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  1. A new Alf Edwards page has been published at raretunes.org with the tracks from the musician's seminal recording. Alf Edwards – rareTunes
  2. Note not diatonic - its an adjusted (improved!) English system.
  3. It is just over one year since I received my new, bespoke miniature concertina made by Andrew Norman. The instrument was commissioned to explore the idea of a modestly priced, lightweight and portable box specially designed for the playing of Scottish traditional music. The English concertina is good for Scottish music but I have long felt that there is scope for refinement and in my own playing there are many notes on my 48 button Aeola that rarely or never get played and ornamentation can sometimes be challenging. Those concentrating on the bagpipe repertory only require the nine notes of the chanter and just a small extension of that would accommodate 80% of the popular fiddle canon. The keyboard layout is based on the classic English concertina system but with a greatly reduced range. Some of the deleted notes are substituted by duplicates to provide alternative fingerings and to facilitate the performance of bagpipe and fiddle melodies with appropriate ornaments such as cuts, triplets and birls etc. The use of high-quality accordion reeds was intended to produce a strident timbre more suited to the traditional session than the concert hall, in the manner of the Anglo heard in Irish music. Having 'test driven' the instrument over the past months I have now posted a set of tracks to show its capabilities and to elicit feedback and thoughts of the wider concertina community. Lockdown restrictions have largely prevented me from testing the box with other instruments and playing it out in the field. Listed here: https://raretunes.org/stuart-eydmann/ All comments welcome. Stuart Eydmann Edinburgh, Scotland
  4. FIF147 We now a purchaser lined up but will keep you in mind should that not complete. Thanks for your interest, Stuart
  5. We plan to offer this on ebay.co.uk in the next few days at £1000. Stuart
  6. All I am helping a disabled friend now unable to play to sell her English concertina. She is keen that it go to a good home, preferably without going through ebay etc. Open to reasonable offers. Location: Edinburgh, Scotland. Lachenal English Number 48895 48 Key Metal buttons Steel reeds Six sides 5 fold bellows Wooden ends, ebonised Purchased early 1980s from concertina band player Concert pitch Wrist straps Overhauled by Dipper after purchase Hardly played since Case Any interest? Stuart Eydmann
  7. I am considering letting my bass English go to help finance the commission of a bespoke treble. I'm not sure how to value the box and would welcome advice of any recent similar sales. I realise that full details would be helpful but I'm just at the ball park figures stage. I would prefer not to go through online auctions, should I proceed. Any help? Stuart Eydmann Edinburgh
  8. I was playing in a concert the other evening and, during the boring bits, monitored just how I play and, yes, I hardly use the thumb straps at all. I just rest my thumbs very gently on the outer part of the thumb hole the small hand straps and pinkie rest giving the necessary support. When I put my thumbs through the thumb strap it is not possible to reach the lower notes with anything like the same ease. Any thoughts? Stuart
  9. Re: CD of Scottish Concertina The still developing www.raretunes.org online archive has been established to fill that gap and many more Scottish concertina tracks will be added over the coming months - note you can subscribe for feeds about new material added. Dick - can I start a Dick Glasgow raretunes page? Contact me off piste. Incidentally, I have just been involved in the production of a BBC Scotland TV prog which will feature two elderly (and trully oustanding) survivors of the golden age of Scottish concertina from the mid 20th century. I'll post broadcast details later. Stuart
  10. Wow! Yes, I do play with fairly tight hand straps and my thumbs are hardly in the thumb straps at all - to be honest I had not really thought about it at all until today. The first photograph posted by Dick Ptarmigan was taken during rehearsals in Hong Kong for a piece being played with the HK Chamber Orchestra a couple of years back - I can't explain why I have my whole hand through the strap - how strange - although I suspect I think I was trying some random block chords as required in the score - it was a contemporary work. The other photographs are a fair illustration of my manual style. Why hand straps? Concertina is not my first instrument but early on I was attracted by the sound of certain Irish musicians playing in a relatively simple style: pre Noel Hill, like the sound on low number Chieftain's LPs or archive recordings. I guessed, wrongly perhaps, that their Anglo style relied partly on a tight relationship between the hands and the instrument ends and given that I was trying to bring to Scottish music the same simple, economic, lonesome sound I responded to in the early 70s I just went off down that road. In some ways I tried to de-sophisticate the English concertina. My principal instrument is fiddle and I have little interest in playing the fiddle repertory on the box and therefore I have had little personal need for digital dexterity. I don't play the chromatic tunes which the English is so well suited to and rarely play with harmony or in parts. Also, I play much bagpipe music which, with its 9 note scale, can be achieved with little manual effort: 4 notes on one side and five on the other. Furthermore, I addentify with Graham C when he says he finds "the wrist straps benificial to grab a quick gulp of air" So does that help? At the end of the day its the musical output that matters and I've found a way that works for me which probably does not suit others. What of that guy Simon T - now there is someone with an unorthodox manual style! Best wishes, Stuart PS in my avatar I am playing my "Scottish" system duet with hand starps - see previous posts
  11. Just checking in as one of the RareTunes team. More Scottish concertina tracks will be added in due course. Stuart
  12. I have a single action bass English (Wheatstone) getting very little play which I am considering disposing of in order to get a back up treble or tenor treble English for coming touring and recording work. I just thought I would post this to tentatively see if there is any interest from potential purchasers or those who might consider an exchange. I can, of course, provide more detailed information on my box. My preference would be to avoid auction sites if possible. Stuart
  13. Stephen, tell us more! Stuart Edinburgh
  14. Here we go, here we go, here we go! I was of the impression that the poster in the museum was original and not a reproduction but wasn't able to get real close. Stuart
  15. While in Barcelona I encountered this poster at the soccer museum in the Camp Nou stadium. It hangs in a reconstruction of a printer's studio. Anyone got any information?
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