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  1. I made these videos of the Wheatstone concertina I bought from carlfromsouthafrica. Enjoy! http://instagram.com/p/vq0eKbSd6Q/ http://instagram.com/p/vq0KueSd4C/
  2. Hi. Lachenal 28 Button C/G - circa 1881-1887 - which has new 6F bellows (D.Leese) Tuned and padded (C.Algar) £1100 ONO Lots of pics available Kind regards Mike
  3. HANDMADE Wooden Precision Hengel Concertina Clocks, Half Scale. Many colors available. (green, red, blue...) $350.00 USD Shipping only to U.S. ($30.00 shipping fee) Contact me for custom options, such as specific colored bellows, paint color to your liking, name plate can also be customized. Runs on batteries. Questions directed to sarahw_07@Hotmail.com serious inquiries only please True one-of-a-kind item, quality craftsmanship!!!!!!!!
  4. Randy Stein Music for Solo English Concertina Caboose Cafe Thursday August 14 7:00-8:30 2419 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA (Del Ray) https://www.facebook.com/groups/concertinaguy/
  5. Randy Stein Music for Solo English Concertina Caboose Cafe Thursday July 17th 7:00-8:30 2419 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA, USA
  6. ALL ARE INVITED TO THE SEMI-ANNUAL WASHINGTON, DC AREA SQUEEZE-IN WHEN: SUNDAY AUGUST 3 2:00 pm - WHEN THE DRINKS RUN OUT AND THE FINGERS TIRE OUT WHERE: JIM BESSER'S HOME IN ANNANDALE, VA (ping us to get the address and directions) All forms of free reed bellowed players of all levels are invited to attend as well as anyone who might play piano, bass, guitar, bouzouki, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, etc it's gonna be an awesome time!
  7. The attached is from our gig at St Elmo's Coffee Pub. We played again at the DC Music Festival a couple weeks ago and I can't seem to get it out of my head. Haunting tune and its in 9/8 time. rss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_rvy6jLmh4&list=PLlaiiiD-Y1Eko2P1si8qhhF4HjfwJHYaK&index=3
  8. Hello all! In a rare public appearance since disappearing into academia with his latest university Chair of Irish Studies in Canada, Clare concertina champion, author and Irish cultural historian Gearóid ÓhAllmhuráin will be joining the 2014 faculty of MAD Week. http://www.DrGearoid.com MAD Week is an annual school for the traditional arts convened every July, with multiple tracks of classes for all ages and skill levels in song, dance and instrumental instruction. MAD Week is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the East Coast's premier clinic weeks for learning the traditional arts. Gearóid joins a stellar cast of Irish musicians including Brian Conway, Rose Conway, Kevin Crawford, Cillian Vallely, Myron Bretholz, Josh Dukes, Linda Hickman, superb sean-nós dancers and many more. This is one of our favorite weeks and conveniently located in the DC area. Please consider joining us and thank you for spreading the word! Cecilia http://www.ccepotomac.org/cce-madweek.html (2014 MADweek) http://www.ccepotomac.org/cce-madweekclass.html (2013 MADweek) http://www.ccepotomac.org/www/MADWeek_standalone.html MAD Week 2014 Monday, July 07, 2014 10:00 AM - Friday, July 11, 2014 4:00 PM (Eastern Time) Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church (301) 493-8300 9601 Cedar Lane Bethesda, Maryland 20814 United States Map and Directions
  9. Here is a small snippet of our group the Squeezers from yesterdays performance at the DC Folf Music Festival. It was a beautiful day and a great venue. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cRbCjKrETx0
  10. Randy Stein Music for Solo English Concertina Caboose Cafe Thursday June 12th 7:00-8:30 2419 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA, USA and again at GROUNDED COFFEE HOUSE SUNDAY, JUNE 15 11;00 AM— 1:00 PM 6919 TELEGRAPH ROAD ALEXANDRIA, VA, USA
  11. So this video is the reason why I wanted to play concertina. I know Jon plays a MacCann Duet here but I don´t know wich one. Lachenal, Wheatstone? 39 keys, 46 keys? I appreciate your help Thanks a lot
  12. Came across this article which I haven't seen referenced here: The Wheatstone Concertina and Symmetrical Arrangements of Tonal Space, Anna Gawboy, Journal of Music Theory, 2009, Volume 53, Number 2: 163-190 Abstract The English concertina, invented by the physicist Charles Wheatstone, enjoyed a modest popularity as a parlor and concert instrument in Victorian Britain. Wheatstone designed several button layouts for the concertina consisting of pitch lattices of interlaced fifths and thirds, which he described in patents of 1829 and 1844. Like the later tonal spaces of the German dualist theorists, the concertina’s button layouts were inspired by the work of eighteenth-century mathematician Leonhard Euler, who used a lattice to show relationships among pitches in just intonation. Wheatstone originally tuned the concertina according to Euler’s diatonic-chromatic genus before switching to meantone and ultimately equal temperament for his commercial instruments. Among members of the Royal Society, the concertina became an instrument for research on acoustics and temperament. Alexander Ellis, translator of Hermann von Helmholtz’s On the Sensations of Tone, used the concertina as a demonstration tool in public lectures intended to popularize Helmholtz’s acoustic theories. The English concertina’s history reveals the peculiar fissures and overlaps between scientific and popular cultures, speculative harmonics and empirical acoustics, and music theory and musical practice in the mid-nineteenth century. http://jmt.dukejournals.org/content/53/2/163.full.pdf+html Terry
