Dave Cornell of the USA sadly passed away during the last week of May after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.Continue reading
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.
presented by The International Concertina Association (I.C.A.)
in association with The West Country Concertina Players (W.C.C.P.)
featuring John Dipper – virtuoso on concertina and fiddle Continue reading
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:
A MUSICAL CELEBRATION
7TH APRIL 2018
3pm – 9pm
Music – dancing – food
The High Street, Swanage BH19 2PH
For more details contact
Chris Pullen 07757 266119
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 (email@example.com) 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.
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!
This list provides information of concertina teachers and players both professional and
amateurs. The information was provided by the persons themselves and the ICA bears no
responsibility for the correctness.
The list is meant to help find teachers or players all over the world for anyone who wants to
know more about a concertina or how to learn to play it or otherwise.
dates are July 24 to 29, 2017 and the tutor will be Alex Wade.
You can see Alex at:
Full details ate at:
It’s not suitable for absolute beginners but no previous experience of folk music is needed. Nor do you need to read music (but it would be fine if you do). Cost will be in the region of £430 which covers 5 days full board and tuition.
A splendid time is guaranteed for all!
Rhosymedre by Vaughan Williams played by the Hawkwood Concertina Band in January 2017. Conducted by S. Ellis.
The Lost Chord by A.S. Sullivan played by the Hawkwood Concertina Band in January 2017. Conducted by A.D. Townsend.