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World Concertina Day events

Events starting on or near February 6, 2022

Watch and listen anytime, starting on February 6

  • International all-star concert put on by the International Concertina Association. Part 1 will become available at 8 am GMT, Part 2 at 2 pm GMT and Part 3 at 8 pm GMT.  All three parts will be permanently available to view after they are posted.
  • Eastern North America online concert (premiere on YouTube at 12 noon EST / 5.00 PM GMT)
  • Randy Stein solo video mini concert
  • New video performance by the Cafe Orchestra  in Holmfirth, England, featuring five concertinas along with other instruments
  • New audio performance by the the concertina band of the North East Concertina Players in England
  • New video about concertina-shaped toys sold in Japan

Online in real time

  • Performance by the Puget Sound Concertina Band, 7:15 to 7:45 pm Pacific Time, on radio at kptz.org (“listen live” button is in the upper left hand corner of the screen).  Archived recording available for two weeks afterward
  • Janet Dows solo concert on Zoom:  exact time to be determined
  • Chiltinas lunch and playing session, Maulden, Bedford, UK, 2 pm to 6 pm GMT.  Also on Zoom!  Contact John McKenzie (john.mckenzie8@gmail.com) or Martin Henshaw (martin_h@email.com) to attend.

New online article

  • Multi-media article about the former Swedish Concertina Society [Svenska Concertina-sällskapet] including recordings and photos

In-person events

  • Concertinas-only session at The Volunteer in Lewes, Sussex, England, starting at 2:30 pm GMT and lasting about two hours
  • Forestinas drop-in playing session at Greyfriars Community Centre in Ringwood, Hampshire, UK, 10 am until 4 pm GMT
  • Chiltinas lunch and playing session, Maulden, Bedford, UK, 2 pm to 6 pm GMT. Contact John McKenzie (john.mckenzie8@gmail.com) or Martin Henshaw (martin_h@email.com) to attend
  • Concertina-related museum display, Crewkerne Museum, Somerset, UK
  • On February 12: Kettle Bridge Concertinas concertina drop-in, Maidstone Museum, Kent, UK
  • On March 6: Bay Area and Northern California concertina players gathering, Berkeley, CA, USA

If no link is given above, please contact the World Concertina Day team at wcd@concertina.org for more information.

Eastern North American Online Concertina Concert

Judy Minot and Randy Stein

Judy Minot and Randy Stein

Randy Stein

Randy Stein

Randy Stein

Randy Stein

Randy Stein, Judy Minot and Jim Besser

Randy Stein, Judy Minot and Jim Besser

In addition to the Eastern North American Online Concertina Concert (ENAOCC) that has been put together, Randy Stein has working with some bandmates on a project to video their performances. He decided to expand the project to include additional selections of jazz, classical, traditional, and popular standards which he had arranged for solo English Concertina.

All to be seen on World Concertina Day 6 February 2022 starting at Noon EST/5.00PM GMT.

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World Concertina Day International Concert

Iris Bishop, John Kirkpatrick, Rob Harbron, Qasadi & Maqhinga, Paul McCann

Iris Bishop, John Kirkpatrick, Rob Harbron, Qasadi & Maqhinga, Paul McCann

Musik Bohmer, Louis Brink, Riggy Rackin, Caitlín nic Gabhann

Musik Bohmer, Louis Brink, Riggy Rackin, Caitlín nic Gabhann

Wim Wakker, Michael Hebbert, David Gardiner

Wim Wakker, Michael Hebbert, David Gardiner

J25 Concertina Band, Jody Kruskal

J25 Concertina Band, Jody Kruskal

Alistair Anderson,Danny Chapman, UK Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne

Alistair Anderson,Danny Chapman, UK Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne

Didie Sendra, Ivan Coa Apaza, Janet Dows, Geoff Lakeman

Didie Sendra, Ivan Coa Apaza, Janet Dows, Geoff Lakeman

Video concert will be available for viewing starting on February 6! Part 1 will become available at 8 am GMT, Part 2 at 2 pm GMT and Part 3 at 8 pm GMT.  All three parts will be permanently available to view after they are posted.

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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!