the glue would give on a pad during or shortly after the flight. Mind you these were most likely original pads on a turn of the centry instrument, and it probably had to do with shrinkage due to the extremely dry air in the airplane's cabin.
And I thought all along that I had a Hammond B3 concertina.....
I love the photo of J. H. Maccann "managing the bellows"!
I can remember two instances where distraction completely got the better of me. While playing banjo with my old time/bluegrass band during an outdoor concert, a bird dropped a "hello message" on my arm. My first thought was "O.K., it's over and I can handle it. But as I continued to play, it kept oozing down my arm until I just couldn't handle it any more. A number of people in the audience witnessed the whole thing and were waiting, almost taking wagers on how long I would last.
The other instance was again at an outdoor venue, a stage set up in the garden behind a pub. This pub/restaurant was next door to a "biker bar" and as we were playing, a car drove down the ally, spraying the bar next door with automatic weapons fire. As chips of plaster and perhaps bullet fragments were raining down on us, I dived off the stage, followed in turn by the guitar player and then the mandolin player. The fiddler kept playing while looking at us incongruously, wondering why we were behaving in such a manner. He thought someone had set off some fire crackers in the alleyway. Personally, I think that guns and bullets are an acceptable excuse for loosing ones place if not more.
Stephen, what a wonderful show! I have enjoyed it so much. Thank you for the notice. You did a fine job!
Well, Tampa Bay survived its second hurricane encounter this year but our Sunday session was cancelled. Our house suffered no damage although there was alot of wreckage about, mostly tree limbs, trees and the occasional broken window. My backyard is now a lake, but fortunately we only had about 6-8 inches of rain.
Now all that's left is to wait and see where hurricane Ivan tracks!
If you wouldn't mind putting your location in your profile, perhaps someone could direct you to a place or introduce you to players near you who have such instruments.
I would like to remind all posters that there are distinct advantages to all of us on the forum if each would put in their location (ie city, county, state or country etc.)
My mistake, thanks Stephen for the correction.
I was told somewhere along the line that there were bone buttons on early Jefferies.
Jill, I fully agree with Stephen that an Ab Eb instrument will give you the keys of the common keys of band instruments. The Ab Eb instruments are not easy to find, but for that matter, neither are the Bb F instruments. Your decision should probably rest on 1 what music you wish to play, 2 whether you will be playing with other instruments, what kind of instruments they are and 3 if you wish to accompany yourself singing. (you may wish to pitch your concertina to your vocal keys). The common keys of the Bb/F are Bb, F and C with their relative minors.
Other alternative of course include the English System, or the Duets.
I don't think it is uncommon, particularly among "ear players" to not be able to come up blank on a tune that you know you know, and only being able to start playing until after someone else "kicks it off". One thing I often have found helpful is to try to remember the B part start, or else a particularly difficult or unusual phrase as the next step.
There have been times when a number of us just keep looking at each other and saying "I know I know this tune!"
I came upon this site about a year ago and opened it. I remember the music quite well. I don't remember if I was guided there by a post on C-net or whether it was through some other searching. Marvelous music!
Jefferies with bone buttons are not uncommon. I'm not sure whether many were made with ivory buttons. I'm sure others who know more about this will fill us in.
My hands, my Jefferies. Cut from a photo taken at 1993 Midwest Noel Hill School and posted on-line by fellow student and C-netter Roy Janik. Thanks Roy, hope I am not violating any copywrite laws!
You might try this link:
It is specifically written for squeezeboxes and gives a pretty good introduction to theory relating to Celtic and folk music.
There might be a recording or two on the "Russell Family of Doolin, County Clare"
Many folks don't know that apart from being a wonderful singer and piano player, he was also very accomplished on the sax. He did two great recordings in the early 60's, I believe, with Milt Jackson. They are available on a double CD, I believe titled "Soul Brothers".
I second Sandy's suggestion. The video is an excellent way to acquire the basic concepts of the two row style of Irish playing!
Thank you for the updated URL. I haven't logged onto the session in a long time, but just yesterday thought of doing so for a quick play. It was not until I was replying to David's post that I tried the old URL and, to my surprise, discovered it was no longer good.
The first place I would direct you to would be Alan Day's tutor which is available on-line. Alan is a frequent contributor to this web site. He has a wonderful tutor with many very interesting tunes played in the English style of Anglo Concertina. There is downloads of sheet music and he can provide a CD of the tunes. And he may not even charge you for it! It will help to greatly improve your skills.
I was going to direct you to the BBC acoustic club session recordings, but it doesn't seem to exist any more. (If someone knows where it might be, please post a link).
Another thing I would highly recommend is to download "The Amazing SlowDowner" It is a great program that allows you to slow down music from CD's or music files on your computer. It really works well and is very inexpensive. Search for it on the web.
Henk van Aalten has a database of concertina music links on the web. If you search through the postings, I'm sure you will find it. There are many very nice tunes available there.
If you have a midi player on your computer, you should use the Tune o Tron on Concertina.net. Can download midi files and play them at any speed you desire.
You can also search other .abc data bases such as:
or ABC tunefinder at:
I'm sure there is more and C-netters will add them to the list.
Edited to correst spelling of Henk Van Aalten name
Chords and melody can be played at the same time on an anglo. In fact one of the members of Concertina.net has produced a really lovely introductory tutor that can be downloaded. Alan Day is the member to contact in this regards.
For serious chordal work you will need at least a 30 button instrument. Anglos were often built with 38 or more buttons which allowed for a wider range of chordal possibilities.
Welcome to the wonderful world of concertinas. But beware, they are alleged to be quite addictive. I gotta go now and have my fix .
This is just a little off thread, but I have been wondering about tone of various instruments. We often speak of the tone of instruments we like. I know that these are subjective, often derived from opportunities we have had in trying them out. I am also aware that the volume of an instrument is often misjudged by the player. Therefore I guess that the tone from the player perspective and the "audience" perspective can be quite different. When judging instrumental tone, I would guess that it is important to consider these factors. How and where one will be playing - for personal enjoyment or for an audience, in one's parlor, outdoors or in a hall. Any one else have thoughts on this subject? If there is interest in this notion, perhaps it should be moved to another thread.
To keep it on subject, I am one who also thinks that Frank's instruments are very fine in both craftsmanship and tone.
That would be Edgley Concertinas.
He advertises on this web-site. A fine craftsman and real gentleman.
I don't use ABC2win, I find I don't need to because we have an excellent alternative here on Concertina.net! I write my ABC files in notepad, put them onto the ABC Convert a Matic in the Tune o Tron to check them out. I will then download and print them in Acrobat Reader. When I get them polished, I intend to submit them to the Tune o Tron.
As an over-the-hill adult, I WANT TO ATTEND THOSE SESSIONS!!!!!
Ah HA! my first chance to be REALLY pedantic..... The ladybird or lady bug is actually a beetle (order Coleoptera) not a bug (orders hemiptera and homoptera). The moth, of course is of the order Lepidoptera!
Checking My Cd's
in General Concertina Discussion
IMHO, you should have the GIG CB cd's. Wonderful english "contra-band" music by a group including our esteemed member Alan Day. Fantastic tunes, fantastic arrangements, and wonderful instrumentation!!! They are available on the GIGCB website. (That, btw, is "Georges Inn Giant Ceili Band")
For those who enjoy French music, Alan also played concertina and, I believe, melodeon on both of the Rosbif albums. Those will be hard to come by, but absolutely essential recording of French country dance music!