Monthly Archives: February 2011

John Kirkpatrick – Three Day Anglo Concertina Course

This three day course is aimed at helping players of the Anglo concertina discover the full musical potential of their instrument. John will be looking at all the various technical aspects of playing, but will mostly be exploring what can be found in the way of chords and harmonies in the left hand to support melodies in the right hand. This is all very physical stuff, and teaching will be in terms of patterns and finger memory, rather than a more abstract intellectual approach. Although a broad grasp of the complexities of music will naturally grow out of the work involved, the ability to read musical notation is by no means essential, and may in fact be a hindrance!

The sessions will not be suitable for complete beginners, and as they are very specific to the instrument they will not be suitable for players of the other kinds of concertina either – the English or the Duet. And please note – the small twenty button Anglo will not be adequate for this course.You’ll need an Anglo concertina with not less than thirty buttons, and ideally a keyboard chart of what all the buttons are. If you haven’t got a chart, John will help you to knock one up, and, thus equipped, whether your interest is in beefing up your tune playing or adding floating parts to accompany your favourite song, Mr Kirkpatrick will be able to bring a lifetime’s experience to bear and help you along the way.

More information:
Phone: 01743 891412

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

Chris Sherburn: All-Day Irish Concertina Workshop

Saturday 21 May 2011 – any system
Contact to go on the Interested list

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

Saturday 11 June 2011 – any instrument
Contact to go on the Interested list

Concertina World #447

Contributors: Alan Day, Rosalie Dipper, Peter Dyson, Roger Gawley, Valmai Goodyear, Helen Graham, Anne Gregson, Jeremy Hague, Colin McEwen, Pippa Sandford.

Deadline next Concertina World: 1 March 2011