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  1. 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.
  2. My English Concertina (stagi tenor treble 56 key) lost one of its metal buttons. The lower part broke. Is there any way out there to get a new one? Or is there hope, that the original button can be fixed? I include a picture of the button and a picture of the action I finally managed to open, so you can see, what I need. If everything fails I may use the button of a rarely used note to fill the gap… but of course, I would prefer it to be "really" fixed Any hints? PS: Don't buy this stagi model! Really badly made.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. I am part of a new five piece band, DC Ambiance. We play gypsy jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt. Here is a recent recording from a rehearsal. The piece is Jardin D'Hiver https://soundcloud.com/user827948939/jardin-dhiver-1 We will have our first gig at Haydee's Restaurant in DC on Jan 5th. Come if you're in the area.
  6. Randy Stein, Music for Solo English Concertina at the Caboose Cafe Thursday Sept 14th 6:30-8:30 PM 2419 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301 French, Italian, Tangos, American Standards and more... This is my last performance at the Cafe which has been sold. Come enjoy
  7. There is a group of about 6 regular musicians that gather together in Takoma Park, MD every Monday evening and jam to the Django Fake book. I finally made the trek up to join them and had a swell time. Much of the music is familiar but it was great fun playing in this stylized jazz style, which I have some experience in playing but never on a regular basis.I especially enjoyed the chance to sight read a lot of cool chords and fast paced melody lines (mistakes were graciously overlooked). The musicians had never played with an English concertina before so the experience was new and refreshing for all of us. I did not record or take photos but maybe next time. The Django Fake Book which I also use to arrange tunes to play polyphonically, was too big to attach but can be found online for free. Google 2008 Django Fake Book Enjoy. rss
  8. Squeezers In Concert Friday, May 5 7:30-10 pm at Seekers Church $20 nonmembers, $10 members The Squeezers, a trio of veterans of the Washington Folk Festival, FSGW Midwinter Festival and Takoma Porch, are a “genre-defying” squeezebox trio squeezing tunes of the world from bellows-and-reed instruments of the world. Traditional Morris tunes, French bal-folk dances, Jazz standards, tango and original arrangements of traditional music highlight the versatility of these cross-cultural instruments and artists. Sarah Murdoch-Vocalist From old murder ballads to Nina Simone by way of old-time gospel, Sarah Murdoch’s voice is both sweet and mighty, like a steam locomotive burning daffodils. She is a New York singer and actor; a regular of NYC pub sings, you’ll also remember her voice and style if you’ve attended Youth Trad Song Weekend in the past two years.
  9. My lovely - in fantastic condition - 45 button Morse Geordie Tenor English Concertina is up for sale. It's a bit like a treble, but has an extra row so it goes to a 5th lower (i.e. the lowest note is a C rather than a G). It is in excellent condition, has fast action and plays beautifully (I don't though). I have a smaller Morse EC, which I am keeping, but I need to sell this one. I am a lifelong string player (mandolin etc) and 1 concertina is enough for me to enjoy. Rosewood stained Cherry ends, black Delrin buttons, brass fittings, riveted action, 6-fold bellows, and high-quality accordion-type reeds. With original hardshell case. Here's a link to the instrument on the Musicroom website... http://www.themusicroom-online.co.uk/product_info.php/products_id/5115 All offers will be considered - you may grab a bargain ) If anyone is interested, then please email me howard@thehilltribe.com. I live near Oxford, England. Once sold, then a donation to this website will be made. Thanks Howard (edited to include Musicroom link)
  10. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes Music by Jerome Kern, 1933 from the musical Roberta. Based on an arrangement of Boris Matueswitch. Smoke_in_eyes_Stein (1).MP3
  11. I am doing my usual monthly gig at the Caboose Cafe in Alexandria, VA. Thursday, July 14th from 6:30-8:30. This is a lovely Cafe/Restaurant owned and run for the past 20 years by Rhoda Gachou. The homemade breads and pastries are amazing and she serves an eclectic Ethiopian fare which is one reason I come back to play here. If you are nearby stop in, say hello, and enjoy. rss
  12. Music for Solo English Concertina Featuring French, Italian, Tango, Popular American Standards and more... When: Thursday June 16th 6:30 - 8:30 Where: Caboose Cafe 2419 Mt Vernon Ave (Del Ray) Alexandria, VA
  13. Appearing at DC Folk Music Festival in Glen Echo Park THE SQUEEZERS Jim Besser - Anglo Concertina Gus Voorhees - Melodeon Randy Stein - English Concertina Bill Brown– Vocals Saturday June 4th, 2016 4:00 PM on the Yurt Village Stage http://fsgw.org/myorgnet/public.php?Org=fsgw&ProgramID=10&NoTitle=1
  14. Randy Stein

    Kruskal Moon Set

