Ptarmigan Posted September 24, 2008 Share Posted September 24, 2008 (edited) Sorry folks, but my first ever English Concertina, a beautiful Wheatstone, is in a box right now, somewhere over the Irish sea or perhaps in a warehouse in Belfast. Anyway, just like Xmas morning, I find I can't sleep, so I thought I'd get up & annoy you lot with another question! A guy I know over here, went into a music shop in Co Tyrone 2 weeks ago to buy a set of guitar strings. As he was looking around, he spotted one of those cheap & cheerful Concertinas & asked if he could try it. After honking on it for a couple of minutes, he then proceeded to drop it onto the hard floor, as he tried to pass it back to the shop owner. This accident put a large dent in the side, at which point the shop owner claimed that it was going to be very difficult for him to sell it now, with the dent .... so this guy ended up buying his first Concertina! As for me, I had moved over to Dublin back in '78 & was staying with a good friend in Ballyfermot & taking my trusty old Tenor Banjo to sessions every week. At one of those sessions where songs/ballads were often sung, one guitar player used to bring along his old Lachenal Concertina too. I remember thinking it had the sweetest sound I'd ever heard & told him so & also expressed an interest in getting my hands on one myself, only to be told to my surprise, that he actually wanted to sell it! So I found myself the proud owner of my first Concertina. After playing the Tenor Banjo, I found that a move onto the Concertina was certainly a step up the ladder in terms of being thought of as a serious TRAD HEAD! So how, why & when did YOU come to own your very first Concertina? Time to spill the beans! Cheers Dick Edited September 24, 2008 by Ptarmigan Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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