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  1. I busk for fun frequently, but the environment around here is not very friendly to try for money. In Central Florida it is considered begging. They can stop you from begging, but not playing for fun.

     

    I have had it offered, but I always turned it down. I would love to try somewhere where I could leave my case open for change, just to experience it and get the feedback that my music was enjoyed.

     

    NNY

  2. I always like it when this topic comes up. I am not particularly a fan of traditional Irish Anglo Concertina music; jigs and reels and such. I find the, sometimes, tempo-above-all-else and what-the-heck-we'll-cram-some-more-notes-in-the-measure style unsatisfactory. Don't get me wrong though, listening to it is fine, especially with some Jameson, but it isn't what I want to play.

     

    What it turns out that I do play is all over the place. Irish tunes that are more ballades (Rare Auld Times, I'll take you home Kathleen, Fiddler's Green, etc.), sea shanties, American Civil War, even Broadway and romantic tunes. The Anglo can be more versatile than you might think.

     

    Some real favorites are Waltzing Matilda and The White Cliffs of Dover. I have a nice medley of WWI tunes, and a long one of Civil War songs.

     

    Two of my established show off tunes La Marianne and The Song from Moulin Rouge. I also do a good version of Carousel of Life from Howl's Moving Castle.

     

    Just tonight I downloaded the music for They Were You from the Fantastics.

     

    And the thing I play and fall back on the most is my own, which I call Tidewater. It isn't really a set on paper tune, but rather a framework for improvisation. It is close to the same, but never always the same.

     

    I find my baritone works very well for both mellow and more sprightly tunes.

     

    NNY

  3. Someone help me out with a link. I lost the link to a Longsword Dance performance by a ladies group, on stage (I think in NY). I can't remember the group's name, but they were very well regarded. This would be several years old. They performed with swords, not sticks. I believe I first picked this up here, on Concertina.Net.

     

    I know one of you guys know who I am talking about.

     

    thanks

     

    NNY

  4. Frank,

     

    Looking over your site, from the link, I saw that you made one using bubinga. That's very interesting to me; I am familiar with bubinga from harp construction, and planned on my next concertina being in that wood.

     

    How was the sound with that wood?

     

     

    NNY

  5. A couple of weeks is nothing, you will be fine. I will add though, that I stopped playing my fiddle for a very long time, because I enjoyed the concertina much more, and it was very depressing when I took it out again and realized I could not read the music anymore. I had to spend a couple hours going through a beginners book before it came back to me. You can definitely "loose it", but it takes a lot longer than two weeks.

     

    Of course practice makes perfect and I hate not playing every day.

     

    NNY

  6. I play my concertina in public venues all the time. I started out as a forced exercise to overcome my stage fright, which is something I used to do with my fiddle. I never quite mastered it with the fiddle but I am now almost completely comfortable with the concertina in public (purposely choosing locations where I don't think I am intruding).

     

    One exception is where there is actually an audience focused on my performance, as opposed to the casual passerby. This still rattles me a little.

     

    Well, the big test is this Thursday. I have been asked to play for the quarterly Town Hall meeting where I work. This means performing in a theater, on a stage with lights and amplification, before an audience of somewhere around a thousand.

     

    Woooo Hoooo.

  7. Opened the back door of my truck, and my concertina (in its case) had shifted from where I put it on top of a duffle, and came tumbling out. Fell somewhere between 3 and 4 feet, landing on the pavement upsidedown.

     

    I don't see any obvious damage, and it seemed to play fine but I won't get to really give it a play until later.

     

    Reinforces my belief in a well padded, hardshell case.

     

    NNY

  8. From the January 2011 issue of Air & Space, in the article "From Kites to the Space Shuttle." Notice the last sentence.

     

     

     

     

    While Painting “The Space Mural — A Cosmic View” on a wall in the National Air and Space Museum in 1975, artist Robert McCall invited astronaut and artist Alan Bean to paint a single star high up near the rooftop domes. Artist Eric Sloane, working high on scaffolding on a mural on the opposite wall, was kept entertained by an assistant playing a concertina.

     

     

    http://www.airspacemag.com/multimedia/photos/?c=y&articleID=106621358&page=10

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