    Jim Besser and I on and off play various current artists pieces. Jody being one of them. We took two of Jody's tunes that we play and put them into a short set: Fickle Moon and Pumpkin Moon. This recording was at a rehearsal with just the two of us. Notice the difference in the sounds of the two different systems and the way we do our phrasing. https://soundcloud.com/user827948939/fickle-moonpumpkim-moon
  15. Hi This is my first video attempt with my Edeophone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z21BfLpxOvo I welcome any advice that you can give me! Eddy
  16. Mal Derricott has asked me to post this article (below) that she has written about Rollo Woods being awarded and receiving an EFDSS Gold Badge. Rollo was incredibly generous with his knowledge when I interviewed him for my dissertation, concerning the pitch analysis of field recordings of Stephen Baldwin. (He was there at the recording, and was able to offer me incredibly useful background and information on exactly how it was done, the atmosphere and how he coaxed Mr Baldwin into letting us all hear him). Its fantastic to see Rollo being recognised for his many contributions to and work in the folk scene! Rollo Woods – EFDSS Gold Badge Award On Saturday 28th. November a very special party was held in Rollo’s home town of Swanage to celebration his award of the Gold Badge of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. He is in very great company; Vaughan Williams received it too! 200 people attended the celebration from many sections of the Folk society. The event began with a ‘Sing the Old Carols’ workshop and some of the carols were mentioned by Thomas Hardy. Others were chosen for their particular link to the Purbeck area of Dorset. The carols chosen were Rollo’s favourites, or at least some of them as his repertoire is so vast it must have been very difficult for him to make a choice, and only 2 versions of ‘While Shepherds Watched’ out of a possible 400+! There followed a wonderful afternoon tea and then the main event; the formal presentation of the EFDSS Gold Badge Award. A long citation (although still an abbreviated version of the original text of 45 pages long) covering his lifetime of achievements involving Folk Music and Dance, was read out by Jack Crawford, the Chair of the West Gallery Music Association and then he presented Rollo with the Gold Badge on behalf of the English Folk and Dance Song Society. The celebration then continued with a family barn dance with caller Nigel Close (a long term friend of Rollo’s and band caller) leading Rollo’s current ceilidh band, Maiden Oak. We were also entertained by members of Rollo’s musical family. His grandson, Owen, a noted melodeon player, his son Tony and his daughter-in law, better known to jazz lovers than to folk enthusiasts. We were also surprised by a group of dancers from the local school who did 2 country dances and the Purbeck Mummers. It was an absolutely fantastic day and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Rollo is recognised today as a collector and researcher of West Gallery Music; but far more than that he is also a performer of this music, folk song and dance music and an inspiration to others to perform. He is also recognised widely amongst concertina players for his skilled playing and his enduring encouragement to all who play or aspire to play concertina. Rollo has that rare combination of the eye of an academic researcher combined with the active participation of a dancer and musician. Without performance the research could lie gathering dust on a bookshelf and what Rollo has done is ensure that this music is sung and played and above all, enjoyed. Rollo also represents in many ways the full range of activities of a Village Band member of Hardy’s day. He was an instigator and is now an Hon Vice President of the West Gallery Music Association. He was the founder, and is now the researcher and band leader for the Purbeck Village Quire and before that was a founder member of The Madding Crowd. In these groups he has championed the performance of Church music from the West Gallery era. But he is just as much at home as leader of his dance bands Maiden Oak and before that of Greenwood Tree and when in Hampshire, the Black Glove Band. As a dancer he was a member of the Cambridge Morris Men and later the Winchester Morris Men. This combination of West Gallery musician, dance band leader and Morris dancer is something very special and has been beneficial to all three areas. In all these roles Rollo has always been actively encouraging new talent and through that to ensure that the next generation will carry on singing dancing and making music! Mal Derricott Purbeck Village Quire
  17. Randy Stein on the English Concertina European and American Standards The Caboose Cafe Thursday October 15th 6:30-8:30 2419 Mt Vernon Ave (in Del Ray) Alexandria, VA
  18. I have a nice boxed Gremlin Tenor Treble (Tenor C to C) English Concertina that is not used now that I have my Lachenal New Model Tenor. It plays surprisingly well for a modern budget box and it has a nice tone. It has a few minor knocks, but nothing of any significance. I am looking for around £200 plus postage. I live near Glasgow, and potential buyers are welcome to come and try before purchase.
