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Cancellations due to the Corona virus

The following events are cancelled or postponed due to the Corona virus situation:

This year’s Swaledale Squeeze cancelled

We’re sorry, but you probably won’t be surprised …

We have decided that given the current situation with covid-19, it would be very unwise to run the Swaledale Squeeze this year. The potential risks to participants and people that we know seem to be too great.

We have held back from opening bookings for the last couple of weeks to see how the situation develops, and we have now decided not to open them. Obviously people might have booked accommodation etc, and we’re very sorry for any inconvenience caused. Perhaps you would like to visit Swaledale anyway to support the community in the beautiful location that we make our home for a weekend every year. We will be using some of our reserves to pay the guest tutors in part, to try to help with their loss of earnings.

We’ll send the dates of next year’s squeeze and keep you posted with that.

Until then, I hope you stay safe and well.

Steven Bradley

ICA 2020 Annual Gathering and AGM is postponed

Due to the global virus outbreak and the temporary closure of the event venue, The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) in Hartlepool, our AGM event is postponed until a date in the future yet to be decided.  We apologise for this, and for any inconvenience to members.  The safety of our members, suppliers and the wider community has to be our first priority at this time.  We will keep members informed of any update by messages on the website, and by email.
Meanwhile, keep yourselves safe and enjoy your music!
With best wishes from your Committee,
Martin Henshaw (ICA MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY)

This year’s Scandinavian Squeeze-in is canceled

Hello everyone,

It is with great regret that I have to announce the cancellation of
SSI 2020, the Scandinavian Squeeze-In which would have been our 21st
annual gathering.

The reason should surprise no one; it’s the fallout from the
coronavirus pandemic.

Borders are closed.  Transportation is disrupted.  Gatherings of more
than 10 people — and that would include us — are forbidden.  That
situation is unlikely to change before the scheduled dates of our
Squeeze-In.  And even if it did, the way the virus spreads would leave
me fearful that our gathering could contribute to the spread.

There’s no point in simply postponing the SSI.  Once the various
restrictions are lifted, all sorts of other events that had to close
will be returning to compete for participants’ schedules.

Instead, I will now begin planning for SSI 2021, which will be held —
“as always” — on the last full weekend of April, i.e., April 23-25, 2021.

I hope that I will see many of you there… and maybe even before then.

In the meantime, I hope you will all remain healthy.

Sincerely,      /Jim Lucas

 

Jon McNamara 8 July 1943 – 27 May 2019

It is with sadness that the ICA has to announce the passing of Jon McNamara on 27 May 2019.

Jon was ICA member since 1998. He for many years until 2016 chaired the committee of the ICA, edited and published many music supplements until 2014 and filled in with Concertina News when editor Gill Noppen-Spacie was ill.

He also edited and produced the PICA (Papers of the International Concertina Association) from 2004 until 2013 for Allan Atlas of which 10 issues were published.

Rollo Woods musical celebration – 7th April 2018

Rollo Woods,  whose obituary is in the latest issue of CW,  was a very well know concertina player who died recently. There is to be a Musical celebration of his life:

ROLLO WOODS

A MUSICAL CELEBRATION

7TH APRIL 2018

3pm – 9pm

Music – dancing – food

at

SWANAGE SCHOOL

The High Street, Swanage BH19 2PH

For more details contact

Chris Pullen 07757 266119

International Concertina Association (ICA) AGM 2018

in association with The West Country Concertina Players (WCCP)

Please join us for the ICA’s 2018 AGM event on Saturday May 5th 2018. The AGM will be preceded by an all-systems tunes workshop with John Dipper. Afterwards there will be free time to play, chat etc, and in the evening there will be a concert featuring John along with The Offcuts (a subset of the well-known J25 Concertina Band) and other turns yet to be confirmed.

The following day, Sunday May 6th, is WCCP’s regular playing day at the same venue. Why not come for both days and make a weekend of it?

The Venue : Ruishton Village Hall, Cheats Road, Ruishton, Taunton TA3 5JD

There is some car parking at the hall.. Ruishton is close to Junction 25 of the M5, and Taunton with its main line railway station and bus connections is only a short taxi ride away. Nearest airports are Exeter and Bristol.

Outline Programme for the Day:

10.00 approx Coffee/tea/soft drinks available at the hall

11.00-12.15 Tunes workshop with John Dipper

FREE to ICA/WCCP members, £2.50 for others;

2.00 4.00 ICA AGM (all welcome, but only ICA members may vote)

Free time for playing etc at hall

6.30-7.30 Setting up for Concert (volunteers required please!)

7.30-9.00 approx: Concert £5 ICA/WCCP members and concessions, £8 others

Food, Drink and Accommodation:

Lunch will not be available at the hall, but you may bring your own. The Ruishton Inn and Toby Carvery are quite nearby, and there are many pubs and restaurants in Taunton which can provide meals at lunchtime and in the evening.

Nearby accommodation options include Premier Inns at Ruishton and Taunton East, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Travelodge. Other independent hotels are available in Taunton as well.

Alcohol must not be sold at the hall, but you may bring your own for personal consumption.. Also, no animals are allowed on site apart from registered assistance dogs.

Please contact Paul McCann (treasurer@concertina.org) or 07947-217840 with any queries, and to reserve tickets for the concert. Also it would be helpful for planning purposes to know if you plan to attend the workshop in the morning.

Scandinavian Squeeze-In: 27-29 April 2018

For the 19th year in a row, squeezebox players from near and far
will gather with our instruments in Skåne (southern Sweden) for another
weekend of making music, sharing knowledge and skills, and general enjoyment.

Our annual Scandinavian Squeeze-In is of course happening again in 2018.  It will be our   19th annual and it will be held over the weekend of 27-29 April 2018.

Location:  Torna Hällestad, Skåne in southern Sweden, quite near Malmö.


Our concept is an informal and relaxed weekend where both expert and less-experienced squeezers can exchange tunes, techniques, and other knowledge, or just enjoy playing together.


There are no designated instructors or “performers”. Instead, when everyone gathers on Friday evening we will compose a workshop schedule depending on what the participants want to learn and who has expertise to share.

Example themes could include techniques for song accompaniment, comparing the advantages of various melodeon and anglo layouts, regional Swedish folk tunes, hints for beginners, chords and harmonies, Irish on the English, instrument repair, or anything else that interests us.

Note from webmaster: after being on my bucket list for years, I finally made it to the Scandinavian Squeeze-In last year: very nice place, very nice people: a mix of English people migrated to Sweden, Swedish people mad of English and their own music (amongst other things), a melodeon player who flew in from Liverpool and an American from Stockholm. Excellent music. Excellent food. What can I say? See you there this year!

Contact

Website:  http://www.nonce.dk/SSI/
Email:  ssi@nonce.dk
Phone:  Jim Lucas  (+45) 22 62 03 99