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John Kirkpatrick Anglo Concertina Course


This three day course is aimed at helping players of the Anglo concertina discover the full musical potential of their instrument. John will be looking at all the various technical aspects of playing, but will mostly be exploring what can be found in the way of chords and harmonies in the left hand to support melodies in the right hand. This is all very physical stuff, and teaching will be in terms of patterns and finger memory, rather than a more abstract intellectual approach. Although a broad grasp of the complexities of music will naturally grow out of the work involved, the ability to read musical notation is by no means essential, and may in fact be a hindrance!

The sessions may not be suitable for complete beginners, and as they are very specific to the instrument they will not be suitable for players of the other kinds of concertina either – the English or the Duet. And please note – the small twenty button Anglo will not be adequate for this course.You’ll need an Anglo concertina with not less than thirty buttons, and ideally a keyboard chart of what all the buttons are. If you haven’t got a chart, John will help you to knock one up, and, thus equipped, whether your interest is in beefing up your tune playing or adding floating parts to accompany your favourite song, Mr Kirkpatrick will be able to bring a lifetime’s experience to bear and help you along the way.

John & Yvonne Hart –
Phone: 01743 891412

Concertina session at Broadstairs Folk Week

The Spare Parts Concertina Band is running a part-playing session for concertinas at Broadstairs Folk Week this year on Wednesday 15th. August from 10.00 – 11.30. People who aren’t attending the whole festival can still pay on the door.

The music can be downloaded from the band website as dots and midis: Feel free to try the music even if you aren’t coming to the session.

11 August 2012: Concertina in the Low Countries


Alex has played the concertina from a very young age and is an accomplished musician on Concertina, Flute and Saxophone. She has experience as a musician in all styles of music and teaches music professionally.

  • Workshops: from 11.00 – 12. 30 and from 13.30 – 15.00 hrs
  • Concert: at 16.00 hrs with different music styles and combinations of concertina ensemble playing

Participants for the workshop pay 20 Euros. The concert is free.

For enquiries and more detailed information, mail to:


16 June 2012: Concertina Day with Rob Harbron

Date:16 June 2012
Place: Underbank Schoolrooms, Sheffield
Cost: £35

Rob Harbron will lead a one-day concertina workshop which will help players develop and consolidate their own individual playing styles. Rob plays the English system but the day will be open to players of all systems and much of the day will be spent discussing ideas and technique which are not system-specific. The day will be suitable for players of all abilities, from basic through to intermediate and advanced.

The day is concerned more with individual style and technique than playing together, but music for a few tunes which will be used throughout the day will be sent by email a few days beforehand.

Session 1: 11am – 12:30pm
Doing the basics well – making a good sound by thinking about posture, use of the bellows, tone, attack, dynamics, etc.

LUNCH (BYO or local pubs)

Session 2: 1:30pm – 3pm
Developing your own style – looking at phrasing, groove, swing, ornamentation, variation, etc

Session 3: 3:30pm – 5pm
Putting it all together – shortcuts to harmony and accompaniment, techniques for building arrangements, and ways to perform more confidently.


Full details and booking (using PayPal):

Banding Together at Seale-Hayne news update


Paul is Deputy Head of Service at Gwent Music Support Service, and Director of Youth Symphonic and Jazz groups in Gwent, and The Modern Ensemble. He plays flute and saxophone, composes, and has conducted in many of the big national concert halls. He’s excited about working with us, which is amazing! There are only a few places left – book now!


Swaledale Squeeze: 18-20 May 2012


Friday consists of an optional walk in the afternoon, a meal at 7.30 pm and informal sessions in the evening (including Foss’ ‘Dotty Session’ – using dots!) – a chance to unwind after your journey, play a few tunes and meet friends old and new. There will be workshops on Saturday and Sunday, a mini-concert on Saturday featuring Pauline de Snoo & friends, a ceilidh on the Saturday evening, featuring ‘spots’ from participants, and a farewell concert on Sunday afternoon, including tutors’ ‘spots’. The ceilidh & concert will be held at Reeth Memorial Hall. Families & friends are welcome too – they may enjoy the area’s many craft shops, tearooms and outstanding walks and are welcome to bring other musical instruments for joining in sessions or the ceilidh band.

The guest tutors for this year’s squeeze are Alistair Anderson (English), Brian Peters (Anglo) and Michael Hebbert (Duet). They join our regular team of tutors: Harry Scurfield (Anglo); Pauline de Snoo (English); Paul Walker (Anglo & English); Dave Ball (part playing) and Carolyn Wade (concertina band) to provide workshops covering a whole range of concertina playing for different abilities, systems and styles. The weekend also features Dave Elliott’s “Concertina Clinic” on Saturday and Chris Algar’s “Concertina Emporium” on Sunday.

More info and booking: