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International Concertina Association (ICA) AGM 2018

in association with The West Country Concertina Players (WCCP)

Please join us for the ICA’s 2018 AGM event on Saturday May 5th 2018. The AGM will be preceded by an all-systems tunes workshop with John Dipper. Afterwards there will be free time to play, chat etc, and in the evening there will be a concert featuring John along with The Offcuts (a subset of the well-known J25 Concertina Band) and other turns yet to be confirmed.

The following day, Sunday May 6th, is WCCP’s regular playing day at the same venue. Why not come for both days and make a weekend of it?

The Venue : Ruishton Village Hall, Cheats Road, Ruishton, Taunton TA3 5JD

There is some car parking at the hall.. Ruishton is close to Junction 25 of the M5, and Taunton with its main line railway station and bus connections is only a short taxi ride away. Nearest airports are Exeter and Bristol.

Outline Programme for the Day:

10.00 approx Coffee/tea/soft drinks available at the hall

11.00-12.15 Tunes workshop with John Dipper

FREE to ICA/WCCP members, £2.50 for others;

2.00 4.00 ICA AGM (all welcome, but only ICA members may vote)

Free time for playing etc at hall

6.30-7.30 Setting up for Concert (volunteers required please!)

7.30-9.00 approx: Concert £5 ICA/WCCP members and concessions, £8 others

Food, Drink and Accommodation:

Lunch will not be available at the hall, but you may bring your own. The Ruishton Inn and Toby Carvery are quite nearby, and there are many pubs and restaurants in Taunton which can provide meals at lunchtime and in the evening.

Nearby accommodation options include Premier Inns at Ruishton and Taunton East, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Travelodge. Other independent hotels are available in Taunton as well.

Alcohol must not be sold at the hall, but you may bring your own for personal consumption.. Also, no animals are allowed on site apart from registered assistance dogs.

Please contact Paul McCann ( or 07947-217840 with any queries, and to reserve tickets for the concert. Also it would be helpful for planning purposes to know if you plan to attend the workshop in the morning.

ICA AGM 2017 hosted by West Midlands Concertinas

Please join us for the ICA AGM on Saturday 22nd April 2017

22 April 2017 at 10:00–19:00

Wesley Methodist Church Mount Pleasant, Quarry Bank, Brierley Hill, DY5 2YN

Preceded by a Shropshire Tunes Workshop with John Kirkpatrick
After the AGM John will give us a concert supported by Jackie Gribble & John Williams

Please go to the ICA AGM event page on Facebook for more info and to indicate that you will attend.


Scandinavian Squeeze-In 2017

The annual Scandinavian Squeeze-In is of course happening again in 2017.  All the details are the same as in last year’s announcement, except (of course) the dates.  Our 18th annual SSI will be held over the weekend 28-30 April 2017.

Dates:  April 28-30, 2017
Location:  Torna Hällestad, Skåne (southern Sweden)
Phone:  Jim Lucas  (+45) 22 62 03 99

source: Jim Lucas

Virtual Folk Club 4 with MC Paul Walker

Tonight’s guest is again Brian Peters, traditional folk singer and well-respected anglo concertina and melodeon player. Tutor once again at this year’s Swaledale Squeeze.

PW: We seem to have Old Glory nailed above the bar, so not all of the US contingent have hit the road. Indeed opening the second half with some tasty electric guitar is Shine Boulder and “Good As The Rain”

PW: So what do you think about the genre Americana Brian? Continue reading

Virtual Folk Club 3 – Paul Walker

… with MC Paul Walker. Tonight’s guest is Brian Peters, purveyor of traditional folk songs & well-respected player of both the anglo concertina and melodeon. Many of our readers will remember him as a tutor at the Swaledale Squeeze.

PW: Well Brian, as the barman is laying out saucers of pretzels & lining up bottles of Anchor Steam beer, I’d say we’ve got an influx of Americans tonight. Continue reading

Annual General Meeting of the ICA 16 April 2016 in Newcastle upon Tyne

Details have been pubished in last Concertina World 465 magazine.
Our Honourary President, Alistair Anderson will be with us for the meeeting and will be  giving a workshop on Northumbrian Tunes suitable for all concertina systems in the  morning.

Evening concert by Alistair Anderson with special guests.

Just in case you found the prices quoted there confusing, note that they are given in  concertina pounds. The members price for the concert of ¢ 5 comes out as £ 5 if you pay in sterling.

Do you intend to come? Do you want to know more? Either way please do get in touch with
Gill:  gilln55 (at) or Roger: secretary (at)


Scandinavian Squeeze-In 2016

Dates:  April 22-24, 2016
Location:  Torna Hällestad, Skåne (southern Sweden)
phone:  Jim Lucas  (+45) 22 62 03 99

This will be our 17th annual SSI, regularly held the last full weekend in April.  A description of the event, further contact information, booking and other details can be found on the web site.

Jim Lucas

Missing concertina

David Thompson notified us he is still missing his tenor Wheatstone English concertina which he left in a taxi from Clapham Junction on the 28th June. TFL notified him that they are giving up on the search.

He has posted on, notified shops and has been monitoring e-bay without any result so far.  It is black, metal ended – tenor (starts C below Middle C) and has serial number 36628.


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