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Hmm....as a Scottish musician, I might surmise that he was an English comedian?

But no...he was indeed English, as discussed on this forum (died 1953, came from Yorkshire) but he was also a skilled concertina player. So the next challenge

is to discover how to play bagpipes that look like a mockery of a concertina?

 

Robert

 

 

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Or someone had just thrown the chair at him...

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I can't see under his hands, but the concertina in his elbow is a Maccann duet.

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On 3/8/2020 at 1:00 PM, JimLucas said:

I can't see under his hands, but the concertina in his elbow is a Maccann duet.

 

Yep, that's what he played - in fact I owned one of his back in the '70s, a piccolo Aeola duet with nickel-plated ends, gilt buttons, and amboyna veneers.

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One of the places where Clevoner played was the Tivoli Theatre in Dublin -- a music hall. in 1921 “Jack Clevenor, described as the ‘wizard of the concertina’ extracted some rare music from concertinas of various sizes, and was greatly appreciated.”

Thanks for posting the photo of him, Peter!

Freeman’s Journal (Dublin), November 1, 1921, p. 3.

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That'd make a good album cover for Cormac Begley...and His Wonderful Family of Concertinas. 

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Posted (edited)
2 hours ago, Pgidley said:

That'd make a good album cover for Cormac Begley...and His Wonderful Family of Concertinas. 

 

Please, don't remind me, they give me nightmares - I have to fix them! 😲

Edited by Stephen Chambers

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Posted (edited)

Here's Jack with  'His Wonderful Family of Concertinas' circa 1915. Six Maccanns? and a miniature.

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Edited by wes williams

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