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  1. and having spent a pleasant although somewhat injurious few years playing Rugby, I believe that I am more than capable of impressing any crowd. We have got two morris dancers who were the Cranbrook "second row" for a number of years. The "range" of their songs is quite ..... erm... startling.... is probably the best adjective
  2. Dang...that would be a hot number...I'd buy one, fer sure, and donate my cheapies to the Goodwill store. Wonder if there're any plans? I've just emailed him to ask him to consider it and suggested he do a market survey here if he has doubts about selling many 31-button G/D's . I'd buy a G/D Rochelle tomorrow if it were available but was told he wasn't considering it - this was back in the winter.
  3. Hello Allan, Well I am a pogues fan amoungst other things and just had a listen to this track. I've not tried to play it on anglo just yet as it is very late but nothing I heard on the track would put me off having a go at it. Give it a go -if you can use something to slow the music without changing pitch it will be useful must run laptop battery about to fail
  4. Excellent stuff - thanks Jody Things like this are just what the internet was invented for
  5. I don't want this to seem unhelpful but you could come and watch Abbots Bromley, Yorkshire Longsword and Cotswold for real and talk to the musicians there? Abbots Bromley might be more difficult but you would get excellent examples of most other dance forms at a large folk festival such as Sidmouth, Broadstairs or Whitby. You could also look for clips on YouTube. For example Dazbo who posts here from time to time has just uploaded a number of morris dancing clips. Here is a link to his stuff http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=folkbox1 If none of that is possible then just remember rhthym is king, melody (and what we might call "music") is secondary - If people could dance to Jinky Wells with 3 out of tune strings on his violin and no horsehair on his bow you have got a good chance if your concertina is in tune
  6. Sorry, John - shows my ignorance I had never seen one like that before.
  7. Is it even a concertina? seems to have melodeon comb reeds in a concertina shell - i don't know a lot about stagi's but that seems an odd way to make a concertina.
  8. For what it is worth I have a very similar music stand that fits on my cornet (silver) and fits in a small socket and held firm by a thumb screw. I can't be certain but think it is virtually the same as the ones pictured - although the ones pictured appear to have a supplementary fixing to make use of the handstrap screw.
  9. argggghhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! take it away...... 'tis the work of the devil........... a PA Sorry not very helpful but couldn't stop myself
  10. Unfortunately, Capitals are harder to read than normal case and most people online take them to mean SHOUTING - if you see what I mean. I think you have had very good advice from Chris Timson above and I don't have anything more to add than that - hence I didn't post. all the best with your concertina choice(s) Peter
  11. Presumably the consumption of large amounts ot rice pudding, custard and clotted cream are all essential elements. It's the food of the God's you know Well the stuff made by Ambrosia is
  12. £400,000 and now they have to change it because it "may" affect 23,000 with epilepsy and they don't want to be sued we sure know how to organise things in this country from the capital of the design world to laughing stock in two days................. well done London
  13. Just remembered I have given "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" a whirl as well as I have the sheet music.
  14. I play mainly folk, but one of the first things I played was the theme to BBC's "Last of the summer wine" it just fell out of the concertina one day and sounds right - the tune was lodged in my head. It sounds great particularly if you slow it down even more. I also enjoy playing old english trumpet tunes such as "minuet and trio (royal fireworks)" by Handel. Purcell, Clarke, Greene and Stanley also sound great on concertina. I also have the odd bash at "The Theme from MASH", and Louis Armstrong stuff that I used to play on Cornet such as "Sunny side of the street" and Blueberry Hill". I think that the concertina sounds very good for most music designed for brass treble instruments. BTW Playford tunes were not "folk" originally, just as O'Carolan tunes were not "folk" originally, although now most people playing those tunes would have a folk background rather than anything else.
  15. I think Bellowhead (with John Spiers playing anglo) are there already with a SKA/FOLK fusion sound but 14 muscians isn't a small band. They even made it onto "later.... with Jools Holland" last autumn.
