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  1. Just downloaded This is an amazing and wonderful LP. Thanks Simon.
  2. I will be performing solo in New York City on Tuesday June 21st at the Flagpole Plaza in front of the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island from 1:30-2:30 PM. This is part of Make Music Day which their website describes: Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries.
  3. Piggy backing on a recent discussion about playing by ear or playing with dots. One of my intermediate students wants to learn to arrange a tune,primarily using double stops. While she sight reads very well, chord structures are not intuitive to her yet. I recently attended a gypsy jazz session. Most had music or were using an app called iReal Pro that provides chord charts. For me I often need those charts to play and be able to adequately improvise. Many of these tunes use chords in minor, diminished, or modal scales. Chords will often be augmented, have a minor 5th, or add a 6th or 9th. So yes, I often need a chart to follow. But the more I play the easier it becomes to hear the subtle chord changes and automatically play along. Knowing how to employ and play a more complex chord is a skill one needs to develop. A simple double stop is a good way to start. Playing by ear or with music. Why not do both.
  4. On May 15th early registration opens for the Northeast Squeeze-In which takes place in...well...the northeastern US. This year NESI is September 16-18. It is open to all musicians of every genre and instruments but caters to free reeders. NESI is unique and every moment memorable and fun. I have made lifelong friends, learned entire new genres of music, and plenty of inappropriate jokes over time I've attended and participated. Workshops are led by participants, jam sessions are spontaneous and abundant, and one is in constant amazement. Attendence is limited. Website is https://www.squeeze-in.org/ . People from all over the US and Canada have come to enjoy this weekend. Not to be missed.
  5. I will be performing at the USDA Farmers Market in Washington, DC on Friday May 20th from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Come by and say hello and enjoy a great outdoor event.
  6. From my blog: https://concertinaguy.medium.com/dynamics-45f3d9d0ba1c
  7. She found a small pub in town. Thanks
  8. My daughter is in Cork for a couple of days. She is traveling alone which she enjoys. Anyplace she can here some traditional music tonight
  9. I use this tune in lessons and recently a student asked me it's origin. I know it's in the O'Neill Tunebook but not sure beyond that. Any info is greatly appreciated
  10. I offer lessons to all levels who wish to learn and improve playing the English Concertina. Lessons are online via Zoom and I supply all music needed prior to a lesson. If you want info send a message through Cnet. On a different note (pun intended) I recently took a few lessons from a violinist for help on a specific piece of music I wanted to learn. The time spent was invaluable and I learned more than I had expected. I am convinced time spent with someone who can mentor your musical skills is, in my opinion, incredibly important to one's ability to increase not only musical skills but help with increasing one's ability to learn and create a musical repertoire. Or as my bubbe used to say "it couldn't hurt"
  11. So a follow-up: My 11 year old student had his 2nd lesson the other day. After our initial meeting I had suggested that he and his mother watch some YouTube videos of different players and music to see what he enjoys. At our lesson he said he wants to play music like this guy and proceeded to play me a video of Simon Thoumire. I told him he would have to really practice a lot in order to play as well as Simon. He then said " What's my other choice?" Kid's gonna be a star.
  12. The Eastern North America Online Concertina Concert might never have happened had I not been an ICA member.
  13. In addition to performing on the EC I also teach. All classes are via Zoom primarily since, with one exception, my students are located outside of the DC Metro area where I live. Most recently I was contacted by someone interested in EC lessons for their 11 year old son. We met and he is just delightful and excited about playing. But it made me realize that it has been years since I had the chance to play music with or teach a child the concertina. I know that in the UK, Europe, Japan and China the playing of free reed instruments starts early and is often encouraged. Many of the great players I saw on the WCD concerts learned to play from within their own family and communities. In the US...not so much I think. But I hope my experience is just unique and there are places where children learn and play the concertina.
  14. Composed by James F. Hanley in 1917. Jim Besser - Baritone Anglo Concertina Randy Stein - English Concertina *originally performed in the Eastern North America Online Concertina Concert for World Concertina Day) https://youtu.be/hCSUlaf4DR4
  15. Here in North America there are abundant opportunities to enjoy various types of concertinas performing an eclectic array of styles and genres of music on WCD. Susan Heberling will be interviewed on Friday Feb 4th and promoting the upcoming Eastern North American Online Concertina Concert and a short discussion about the concertina on her local public radio station, North Country Public Radio. The show is called Northern Light from 8:00-9:00 AM EST. Susan's segment, she says, should appear sometime around 8:20 AM EST. Her suggestion is to log on to https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/shows/northern-light around 8:15 and hit the Listen button in the upper left hand corner. It will be available for a continual listening experience. The Eastern North America Online Concertina Concert is a collection of videos of more than two dozen players performing solo or in ensemble everything from classical to trad. Join us for a "live viewing" this Sunday at 12:00 Noon EST at https://bit.ly/enaocc2022. The link will be available afterward for constant viewing pleasure. Montage: Music Performed On The English Concertina. Randy Stein's prerecorded online concert of Jazz, Classical, Traditional, as well as popular Standards and performed with his various ensembles and solo polyphonic arrangements. It will be available on YouTube for continued viewing pleasure starting at 9:00 AM EST on Feb 6th at the following link: https://youtu.be/m2_s6cKUl7g Interview with Otto Smith, English Concertina player about classical concertina with musical excerpts, February 6, 3:00 pm Pacific Time on radio at kptz.org (“listen live” button is in the upper left hand corner of the screen) Performance by the Puget Sound Concertina Band, 7:15 to 7:45 pm Pacific Time, on radio at kptz.org (“listen live” button is in the upper left hand corner of the screen). Archived recording available for two weeks afterward. Janet Dows solo concert on Zoom and YouTube Live, On Saturday February 5 (one day before World Concertina Day):12 noon Pacific Time/3 pm Eastern Time/8 pm GMT. Recording will be available on YouTube after the concert. If I am missing additional events please feel free to add in a follow-up posting.
