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New events at the Lewes Saturday Folk Club

Alistair Anderson: Steel Skies Suite : Workshop & Performance

Saturday /Sunday 19/20th. March 2011 – for any melody instrument
Lewes Saturday Folk Club Workshop No 143
Places £60 for 2 days, £35 for 1 day 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m.

Two days working on the music of Alistair Anderson’s brilliant Steel Skies Suite under the composer’s direction; music reading essential. There will be a final performance early on the Sunday evening: admission £2 for listeners. The full performance takes just under an hour. There will be an informal session afterwards. Alistair Anderson is the guest performer at the Lewes Saturday Folk Club on 19th. March: admission £6 workshoppers, £8 others.

Full details and booking form at http://www.lewessaturdayfolkclub.org/LAFC/WS144desc.html.

Chris Sherburn: All-Day Irish Concertina Workshop

Saturday 21 May 2011 – any system
Contact valmaigoodyear@aol.com to go on the Interested list

John Kirkpatrick: All-Day Workshop On John’s own tunes

Saturday 11 June 2011 – any instrument
Contact valmaigoodyear@aol.com to go on the Interested list

Holiday greetings

We mainly represent three types of concertina. English, Anglo and Duet. We have been continuously improving the service to our members in 2010 and will continue to do so in 2011. Do keep your eye on this website. We are an organisation for members but also of members. Therefore we hope that you will squeeze along with us. That you will continue to provide us with interesting tips and material for research and publication in all of our publications: Concertina World Magazine (Pauline de Snoo) and Music Supplement (Jon McNamara), PICA and the website.

 

Happy Squeezing

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Tune: In Flanders Fields

To my great surprise, a few weeks ago I got an e-mail from the composer Barry Taylor, who lives in British Columbia, Canada. He informed me that he has a new choral arrangement for the tune and he is happy to share this melody and arrangement with us, and so I transformed it to be read and played by a concertina band as a slow air.

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Bildungsroman by Steven Arntson

Bildungsroman was recorded in the remote, abandoned Old Cascade Train Tunnel in Washington State. A song cycle for Anglo concertina and voice, it features several yodels as well as virtuosic instrumentals influenced by Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee.” The album includes a PDF book containing the complete score; lyrics; and essays about concertinas, yodeling, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

The album costs 10$ and is available through stevenarntson.info.
The info, preview and download page is: http://stevenarntson.bandcamp.com/

photo © Anne Mathews

Ica AGM & Steve Turner Workshop 6th November 2010

 

ICA members and guests will meet at Kingswood Methodist Church, Wollaton, at 10.00 a.m. for coffee and our day begins with a workshop led by Steve Turner at 10.30 a.m. Steve’s singing and concertina playing is in much demand and his most recent album “The Whirligig of Time” won rave reviews.

At 12.30 p.m. lunch can be taken at either the Wheelhouse or The Wollaton, recently awarded “the best pub food” award in the 2009 Nottingham Restaurant Awards. You might be lucky and get to sample the local Castle Rock “Harvest Pale” named CAMRA supreme champion beer in 2010. The church hall is 10 minutes walk to Wollaton Park, housing the magnificent Grade 1 listed Wollaton Hall completed in 1588.

Our AGM will commence at 2.00 p.m. Following coffee at 3.30 p.m. participants are invited to dust off their party pieces at our members’ concert starting around 4.00 p.m. We are particularly pleased that we will be joined by the Midland Concertina Group, who meet regularly at Kingswood.

After we’ve had some of the best fish and chips in the county, Steve Turner returns to give us a solo concert at 7.00 p.m. – a treat not to be missed. Our day will finish at around 9.00 p.m.

If you are thinking about joining the ICA, please feel free to come along and meet some other players. As our motto says, “don’t squeeze alone!”

Venue : Kingswood Methodist Church, Lambourne Drive, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 1GR (about 10 mins off J26, M1). If you are staying in a central Nottingham hotel, there are regular Rainbow 2 buses from Victoria Centre, to Lambourne Drive £1.60. A taxi from the City would cost c.£7.50

More information on Steve Turner can be found at: http://www.steve-turner.co.uk/

To confirm you attendance (or send apologies) please contact: secretary@concertina.org

STOP PRESS – If you are arriving on Friday night, a small session will be held in the upstairs room of The Peacock Hotel, 11 Mansfield Nottingham, NG1 3FB from 8.00 pm. If you are planning on coming to this please let Jeremy Hague know at librarian@concertina.org

The ICA YouTube channel

 

Swaledale Squeeze 2010

I filmed the Swaledale Squeeze Sunday Afternoon Concert by participants and tutors. Jan, the husband of Pauline de Snoo, made this compilation:


Swaledale Squeeze impressions 2010

Three ICA committee members

The second movie: Pauline, Jeremy and me, three members of the ICA committee, playing trio music arranged by me. The tunes: Mr. Beveridge’s Maggot, Wals voor Polle (Wim Poesen), Hole in the Wall and Cradle Song (Scott Skinner).


Jeremy, Michel and Pauline playing trio arrangements

We hope that many more members will follow this example and will add their videos. Sharing their joy of playing the concertina and playing together. You can visit ICA on YouTube and join us there.