Monthly Archives: October 2020

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ICA Membership and other registrations

Confusing as it may be, joining the ICA does not immediately give access to the members-only area of this website, The membership database is quite separate from the website, and not all members want or need an account on the website.

To add to the confusion, we also have a Register for logging member’s concertinas, which we hope will be useful in cases of theft or other insurance claims.

Hence there are several uses of the word ‘register’ on this site that may be leading to confusion.

There are ways of joining the ICA from here, ways of registering for an account on the site as well as a means of adding your instruments to the Concertina Register.

These are three separate things. If you wish to access the members-only items, you need to fulfil both membership and register separately on the website.

Lessons on Irish Concertina with Caitlín Nic Gabhann

Three time All-Ireland champion on concertina, Caitlín is a regular performer at festivals and in concert halls from North America all the way to Asia. She is also an accomplished dancer and has toured the world with Riverdance as a troupe dancer. Writing tunes since the age of ten, her compositions have been performed in the Cork Opera House and The National Concert Hall, Dublin and recorded by renowned musicians in Ireland and abroad.

Caitlín’s new website of concertina lessons:

From Starter to Advanced – Unlimited lessons on Irish concertina with Caitlín Nic Gabhann.

  • UNLIMITED – Unlimited access to all lessons
  • AUTHENTIC – You’re learning from the source
  • YOU’RE IN CONTROL – Learn & improve in your own time, in your own home
  • PERSONAL – Contact Caitlín personally if you have a question

About Caitlín:

Caitlín teaches concertina annually at summer and winter schools in Ireland, Europe and USA and has performed with the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, Paddy Keenan, Liam Ó Maonlaí, for Presidents and Royalty around the world, most recently at ‘Ceiliúradh’ in the Royal Albert Hall, London as a guest of President Michael D. Higgins. Her debut solo CD release, Caitlín was voted the 2012 ‘CD of the Year’ award by as well as being labelled the ‘top Irish traditional album of 2012’ by The Wall Street Journal.

Anglo Concertina Workshop Weekend by John Kirkpatrick MBE

There has been such a demand for this weekend that I’m going to do two next year. If social distancing is still in force, then twelve would be the absolute limit. If things are a bit more relaxed by then, we could cope with a few more but not many really. I’m aiming to do the same thing at both, so it may be best to come to just one!

Provisional dates for 2021:

            9-11 April 2021 (the week after Easter)

            15-17 April 2021

Full details in due course from my website: – click on SQUEEZER WEEKENDS.

In The Church Barn, Bishop’s Castle, South Shropshire.

Chords and Keys on the Anglo – not really suitable for complete beginners.

You’ll need an Anglo with at least 30 buttons.