  16. This is a very complex thing and does depend on the dance as well as the dance type. For 6/8 Morris tunes the dancer is travelling on beats 1 and 4 (usually) so they are emphasised, usually by clipping the note, and playing louder. You then leave a space to the next quaver. So for beat 1 and 4 although they take up musically the time of a dotted quaver they sound for approximately half that time. Musical notation has it's limitations and trying to describe how a tune should sound doesn't convey all the nuances. There is a well known story of Alistair Anderson (English) playing with a string quartet "The Lindsays". I was told at the first rehersal that the quartet were half a beat behind Alistair when they started playing through the tunes. It took a while for the penny to drop but Alistair realised that he was playing on the "anacrusis" ie. he was coming in half a beat early on each bar as that's when some ones foot lifts in a dance for the next step, whereas the quartet were playing "the music". Slightly at a tangent: I was at a melodeon workshop yesteday with John Spiers. We played "Waiting for the federals" firstly as a polka (as I believe it was written - perhaps our American friends can help us out), then we played it as a slow air. The time signature didn't change but the rhythm did as we were cross-rowing like mad to smooth-out the action of the belows. Great stuff - I liked the slow air better but would be impossible to dance to! To get back to the question, John Kirkpatrick has run an excellent workshop in the past on English dance rhythm, including him dancing round the room like a loon to illustrate different rhythms so I would recommend going to one when he is next in this area.
  17. Sorry for going off topic but I couldn't let this surreal comment pass. A Toyota is a Lexus or if you prefer a Lexus is a Toyota. Lexus are just "badge engineered" Toyotas. Which is why I can't understand why people think they are luxury or quality cars - triumph of marketing over fact. Anyway apologies to all for the off topic rant (including Lexus drivers ) BTW One of the best things about the Rochelle in my opinion is the trade up option, so your purchase is guaranteed future value against an improved spec Wakker concertina. The trade in "might" be affected by additions such as your bellows paper idea though
  18. It does take all sorts but I actually like the clip very much. There again my dad has his own barrel organ, and I've been to many steam rallies with large fairground organs so perhaps I am sensitised to "mechanical" sounding music .
  19. If I remember correctly, the German Democratic Republic was the formal name of East Germany. - John Wild You are absolutely right John. GDR was soviet/party "spin" which fooled no one. There was hardly anything democratic about it! "Free" West Germany was known as Bundesrepublik Deutschland or BRD which was known in the (English speaking) West as Federal Republic of Germany, or FRG.
  20. Very, very beautiful! The ends look amazing.
  21. Well I think Stuart had the description about right. It sounds like a brass band in collision with a fairground organ . Wonderful.
  22. This is very worrying - don't do it Don't tell me you'e been seduced by the wiles of the Lilly's? Getting back toward the topic, a melodeon is just an anglo with the accidentals missing so you should be right at home
  23. You get this with melodeon bases as well as concertinas. I think because of the larger bass reeds the air take the path of least resistance and escapes through the larger hole (or holes). So if you are playing three buttons on the left side of anglo and one on the right side then the left side will sound louder, one because of the larger reeds and two because you are playing three notes to one. I agree with PeterT that one way to over come this on concertina (and melodeon) is to treat the buttons used for accompaniment as if they are hot - ie don't hold them down long. The tune is the main thing and the accompaniment is there to support and enhance the tune. As you develop your style and ability you can also throw in accompanying notes on the right hand to balance the sound a little more. None of this is easy! I am still working at it and often get it wrong myself. That's one of the challenges of the concertina and probably why it is so much fun to play. Regarding non sounding higher reeds..... if your instrument is new there may be some reluctance for higher reeds to speak, but for a well played in instrument I don't believe this should be the case. My Norman is the opposite, if I want to play very quietly the low reeds stall before the higher ones but you can still play very quietly
  24. Try www.melodeon.net forums buy/sell or direct http://melodeon.aimoo.com/
  25. I believe Prefab Sprout paid a brief visit in the late 1980's
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