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  1. Lewes Saturday Folk Club Workshop No 270 www.lewessaturdayfolkclub.org JEFF WARNER:US TRAD SONGS from THE WARNER COLLECTION http://www.jeffwarner.com Saturday 14th. September 2019 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m. Places £35 (2 under-25-year-olds £17) Elephant & Castle White Hill Lewes BN7 2DJ A fine singer of American traditional songs, Jeff accompanies himself on guitar, 5-string banjo & English concertina. He presents music from North Carolina to New England with warmth, humour & understated scholarship. He's also a great teacher with a deep understanding of the origins on the music & how to perform it for today's listeners. His parents, Anne & Frank Warner, collected & published a huge number of traditional songs from the Eastern USA, with respect, empathy & affection for the singers. Their enormously important work is housed in the Library of Congress. The early part of the workshop will be an overview of the Warner collection (1938-1966) including voices & photos of the traditional singers. In the late afternoon Jeff presents & teaches songs from the collection. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Warner_(folklorist) IN THE EVENING JEFF WARNER PERFORMS AT LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB (£8; tickets from club & website) Provisional Timetable 10.45 Registration & coffee; order lunch (refreshments not included) 11.00 Stories from the Warner collection with recorded sound & photos taken by the Warners. 12.30 Lunch 13.30 Continuing the story of the Warner collection. 14:45 An offering of songs from the collection performed by Jeff with the participation of the class. 15.00 Tea/coffee break 16.45 Finish N.B. Booking is recommended as numbers are limited. Maps & accommodation lists will be sent on request. JEFF WARNER:US TRAD SONGS from THE WARNER COLLECTION Saturday 14th. September 2019 BOOKING FORM I enclose a cheque for £35.00 for workshop fees (refreshments not included). Email first for youth places. Name: Address: Instrument, if any: Telephone: E-mail address: Tick for map: Tick for accommodation list: No. of tickets for evening performance (£8 each, include SAE for these): Please make cheques payable to Lewes Saturday Folk Club and send with this booking form to: Valmai Goodyear, 20, St. John's Terrace,LEWES, East Sussex BN7 2DL (01273) 476757 valmaigoodyear[at]aol[dot].com
  2. DC Ambiance - An Evening of Gypsy Jazz When: 06 Jul 2019 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Location: Seekers Church Channeling Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, and the legendary Quintette du Hot Club, DC Ambiance is a “Gypsy jazz” quartet bringing together talent from Puget Sound to Yale to Sarajevo. Buco Cavar (guitar) studied jazz guitar under Tony do Rosario and Alfonso Ponticelli; Bill Parmentier (guitar), influenced by DjangoFest Northwest, studied under jazz guitarists Robin Nolan and Lollo Meier in Europe; Randy Stein (concertina) has performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and on John Lennon’s last album, Double Fantasy; and bassist Shawn Simon has played with Sage Jazz and the Ashley Mitchell Band. At Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW, Washington DC 20012 (Metro: Takoma). $20; members $10. https://www.fsgw.org/event-3448147
  3. I was recently invited to perform at a house concert with the gypsy jazz trio Mid-Atlinatic Swing. We had one rehearsal that mostly involved various kinds of beer. A couple weeks later we performed 2 sets on the fly. Bei Mir Bist Du Shein was written for the Yiddish Theater in 1932 by Jacob Jacobs. Translated it means "to me you're beautiful". This was first time we played this togther.
  4. I was recently invited to perform at a house concert with the gypsy jazz trio Mid-Atlinatic Swing. We had one rehearsal that mostly involved various kinds of beer. A couple weeks later we performed 2 sets on the fly. Manha De Carnaval was written in 1959 by Luiz Bonfa for the movie Black Orfeus. This was the first time we performed this tune togther and the qulity of sound isn't great but man did I have a lot of fun!
