Chris Ghent Posted April 2, 2007 Share Posted April 2, 2007 Are there any experts in the role of the concertina in Australian Bush Music out there..? The adoption of the Anglo in Ireland is well known, and its popularity amongst the Boers and Zulus is also known. But the Anglo had another natural home in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the Australian bush. It was often the only instrument at a dance. A repertoire and a style developed, derived from the Irish, Scottish and English tunes the settlers brought from home. Some recordings exist of older bush players, I think from the post war period, and thinking of Dooley Chapman in particular. In a poem about a bush dance by Australia's best known 19th century writer the instrument is mentioned, as the dance has to stop while repairs are carried out on the concertina in the back room. The early Australian concertina, the Stanley, was a classic bush instrument, a two row C/G. I was expecting some mention of Australian Bush Music on the Anglo International CD, at least a track or two, but perhaps we have kept it too secret. What I have said here is about all I know about the concertina in bush music, apart from recognising it when I hear it. And any of this could be wrong. Are there any experts out there..? Tell us more... Chris Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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