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  1. Back in the late '60s, Tony "Little Sun" Glover put out a book on Blues Harp (harmonica). I would think that his "cross harp" techniques would work very well on an Anglo. There are copies of the book avaiable through bookfinder.com - Tom
  2. Contact Chris Algar - http://www.concertina.co.uk/English-Concertinas.htm
  3. Found this on Mudcat and thought others here might be of help - Tom My son's motor caravan was stolen on Tuesday night, with his concertina inside it. The thieves abandoned the van and set fire to it, but evidence suggests that they removed the concertina first. The concertina was a Lachenal 48-key treble English, in its original hexagonal box. It had rosewood ends, metal buttons, and steel reeds. It had been re-tuned to concert pitch. We can't remember for sure how many folds the bellows had, but from a somewhat indistinct picture we think it was 5. Within the folds were papers with
  4. And in what part of the world do you reside? There may be concertna players nearby - Tom
  5. You folks are really missing the boat on this one. Aside from Bob (one "b") Webb, do have a listen to Louis Killen, influenced by Alf Edwards; Danny Spooner, who was apprenticed to barge master and source singer/box player, Bob Roberts; Jeff Warner, who learned from Lou Killen; and for the best of both concertina worlds, John Roberts, who for my money, does the best Anglo accompaniment for song I've ever heard. Just my opinion - Tom
  6. This looks perfectly legit to me. However, a couple of the bidders look doubtful - Tom
  7. I really wanted to hear this, but "right click" is not an option for my Mac G4 - Tom
  8. The Eighth Annual Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Folk Festival sets sail tonight at the Press Room, 77 Daniel Street from 4:30 to 9:00 PM. Concertina players who I know will be there include Ken Sweeney, Jeff Warner, Emery Hutchins and myself, and tomorrow we'll be joined by Bob Webb, Joanne Souza and George Thompson, and who knows who else. The sessions are open to the public and all are invited to participate - concertinas optional, voices mandatory. For more details and full schedule; http://www.newenglandfolknetwork.org/pmff/ Hope to see sopme of you there - Tom
  9. The Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival will be taking place on the weekend of 29-30 September and we're going to have a pretty good collection of concertina players on board. (http://www.newenglandfolknetwork.org/pmff/) Thus far, we have Bob Webb, Dipper MacCann Duet, Emery Hutchins, Anglo, to include a Dipper baritone, myself, Jeff Warner, Ken Sweeny, Joanne Souza on English, and maybe a couple other Anglo players. We are currently conspiring to present a demonstration/performance of "Massed Concertinas." If Highland games can do this with pipers, why not Maritime Fests with concertina
  10. The entry from the wikipedia, "..The song is, as you may have guessed, nothing to do with sailors. Rather it is a euphemistic song describing amusing, unlikely and uncomfortable cures for male impotence; the "drunken sailor" is the flaccid male member. Once this is appreciated, the chorus "Hooray, and up she rises" takes on an entirely different meaning..." has got to be among the most ridiculous, ill-informed bits of nonsense ever to grace the entire WWW. And scholarship aside, what man would ever use the pronoun "she" to refer to his John Thomas? Now, if you're planning to sing this song
  11. The most significant effect of the internet is the fact that it has allowed me to meet and share more songs and tunes with far more people than would have been likely otherwise. Most significant sites include Mudcat and Concertina.net - Tom
  12. In the event that any of you by chance find yourself in the Northeast US, try to take n one of our friday evening sessions at the Press Room in Portsmouth NH. We have a total mix, as Ken Coles can attest to, of reels,jigs, ballads, slip jigs, lyrics, drinking songs, waltzes, shanties. We usually have two or three concertinas, English and Anglo, a banjp, octave mandolins, fiddles, bodhrans, bones, guitars, et al. Sessions start at 4:30 and run till 9:00. If you know you're coming, let me know and I'll try to save you a seat -- Tom
  13. A very good beginning. But, as others have said, slow it down. You're missing a lot of notes and nuances which you won't be able to add at that tempo. But once you've got them at a slower pace, they'll flow nicely - Tom
  14. Going back to the original question, we have to consider the psychology of tthe auction buyer. Whether live or on line, a high opener will not attract bids. I've seen this at countless antiques auctions and on eBay. In the case of the live show, the auctioneer who starts too high will begin to lower the opener until he has a bid, frequently knowing that the price will start going up once it has been established that someone wants the lot being offered. This option is not available on eBay. And that's how I got my Lachenal. The seller wanted an opener of $1400, not an unreasonable pric
  15. Jeff Warner, who sent me the link, thinks possibly early '50s. But I think maybe later, due to the fact that is in color - Tom
  16. And now, for something completely similar, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNCax6jonno
  17. The concertina mentioned on Mudcat is already here : http://www.concertina.net/buysell_detail.html?rec_id=1048
  18. I'll certainly be there on Saturday. Just watch for people carryng square cases and you'll most likely find concertina players. That's how I spotted Mark last year while waiting for the shuttle. I'll try to stop in for the West End Quire and will be going to New England Fireside, Sandy and Caroline Paton, and of course, John Roberts who is a definite must for any concertina player. In between meanderings, we usually hang out by the CAMSCO/Folk Legacy booth. Looking forward to seeing some of you, and especially Animaterra, who I haven't seen in all too long a time - Tom
  19. What part of Wisconsin are you in? If near or in Milwaukee, go to Art Altman's Concertina Bar. I'll post details later if you need them - Tom
  20. Hi Wendy, The monthly shanty/forebitter sessions are on the third Saturday of the month, from 3:30 to 7:30 PM, the next being on the 21st. Since last November we've been joined by a fine crew from Gloucester MA and if the Portland gang is also present, we really do make the rafters roar. This will also be the start of our fourth year. Friday night mixed bag acoustic sessions run from 4:30 to 9:00 and afford opportunities for instrumentals and songs, the latter being more prevalent toward the second half of the melee. I'm really looking forward to seeeing you again as our last meet
  21. Sounds to me like an equally distasteful one for eradicating crab lice.
  22. I did get a response in the affirmative with a request to email him if I was really interested - Tom
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