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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:

Fancy visiting the world’s largest collection of concertina music?


When? It will be the afternoon of the 28th April., 2012.

So, if you would like to spend an afternoon playing music in the company of George Case, Richard Blagrove, Guilio Regondi, Jospeh Warren and Henry Stanley please feel to come along to Jeremy’s home in Nottingham, UK (just off the M1). We’ll even found out which famous arranger of music for the concertina is in the Guinness book of World Records and why!

Places will be limited, but we will squeeze in as many as we can. We’ll also have a bring and share tea, so there will be no need to rush off. Please email, for further details or to book a place.

Blyde Lasses Media Release march 2012

The duo’s name means ‘glad girls’ in Shetland dialect, though Blyde Lasses have direct links to England. Fiddle player Claire White explains ‘I have family in Bristol, and we’re excited about sharing our songs and tunes with people who may not have heard Shetland music before.’ Concertina player Frances Wilkins adds ‘We include lots of stories in our performances and hope they are a little window into life in the northern isles of Scotland.’

More information and tour dates:

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.