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Steve Mansfield

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  1. The Eurosession I go to uses dots (although off-piste is not discouraged) as this is a good way to allow people who aren’t that confident with the balfolk and Scandi repertoire to get involved and discover the joys of this music. This can lead to a bit of parallel playing rather than playing together, but usually works quite well. a standard English music session I would hope to work without dots to let the musicians interact with and listen to each other - the joy of a session for me is when the group works as one by listening and reacting to each other, rather than the dreaded parallel playing recital that so often happens. So I’m literally in two minds on thsi one depending on context!
  2. So what are those of us who play both concertina and mouth-blown bagpipes (not simultaneously I hasten to add) meant to make of this? I’ve been told more than once that I look severe whilst playing concertina, I need to cultivate a more serene expression...
  3. +1 for Musicians Insurance Services. Cover includes gigs and theft from a locked vehicle, and although I’ve thankfully never had to claim myself, I’ve heard very good reports from unfortunates who have. To @Little John ‘s point it would take me approx. 40 years of my premium to replace all the instruments I’ve got insured.
  4. I would want to know more about Revrd. Hilier and his ‘playing upon two instruments at once’ ... if that didn’t draw the crowds I don’t know what would!
  5. The Jackie will get you plenty far enough to know if the English concertina is for you and does what you want it to. They are by far the best beginner EC at their price range. You can then make the investment in a better instrument secure in the knowledge that the EC is right for you, and everything you learnt on the Jackie will transfer across to any future instrument.
  6. Works for me - nice video (and nice concertina, is that a Wakker? )
  7. Unfortunately our lot are often quite happy to dance in the rain, which means that either they accompany themselves by singing (which, from experience, nobody wants to hear), or we play in the rain ... we go for the plastic poncho Boil In The Bag look
  8. Great, thanks Geoff. I was worried it was going off 😀
  9. So that’s actually the original colour coming back through, rather than a concertina lurgy?
  10. My treasured 1854 Wheatstone EC has developed an alarming green tinge on some of the leather work; photo attached which tells the story better than a thousand words. Is there anything I can do to stop this happening, and anything I can do to reverse the green that's already developed? I always keep silica gel packs in my concertina cases and I'm not aware that it's got damp (it's not been played outside for example). All advice much appreciated!
  11. I’ve nominated CW as well for services to optics, mechanics, and concertinas
  12. Just as another alternative what about putting a simple A/B switch in the chain? I’ve got a Boss AB2 on my bouzouki which works a treat and is completely silent even without anything plugged into the ‘off’ socket, but there’s loads available. That would make the chain Microvox belt pack >> 1/4 inch cable >> AB pedal >> 1/4 inch cable >> DI box >> xlr >> sound engineer’s gubbins
  13. Thanks for all thoughts so far, & it’s working. @d.elliott I’m mainly doing this on my new Morse baritone so the tuning is pretty spot on: but after seeing your post I tried the same on my Wheatstone treble, and things are, er, a bit more scrobbly up there ...
  14. I’m looking to get much better at using the top octave on my 48 key English for octave-hopping, variety, and because those buttons are there. I guess it’s basically down to practice! But, taking that on board, has anyone got any useful brain tricks or exercises to help my fingers get used to the fact that up there, everything is on the other hand and the other row compared to playing the same notes an octave lower?
  15. All congratulations to Mohsen Amini, crowned this years BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year on Wednesday. I think Im right in saying hes the first concertina player ever to win the accolade! Also Lankum took a couple of gongs with Radie Peat on anglo, so it was a good night for concertinas in the Folk Awards this year. https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/em6v9r
  16. Im just the other side of the Peak District but prior work commitments get in the way - as you say, hopefully next year. Friends who have been speak very highly of it (and are there at this very moment!)
  17. If you download the podcast there’s another tune from the Santiago Quartet, another Astor Piazzolla composition. Lovely stuff
  18. As regards the original question, If on the menu you go Settings >> Cold Restart That will clear any customisations you've made including accidental ones. If that fails it's a full uninstall and reinstall. If the font is still tiny after doing all that, it might be that another program on your machine has updated the font that both EasyAbc and the other mystery program use - and, quite frankly, good luck tracking that one down!
  19. EasyAbc may just not have been seen often enough by Norton to gain sufficiently high reputation; email them and question the blacklisting. That is exactly what I did with EasyAbc being blocked by Avast, so if you're running Avast and download EasyAbc without problems, you're welcome. I can certainly see the argument that AV is better blocking something it doesn't recognise, particularly from somewhere like SourceForge, rather than letting it through by default!
  20. Are you writing the abc to generate sheet music or to generate MIDI playback? Abc2MIDI, which is the standard playback engine in packages like EasyAbc and AbcExplorer, does have some issues around the D.C. syntax, most of which can be resolved for playback by being very particular about where you put your repeat marks (and, of course, using the correct !D.C.! syntax rather than adding the markings as text.) For most standard repeat scenarios the syntax is fine, but abc2MIDI does struggle with really complex repetition layouts. Where I would agree with Jack is that we'll be able to help more with an example of the code. As a side issue could I try to persuade you off of the outdated and non-standard Abc2Win onto one of the more moderm packages like the two I mention above? They're free to try and keep, Abc2Win hasn't been updated for many years and you're missing out on a whole raft of updates to the syntax that will make your scores so much nicer .... [edited for typos. Too early in the morning.]
  21. The Black Book by Bacon is indeed the sort of collection you're after if it's Cotswold Morris (hankies and sticks, 6 or 8 people in a set). There are other English Morris traditions which don't have an equivalent central source, so it would do no harm to have a better idea what you're looking at (I'm not familiar with the Morris / steampunk crossover repertoire). One thing though - don't forget that Morris is a performance, not necessarily something that it is expected that people will just join in with. You might very well find that you're made most welcome, but I would suggest that you just ask first
  22. My comments were based mainly on the OP looking for something akin to Noteworthy e.g. draggy-droopy pointy-clicky rather than keyboard based. Of course abc is capable of excellent publication-quality sheet music, and I would encourage any/everyone to use it rather than encoded file formats tied to a particular piece of software.
  23. I'm a big abc user but appreciate that isn't what you're after. However if the package you settle on doesn't directly import Noteworthy files (and most don't), its worth bearing in mind that EasyAbc can read NWC files and export them in a variety of formats that your new package should be able to read. That way all the time you've spent building up material and an archive in NWC isn't totally unreadable in your new package. Which is precisely #why# abc has been my default format for years now, but YMMV.
  24. Are you putting an X: field at the head of each tune? If you''re not giving each individual tune a full header starting with an X: and (conventionally)finishing with a K: before staring the tune body, EasyAbc may be having trouble parsing out the individual tunes. If you're still struggling post the first couple of tunes from your file here, and I'm sure I, or someone else, will be able to spot the issue.
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