JimLucas Posted February 12, 2004 Share Posted February 12, 2004 Over the years I have always really enjoyed playing tunes that people just don't expect to hear on a particular instrument [i.e. Metallica on my harp ].I've recently started playing around with "unexpected" tunes on my Anglo,... I'm sorry, but only slightly, for this attempt to hijack Morgana's effort under a new Topic name. I know she meant it in fun, but the word "inappropriate" rubs salt in a wound gouged by the very real prejudices and just plain ignorance of too many people, even other concertina players. Once as a joke is fine, but I would feel uncomfortable contributing to a Topic with such a title, when I consider non-"mainstream" contributions to the concertinas repertoire and exposure something to be proud of and anything but "inappropriate". Besides, while the majority of us here may have come to the concertina through traditional music of one sort or another, there is now and always has been much more than that. Lots of folks here and elsewhere have mentioned using the concertina for anything from baroque to bluegrass, ragtime, rock, and jazz. Some folks even have professional careers playing non-folk music on the concertina. While this may surprise some people (many Europeans associate the concertina solely with circus clowns), I feel it's dangerous to think of it -- even jokingly -- as "inappropriate". Sermon over -- but still under my own "appropriate" Topic -- here are some of my contributions: In concert (as well as for fun) I've played pieces by Bach, Telemann, Purcell, Villa-Lobos, and others on concertina. A few solos, but mostly in combination with violin, cello, piano, guitar, and/or other concertinas. Some friends and I used to do a show of English Music Hall numbers which included several where I played concertina, and some of those (e.g., Wot Cher and The Bird on Nellie's Hat) have made good solo numbers. I also played contrabass concertina on Tipperary and we did a four-voice rendition of When I'm Sixty-Four (something we feel is definitely in the Music Hall tradition) accompanied by guitar and contrabass concertina. Some other friends and I as a concertina quintet once did a concert of music ranging from Medieval to Bop. I'm not really a lead when it comes to rock, jazz, blues, etc. I'm not as familiar with these as I should be. But I often ad lib accompaniments when my friends play... at their request. Ragtime has previously been covered in another Topic, but I have to say that even just the melody of a simple fiddle rag like Stone's Rag really gets folks to sit up and take notice. A little more subtle -- until folks realize what they're hearing -- is a hornipipe version of Old Folks at Home, part of a series of variations composed for classical banjo. I do Henry the Accountant (a modern parody of John Henry) on Crane duet, with a rocking bass. The suggestions made (in the other Topic ) have given me some new things to consider, as well as inspiring me to take a fresh look at various things from the past, such as ..Moon River ..Tea For Two ..Lazy River ..Baby Elephant Walk ..Summertime ..Scotch & Soda ..Thunder Road (The one by Robert Mitchum; I'll get to Bruce Springsteen's later song of the same name another day.) And while the English is still my main squeeze, I've just tried Wot Cher and The Bird on Nellie's Hat on anglo, and it looks like they'll work very nicely. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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