concertinas

concertinas

is it just me or does it seem like there are almost no other concertina players here?

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I think there are quite a few. I am one anyway, english though.

Dick

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Another one here, although it’s not my main instrument (I play C/G anglo, 30 buttons).

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I also play C/G anglo,30 buttons, it’s a morse ceili

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ditto mainee mcgrath. Playing for 4, 5 years now. hard to remember…

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My sense is that the concertina is a ‘second’ or ‘third’ instrument for many folks, so their conversation involves their primary instruments.

I took up concertina a couple of years ago. Wonderful instrument, fun to play. But it gets neglected because of time demands from the primary instruments, wife, house, wife, job anonon…. :-)

The question that may be better is how many play concertina as a primary instrument? I sense that is a smaller group.

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Picked up the concertina a couple of years ago to have a melody instrument.
Lessons from Junior Stevens of the Press Gang has me playing in the sessions.

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I started on fiddle, then fell in love with flute and concertina around 1990.
At the moment the anglo is my main instrument - but that is subject to change depending on the people I play with. The concertina keeps string-players honest.

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AND … there is a good site elsewhere devoted to ONLY concertinas, where one who plays may assuage discussion of many diverse aspects of it, and its repertoire… (where I hung when I was playing a lot *more* concertina).

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BTW, Chris Ghent, the Australian concertina maker — who makes fine instruments — is a frequent reader and occasional poster here.
I assume that most concertina players are familiar with www.concertina.net.

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An ex concertina player as a second/third instrument, but I am hoping to be able
to take it up again in the future. It can be a very cool instrument.

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Frequent reader, rare poster. Anglo primary instrument, Suttner C/G 38 key, 26+ years.

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I took up the concertina before I took up the fiddle, so I play the concertina much better than I do than the fiddle and therefore it’s the instrument I take to sessions. However, I’m very focused on learning the fiddle these days so I talk a lot more about that than I do the concertina.

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I started on the concertina about 4 months ago, picked up a nice C/G 30 button Tedrow. I devote as much playing time to it as I do the tenor banjo and mandolin, which are my primary instruments.

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Big upsurge in concertina playing in Ireland in last decade. Lots of young people playing it. But don’t think they’ll be found here much, have their own social media outlets.

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Frequent reader, rare poster. English Concertina is my main instrument. Learning tenor banjo and mandolin. I’ll see if my brother fesses up - he plays english also but it is no longer his primary instrument.

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This is my fifth year playing concertina and I know I’ll never give it up, it’s such a beautiful instrument when played well. One of my favorite players is Edele Fox.

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Been playing Anglo concertina for three years. Now my primary instrument.

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4 years now and I love it although I play other stringed instruments ‘tina has my heart.C/G Clover anglo.
Speed for session playing is about 3/4 of what most players in sessions would expect but they are a tolerant group if I start a set.Seemed to hit a plateau about a year ago.Started to play tunes ,songs, etc in Bb and F and then found some recordings using these.Seemed to re-invigorate me.Would love to be able to play the pipes and listen to a lot of pipers which does influence how I play the’tina.Hide behind the button box players in sessions which allows me to practice the nearly known tunes.
Ornamentation skill is fairly basic(i.e virtually non existent) but I’m content if i can get the melody and chording is a mystery yet to be unravelled!Edel Fox is a lovely player and had the privilege of a workshop held by one of the Mulcahy girls which showcased the potential of this instrument.Hope to get to Ennis for a workshop around Easter this year finances and family commitments willing.