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  1. Hello, Please, if anyone knows anglo player Jim Penny, could they get him to contact me? Many thanks, and happy squeezing, John
  2. Now that you all have your 2019 diaries up and running - time to make a note that Emmanuel Pariselle and Richard Burgess will be holding an afternoon workshop and evening concert at The Old Road Tavern in Chippenham on Sunday May 19th 2019. They are coming calling into Chippenham, on their way from Lewes to Halsway Manor. Rosalie says there will be more information in late March... Please let anyone you think might be interested know.
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    For Armistice Day

    Anyone know why The attachment is no longer viewable?
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    For Armistice Day

    We found this in the archives concertina_copy.pdf
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    Concertina Playgroup - Softplay

    It consists of a fully padded, soft play area with ball park, slides, rope swings and areial runways. Warning, some grown-ups may get stuck. Oops, wrong thread. No, more of a crèche for long suffering better halves to drop their errant partners off at, for some tunes and comraderie
  6. Just a quick message from Rosalie, lesoncontinu at Chateau d’Ars July 12 - 15 2018 All known or suspected concertina players are most cordially invited to join us for a Concertina Playgroup - probably at 3pm on Friday 13. Enquire chez Pierrot Accordeons for more information Don't forget your instrument! All systems and abilities welcome
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    Where is A-natural in Ab/Eb miniature anglo?

    Hello Satomi, do get in touch with us. Best wishes, John
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    Perfecting a setup

    You could always phone us
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    Wheatstone 81 Button Mccann Duet

    Hello everyone, I have been asked by a friend of dear (and much missed) Vernon Barrett, to post this, as he has no internet access. I am not taking any commission or any money for posting this, but I hope that this beautiful instrument can find a new home and continue to make music. Vernon Barrett bought this very nice Wheatstone & Co McCann Duet in reasonable condition but in old philharmonic pitch and needing replacement bellows. As he wanted a wooden ended instrument, we made new ends finished in beautiful Amboyna wood with hand cut fretwork and with new boxwood button stems with genuine Wheatstone gold plated button caps( new from Harry Minting's Wheatstone parts stock). New bellows in dark green goatskin were made by Rosalie Dipper. The instrument is now tuned in modern A=440 Hz pitch. The instrument has been very carefully looked after by Vernon for the last thirteen years or so and is in "as-new" condition. The Amboyna veneers used were the largest and only veneers we have ever had like this, and so the instrument really is one of a kind. Realistically, if we were to make an exact copy of this instrument then I can't really see that we could break even on costs if we charged much under £10,000. (I heard on the radio today, that you could only just afford a bottle of single malt whisky for the same price - I know what I would chose!) Sadly, there is not that much demand for Duets, so I guess the price will be less than that. If you are interested, please contact me. Best wishes to all, and happy squeezing, John
  10. We are confused, as we don't set up instruments with a 'heavy' action. The brass springs we use in Jeffries concertinas are actually lighter than the originals. As always, we would ask you to contact us if there is an issue - maybe your friend could contact us directly, with a photo of the springs in question and we will be only too happy to help in any way we can. (If they are old springs, then it is best not to adjust them, but if they are new springs, we can instruct you on how to change their pressure).
  11. Select results from this season: Gigbag Strap Failure 4 - Your beautiful concertina 0 Fretwork Confetti 3 - Concert Appearance 0 Oh, I thought it would be safe 0 - Trashed Ends 2 Bent Buttons 1 - Gig Bag Happy 0 Total Rebuild 2 - Distresed Owner 0 Cut 'n Shut Superglue Bodge 0 - Gig Bag Complacency 2 Please, please, please don't, DON'T put your multi-thousand pound instrument in a picnic bag with a fancy badge and ideas above its station. Always use a proper, fitted case with blockings. Remember, proper case forgetty: fretwork end confetti
  12. We've just been looking at our archives... Instrument No.117 has Paduk ends and was originally made for Captain George Sally. I remember that I got the day off school to travel up to London with mum and dad to deliver it in person while his Galleon, "The Godspeed" was at St Katherine's Dock. Hope this is of use. Very best wishes, John
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    Dipper Concertinas Website