  5. If you enjoy the English Concertina as well as jazz and folk music,and are in or around the DC Metro area, I will be performing and doing workshops in the coming month: Friday June 7th 6:00-6:30: Ein Lanu Z'man in a Pre-Kabbalat Shabbat Concert. Free to the public. At Agudas Achim Congregation (2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302) Sunday June 16th 6:00-8:00: Performing with Mid-Atlantic Swing, a gypsy jazz group, at a house concert https://www.facebook.com/events/458769888216553/?ti=ia Friday June 21st: DC Farmers Market, 12th & Independance ST NW from 11:00 - 1:00. Gypsy Jazz with the amazing Charlie Schueller on accordion Saturday June 22nd 1:00-3:00: Introduction to Playing the Concertina with Jim Besser. At the School of Musical Traditions in Rockville, MD. https://hmtrad.com/…/sat-june-22-introduction-to-concertina… Friday June 28th 11:00-1:00: DC Farmers Market. 12th & Independance St NW. My Folk Duo - 2Many Buttons, with Jim Besser on the Anglo Concertina Saturday July 6th 7:00-9:00: DC Ambiance in Concert, An Evening of Gypsy Jazz. The Carroll Cafe at Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St NW, Takoma Park, MD
  6. "Boris Matusewitch (1918-1978) was a successful English concertinist in the United States. The history of the Matusewitch’s and their music is detailed in a special 2015 supplement to Concertina World written by Boris’s son, Eric Matusewitch (CW 463, September 2015). In addition to being a well-known performer, Boris taught concertina in his New York City music studio for over 20 years. Boris arranged many famous tunes specifically for the English concertina, writing the arrangements out by hand to give his students more classical and contemporary music to play. Many of these arrangements have been collected by Boris’s son, Eric, and one of Boris’s former students, Randy Stein (moi), a well known concertinist in the Washington, DC, area. Eric and Randy are currently working with Mary Roth and Laura Wu to make Boris’s arrangements available to concertina players and to find a permanent archival home for Boris Matusewitch’s music arrangements. Mary is an English concertina player, a member of JTD, and a professor at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and Laura is an accordionist and student at Lafayette. The project involves indexing the music, digital scanning the arrangements, researching potential archival homes for the physical copies of the music, and making applications to those archives."* The scans of some of this music are now available to the public. Only those pieces of music that are currently in the public domain are accessable. Copyrighted songs are currently unavailable. There are still many of Boris' manuscripts yet to be scanned and made accessible but here is what is available to date. Mary is also working with the ICA to make them available via their website as well. https://sites.lafayette.edu/boris-matusewitch/ On a personal note I want to thank Mary and Laura for their hard work and dedication to seeing this to become a reality. I had the gift of studying with both Boris and his brother Sergei. The musicianship and breadth of knowledge and legacy of Boris is still uncompared by any concertina player I have heard to date. As we make this music available, I hope this inspires the next generation of English Concertina players. *excerpt from upcoming JTD Newsletter
  7. Nice little quartet, called "Naches, "with a lively rendering of a Bulgar on clarinet, bass, violin & English concertina (playing chords on the off-beats). I think the group is either Czech or Slovak. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jCw7djJJbE
  8. Jardin D'Hiver by Henri Salvador. Performed by the gypsy jazz group, DC Ambiance https://soundcloud.com/user827948939/jardin-dhiver-1
  9. Looking for something to do in the Washington, DC Metro area on May 18th in the afternoon that’s cool, fun, and relatively close to being free? Come here my Gypsy Jazz Group, DC Ambiance perform at DC’s first Gypsy Jazz Summit. THE VENUE "Singer's Glen": You Are Welcome to Bring Your Lawn Chair!
  10. Me and my friend Mark went out to film a vlog on filmmaking in the Milngavie hills. We eventually found this log to sit on and record a couple of tunes. The jig is The Waterworks jig and the reel is Music in the Glen.
  11. Watson's Scotch Measure, played on my 62 key Wheatstone Baritone Treble English Concertina! Cheers, Dick
  12. The Flowers of Ashgll & Alston Flower Show! Played on my 62 key Wheatstone Baritone Treble English Concertina. The Flowers of Ashgll & Alston Flower Show! Cheers, Dick
  13. Aldon Sanders

