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Tom Hall

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  1. 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 an ornate green pattern. Distinguishing features are that it had one black thumbstrap and one brown, and a brass thing which looked like an electrical terminal which I believe was for attaching a music holder. There was a hole drilled in the bottom of the box near the centre.

    I would be grateful if anyone who sees a concertina like this for sale would contact Carlton police station, Nottingham, on 0115 9670999, and tell them it may have been removed from stolen and abandoned motor caravan E405 CTV.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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 concertinas?


    Keep checking the website for forthcoming details - Tom

  5. 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, Bob, put your concertina back in the case. It's a shanty, a worksong. In this case, one that demanded all hands on the lines, none on buttons or strings. Nearly all the authorties on the subject allowed that thsi was a "stamp and go shanty." Only Terry knew it as a capstan/windlass shanty. Hugill also added that it was the only shanty ever permitted in the "King's Navee."


    It was almost always sung in unison, every man singing every word save tor the opening line of each verse which would be started by the shantyman.


    And while I've known this song nearly forever, I don't perform it as I find the text too repititious. But I hope you enjoy singing it -- Tom

  6. 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

  7. 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 price, but too high to start. I emailed him, expressed interest in the event it didn't sell. I knew it wouldn't with that high an openeng bid. A few days after the auction closed without a bid, he contacted me, we got together and arrived at a price. Nothing's really changed in the auction world -- Tom

  8. 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

  9. 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 meeting was, at best, fleeting. All other C-netters are most welcome. We usually have at least one English and one Anglo, sometimes many more.


    Happy 2006 to all -- Tom

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