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English Concertina on iPod in Art Project “The Spirit of Hope”.

This exhibition took place in Park Szilassy in Bex-les-Bains, Switzerland from 12/06/2011 to 25/09/2011.

English Concertina on iPod in “Spirit of Hope”

Visitors of the exhibition could borrow a headphone with an iPod at the entrance to the exhibition. You can walk through the park, look at the works of the other artists and listen to the history of Lady Louisa Hope and the English Concertina, but also to the concertina music of that period, specially recorded for this occasion by Pauline de Snoo.

Swaledale Squeeze 2011 impressions

Swaledale Squeeze 2011

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Concertinas in Japan

On my first night I found myself in The Hartford Café, an Aladdin’s cave of vinyl in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Prompted by a photo of my Wheatstone the owner, Mr Yanagisawa, disappeared behind the bar and emerged triumphantly with a John Kirkpatrick and Sue Harris album. This was followed by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger’s “Manchester Angel” and “A Tale of Ale”, a Free Reed recording of British drinking songs. Continue reading

The Anglo-German Concertina: A Social History

Anglo Musings

Many of you know that I have been working off and on for about five years now on a history of the Anglo concertina. That work is now finished; The Anglo-German Concertina: A Social History is now out, at There are two volumes, with 620 pages, over 440 illustrations, and 28 transcriptions. The book concentrates on the people who have played both German and Anglo-German instruments from the time of Carl Uhlig’s invention of 1834 to the present, and includes chapters on England, Ireland, Africa (both Boers and various African ethnic groups), Australia, New Zealand, and North America, as well as concertina use at Sea.

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