The English Concertina Absolute Beginners – Alex Wade and Dave Mallinson – More info at www.mally.com
I am an artist and musician based in London,
I am currently composing, recording and performing music with an experimental approach.
I’ve been writing a composition for concertina and would love to have to opportunity to work with two or three concertina players even if just for one evening. I do myself play the concertina but the composition is open and approaches the instrument in terms of its sound-making potential. The composition is also very slow and includes for example the sound of the air button. So it could be seen as very different to the traditional approach to playing the instrument.
If you are interested to participate, please contact Sholto Dobie: email@example.com.
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 c.net, 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.
For bookings and enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call: Jeremy Hague on 0776 967 6509
Eilish Kennedy is looking after the organisation this year – she can be reached on email@example.com. Booking and payment arrangements, particularly for those on the European side of the water have been simplified this year, and as ever a great week is expected, with the local Corofin Festival getting stronger and better each year and running concurrently. There is a review of last years school on Concertina.net for those interested, at http://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=15071
It is being held at St. Audries Bay holiday park on the Severn Estuary – where the Quantock Hills unfold towards the sea and yes, we can go down the steps and walk on the beach – some brave souls have even ventured into the sea! Last year’s brilliant duet tutor John Morgan could almost see his house across the water, but declined the offer of a rowing boat to get home and drove over the bridge instead. Booking for 2013 opens in November and we are so fortunate in having a ‘dream team’ of tutors – Alistair, John and Iris have supported us many times in the past and it is great that they will be leading us on this celebratory weekend. With the best tuition, there will be plenty of opportunities to spur you on and help you improve your playing technique, get new tunes and ideas, together with enjoying bar sessions with old and new friends.
One of the aims of the West Country Concertina Players is to motivate and facilitate learning to play the concertina – with enjoyment as key – so you are most cordially invited to come and join us in March.
Info and contact
The International Concertina Association wishes all concertina players in the world happy days for Christmas and a good health with lots of concertina music for 2013.
No zombies where harmed while making this video: they were already dead.
The concertinas are all Anglos… sorry guys. I’m sure the maker didn’t do this on purpose.
While well-established annual events such as the uilleann pipers’ Tionól, the harpists’ Cúirt Cruitearachta, Cruinniú na bhFliúit in Cúil Aodha and Cairdeas na bhFidléirí’s fiddle week in Glencolumcille provide a forum for enthusiasts and practitioners on most traditional instruments, there has been no similar celebration of the concertina in Ireland for a number of years.