Internet Video Jukebox #29

Curated by Paul Walker

“Shchedryk (Carol of the Bells)” –  George plays music

The holiday classic by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych performed on a 52-button Hayden duet concertina (Beaumont model by R. Morse & Co.).  This arrangement can be found at,

‘Tina enthusiast Steve Taggart has excelled himself with a fascinating bundle of clips from the Internet- We’re again indebted to Steve. He writes:

Hi Paul, this just came up today, and l thought it was worth sharing.

lt does take a bit of a while to get going though (till 1:10), but well worth the wait.

Here’s the quite joyous anglo playing of  Australian Ray Simpson, on a beautiful Dipper instrument that is, to my eyes anyway, rather reminiscent of Scan Tester’s John Crabb:-

Hope you find it all as “happy” as l do.    Best regards,  Steve T

l remember learning this nice little waltz when it appeared in issue No. 14 of the late-lamented Australian “Concertina Magazine”, back in 1985.

l thought it could do with being resurrected:-

 All good wishes, Where did 35 years just go?!   Steve T

…….on Anglo. One of my all-time favourite jazz standards but, at first, l didn’t quite recognise it. Then l put on my “improvisation hat”, and there it was!

Not quite the wonderful Fred Read arrangement in the lCA library, and not much in the way of harmonisation l’m afraid, but it’s still very clear and worth a listen l think:-

“The Shadow of Your Smile” – Joe Pass; l have done my best (arranging) this lovely song,

(hopefully we can persuade Steve to share his dots with other aficionados?)

l have also been influenced very much by one of my other great musical loves, solo chord-melody jazz guitar (though l don’t actually play it. l have found it sounds better to leave a slight “delay” after the top melody note, and before playing the rest of the chord, as if playing the guitar. But only a very brief delay, if you see what l mean, sounding the top note first, then immediately bringing in the rest of the chord.

Until recently Steve reports the musician below was earning his living washing dishes! He’s introduced us to -Tenor guitar giant, John Lawlor doing a blazing version of “Moonglow”. You may just have to dance.

And again, Tenor guitar god John Lawlor with the trio on a sunny version of “April Showers”. John Lawlor, Tenor Guitar Jim Lawlor, Drums Jack Hegyi, Bass

Thanks so much for sharing Steve.

Welcome to a new contributor Janet Dows (reader from the USA)  who sends  the Jukebox these 2 delightful performances (she  is playing the C/G Anglo). More from Janet next issue!

Played by Cacciatore di Tesori-Maxwell Poulos, Mandolin;  Irene Herrmann, Mandolin;

Janet Dows, Concertina ; Kaethe Hostetter, Guitar     Santa Cruz, California    May, 2021

“Malvina” · Santa Cruz Percolators  (Step Out)   ℗ 2014 Santa Cruz Percolators

Special thanks also to reader Peter Dyson, Bellingham, Washington, USA, who sent a link to books of duets (linked to Northumbrian Smallpiping) by Derek Hobbs. This arrived too late to feature in this Jukebox, so more of this next issue. Any links to concertina players performing favourite Northumbrian tunes will be much appreciated folks.