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  1. PUSH BUTTONS - I play jazz .I find a 55 -button model - whatever the make - is needed to give the spread of notes you need on both sides.I have two Lachenal 55 Cranes...my better, 58 button Wheatstone , is my main performance instrument.Other instruments include a 48-button Wheatstone which has beautiful reeds v- but I sometimes pick it up, play something and realise halfway through the song/tune that I have run out of notes.I also have a metal-ended 55-button.... which has a different tone.You would think the metal ends would suit jazz and have more "edge." But it is a quietter instrument,
  2. David - oops, of course Cranes don't have thumb straps. Got carried away there.I meant the point at which the thumb is at the top "outside" the strap.Must be fiendish for people coming to all this for the first time..I have Jeffries-playing duet mates...now, they are brain-scrambling.
  3. Rob - For example, the Crane system (which I play and would commend) has five buttons in each row - from top (thumbstrap) to bottom (little finger.) Don't be confused by the " spare" right-hand air button, operated bu your thumb ,used to reverse direction of bellows travel.( Not used that often, because it is an unisonoric instrument i.e.: same note when bellows are pushed or drawn.Also, my " best" instrument has seven-fold bellows which allows for very long, drawn-=out chords or note progressions
  4. Geoff/Alan... I too met Tommy Williams at an ICA meeting in London...might have been the same one as you two.Early seventies... he was an old man then, and as you say a tiny chap. Not just short, but spindly... but massive hands which covered his huge " machine."Harry and Neville Crabb were there too.. Funny enough I was clearing out some stuff yesterday and found some letters/notes/valuations spares etc from both Harry and Neville ( after his dad had died.).I remember Tommy playing his " hit ", 'Springtime in Battersea" at that gathering.
  5. Cheers Kurt , hope you well. Yes....already properly explained better than I can already, but on the left hand it is better to play what I call " implied chords." That is to say, two of the three notes.... it fits with the "less is more" approach, especially with song accompaniment where you don't want to drown out what you are singing.I agree with everything Kurt says - When I learn a new song I usually sort out the chord progression on both sides simultaneously.. and sing along until I can do it effortlessly. Then - almost unconsciously - I add the "fills" and any decorative " fiddly" bit
  6. Thanks for putting this up Alan.I recorded/filmed this in week four of Covid 19 lock-down at my Dartmoor cottage.I thought it an appropriate song- Jimmy Rodgers' "Nobody Knows", about being locked up between four walls, " ' specially if you 'aint been there before...." Written , I think, in 1926, the same year this very Wheatstone Crane duet concertina was made.It has 55 buttons, eight-fold bellows, steel reeds...and I bought it for £35 in about 1971.I now have others, but this is the trusty favourite I use on live gigs and recordings.
  7. Theo - I'm intrigued by this.My email is geoffreylakeman@btinternet.com GEOFF
  8. Re: Duet recordings. I recorded and submitted several songs/ tunes to Alan a few years ago.If I was to do it again I would probably choose different pieces, because my repertoire/ability etc has moved on. As many of you will know, I recorded my first solo CD, "After All These Years" a couple of years ago and I have been amazed at its success.To be fair, it was designed to demonstrate my general, all-round repertoire and "entertainment " in the folk idiom, rather than displaying what a Crane duet can do to concertina enthusiasts. There are tunes ( and songs) that I play mainly in session o
  9. I remember Nick so well as a young man. Joy and I took over from him as residents at the Herga Folk Club in Harrow, North London, in the early seventies when he loved to the USA.He was in incredible Jeffries duet player. I have since long-befriended another exceptional, jazz-playing Jeffries duetter, Greg Powlesland, who lives in west Cornwall. But Nick's playing made a powerful impression on me and probably comes out in my performance, although I play a Crane and don't visit the Morris-influenced tunes he belted out.I sure would have loved to hear him join me in some of the jazzier stuff t
  10. Good to see you again Wes - incredible gig. Fantastic sound in that David Hall, good crowd and the backstage catering was yummy.Hope to bump into you again
  11. Yes Wes, that's when we lived in Wedmore for two or three years . We still visit that area alot 'cos Sam and Cara live in Frome. Be good to see you on Saturday.
  12. Thanks Jody - My version of "Taters" is among the tracks getting radio play over here........and it's still a favourite in the set. Gives me a chace to plug you !
  13. Agreed Robin - which underlines my point that you ARE " oop north." Be good if you could get to one of my gigs.
  14. It's bloody well north to me ........I'm only 90 miles from Land's End.I estimate about 350 mile drive to my first gig at York. But I DO realise there is alot of the UK north of Yorkshire etc. I played Orkney Folk Festival last year and chose to drive...marvellous journey. But..the biggest moan I get from people from " up -country' , especially London, is how long it takes them to get down here to Devon, never mind the west of Cornwall where I come from.I've played at St Just, near Land's End where the next " gig" west is in New York more than 3,000 miles away.
  15. Please can I alert concertina/net readers in the north of the UK to a short tour I shall be doing in a fortnight or so.It is part of a national launch tour of folk clubs, arts centre and folk festival gigs that I am doing this year to introduce my debut solo CD " After All These Years"...which i have made at the age of 69.It was produced by my eldest son Sean, a well-known producer and musician.In fact, for those of you who know the folk scene- both in the UK, America, Europe inc Ireland - the " solo" album is peppered with some of the biggest names: Sean on guitar and his Yorkshire-born wife
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