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World Concertina Day – February 6, 2022!

The ICA will be sponsoring the first-ever World Concertina Day on February 6th, 2022, the 220th anniversary of the birth of Sir Charles Wheatstone, inventor of the English concertina. World Concertina Day will also celebrate the 70th anniversary of the ICA’s founding in 1952. We hope to bring together concertina people all over the world that day to celebrate the concertina and to raise awareness of the concertina with the general public and media. 

The ICA encourages everyone with an interest in the concertina to participate on February 6, 2022 or on that weekend by taking part in or organizing an event in your local area.  More details are here!

Internet Video Jukebox 28 – June 2021

Curated by Paul Walker

Homebaked Concertina #4

We start with the fourth in a series of concertina video concerts produced during the Covid 19 virus lockdown period in Australia during 2020. Players in order of appearance are…. Emma Lewis playing ‘The Drunken Tinker’, John Thompson Playing ‘The Concertina Song’, Wony Min playing ‘McKechnie’s Farewell’, Annette Benson playing ‘The Butterfly’, and Helen & Tony Romeo playing some favourite tunes.

Don’t miss “The Concertina Song” a spoof on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.

We continue with ‘tina enthusiast Steve Taggart, who has excelled himself with a bumper bundle of clips from the Internet – we’re again indebted to Steve. He writes:

“Here’s a duo-version of a tune that we all know, and love. “Elsey’s Waltz”

Played on two English concertinas, the “seconds” by one Derek Hobbs.

With the added bonus of a nice smile at the end !

Deserves a few more views too, l’m thinking:-

………….from the film “The Sandpiper”, played on Hayden Duet. “The Shadow Of Your Smile” Composer – Johnny Mandel / Played on Duet Concertina by echosoloconcertina

Only had 39 views in 3 years. l think it deserves a few more:-

l came to find this version as l’ve been working on my own arrangement of this lovely tune, for solo English. [Steve- would be good to hear/see this arrangement! PW ]

Paul, here are two nice little original compositions, that perhaps deserve a few more views (Moorland Air/Ryedale Waltz – Concertina and Ukuleles) By TootlinGeoff :-

A very “smooth” rendition of the old “Navy Lark” theme tune,( “The Trade Wind Hornpipe”) on Anglo by Paul Woloschuk.

Pure nostalgia!

Found this as it’s a tune l’m practicing right now, ready for when they put me in a care home!

Paul, Being a long-retired Banquet Minstrel,from back in the 1970s, l still have many of the tunes we used to play lurking in my “memory banks”. Recently l have come to realise just how well some of them go on the concertina, especially after Jeremy (ICA librarian) sent round “Never Weather-beaten Sail” to the JTD folk.

So here is one of them, a Playford tune:- (From pages 27 & 89 of the collection “A Garden of Dainty Delights” – a book of tunes from the ‘Olden Times’ arranged for the Anglo Concertina by Adrian Brown and published by Rollston Press. Available worldwide via Amazon and other fine retailers. Further information at:

“All in a Garden Green” On Anglo:-

The same tune on Baritone Anglo:- by  Howard Mitchell

“Longing for home”-  as a multi tracked quintet (!) by  ProfRat

written by Joanie Madden of Cherish the Ladies. She wrote it for her mother after learning of her immigration story from County Clare to New York.

And now a great favourite (that ICA secretary Roger Gawley has been known to perform) by its originator:

Les Barker –“Arnold” (The National Forest Folk Festival 2007)

The classic story of the love affair between a myopic armadillo & a concertina!

Rick Epping– in the first link he starts off with harmonica and banjo and then picks up an English concertina. (concertina starts at 3mim 50 sec)

Duet Concertina  lovers take note: 

Newly posted recordings by South African Maccann players Nico Langeveldt and Morgan O’Kennedy (and many other great duet concertina recordings) are now available for listening at :

Marien Lina-French traditional mazurka from the Auvergne region on an F/C anglo concertina. The tune can also be heard in the Ardèche region. It appears on Melusine’s LP(1977 Polidor): Leve toi et danse with the name “Mazurka d’Auvergne”.

The beautiful polish tango Ostatnia Niedziele – played in Warschau in 2010.

The instrument is a Crane Concertina – by Crabb – made in 1924.

(again by Marien Lina)-

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Calling All Duet players!!!


You are invited to submit original compositions or arrangements (of copyright-free material) for all systems of Duet concertina, for potential inclusion in a ‘Tutor + Anthology’ publication being compiled and edited by Iris Bishop. All arrangements from ‘nice & easy’ to more adventurous, complex arrangements are welcome for consideration.

Please submit any material (as jpg or pdf files) directly to Iris at:

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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.