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Stephen Mills

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    Chatty concertinist
  • Birthday 08/16/1949

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    I have played classical guitar since the mid-70's. I dabbled in anglo and English concertina for a couple of years before receiving a Tedrow Hayden duet in Aug 2005. Now I spend my time only on the Hayden, mostly folk and jazz tunes, and in trying to keep my classical guitar pieces alive and improve my jazz guitar. I am also fond of playing abstract board games with whichever daughter will humor me.
    Update: Retired 1/1/2020 and relocated back to the Rockies, where my heart lies. I haven't been playing much the past few years, but hope to resume.
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    Boise, ID, USA

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  1. Your post inspired me to search briefly through newspapers of a half dozen U.S. States for occurrences of the word "concertina". The site for some reason stopped at 1963. As Stephen intimated, references declined 1910 to 1963. I did not search New York. Most were in classified ads (a used Wheatstone English seemed to go for 50-100 USD in 1960 in Texas or D.C.). Three arbitrarily chosen images are attached for your amusement/bemusement/demusement.
  2. The artist is Lillias Kinsman-Blake of Glasgow. The print is called Dueling Badgers. link to Dueling Badgers https://www.artworkarchive.com/profile/lillias-kinsman-blake/artwork/dueling-badgers link to some of her other artwork https://kinsmanblakegallery.co.uk/lilliasandthelion link to some of her music (on flute - sometimes in a group with Alistair Anderson) https://mainlynorfolk.info/folk/records/lilliaskinsmanblake.html
  3. From Lilias Kinsman-Blake, who sometimes plays flute with Alistair Anderson.
  4. The Concertinas in Art thread has brought back to my mind the Concertinas in Literature thread, which has had no entries in a while. The great bulk of the cited references were unsurprisingly from older periods when concertinas were more generally extant. My 2 contributions to this point were: Jamrach's Menagerie (2011), a sailing tale from the nineteenth century, and The Penal Colony (1987, but set in some near future). I read roughly 60 books a year and my concertina "awareness" began when I got my first concertina in 2003. So that's about 2 books with concertina references in
  5. I presume the preferences of Anglo players is indeed a distribution based on experience rather than theoretical concerns. For example, after 40 years of playing from classical guitar scores, I am comfortable playing Anglo while reading a single treble clef (across the limits of the guitar fretboard - I do have a slight hesitation on encountering even higher notes on the Anglo which take a couple of times through to hone in on). With either of the other 2 notations (especially with bass clef), I often find myself using a pencil converting them to the single treble clef notation. Players wit
  6. It's hampered perhaps by considerable dissonance and a failure to resolve.
  7. I was living in Houston, TX (~85% humidity) when I bought my Hayden duet in 2008. In the winters, such as they were, the house humidity would drop to about 45% and a couple of reeds would start to squawk. I solved this by putting wet paper towels in a small open yogurt container in my case. I now live in Boise, ID (~45% humidity). Many more reeds complain much more squawkily. The small humidifier in the case solution no longer works. I put my concertina in a standard cooler chest with a open beaker of water. Humidity climbed to 83%, and there was discernible improvement, but
  8. It was nice to come across this. Although I haven't been very active on concertina lately, the last things I avidly attacked a few years ago were saltarelli and estampies, by means of which I became acquainted with several of Zoltan's videos. I played this one in particular: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgZp9DoW3CY that allowed for lots of harmonic choices in a medieval style, to my mind. (I play a Hayden duet.) edit: and finally found the other Zoltan saltarello I played: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8aQm3SoyI4
  9. John, there was a talented multiinstrumentalist named Aldon Sanders who posted occasionally many years ago. One of his tunes, the Orange Rogue, was on Henk van Aalten's Recorded Tunes Page. You can still access some of those tunes with the Wayback Machine, but Aldon's link is dead. It can be downloaded here as an .asx file, which can be played with Windows Media Player. Aldon played it on English concertina and pennywhistle, so all you need to do is break out your banjo and it's then all in your hands.
  10. It's even better when the livestock participate, Jody.
  11. My 52 button Tedrow Hayden spans the range from a low C to the D above the C 3 octaves higher, with a full octave of overlap between the sides. On the relatively few occasions I tackled baroque pieces with 4 part polyphony, I found that it was usually much easier to finger and make the voices flow when I fingered 2 buttons on the left side and 2 buttons on the right (though not always possible). If you depress 3 buttons on one side, some difficult positions arise and further, when one note moves and the other 2 stay, you often have to refinger all 3 buttons to continue the melody – not ideal
  12. You might ask advice of Allan Atlas, a musicologist at CUNY who plays and has written about the English concertina. He hasn't posted here in about 5 years, but appears to be still active as an academician. See: http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Doctoral-Programs/Music-%28Ph-D-D-M-A-%29/Faculty-Bios/Allan-W--Atlas. Edited to add: I see now that Allan was a student of Boris's and dedicated his book on the English concertina to him, so I imagine you are well aware of him.
  13. I'd never heard of Delicq until now. What nice tunes! I found Nadiejda ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uCH0-No6Mc ) excellent. I located some dots here ( https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bwr-ZWeDeHFoLWtLUEtJS2RkWEE/edit ) and will make this my next tune.
  14. In the 2011 Man Booker prize shortlisted book, Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch, the late-nineteenth century narrator sails the world collecting exotic animals. The concertina is mentioned 2-3 times. In the first brief instance, their ship meets another at sea and a fiddler from one boat and the player of a unspecified squeezebox play tunes for the merriment of the rest. Late in the book, the narrator decides he must learn the concertina. He acquires one and it figures at the end in a courtship.
  15. The same is true for me... And me. Excellent as always, Tona. Perhaps I'll shift my focus to the other classical piece I have been working on... I did this commonly on Anglo, even with 3 buttons , eg. an Em chord on the left hand. On Hayden duet, sometimes a 1-5-1 chord is called for, which can be done with 1 finger, but it is very difficult to do in proper time. I have to do that with this Gymopodie, as well.
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