  13. Appearing at May Revels Celebration at the Strathmore THE SQUEEZERS Jim Besser - Anglo Concertina Gus Voorhees - Melodeon Randy Stein - English Concertina Saturday May 4, 2014 12:30 PM and 3:00PM Free to the Public Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln, North Bethesda, MD 20852 http://www.revelsdc.org/events-calendar.html
  14. Appearing at St Elmo’s Coffee Pub THE SQUEEZERS with Jim Besser - Anglo Concertina Gus Voorhees - Melodeon Randy Stein - English Concertina With Special Guests: Gerry Hemming - Guitar and Bill Brown - Singer of English Music Hall Ditties Wednesday April 23, 2014 8:00 — 10:00 PM St Elmo’s Coffee Pub 2300 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA (in the heart of Del Rey) Featuring traditional tunes from different cultures, jazz and pop standards, tangos, English music hall songs and more, we celebrate the incredible versatility of bellows-driven free-reed instruments. Visit us on Facebook
  15. Randy Stein Music for Solo English Concertina at The Caboose Cafe Saturday April 12 6:30-8:30 2419 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA (Del Rey)
  16. Traditional music duo 'Blyde Lasses' are once again bringing the sounds of Shetland to Skye, Glasgow, and Stirling this coming weekend! The pair performs traditional, contemporary and self-penned Shetland material with Frances Wilkins on English concertina and Claire White on fiddle and vocals in their story-rich concerts. Frances will be guest tutoring at this year's Swaledale Squeeze in May, and this is a chance to hear her in action prior to the event. Scottish Mini Tour Dates March 2014 Friday 21st March Shetland Night at Breakish Hall, Breakish, Isle of Skye. 7.30pm. £6/4 on the door. Free Shetland Beer tasting sponsored by Valhalla Brewery. Sunday 23rd March The Old Hairdressers, 20-28 Renfield Lane, Glasgow G2 5AR. 7.30pm. £7/5 on the door. Monday 24th March Stirling Folk Club, Stirling County R.F.C., Bridgehaugh Park, Stirling FK9 5AP. 8.00pm. £8 on door For more information please see attached posters, visit www.blydelasses.com, or contact Frances Wilkins on 07780 504930 or frances@franceswilkins.com Hope to see some of you over the weekend!
  17. Michelle Mulcahy will be teaching concertina this summer at Cascadia Irish Music Week, Aug. 10-16, 2014 on Whidbey Island, Washington. The entire Mulcahy Family will be there, Mick, Louise and Michelle; also Johnny Og Connolly, Randal Bays, John McEvoy, Sean Gavin, John Blake, Tom Lawrence, Laura Flanagan, Miray Campbell, Eileen Sullivan and more. A week of not only classes with these great teachers, but also many sessions, intimate concerts, dancing, lectures, etc. in a beautiful seaside setting. http://www.cascadiairish.org
  18. A few weeks ago chromaduet asked some questions about the patent of Louis Douce of Paris. Could this patent have influenced Charles Wheatstone's manufacturing of unisonoric double action concertina's? In the years 1840-1842 Douce asked for, and got, 6 patents (one original and 5 additions) on his free reed instrument with bellows, which he called 'harmonieux'. Now I doubt if you could call this instrument unisonoric. That word seems to imply keys with pairs of reeds of the same pitch. But Douce used only one reed for each key, by constructing a pair of bellows producing only pressure, not suction. They were positioned on both sides of the keyboard, and connected in such a way that one always opened when the other was being shut. Automatic valves saw to it, that neither of them could suck air out of the box containing the reeds, only blow air into it. As there was only one reed per key, you could call it 'monosonoric', rather than 'unisonoric'. The only exception is the so-called 'harmonie': the simple accompaniment with only Tonic and Dominant (bass and chord) in C major. That was still bisonoric (2 keys) in the first version, and became unisonoric (4 keys) from the second one on. I cannot imagine that Douce's rather amateuristic approach to 'abolish the disadvantages of bisonority' could have influenced Charles Wheatstone's much more professional development of the English concertina. Besides, I think that Wheatstone introduced his 'double action', including unisonority, much earlier than November 1840. Does anybody know for certain, for that matter, when this principle was applied for the first time by Wheatstone? The keyboard layout of Douce's instrument was clearly developed from that of the then existing French 'accordéon'. Essentially each of the two rows of that design was doubled: one for the notes originally available on opening the bellows. the other for those on shutting them, so there were 4 rows in total. This has, as far as I can see, no link whatsoever with the later C-Griff and B-Griff types of the unisonoric chromatic button accordion, and still less, if possible, with the piano keyboard system of Matthäus Bauer, although Douce in his last 'addition' of 1842 says that the button system can be replaced with a piano keyboard. I doubt very much if Bauer could have known this.
