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  1. The late Seán Garvey sang and played the flute. The concertina maker is a different person altogether:
  2. It's always a source of confusion. A system for joptting down tunes using the names of the notes has been in use in Ireland (and probably elsewhere) for a long time. The computer based ABC notation is different, relatively recent and somewhat similar as it also uses the names of the notes but adds elements that allow the notation to be converted into staff notation.
  3. Forgot to mention he talks briefly about an upcoming recording, all done on two Bass concertinas
  4. Last night RTE aired the first in their art series The Works. In each programme presenter John Kelly talks to a prominent Irish artist. Usually good stuff. Cormac Begley was the subject lat night. Worth a look, if you are into that sort of thing. The Works presents : Cormac Begley Not sure if there are geo limits on viewing. Worth getting your VPN up for though.
  5. In my own experience tunes learned by ear 'stick' better than the ones I picked up from notation. But I do realise the ones learned by ear have often been embedded, assimilated or whatever you want to call it for some time before actually taking them up myself. Similarly Isometimes lift a tune I from a written collection and find immediarely have it, only to find I have been listening to it for some time on recordings without realising it. My experience with (Irish) traditional musicians who only learn by ear suggest the way they retain tunes is different from those who learn from notation: ear learners tend to appraoch a tune as a structure, singling out the important notes and 'hanging' the phrases off them, filling the gaps as it were while sight learners often tend to see a string of notes they have to memorise.
  6. The listings are not reliably maintained and more often than not out of date. I wouldn't bet a night out on them. Best to get local knowledge.
  7. Several astronauts have played flutes in space : Ellen Ochoa, Cady Coleman and Ye Guangfu all had a go on various flutes. So that works.
  8. That looks slightly more basic than the one I have or the ones I have seen. Quite possible John and Pat made them but Joe Ryan was the main producer of that sort of case. I have seen him deliver abatches of them on occasion. My son took away his concertina in it so I can't immediately supply an image. As it , obviously, does in a horizontal hex case.
  9. [quote] I am guessing it would still be the same? In that the concertina ends rest against the case ends? [/quote] Not necessarily, the concertina doesn't stand on its ends and there's a bit of a buffer there that keeps the buttons free from the sides.
  10. It should probably be mentioned there are horizontal hex cases as well. They were particularly prevalent in Ireland during the nineties when it was harder to find concertina cases and these were readily available through Custy's, made for them by fiddleplayer Joe Ryan.
  11. You missed the Concertina Cruinniú at the weekend! More concertinaplayers than you could shake a stick at. In fairness, you would have needed to travel West for it. It was great though.
  12. There's a number of her music images available on ebay, for a bit more than I remember paying. Both etchings and posters/other prints
  13. GD has been at this a very long time : one of her etchings was used as the cover of Seamus Ennis' Phelim Ton Ris Castle LP of the late seventies. She has a whole series of etchings that can be seen as related to (Irish) traditional music, even if the faces of the figures have distinctly German features. I posted these concertina ones to one of the 'concertina in art' thread well over a decade ago. I have a framed original etching of the first image above. Kenny's gallery in Galway had a series of postcards of these and other images as well, I don't know if these are still available (Kennys moved out of their shop a good while ago and are now working out of a warehouse in an industrial estate so not as easy to casually walk in)
  14. [quote]Obviously, what we would really like is to have every concertina player in the world out and about and playing on that day. [/quote] Obviously, that was not what I was looking for. And I will leave it at that as this is probably a whole other discussion.
  15. [quote]FYI, we also have Caitlin nic Gabhann from Ireland who is in her early 30's, and I believe one of our South African players is fairly young. [/quote] I really don't want to pursue this any further and distract from this thread. But it is really a matter of perspective. When you are in your teens or twenties, someone in their thirties doesn't count as 'young' and is not someone you may identify with and, in extention, make the concertina seem like an instrument played by (other) young people. It is probably a problem for the ICA to work out, to find young people who play, get them on board and perhaps present the instrumenty as an option for other young people to take up. As I said, the instrument is in that position in Ireland, it's become extremely popular with young people who play traditional music. And it would be nice, I think, if International Concertina Day would reflect that age profile.
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