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I think it’s amazing that Jody’s preparing his own book - he’s a fantastic teacher and an amazing player. Really looking forward to this one!

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On 9/4/2019 at 10:17 PM, gcoover said:

I'll keep the door open, but maybe there aren't that many G/D players after all who visit cnet and who play in English sessions

Five(-ish) years into playing the 'tina, I've met loadsa free-reed players (concertina, melodeon, PA) at Morris gigs and sessions.

Sad but true -  I cannot remember a single one who had heard of concertina.net (or melodeon.net) till I mentioned it to them.

Hardly a statistically valid and rigorous test, but it makes you think...

 

23 hours ago, Ken_Coles said:

...someone with a lot of arrangements may prefer to publish their own book...

Yes indeed. I don't know if it can be called 'publishing',  but Morris sides, and session bands tend to have their own in-house tune-books

(many of which are available on t'internet). Getting the musicians who use these well-established documents to pick up new material might

be a bit of a struggle? Here in the U.K., the emphasis does seem to be fairly strongly biassed towards tunes in G and D (or 1- and 2- sharps

to be strictly accurate).

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I'd expect any English tunes session in the UK to be heavily G and D biased and wouldn't want it any other way!

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Well, the original idea was to help fledgling G/D players learn to play and to be able to hold their own in English sessions - lest the melodeons win!

 

I suppose we can't just blame the melodeons since fiddle players prefer G and D too, but they're a convenient fellow free reed brother to pick on. And yes, horrible confession time, I also love playing my Hohner D/G pokerwork. And EC too. Different tools for different approaches to the tunes. None better than the other, and all equally confusing in their own peculiar way.

 

So, temporarily ignoring the plight of the poor G/D concertina players who just might have to fend for themselves until Jody's book is out, perhaps a different book that would make sense would be English session tunes in G and D but arranged for C/G concertina with melodeon-ish chords so folks with the more common C/Gs can participate more fully?

 

What say ye, oh sages of cnet? Doesn't take much for me to want to tackle a new book - I learn lots of great new tunes myself that way!

 

Gary

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Rather than re-invent the wheel again, if you really want to get a handle on what is being played in English music sessions here in England, I would thoroughly recommend the collection 'Hardcore English' compiled by the late Barry Callaghan (a highly respected musician, audio and video recordist) and published by the English Folk Dance and Song Society. There are many tunes, some with multiple versions and all manner of historical notes about the sources. Probably one of the best collections available. It has well known tunes and less well known ones. If you come across an unfamiliar tune being played in an English session, the chances are it's in here.

 

Get it here:

https://uk.patronbase.com/_EFDSS/Store/Item?id=76

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On 9/8/2019 at 9:37 AM, Steve_freereeder said:

...if you really want to get a handle on what is being played in English music sessions here in England, I would

thoroughly recommend the collection 'Hardcore English' compiled by the late Barry Callaghan...

...Get it here...

Ooh, goody - I 'got it there', and ordered a copy, and it just arrived (while I'm in the middle of replying to a post of

yours in 'another place', as it happens). What an absolutely fantastic book! Thank you for the recommendation!

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Yes, fantastic book! And there's a most excellent CD also available with many of the tunes. Highly recommended!

 

Gary

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I'm glad you both like the Hardcore English book! 😊

I have to confess a personal interest: Barry Callaghan was the main musician for Lizzie Dripping, almost from the start of the side, and when I joined in 1988, he was very encouraging indeed to me. I was a very inexperienced melodeon and concertina player at that time but Barry taught me so much about playing for dancing. He was a lovely man and still very much missed by many musicians and dancers. Here he is at the English Country Music Weekend in 2006.

 

 

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