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RE:ACTIONS or thinking inside the box


“This ‘piece’ grew out of my interest in the internal workings of concertinas and the thoughts that knowing a bit more about who used what action may help to identify a concertina with no label. The pdf below is available for downloading it contains an appendix (i) which has photos of all the actions that I have located. There is also a sort of table detailing both the earliest and latest serial numbers of which I am currently aware. My hope is that anyone who can add to this information will contact me with information/photos which I will then incorporate into revisions.” _ Chris Flint


Calling All UK and Overseas Regional Concertina Groups!

2012 is the 60th Anniversary of the ICA’s founding, as well as the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The ICA Committee is planning a number of initiatives to celebrate its own Diamond Jubilee, but also wants to take advantage of the opportunity of this important anniversary to bring the concertina to a wider public and raise the profile of the Association. If your regional group is planning any special events in 2012 the ICA would like to help! Partial sponsorship or other support could be available for events designed to bring the concertina to a new public or to bring new players, and especially young people, to the concertina. What we ask for in return is acknowledgement in all publicity material of the ICA’s support. If you’re interested please contact to discuss your ideas further. Please note that the ICA can only support specific events, not regular (e.g. monthly) club meetings.

Concertina master class in February – Miltown Malbay


Oidhreacht an Chláir was launched in 2003 with the aim of conserving and promoting the traditional arts in their native environment. Based at its permanent headquarters, Áras OaC in Miltown Malbay Co. Clare, our fully refurbished residence is next door to the one-time home of the renowned uillean piper, Willie Clancy (1918-1973). Miltown is the venue for the annual Summer School dedicated to his memory.

OaC Master Classes in Traditional Music Series

Oidhreacht an Chláir is promoting a new major initiative: a master class series in Irish Traditional music, which will start off with master musician Noel Hill’s Concertina master class on the weekend of 3rd, 4th and 5th of February, 2012, at Āras OaC, Flag Rd, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare. This is an intensive course aimed at the advanced and advanced-intermediate student, with a concentration on style, phrasing and fingering technique. Places on the course are limited and early booking is essential. The fee of €150 includes tuition, free admission to the Noel Hill concert on Friday 3rd, and lunch on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th.

More info and registration:

Wanted Alive

The following members have paid their subscription for 2011 but did not provide address details and so have not received any benefit from their membership of the ICA. If you know any of them can you please ask them to contact the Membership Secretary preferably by email at: or by post ASAP.

  • Kathryn Cottrill
  • Mr. Dennis
  • H.J. Fletcher
  • John Gent
  • James Jasutis
  • Lloyd Ryan (Ryan Lloyd?)
  • I And J Stevens
  • Derek Wheeler

Martin Henshaw (Membership Secretary)

Concertina Museum Collection Website

The collection also contains Charles Wheatstone’s own research items, many related instruments, early music and tutors, together with over 4000 original prints, postcards, photographs and written data about the instrument, its players, bands and its role during the past two centuries of musical culture. The new web site is designed to be an open-access database that is of easy access and should encourage and assist research upon all matters pertaining to the concertina and its history.

The XML-based web site was created by Wes Williams, the noted concertina researcher and designer of many instrument research sites, and benefits greatly from the research of Chris Flint, the genealogist of many of the early Victorian concertina makers. Neil’s first collection was transferred to The Horniman Museum in 1996, and his Free Reed record label, (which started in the ‘70s as a concertina music label!) now features definitive box-sets of leading folk musicians.
Neil, Wes and Chris hope to liaise closely with both the Horniman Museum’s Wayne Collection, and that of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (with whom Neil has collaborated on concertina research), and other Collections around the world, in order to add links to their collections of related instruments to the Concertina Museum web site.


Join us on Facebook

Our librarian Jeremy Hague has created a Facebook page for the International Concertina Association.

ICA on Facebook

On this page, we will post news about publications and links to new content on the web or ICA You Tube channel. We will also add pictures and recordings  from our recordings archive.

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

English Concertina on iPod in “Spirit of Hope”

Visitors of the exhibition can borrow a headphone with an iPod at the entrance to the exhibition. You can walk through the parc, 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.

 More info – click on ‘News’.