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About iradcliffe

  • Birthday 04/17/1960

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    Concertina, autoharp and hammered dulcimer. Also tinker with valve radios and old engines.
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    Isle of Man

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  1. I started with a Jackie and found it physically hard work to play, my suspicion is the bellows are engineered more for strength than ease of playing. The best advice I was given was to buy a better concertina (by Keith Kendrick) so I did (Lachenal c.1890's) and it transformed my playing.
  2. Wes, I have been doing some research on concertina players on the Isle of Man and have turned up some newspaper cuttings about Frank Olloms and his wife Elsie. I have attached a few that may fill some gaps in his career and his wereabouts. Frank seems to have settled on the island in 1926 purchasing a shop with flat above. His wife Elsie was the daughter of John Slater who was landlord of the nearby Rosemout Hotel. It looks like Frank continued to travel as a professional musician right up to the outbreak of WW2. They must have moved to Homefirth shortly after the war, where the solicitors notice of his death confirms his Italian origins.
  3. Yes, and I don't think it is nearly big enough to be a duet. I presume Maccann played English before creating the duet rather than anglo?
  4. Hi John, I think it is unlikely, there would have been choirs but I have no knowledge of them having a concertina for accompaniment. There was a small number of good amateur players appearing in the newspapers from the 1880's onwards, as soloist or accompanying a voice, for church concerts and the like. I think there is a passing resemblance to Professor Maccann, who appeared in variety shows 1890-1906 in Douglas, IoM, first with the Spence Lees Variety Company, and later with the impresario Harry Wood. Does this sound a likely candidate, or does it sound like a wild guess? Ian
  5. I was sent this picture by a friend who works at the Manx Musueum, and asked if I could identify the gentleman holding the concertina. The photo was found at the tip and we have no other information about it other than the photographer was Midwood who had studio in Ramsey, Isle of Man in the later 1800's. There is no clue as to why the photograph was taken, who the other people are, or why there is only one person with an instrument. Is anyone able to suggest who it might be? The instrument appears to have 8 fold bellows and straps. Thanks, Ian
  6. Chris will also be at the Swaledale Squeeze in May with a selection of concertinas. You will also be able to pick the brains of loads of other players too. I moved up from a new Jackie to a hundred year old+ Lachenal and my playing improved quickly, well worth the additional ~£900.
  7. Any chance I could 'borrow' the Incipits abc layout please, in the hopes that I can wean myself of the dots and get tunes into my fingers instead via the prompt of a couple of bars. All the Manx tunes are now on my site http://www.mannincloud.infoin abc format, if anyone wants to take a look. Thanks Ian
  8. A regular tune from the Calor Gas Ceili Band 'Grand Old Duke of York' set. https://soundcloud.com/ian-radcliffe-1/redwing
  9. Bit late in the month, but here is my stab at the Wren. I think when we play an an dro we use a different arrangement of this tune, but I couldn't lay my hands on our dots.
  10. Yes, although he was more my parents generation! Dots were from the Paul Hardy book, with a few omitted. I see another post mentioned similarities with Redwing, I have always thougt there were similarities in the B music with the B music of Jenny Lind. I think (correct me if I'm wrong!) both tunes are around the Tin Pan Alley era, although there is about 10 years between them ian
  11. Another contribution, still needs more practice and the timing is a bit liberal!
  12. Thanks for the link, I will give it a go. I currently use a combination of notepad, abcm2ps and Ghost. Ian
  13. You're welcome I'm sure, the whole point of the Village Music Project is to bring these old books and manuscripts back to life and getting the tunes played again! Thank you for the tunes in abc, keep up the good work. I am working on abc's for the tunes collected at the end of the C19th on the Isle of Man, not strictly part of England but I would like to pass them on to the Village music project when complete.
  14. A kids game, eh? Interesting. Thanks. Here are the dots for the version of Turk's March I picked up from a Brian Peters CD, in case you're interested. http://abcnotation.com/tunePage?a=www.andyhornby.net/Music/WINDER.ABC/0146 I wasn't able to find examples on YouTube. Thanks for the dots Jim, I've got the Winder book somwhere in the pile of books of music to play! The sources I was looking at are the little know ones from the Isle of Man, the main one being 'Kiaul Vannin' which I am slowly puttting up in ABC (http://www.mannincloud.info and follow the music link) and a couple of others one by a John Moore and the other by a William Killey.
  15. Here's my Vedder Michael contribution, played on a Wheatstone this time. First came across the tune on a kids computer game called 'the bears' hailing from New Zealand I think. Had no luck trying to match it to any of the Turks marches I have.
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