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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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)
  10. 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!
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. So, this concertina has a lovely tone. I had purchased it, thinking that it would be my thing, but instead fell in love with the piano accordion, meaning that this little beastie has been sitting in it's case, having only ever had a few tunes played on it. It needs a more loving home! Technical info on it: It is a 48-button Stagi, Model A48-S English Concertina Treble Range (it's not super high and squeaky like a lot of them--it's got a nice, rich tone to it). 6-fold Leather Bellows Steel Reeds Weighs a little over three pounds Six sided Made in Italy Mahogany colored wood, with a herringbone edge Leather thumb straps Metal finger braces Highest note is C, lowest is G Like I mentioned, this instrument really hasn't ever been played, so the all of it, bellows included will last a good long time. I'm asking $750 for it. It comes with a black hard case with a handle, which is also brand new. I've put up a Craigslist posting for this, so that you can have a look at the photos, since my file sizes are too large to load here. Here's the link! http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/msg/4152374121.html
  19. I'm advertising this concertina on behalf of an acquaintance in Belgium who liked the Morse Geordie Tenor concertina so much that he owned two of them. I recently bought the older model, which I'm delighted with, and he has now asked me to advertise the remaining new, unplayed model as he has moved on to other interests. Here's a link to the Belgian website on which it is advertised: http://www.2ememain.be/marche/?qq=concertina&afd=&pc_id Some bigger photos can be sent, if necessary and feel free to contact me by PM through this site if you have any questions and I'll pass them on. The asking price is €1,800 which includes insured postage within Europe and PayPal fees. This is a fair price given the current cost of a new model (see www.buttonbox.com) and then shipping and import duties into Europe. I'd like to stress that I'm doing this as a favour and have no financial interest in the sale. The owner will be handling the transaction and posting the concertina but I can vouch for his integrity. Thanks for looking. Dean
  20. Hello! I'm a new user on this forum so first off wanted to say hello! I've been playing concertina for about 20 years since the age of about 10! I've just bought a new wooden ended wheatstone concertina - my other concertina is a metal-ended and very loud so wanted something a little quieter for acoustic song accompaniment. However, my new concertina has an interesting history which I'm fascinated by and I would to get to the bottom of it. It has the usual Wheatsone label on one side but a very unusual label on the other side which reads: MADE TO ORDER OF T. WALLACE CHURCH, LANCS. WHEATSTONE & CO. MANUFACTURERS, LONDON. The normal label reads: WHEATSTONE & CO. PATENTEES AND 22551 MANUFACTURERS 20, CONDUIT STREET, LONDON, W I bought the concertina from barleycorn concertinas and have been told that to find a Wheatstone with the name of another person is extremely unusual. I've looked up T Wallace on the 1911 census and found that he was 49, living in Church, Lancashire and is described as a 'dealer and repairer of musical instruments'. However I can find no other trace of him or any connection Wheatstone on the internet. Church in Lancashire is very small place. The population now is under 4000 and it was probably smaller in the 1890's. I just wondered if anyone had come across anything similar or had ever heard of a T Wallace who dealt in concertinas or how he would have managed to get Wheatstone to actually add his name to the label! Thanks so much and I look forward to chatting to you all :-) Louise x
  21. All of these were uploaded to YouTube within the last month. The order of their listing is primarily the order in which I found them. There are some very good segments in this bunch, but it is a mix of all levels of playing. I've included name credits where I felt confident of them. Mr. Day: http://youtube.com/watch?v=mNE8sC-6SIE http://youtube.com/watch?v=l97_vzTBY8w http://youtube.com/watch?v=wyFN-THpPpQ Mr. Castro: http://youtube.com/watch?v=3AL1z85n884 http://youtube.com/watch?v=xDEzbqluaco http://youtube.com/watch?v=MW5eQ6j7GBk http://youtube.com/watch?v=U832JywxYlw Mr. Epping: http://youtube.com/watch?v=XZvQgJgFtkc Duet concertina: http://youtube.com/watch?v=W_w1qeYzTmY Mr. Thomson with introduction: http://youtube.com/watch?v=3A_qAviUu28 Ms. McNally with some playing location advice too: http://youtube.com/watch?v=_mbVMZ20Qs8 http://youtube.com/watch?v=exldseM5s8k A short (promotional) C Jeffries posting: http://youtube.com/watch?v=O6w7tmyjr44 Ms. Wiggins: http://youtube.com/watch?v=noP03eBe5zk Mr. Van Riet: http://youtube.com/watch?v=DMPx98G7srA Bootle Concertina Band: http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZU9ZSYBMqwQ Concertinas and guitar: http://youtube.com/watch?v=7FhCsrrSmCw Mr. Cafoodle: http://youtube.com/watch?v=4nilDKTf0zg Sailor's Hornpipe: http://youtube.com/watch?v=RWRhes2lXSo Mr. Vallely: http://youtube.com/watch?v=RQdT0wYkAvM http://youtube.com/watch?v=XlFqRNrXaHI http://youtube.com/watch?v=0E39mRYES8M http://youtube.com/watch?v=9pfny3v-yzY Mr. Booyse: http://youtube.com/watch?v=4q61hCi158g http://youtube.com/watch?v=KdiVQeSITr4 http://youtube.com/watch?v=NAp8BxSjG_U Mr. Toru Kato: http://youtube.com/watch?v=8pTsJoh5O1o http://youtube.com/watch?v=Sr8EvajOiao Ms. Keane: http://youtube.com/watch?v=eR3AsGn6nPg Simcoe Mtn. Music Camp: http://youtube.com/watch?v=we8UDnrss5s The Crumbles: http://youtube.com/watch?v=1JbIsl_Lsro Tunes in Cork: http://youtube.com/watch?v=DqFUW7wWgSU Mr. Thoumire: http://youtube.com/watch?v=m1qEEipNsqU http://youtube.com/watch?v=24RYZWhInD4 Mr. Laubach: http://youtube.com/watch?v=jf_4VxnlUPM Ms. Lucey: http://youtube.com/watch?v=CzEl9hdOfjE Happy Birthday: http://youtube.com/watch?v=9G4utkjscus Mr. Cameron: http://youtube.com/watch?v=j3-YZhjXZls African Concertina -this may be a stretch but I think I see one in this: http://youtube.com/watch?v=UdXDiWXJqJ8 Of course I always think of Leo when I put one of these lists together...
  22. Anyone on this site going to be at the North East Squeeze-In this coming weekend? i am. rss
  23. The renowned singer and English concertina player Louisa Jo Killen, formerly better known as Louis Killen, following a gender change a few years ago, has died following a battle with cancer. On his return from America, some years ago, I saw and heard her sing several times, the last time being about 4 years ago at the Cumberland Arms, Byker, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, on a singers night, prior to her sex change. Here is a link to an obituary of her written by Heather Wood. http://singout.org/2013/08/10/louisa-jo-louis-killen-passes/ And here's a link to a video of her singing "Go to Sea Once More". http://youtu.be/1P1cBK2NIww Chris
  24. From our performance at the Washington DC Folk Music Festival. While some notes may be missing or off, at no time did our fingers leave our hands. Jim Besser, Gus Voorhees, Richard Seidel, and me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEaYjhnKqLY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxJf4eBAm6Q
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