  16. As mentioned previously, I recorded performances of Jazz, Classical, Traditional tunes as well as polyphonic arrangements of some Popular Standards for World Concertina Day. The YouTube concert will be available on Feb 6th at 9:00AM EST: https://youtu.be/m2_s6cKUl7g
  17. I use this tune in order to teach beginning players fingering on one side of the EC and offer a traditional session tune to learn. The dots are from thesession.org which called it a hornpipe though I do not remember playing it as a hornpipe in any jam sessions. I contacted two very fine Anglo players I know, Jim Besser and Aaron Bittel, as to how they play it and to see any similarities to playing it on the EC. What I received was a wealth of experience and knowledge. Below is from the string of emails: Jim: Soldiers Joy is probably English, Irish or Scottish in origin - it's the subject of lively debate - but it's become part of the oldtime and contra dance repertoire in this country, much like "Liberty" or "Whiskey Before Breakfast." I don't know why the dots list it as a hornpipe; it's played smooth, mostly, although I was at a memorable jam a bunch of years ago when we played it pretty dotted. That said, there are a zillion different versions - once I had an Ozark fiddler in a band, and he learned a very different version from his grandfather. To me, this is pretty much a classic American version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuhqSH9pTEg Here's a classic contra dance version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_IyAPAJJ54 Remember that in the New England tradition, they call lots of things "hornpipes" that don't meet the common definition - i.e. dotted. Aaron: I know Soldier's Joy as an American old-time tune too, though I think I've heard it once or twice in an Irish session. It seems to be one of those tunes that has travelled. I once found a version by Isidore Soucy in the Virtual Gramophone called Reel des pompiers (Firemen's Reel) that, in characteristic Québécois fashion, drops a single beat at the end of each section -- just enough to make your head spin if you're used to playing it totally square: https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/films-videos-sound-recordings/virtual-gramophone/Pages/Item.aspx?idNumber=1007648674 (direct link to listen: http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/m2/f7/15709.mp3) And I've also encountered not just New England players, but southern old time players who call lots of things "hornpipes" that just sound to me like really fast reels. Makes me wonder if those tunes once were hornpipes and got sped up and un-dotted, or if there was some other long-lost (or at least not obvious to me) distinction that made them call some tunes hornpipes and others reels. Fisher's Hornpipe, for example, seems to be played by most old-time players totally straight, and like a bat out of hell. I learned it as an Irish-style hornpipe, swung and at a comfortable pace. As far as I'm concerned they're two different tunes that just happen to share the same melody. (And then there's the Québécois way, in F and crooked in at least three ways...) But to answer your actual question, Randy: on a C/G Anglo, the A part of Soldier's Joy falls, for the first five and a half bars, almost entirely on the left hand, and the B part falls almost entirely on the right. In my way of playing it anyway, places where the range of the left and right hands overlap -- the fourth-line D for instance -- offer a choice based on what I want to do with either the phrasing or any kind of harmony or drone. Large stretches of the melody staying on one side of the instrument also facilitate playing in octaves (the octave below or above being on the other side), for anything from a note or two up to several bars. Jim: I've done it on the CG, a little different than the way Aaron does it. I play most of the A part melody on the right, but modify the last couple of measures because I don't have the high notes. Then the B part is also on the right. I do it this way because I always play in the harmonic style - i.e. with strong chords and bass lines. Can't do that when the melody sticks to the left side, at least in D. But normally I'd play it on the GD, with virtually all of the melody - except for some Ds in the A part - on the right side, and strong chords/basses on the left. Hornpipes: yes, I've encountered oldtime "hornpipes" that are indistinguishable from reels. Some - Fishers Hornpipe is a good example - are played both ways. It's a fairly common tune among very trad contra dance bands, and it's always played straight, no swing, no dotted notes. But in English ceilidh it's played as a very heavily swung hornpipe. SOLDIER'S JOY.pdf
  18. Jim Besser wrote "I'd be interested in hearing from Anglo players - I'm sure there are - who employ a more formal arranging process." I suggest, when it becomes available, listen to Aaron Bittel performing his original composition, JANUS, in our upcoming concert for WCD. Based of the compositions of the brilliant modern composer, Walter S. Hartley, it is an approach to music on the anglo that is executed and composed with great intention and originality.
  19. There is one at the Button Box www.buttonbox.com
  20. "When I was a little boy, I told my dad, 'When I grow up, I want to be a musician.' My dad said: 'You can't do both, Son.'" - Chet Atkins
  21. Seeing a list of tentative performers for the ICA Concert made the excitement for this day even greater. Thought I would share a list of the players and their instruments for the Eastern North America Online Concertina Concert as well. In no particular order: CONCERTINA SYSTEMS AND THEIR PLAYERS IN THE ENAOCC ANGLO Jim Besser, Jody Kruskal, Susan Heberling, Tom Kruskal, David Colpitts,Ken Coles, Aaron Bittle, Jerry Bryant DUET Britt Goodman, David Barnet ENGLISH David McNamara, Bob Beimers, Stewart Dean, Jan Elliot, Eric Matueswitch, Mary Roth, Carol Wadlinger, Peggy Leiby, Susan Gordon, Judith Ullman, Randy Stein, Matthew Huemann, Bob Snope, Bill Geiger, Judith Hunt
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