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Ex Libris

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    Hi - I've played the English Concertina since I was a boy, with my father Alan and late Grandfather Herbert both keen players. My grandfather played in the Derwent Trio with Wilfred Pearce and Reuben Shaw in the 1960's and 1970's. While I didn't play regularly for a number of years, I'm back practicising again and enjoy learning 'top tips' from C.Net members. I 've also enjoyed attending the Midland Concertina Group recently too.

    My granddad gave me a Wheatstone concertina as a 21st birthday present and I've recently added to my collection with an Edeophone and an Aeola, both tenor trebles. I mainly play classical and Henry Stanley concertina arrangements from dad's music collection.

    In November 2009 I became the librarian of the International Concertina Association, so if you're looking for interesting music to play, please join the ICA and get in touch!
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  1. A really impressive list Daniel. I’m working with Colin Whyles on a short film for World Concertina Day which includes a symphonion solo! We’ve also made a fascinating link between the instrument and some Victorian sheet music.
  2. Many thanks Jim. Fascinating information. I've never seen a bass-baritone in the flesh (in the bellows??). I believe that's what Juliette Daum plays and it's the only other bass-baritone I've ever seen. There can't be many people who own one.
  3. So did I Mike! Does anyone have an idea how you might describe the large Aeola? Apologies that the photo isn't clearer, but it was the best screen grab I could get of a fleeting view.
  4. Hello C'Netters. Following a request from the British Film Music Encyclopedia to the ICA, I asked on facebook for information relating to Billy Reilley, or the tune he is playing in the 1938 film Devil's Rock. Devil's Rock was the first film to be made in Northern Ireland, it also featured an all Northern Irish cast. About 25 minutes into the film there is a concert in which the miniature English Concertina is played - possibly by Billy Rielley. Does anyone know anything about the player, or the tune he is playing? The clip can be found at the link below. https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-devils-rock-1938-online Many thanks for your help. Jeremy
  5. Hello all, Yes, on behalf of the ICA Committee I would be very happy to receive a copy of these recordings. Many thanks. librarian@concertina.org. I recall meeting Kenneth Lovelace in 1976. I'd be about 10. My father took his picture which I have posted here before. Regards, Jeremy.
  6. Hi - Geoff Crabb helped me out by naming all the people in this early ICA picture. Donald Pullen is seated on the right. Is this your concertina?
  7. @ Mike - I have owned a Barnett and Samuel and Sons, Lachenal Concertina. You may know this already, but this company eventually became Decca. http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Barnett_Samuel_and_Sons Regards, Jeremy
  8. Hi John, My understanding is that the sound archive is with Chairman Jon McNamara. - only Jon would know whether this recording is amongst the others he has. I'll drop him an email. Jeremy
  9. Looking forward to it Mikefule - see you there. Jeremy
  10. Hi, I think that I've mentioned this before but the Welsh and Scottish melodies were arranged by celebrated band leader and keen concertina player, Henry Hall. The descriptive selection "On Sunday Morn", by my late grandfather Herbert Hague. This is the tutor I learned from and I the first piece I could really play on the concertina was the Largo in G - actually a reproduction from one of Charles Arthur Rawlings books, I think. (a.k.a. Faulkner Brandon,Theo Bonheur, Oscar Verne etc.)
  11. The ICA may well be interested in this music. While it has a significant collection of concertina music- the world's largest? - we are also keen to add to it and there may be music here we don't have. In the last year or so, I've sent around 1000 pages of digitised music to members, so it does get used. I've sent you a PM, Regards, Jeremy
  12. Thanks very much to Valmai and Bryan Creer for helping the ICA organise this exciting event in Lewes this weekend. Below is a slightly revised timetable if you think that you will be around in Lewes area on Sunday afternoon and fancy meeting Miho Tohmatsu (of Toyko duo Mipo Macky), Miyuki Miura and double bass player Mao Yamada perform "Almandine", Miyuki's latest composition and CD. Other Japanese concertina players and musicians will be joining them too. 1.30 Introductions 1.45 - 3.15 Miyuki Part 1 (Japanese songs) + Q&A session about concertina playing and music in Japan + tune swapping 3.15 Coffee / beer 3.35 - 4.45 More tune swapping and if people want to play their 'party pieces' 4.45 short break / beer 5.00 - 5.30 Miyuki Part 2 (Performance of Alamadine composition with double bass player ) 5.30- 6.30 Final tunes, photographs etc. Hoping to see a few of you on Sunday. Jeremy
  13. Hi Theodore, Yes, it was a collection of Chemnitzer music so, regrettably, not the kind of music we collect in the ICA library. Regards, Jeremy
  14. The International Concertina Association invites you to a: UK-Japanese Music Exchange English Concertina player and teacher Miyuki Miura is visiting the UK in June with other Japanese musicians. Come along, share some tunes and hear Miyuki and upright bass player Mao Yamada perform both Japanese songs and original music from the stunning new CD Almandine. Sunday 30th June 2013, 1.30 - 6.30 p.m. (Lunch is available in the pub from noon) Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ For bookings and enquiries please email librarian@concertina.org The ICA is grateful for the support of Lewes Saturday Folk Club and Concertinas Anonymous
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