  19. I play Speed The Plough on three different English concertinas in this video. https://youtu.be/k7cZP_8MhbE This might help someone make up their mind about buying one of these or at very least, be a useful reference video. 1) Jackie 30 Button 2) Marcus 37 Button 3) Lachenal 48 Button
  20. Randy Stein

    Piaf Repertoire

    I had a couple of good gigs this weekend. Always a nice feeling. I have a good 30-45 minutes (depending on how long I stretch out the songs) of the music of Edith Piaf. For me she was an epitome of a style of music I try to somehow emulate in my playing. Her performances are still captured in recordings and on YouTube. I've posted a couple of her tunes on Cnet arranged for EC but my favorite is here. This is a former trio I had called the Rodger French Trio. During my gig yesterday I played Non je non regrette rien after which a young woman asked what that was. I asked her if she ever heard of Edith Piaf and she said no but immediately googled her from her smart phone and listened to her singing the same song and a couple of others. It was great to watch the delight of a young person discovering a whole new genre of music and the performances of Piaf. Just saying.... rss
  21. Randy Stein

    The Matusewitch Family Story

    In the September (fall) issue of Concertina World Magazine is a supplemental issue by Eric Matusewitch on the history of the Matusewitch Family and their musical prowess on the English Concertina and Piano Accordion. Great stuff and Eric has outdone himself on anecdotal history of his family and the music they played. A great look into a most influential musical family of the 20th century. Not to be missed. rss
  22. Randy Stein on the English Concertina European and American Standards The Caboose Cafe Friday September 25th 6:30-8:30 2419 Mt Vernon Ave (in Del Ray) Alexandria, VA
  23. If you click the links below the titles you will be able to view these videos on You Tube. Scroll to the bottom to see the latest. The first few are general videos and then you will see the lessons which you can view in numerical order. In general, the videos lessons will gradually introduce more technique/theory over time. All lesson videos have a short summary of their contents under the title. All tab sheets and documents can be downloaded from my website www.daddylongles.com - Go to "Concertina Music". Please be aware that I use my own tablature for these lessons with some standard musical notation here and there. There is a special video which explains this tablature. I will add to the list as I record more videos in the future and hope very much they may be of use to any beginners on this instrument. General Videos:- A Short Video To Introduce Myself https://youtu.be/YPg80a4SvNM An Introduction To The English Concertina https://youtu.be/iG8-3dsSWkc Understanding The Layout And Learning The Notes On The English Concertina https://youtu.be/aor69M4oEf0 My English Concertina Tablature Explained https://youtu.be/VwSVDqsz02k ​The Jackie 30 Button English Concertina Versus a 48 or 56 Button Model https://youtu.be/IhvrtWpby8g The Jackie 30 Button English Concertina Compared With a Lachenal 48 Button Model https://youtu.be/iVPD6zP5Wro Looking Inside A Lachenal Vintage Concertina https://youtu.be/KZEKtMEWGMI The Lachenal Concertina Slide Show https://youtu.be/TbgAHsr5LHY Opening Up An English Concertina To Try To Fix A Fault https://youtu.be/artO0jTQDvY Looking Inside A Jackie Concertina https://youtu.be/kQ6ivydMAiQ Marcus English Treble Concertina - First Impressions https://youtu.be/2nGCWZUY2wE Lesson Videos (Perfect for a beginner - filmed with three cameras in HD):- Video Lesson 1 - Morning Has Broken Key of C major. All notes on rows 2 and 3. How to hold the instrument. The position of Middle C and D in relation to the thumb straps. Simple harmony - two buttons played together. Advice on practice and fingernails. https://youtu.be/WZ2LaPOOiDU Video Lesson 2 - Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Key of C major. https://youtu.be/2VDVFSsWKvY Video Lesson 3 - On Top Of Old Smoky Key of D major. F# played for the first time. Expression with bellows. https://youtu.be/8iyyLtxXQLw Video Lesson 4 - The Day Thou Gavest Lord Has Ended ​Key of G major. All notes in the scale of G major used. Muscle memory. Tone through confidence! First ornament (a mordent). 