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Dave Rogers

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  1. I have heard a (possibly apocryphal) story that the tune has migrated to Ireland and, with a different set of words, been "re-imagined" as "Shores of Erin".
  2. I expect that's down to all those 1-row melodeons they seem so fond of?
  3. Looks as though that was "English Miscellany": http://www.englishmiscellany.com/events.html I've not come across them before, but there can't be many sides attempting so many different styles of dancing! Were they good?
  4. Sorry, I've just noticed that Michael Sam Wild mentioned earlier about Kimber being taught by his father!
  5. Kimber appears to have learnt concertina from his father - Dan Worrall, referencing Neil Wayne, says: "He played for a rural Morris tradition that was in serious decline, where the number of all musicians on all instruments was small. In the late nineteenth century, only two other concertina players besides Kimber and his father (William Kimber, Senior) are known to have played for Morris in the southern Midlands. http://www.angloconcertina.org/files/Kimber_for_website.pdf
  6. According to Roger Digby (27/10/2005 on this forum): "the concertina is now back in Headington with Julie Kimber-Nickelson (William’s grand-daughter)." http://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=2976&st=0
  7. No, not quite - the English concertina on "Leviathan" is played by Alf Edwards. More about Alf's contribution to the folk revival here: http://www.concertina.com/eydmann/folk-music-revival/
  8. There's good news and bad news: The good news is that I did record it when it was shown on BBC4. The show was "Steeleye Span at Penshurst Place", originally screened in 1974. John Watcham and the Albions perform Upton Stick at approx. 18 minutes through the half-hour programme. The bad news is that it's recorded on a DVD-RAM disc, which won't play in most DVD players or computers. My only excuse is that I plumped for a DVD-RAM machine so that I could edit what I'd recorded (primarily removing the ads from C4 films). If you have a player that can handle the format, Steve, you're welcome to borrow the disc. Alternatively, if anyone knows of a techy solution, then please let me know!
  9. I think I may have recorded this at the time - I'll 'ave a look later...
  10. Hi Steve - The only videos I know of are the two on YouTube that feature, respectively, the album covers for "Rattlebone & Ploughjack" and "The Electric Muse", but nothing that shows any live action. BTW, I've recently joined Black Dog Molly as a musician, so I may be meeting you in the flesh if you're at the Churnet Valley Railway gig on 25/9/11 (I'll unfortunately be missing the upcoming Powderkegs weekend of dance).
  11. Isn't it the standard Adderbury version (certainly that's what they're dancing), but with the pipes playing a slightly different "B" to the other instruments?
  12. We'll just have to hope that Ashley Hutchings doesn't threaten to sue.
  13. Thanks, LDT - Several generations of my paternal grandmother's family (Garrards) came from Prittlewell, so I must learn this to add to my on-going "Family Album" recording project!
  14. ...very briefly, in the last installment of "The Crimson Petal & The White" on BBC2 last night at 9pm (or on the iPlayer [uK only] at 11:17 in, if you missed it). I'm no expert at concertina identification and all I can say is that it was wooden-ended! You don't actually hear it playing, by the way.
  15. I thought Chris Timson sounded a little unsure: "true enough, but then if concertinas did go to sea"
  16. I thought that Dan Worrall had already demonstrated convincingly that concertinas did go to sea? http://www.angloconcertina.org/concertina_at_sea.html
  17. I'm still trying to get over the novelty of tuneable bodhrans - but tuneable Morris Bells???
  18. All is explained here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auction_sniping
  19. Dave also plays in a band called Stocai: http://chriswalshaw.co.uk/stocai/ Incidentally, Dave's son Sam Mabbett plays melodeon in a duo called Infinite Cherries - note the strong family resemblance!
  20. I was trying to work out what sort it was - it seemed quite quiet. A metal-ended Lachenal, perhaps?
  21. I play a G/D Ball Beavon that I bought from Chris Algar a couple of years ago. Apart from the Rochelle I learned on, the only other concertinas I have played were the other G/Ds that Chris had in stock at the time - 2 Jeffries and a Wheatstone. I chose the BB because I preferred its tone to that of the others, and also it was the most comfortable to play. I've heard recordings of "stamped" Crabbs that, to my ears at least, sound pretty similar to my BB. But then I suppose it's all a bit subjective.
  22. There was a lengthy discussion about this and other similar blogs on Mudcat earlier this year (Peter Laban contributed to it). The link is here for anyone interested in the debate about the legal and/or ethical issues raised: http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=126218#2803009
  23. I play both, but other than finding that they sound quite nice together on multi-tracked recordings, I can't think of any particularly transferable skills. The most obvious difference is that it's impossible to play a bum note on the concertina and very difficult not to on the fiddle, at least for the first year or so. It's good that you're having lessons, though, as it's much easier to get into bad habits of technique with the fiddle than with the concertina. There are so many possible things that can give you problems (too much rosin, not enough rosin, incorrect set-up, etc.), but a teacher will usually spot and correct them pretty quickly. What fiddle have you bought, btw? I got a Gliga (Romanian) one a couple of years ago and it was incredibly good value well as having a nicer (darker) tone than most of the (largely Chinese) competition in the "not much money" price bracket.
  24. "I'm the only man in the world that plays the accordion upside-down," Rockin' Dopsie used to claim. "It's all because daddy didn't taught me how to play. I just picked it up." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockin'_Dopsie I play guitar and fiddle left-handed, but melodeon and concertina always seemed naturally left-handed anyway to me, in that the the notes of the melody (English style Anglo) are being "stopped" with the fingers of the right hand (the same way I play my other instruments).
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