Bad session experience - is it the concertina’s fault?
I went to a session last night, not one my regular ones, and I didn’t much enjoy it. The music seemed lifeless and insipid, and I spent some time thinking about why that might be.
After a couple of pints and some careful listening I came to the conclusion that the concertina was the villain of the piece. It wasn’t being played badly as far as I could tell, the problem was with the nature of the instrument. Every tune, no matter what the time signature, was heavily infused by the rhythm of the squeezing action - a long drawn out phrase, then a short shriek as it quickly inhales, then another long phrase, repeat until end of session. It seemed to give everything this boring bounciness that made it all sound the same.
Has this occurred to anyone else or is it just me?