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Established 1952

Connects players, makers and enthusiasts to promote and preserve the music and history of the Concertina.

Join our hundreds of members to enjoy our excellent quarterly magazine Concertina World and its Music Supplement, plus access to one of the largest libraries of concertina music in the world, and an ever- growing archive of concertina documents.

Don’t squeeze alone – squeeze together!

Join the ICA to:

  • receive our magazine full of interesting articles, interviews, reviews and events
  • get access to the unique ICA Library of concertina music
  • help support the work of the ICA in preserving documentary archives
  • access sound archives of concertina music
  • help provide bursaries for young players
  • support local and regional concertina clubs.
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ICA Concert and Workshop

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne

ICA Ambassador Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne is giving a 1-hour concert on his Facebook channel, sponsored by the ICA! 

The concert will go live on Sunday, December 6th at 4pm GMT. 

We all know how live music has suffered this year.  This is why the ICA is supporting this concert, which is publicly available, and has commissioned a workshop (below) as a benefit to ICA members.  Cohen would welcome contributions to his PayPal “tips box” via the link below:

Additionally, Cohen has prepared an excellent all-systems concertina workshop which is available only to ICA members.

Join the ICA here to take advantage of this superb opportunity.

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.