    Help naming (and finding) 2 songs

    Hello fellow concertinists, Does anyone here know the names of the themes from Monty Python's Flying Circus & The Benny Hill Show? I mean other than the blantantly obvious names. Any historic knowledge of these tunes is also welcome. Does anyone know of any concertists playing these songs? They both sound like they would be fun to play on EC. Thank you for any leads and pertinent information! Aldon
  14. Hello everyone, I've been playing my EC off of standard SATB piano arrangements of hymns and have labored over the finger twisting arrangements -- all pure enjoyment for me, mind you. I mainly play the soprano and alto parts together, but add the tenor parts or try to include other moving voices when the chance comes up. So far, the keys of Ab & Db have been the most difficult because of the irregularities in the standard left/right scale patterns and the multiple choices (enharmonics) available for several notes. Though I haven't encountered the key of Gb/F# yet, I'd like to include it in my question: Are there 'standard' fingering patterns on EC for the scales Ab, Db & Gb that would be helpful to practice? Thank you!
  15. Despite popular demand here is another tune from Jim Besser and me as 2ManyButtons duo. Again I apologize for the missed appropriated notes. Just too many buttons. Xotes Romanes is part half gypsy, half klezmer, half dance tune. Jim is playing his C/G Lachenal/Dipper 30 button Anglo. This is from a rehearsal last Sunday. https://soundcloud.com/concertinist/xotes-romanes-2manybuttons
  16. Jim Besser and I have been playing together now for close to a decade finding ways to blend his amazing talent on the Anglo with me on the EC. We recently regrouped back into playing as a duo with our new endeavor, 2ManyButtons. Jim is playing a Morse ESB baritone C/G Anglo. I am playing a 1937 Wheatstone 4 octave. This is from a recent rehearsal and I excuse any misdirected notes....to many fingers on too many buttons. https://soundcloud.com/concertinist/nadiejda-2manybuttons
  17. Mike Pierceall

    O'Carolan's Cup

    Performed here: and here also on an Aeola with better audio settings.
  18. Randy Stein

    Dc Ambiance Performing Sweet Sue

    DC Ambiance Performing Live at FSGW Music Festival Feb 3, 2018 "Sweet Sue, Just You" Song Published 1928 composed by Victor Young. Performed by the Gypsy Jazz Group, DC Ambiance: Guitars: Buco Cavar & Bill Parmentier Clarinet: Suzanne Gekker Bass: Cyndy Elliott English Concertina: Randy Stein https://soundcloud.com/user827948939/sweet-sue-just-you
  19. Good evening friends, I've been playing the English concertina for a year now, had a great experience thanks to Paul Hardy in the UK this fall and really have made progress on the EC. I bought a preowned Jackie from Concertina Connections last Christmas. So I have my eye on and my ear open to a 48 key Wheatstone or Lachenal, an intermediate step up. Perhaps I might consider the Concertina Connection Busker EC. But here's the thing. I live in Dallas, Texas. Greg Jowaisas has been very kind to send me sound files of some instruments he has for sale that are in my price range. But while I might be able to choose what I prefer from the sound of one instrument over another, I also have learned that playing the instrument is critical. Paul Hardy was very kind to let me come play the instruments in his collection - and while I didn't have a lot of time to spend playing, what I realized is how unique the feel of the instrument is, the weight, the spacing between the buttons. So I guess my question is how in the world do I purchase that next instrument living here in Dallas, Texas - a long way from any concertina provider. Your thoughts or advice?
  20. Check out my bands new website: www.dcambiance.com
  21. Randy Stein

    Padam Padam

    Here is my performance of Edith Piaf's Padam Padam*. Performed at the Saturday evening concert at this years Northeast Squeeze-in. *Padam, padam..." is a song originally released in 1951 by Édith Piaf. It was written for her by Henri Contet (lyrics) and Norbert Glanzberg (music)
  22. I have been a lurker on this forum for the past three months as I waited not so patiently for my Busker EC from Concertina Connection. Yesterday it arrived, and I am thrilled. I don't have anything to compare to, but it seems very light and responsive. I got it loaded with metal-capped buttons and the Wakker bellows, so it is probably much like a CC Rose with fewer buttons. During the wait I have listened to a lot of great concertina music, and especially enjoyed Simon Thoumire, and the Leveret CDs. Now I have a lot of patient work to do with much simpler tunes. I would appreciate knowing about EC teachers and players in the Portland, Oregon area. This is a hotbed of Irish music, so I expect Anglo is more plentiful. I look forward to learning more about concertina, and sharing the journey with you all!
  23. I'm working through Paul Hardy's Session Tunebook and loving it! The Blackthorn Stick and Off to California are among some of the tunes I"m trying to commit to memory. I'm going to be in England for three weeks this fall and wondering if I will be good on my English concertina to sit in on some sessions. So, this question comes to mind: What ten tunes are most commonly played in sessions that I should have in my fingers and by memory? This may be an oversimplified question as I imagine "favorite tunes" are very much a local matter. Still, I would love to hear your opinions.
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