3-note chord on the end of the piece. https://youtu.be/afvyAA30DKA Video Lesson 5 - In The Bleak Midwinter Key of C major. Two-note chords. Another mordent. Dotted notes. Staccato notes. https://youtu.be/q7VuoGXYo18 Video Lesson 6 - He Who Would Valiant Be Key of C major. Dotted notes. All notes in the scale of C major played in this tune. https://youtu.be/S0W9vxQrnJM Video Lesson 7 - What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor? In the D Dorian mode - (D minor). https://youtu.be/fMaRBGiRg4I Video Lesson 8 - Skye Boat Song Key of C major. Lots of low notes!! https://youtu.be/pr7DDagGaf0 Video Lesson 9 - Be Still Key of D major. F# and C# played. All 8 notes in the scale of D major played in this tune. Tasteful ending!! https://youtu.be/cw3UE5tm1Ok Video Lesson 10 - Danny Boy Key of C major. 12 notes used - the most so far! Grace notes added. Expression. Rubato. https://youtu.be/SgHp96YBlS4 Video Lesson 11 - Home On The Range Key of D major. Ornaments - mordent and grace notes. 1st finger used on row 1 accidentals for the first time (C#). 4-note chord on the end. https://youtu.be/jtW-zXwnTuo Video Lesson 12 - Shepherd's Hey Played in four keys G major, C major, D minor and A minor - all using the same pattern of buttons. 1,3,8 chord played on the end. https://youtu.be/aS_wrS8g7bI Video Lesson 13 - Oh My Darling Clementine Key of D major. Low C# used so you need to play it with finger 1 on that top row. Interesting ending - an A major chord broken up and with appropriate fingering. https://youtu.be/4nQs5o0LvqU Video Lesson 14 - Away In A Manger Key of E major. Four sharps!! F# C# G# and D#. Changing the fingering to suit the tune https://youtu.be/5mAxiZN1dSk Video Lesson 15 - Cattle Call (Theme To The Woodentops) Key of G major. Playing the tune in harmony. 6/8 time. Reversing the bellows on identical phrases to get a different tone. https://youtu.be/COOIJaSPrJg Video Lesson 16 - The Aldbury May Song Key of D major. Reading the dots (musical notation) for the first time! https://youtu.be/7Otxq4pUChQ Video Lesson 17 - The Grenadier And The Lady In A Aeolian mode (A minor) Tab and sheet music - more advanced timings to learn on the sheet music https://youtu.be/_jgV3NYHu5g Video Lesson 18 - Speed The Plough In G major Tab and sheet music. Playing quavers smoothly. https://youtu.be/ObHGH7ZNfsI Video Lesson 19 - Silent Night Playing in A major for the first time. 6/8 time signature. Left hand change of position for the fingering to make it comfortable to play the G# and C#. https://youtu.be/vd33vmRqk-g Video Lesson 20 - Drink To Me Only In G major. Played and explained as single notes and also in harmony. https://youtu.be/AXUufZhkRec Video Lesson 21 - Happy Birthday In G major. This is a good key for all to sing in. https://youtu.be/eRLAayXeBbc Video Lesson 22 - Amazing Grace In G major. Played in single notes with ornaments and then with a drone. This is the first time I have featured a drone - a low G played all the way through to give us a sort of bagpipes effect. https://youtu.be/JHRPlQDAO2s Video Lesson 23 - The Irish Washerwoman In G major. Playing the same button with different fingers on this Irish tune. https://youtu.be/JgQ1pAxJvjo Video Lesson 24 - Where Is Love? (Oliver!) In C major. Lovely tune with quite a lot of accidentals https://youtu.be/QiP3ZgVrQMw Video Lesson 25 - The Red Haired Boy Not in its usual key of A but in G here. I play it with a hornpipe feel - again, this is unusual ​but I think it works well. https://youtu.be/Oi5RTJdeTmg Video Lesson 26 - Sankta Lucia A lovely old Swedish Christmas song in G. Features a C# accidental. https://youtu.be/Q2hY8TJNrbQ Video Lesson 27 - William Taylor's Tabletop Hornpipe A lovely tune in E minor. My wife dances to this in her Morris side. https://youtu.be/5T16nlsb6fA Video Lesson 28 - Bobby Shafto In G major. Two versions of the tune and some ornaments in the B part. https://youtu.be/ZGA64xajQYI Video Lesson 29 - Captain Maguire In D major. Quite a brisk and cheerful tune to warm your fingers up! https://youtu.be/i41Ui98E33w Video Lesson 30 - Yankee Doodle In D major. Very well known tune. https://youtu.be/z65oX_vIhwo Video Lesson 31 - Jon's Polka In D major. In this lesson emphasis is placed on changing bellows direction at the correct moment. https://youtu.be/H9R9Qgi82Xg Video Lesson 32 - Gaudete In G aeolian. In four parts. Again the emphasis is on correct bellows technique. You can hear all four parts together at the start of the video. https://youtu.be/ahAvKfXR3yo
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