    Hello, Just to let you know, the first few details of performers are now up on my site www.johndipper.co.uk if you would like to be added then please PM me, or send me an e-mail via my site. Very best wishes and happy to squeezing to all, John
  14. Seasons greetings to one and all. I am in the process of making a website, and am hoping to do a page showing people who play our concertinas. If you play a Dipper concertina, we would be delighted and very grateful if you could send us a photo of you playing it, and also a short paragraph about you and your music. Wishing everyone a superb 2016 - I'd better get back to reed making - there might even be a whole hour off for lunch on Friday if the boss allows
  15. Mal Derricott has asked me to post this article (below) that she has written about Rollo Woods being awarded and receiving an EFDSS Gold Badge. Rollo was incredibly generous with his knowledge when I interviewed him for my dissertation, concerning the pitch analysis of field recordings of Stephen Baldwin. (He was there at the recording, and was able to offer me incredibly useful background and information on exactly how it was done, the atmosphere and how he coaxed Mr Baldwin into letting us all hear him). Its fantastic to see Rollo being recognised for his many contributions to and work in the folk scene! Rollo Woods – EFDSS Gold Badge Award On Saturday 28th. November a very special party was held in Rollo’s home town of Swanage to celebration his award of the Gold Badge of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. He is in very great company; Vaughan Williams received it too! 200 people attended the celebration from many sections of the Folk society. The event began with a ‘Sing the Old Carols’ workshop and some of the carols were mentioned by Thomas Hardy. Others were chosen for their particular link to the Purbeck area of Dorset. The carols chosen were Rollo’s favourites, or at least some of them as his repertoire is so vast it must have been very difficult for him to make a choice, and only 2 versions of ‘While Shepherds Watched’ out of a possible 400+! There followed a wonderful afternoon tea and then the main event; the formal presentation of the EFDSS Gold Badge Award. A long citation (although still an abbreviated version of the original text of 45 pages long) covering his lifetime of achievements involving Folk Music and Dance, was read out by Jack Crawford, the Chair of the West Gallery Music Association and then he presented Rollo with the Gold Badge on behalf of the English Folk and Dance Song Society. The celebration then continued with a family barn dance with caller Nigel Close (a long term friend of Rollo’s and band caller) leading Rollo’s current ceilidh band, Maiden Oak. We were also entertained by members of Rollo’s musical family. His grandson, Owen, a noted melodeon player, his son Tony and his daughter-in law, better known to jazz lovers than to folk enthusiasts. We were also surprised by a group of dancers from the local school who did 2 country dances and the Purbeck Mummers. It was an absolutely fantastic day and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Rollo is recognised today as a collector and researcher of West Gallery Music; but far more than that he is also a performer of this music, folk song and dance music and an inspiration to others to perform. He is also recognised widely amongst concertina players for his skilled playing and his enduring encouragement to all who play or aspire to play concertina. Rollo has that rare combination of the eye of an academic researcher combined with the active participation of a dancer and musician. Without performance the research could lie gathering dust on a bookshelf and what Rollo has done is ensure that this music is sung and played and above all, enjoyed. Rollo also represents in many ways the full range of activities of a Village Band member of Hardy’s day. He was an instigator and is now an Hon Vice President of the West Gallery Music Association. He was the founder, and is now the researcher and band leader for the Purbeck Village Quire and before that was a founder member of The Madding Crowd. In these groups he has championed the performance of Church music from the West Gallery era. But he is just as much at home as leader of his dance bands Maiden Oak and before that of Greenwood Tree and when in Hampshire, the Black Glove Band. As a dancer he was a member of the Cambridge Morris Men and later the Winchester Morris Men. This combination of West Gallery musician, dance band leader and Morris dancer is something very special and has been beneficial to all three areas. In all these roles Rollo has always been actively encouraging new talent and through that to ensure that the next generation will carry on singing dancing and making music! Mal Derricott Purbeck Village Quire
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