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  1. Thanks Chris I knew someone would come up trumps, and there was a sort of Cunningham connection. I guess I heard it on Transatlantic Sessions. As a lover of Scottish Isles I aught to make the long overdue trip to Shetland, though they do seem to have an inordinately high murder rate mmmm. On the other hand one can never have too many jumpers. Dave
  2. There is a tune played on the bbc series 'Shetland', I've heard it before but can't place it. On bbc iplayer now Series 2 'Dead Water' part 1, 50mins 30 secs in. I had a thought it might be one of Phil Cunninghams. Any takers? Dave
  3. We are Cornwall bound this week, does anyone know of any sessions in the Polperro area that we could gatecrash. Live music of any description would be great. Cheers Dave
  4. More concertinas for sale at Bonhams this week in three lots here.
  5. Don't no wether it counts but I've been learning 'Last of the Summer Wine' theme on my EC and I think it has great potential. Maybe someone a little more adept than me could give it an airing? Dave
  6. I thought I'd refer you to this topic I posted some time ago. The repair I made is still airtight at the moment and I use the box daily. Dave
  7. Apologies to William Congreve but misquotation is what I do best. Dave
  8. Music is supposed to sooth the savage beast. The action starts at 1.14 minutes. You have been warned.
  9. Using the analogy of language brings up an interesting thought. A living language is not a rigid thing. Over a period of time it changes, it takes influences from other languages, the fluent speakers bend and shape it, play with it distort it and break it,s rules. There are those that cannot accept the way the language changes and will spend their energy wailing about how the language is 'going to the dogs'. There are some that will spend their life trying to convince others of the importance of the correct placement of an apostrophe. No right thinking person would suggest that we all revert to they way the language was spoken in the dark ages. Surely the language is enriched by all the nuances and diversions that shape it's development. And so it is with music. We can't be sure how music was played in the past and so the 'traditional' way of playing at any given time is transient. However the best music and language builds on what has gone before it is not diluted by each generations influence but enriched by it. There will be pedants that take the protection of a tradition too far and so attempt to stifle innovation from within the tradition. History tells us such endeavor will be futile. Dave
  10. Priscilla I've been playing for about a year now and my practice consists of playing through the 20 or so tunes I know well enough without needing to refer to the score. I usually play each tune several times, studiously ignoring bum notes and stutters. Then I practice scales, at least the most common ones. When I get bored or frustrated I pick on a tune at random, search the internet for the score and try to play it just for the fun of it. Usually this extra tune will not form part of my small repertoire but is just a diversion from the routine. The latest diversion is 'The Trail of the Lonesome Pine' as made famous by Laurel and Hardy. It never fails to bring a smile to my face which must be a good thing. Dave
  11. The clue is in the ebay description. I read that but can find no reference to the maker? I meant apart from in the description of course
  12. The clue is in the ebay description. I read that but can find no reference to the maker?
  13. Any ideas regarding the identity of the concertina maker?
  14. I just thought I'd share some information regarding Titebond Liquid Hide Glue. I recently had the need to repair a leak in the bellows of my Wheatstone and after some searching came up with Titebond' s offering. It is water soluable and does not need all the preparation of the traditional glues. I fitted a small patch and re-fixed a section of seam tape. Although not the most beautiful of repairs it is workmanlike and has been airtight for a few months now. Available from Axminster Tool Centre. Dave
  15. I was randomly pressing buttons on my EC the other day, as you do, and the tune to the 1950s film Genevieve popped into my head. Seems like a suitable tune for the concertina. It was composed originally by the great Larry Adler. For those interested it can be heard here with the music score also.
  16. 2nd attempt Any thoughts on this concertina on ebay? Can you tell how quality an instrument it is?
  17. Thanks to all those who have contributed to this thread. To summarize Be a proficient player. Go to your chosen session and listen. Pick out frequently played tunes and practice them. Be sensitive to the mood, genre and level of skill required. Don't let your instrument dominate. Know when to sit out. Enjoy. Have I missed anything? Wally
  18. This idea of 'tradition' as proposed in relation to a folk tradition has caused me some confusion. How can we be so sure of how the composer, of a particular piece of music, intended it to be performed. Surely much of what we call traditional music has passed through generations of musicians whose point of reference would have been the previous generation. Over time the original will have been subjected to numerous nuances and interpretations that would render it a completely different entity to the original concept. Surely modern instruments add their own subtleties to the original piece. There must be many variations of a tune that could claim to be traditional rather than a narrow, one truth, version. (light the fuse and retire to a safe distance)
  19. Of course the reason why I can't hear my concertina during the session is because I'm restricting the volume so as to remain unobtrusive. I can play bum notes without being noticed! I am keen to play in the session as they are friendly and inclusive but perhaps I need more experience. Are many players able to join in with tunes they do not know or is it necessary to learn everything?
  20. I have been reading the thread about session snobbery with interest. I have been attending a weekly session at the local pub since beginning to learn English Concertina. What are your top tips for a beginner trying to break into session playing. The session in question is very welcoming and I was invited to play at an early stage in my development. I played Jenny Jones, badly, and was rewarded with warm applause for my solo effort. One big problem is that I cannot hear what I am playing over the sound of the other instruments so how is it done and what your recommendations? Wally
  21. It's a nice place. Reminds me of Stroud for some reason. Now that is close to home. Have you been to the Village Inn, Nailsworth, Thursday evening session? It,s a concertina fest.
  22. can you be more specific..the place or the music festival? I could be more specific but I don"t want to make any more enemies lol. never been to either but I watch the music festival on tv....they hardly ever show any music I like anymore. There are a thousand artists performing at Glastonbury in any given year. I guess there would be something suitable for most people. The Boat Band is rumored to be playing this year, check them out.
  23. can you be more specific..the place or the music festival? I could be more specific but I don"t want to make any more enemies lol.
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