  19. Traditional music duo 'Blyde Lasses' are once again bringing the sounds of Shetland to south-west England and Wales this coming weekend. The pair performs traditional, contemporary and self-penned Shetland material with Frances Wilkins on English concertina and Claire White on fiddle and vocals in their story-rich concerts. Frances will be guest tutoring at this year's Swaledale Squeeze in May, and this is a chance to hear her in action prior to the event. South-West Mini Tour Dates February 2014 Thursday 20th February The Lion, Caerhowel, Nr Montgomery, Powys. 8pm Friday 21st February Bodmin Folk Club, Syd’s Bar, Bodmin, Cornwall. 8pm Saturday 22nd February Shammick Acoustic, Pack o’ Cards, Combe Martin, N. Devon. 8pm Sunday 23rd February The Square and Compass, Worth Matravers, Nr Swanage, Dorset. 1.30pm. For more information please visit www.blydelasses.com If you would like further information, please contact Frances Wilkins on 07780 504930 or frances@franceswilkins.com
  20. Appearing at the Folklore Society of Greater Washington Mid-Winter Music Festival THE SQUEEZERS Jim Besser - Anglo Concertina Gus Voorhees - Melodeon Randy Stein - English Concertina Saturday Feb 08, 2014 at 5:15 PM Takoma Park Middle School (Takoma Park, MD) Event info: http://fsgw.org/myorgnet/public.php
  21. This is A 36 key, with a C drone, C/G Wheatsone Linota concertina. It was made in 1918, serial number 27845. This instrument is in good condition. It has been serviced regularly by Tim Collins and Noel Hill since I've had it. It is very easy to play and sounds great If you have any questions feel free to contact me at gannonsmusicshop@gmail.com. Click on the video below to view and hear this instrument. Picture of the serial number attached. http://www.ebay.ie/itm/Vintage-Wheatstone-Linota-Concertina-for-sale-made-in-1918-/171212259642?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27dd0bc13a http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruv0OR4OAOs
  22. I have set up a new You Tube channel to demonstrate playing of the Crane duet concertina- firstly for some of my songs, although I may add some tunes later. The instrument is a 1926, 58-button Wheatstone, steel-reeded duet. Hope you enjoy them. The songs are: "Jim Jones" -an Australian transportation ballad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6F7IL-PjVtc "I Only Have Eyes For You" - a classic Tin Pan Alley song written in 1932 by Al Dubin and Harry Warren. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bKF8FaNPp4 "My Own Dear Galway Bay" - not the ' Galway Bay" song that begins :" If you ever go across the sea to Ireland...." made famous by Bing Crosby...but the trad' song, written in 1895 by Francis Fahey, that is sung by the people of Galway.( a much better tune in my humble opinion). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4u9yqYLqNk "Tie' em up" - a self-written, sort of angry protest " shanty" - about the limiting of fishermen's days at sea in the South West of the UK. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWKeOog2kRA "Rule and Bant" - another self-written song, about two men who were entombed , but eventually rescued after five days, at the Drakewalls Mine in Gunnislake, Cornwall in 1889. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtRPow5iPug
  23. White Horse Morris Men are having a night off on Wednesday December 4th and hosting JOHN KIRKPATRICK'S CHRISTMAS SHOW. It will be at Wylye Village Hall, Wiltshire at 8pm and tickets at £ 10.00 are still available. Of course it will be a smashing evening Further details from: Mike Dixon (bagman@whitehorsemorris.org.uk)or more details can be found at http://www.wylyevillagehall.co.uk/folk I am posting this on Concertina.net on their behalf, because although they have people from far and wide coming, it would be great to let more people know. Chris
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