Ordering my first concertina tomorrow. The Rochelle Anglo C/G. I have a bit of apprehension, having never bought an instrument this expensive before, so I decided to take a stroll through YouTube for a bit of inspiration when I found this neat little video :-)
Remembering Greg showing my friends and I all the concertinas he was restoring and allowing me to play them. Now I remember how they felt in my hands, and how beautifully made they are.
One of my session mates shared with me Mary MacNamara’s album "Traditional Music from County Clare". I’ll have to get her other albums for sure. I finally bought that Edel Fox and Neill Byrne "The Sunny Banks" album. I’ll be ordering "Chords and Beryls" very soon. Got to hear some of the samples and it sounds like a must have. Also bought the "In Knocknagree" album by Noel Hill and Tony MacMahon but I like "Music of Dreams" a lot more.
I’m glad I got into Clare music, I love their repertoires. Yea, I still need my Donegal Fiddle fix every now and then, but this Concertina music is magic. After disliking the other free-reeds and wind instruments so long, it still baffles me that I like this one so much. Pretty ironic I think. I wouldn’t doubt that if I discovered it while I was younger it would’ve been chosen over fiddle.
So, about The Concertina: I think I’ve been quite thorough in my assessment of if I truly wanna learn it or not. Anything you concertina players feel I should know before I get started?