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Looking for players

I am an artist and musician based in London,
I am currently composing, recording and performing music with an experimental approach.
I’ve been writing a composition for concertina and would love to have to opportunity to work with two or three concertina players even if just for one evening. I do myself play the concertina but the composition is open and approaches the instrument in terms of its sound-making potential. The composition is also very slow and includes for example the sound of the air button. So it could be seen as very different to the traditional approach to playing the instrument.

If you are interested to participate, please contact Sholto Dobie:

Missing concertina

David Thompson notified us he is still missing his tenor Wheatstone English concertina which he left in a taxi from Clapham Junction on the 28th June. TFL notified him that they are giving up on the search.

He has posted on, notified shops and has been monitoring e-bay without any result so far.  It is black, metal ended – tenor (starts C below Middle C) and has serial number 36628.


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UK annual events

Concertinas at Witney

Organizer: Hands On Music Weekends

P.O. BOX 1162, East Oxford D.O., OX4 4WS
Tel.: 01865 714778
Fax: 01865 749428

Always the last w/e in September, this year: September 25th and 26th 2010 (maybe with a dotty session run by the ICA on the 24th!), Witney, Oxfords., UK. Two days of non-residential workshops for “all” levels of concertina players.

Swaledale Squeeze

Organizer: Jane Edwards
Jane Edwards, “Turning Tide”, 1 Coast, Achnasheen, Ross-shire, IV22 2LR Scotland
Tel: +44 (0) 1445-781225

Annual Swaledale Squeeze 14 – 16 May 2010 at Grinton Lodge Youth Hostel, Grinton, Swaledale, N. Yorks. Partners welcome.

Concertina Band Weekend

Organizer: Jenny Cox

Concertina Band at Hawkwood. For experienced players. Musical Director Steve Ellis.

Arran Concertina Event

Organizer: Samantha Boorer

Isle of Arran, N. Ayrshire, Scotland, UK. Informal get-together with ad hoc organized workshops.


In this part of the site we have links to the sites of members of the ICA. Some of the sites have a lot of information about concertinas and the people who play them, as you would expect. Others have nothing at all about concertinas, but are interesting anyway (concertina players are, by and large, an interesting bunch).

For your convenience, we have divided up the links into two sections: sites that are primarily about concertinas or have a high content of concertina-related material, and sites that have no or low concertina content. Have fun browsing around this lot!

Please send comments etc. to

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Concertina-related sites This is the successor of the website which also still extists but is no longer updated. the updates are now on this new website. It is also a successor for the previous magazine PICA (see elsewhere on this website) The Concertina Library: Digital Reference Collection for Concertinas : Documents for the study of English, Anglo, and Duet concertinas, including history, instruction books, sheet music, patents, technical papers, rare periodicals, and new research articles. A comprehensive free guide by fourteen leading concertina scholars, mostly ICA members. Developed by Robert Gaskins from his Maccann Duet web site. This is probably the most popular and comprehensive concertina site on the Net, including an online Discussion Forum. Built and maintained by Paul Schwartz. The home of the Concertina FAQ, maintained by ICA committee member Chris Timson – the second most popular concertina site on the Net! Home page of the very able Dutch English concertina player *and ICA Newsletter Editor) Pauline de Snoo. It describes her new tutor for the English concertina, which has been garnering some very favourable comment. Also from Pauline de Snoo, this site concentrates on tuition and other academic aspects of the concertina. Maker of the Geuns-Wakker concertinas, restoration of vintage concertinas, music publisher. These people have a long history of support for and involvement with the concertina. Web site for the well-known concertina repair guru Dave Elliott, which he is developing into a technical resource on concertinas.
Suttner Concertinas Jürgen Suttner – Hand Crafted Concertinas, located in Siegen, Germany Run by Neil Wayne, Free Reed is a long-standing name in the concertina world. Paul Hardy’s site has several pages about his Wheatstone, Lachenal, and Case English concertinas. Robert Gaskins’ MacCann Duet web site is now part of the Concertina Library (see above)
Other members’ sites Long standing ICA member Juliet Woodin makes beautiful fuchsia earrings inspired by visits to Ireland. Folk/acoustic trio, AJAR, based in Nottingham, includes long standing ICA member, Juliet Woodin. playing Jeffries C/G and Bb/F, and Wheatstone baritone Anglos. The web site for Stortfolk Music Club, a club in Bishops Stortford run by ICA committee member Jon McNamara. (dead link) Sally Keene also has a business selling unusual perennial plants Folkworks is an educational charity operating in the field of traditional music, dance and song. The organisation was formed in 1988 by Northumbrian musician and ICA president Alistair Anderson. Ferrette Morris is the first and so far only Morris side in France. Their band consists solely of ICA member Jonathan Taylor. ICA member Anne Gregson produces beautiful greetings cards. See them here. ICA member Jochen Riemer plays duet concertina, Chemnitzer concertina, guitar and ukelele as a member of the German folk band Hampelmuse. This site (in German) will tell you all about them. Arms Folk/workshps.html The webpage for the Saturday workshops organised by the Lewes Arms Folk Club which show a distinct concertina bias (hardly surprising with Bryan Creer’s involvement). The site for Charlotte Oliver’s Magic Lantern Show This is the web site for the band Pierrot, who include in their lineup ICA member Peter Barnard Sheffield City Giants – two processional Catalan Giants, belonging to the City of Sheffield, and representing War (the male) and Peace (the lady) whose band includes at least 3 concertina players – including Gill Noppen-Spacie, ICA Newsletter Editor. Spot them at Folk Festivals and community events both in the UK and overseas. At 15 feet tall these are no shrinking violets! The Traditional Arts Team organises activities in the Midlands relating to traditional storytelling, song and music. ICA member Pam Bishop is one of its founder members. Self-guided walking holidays in Mid Wales with guest house accommodation. Musicians particularly welcome – resident concertina, fiddle & hurdy gurdy players. Kettlebridge Clogs is a ladies’ Northwest Morris side. The band contains three concertina players, including John Wild (former ICA Treasurer).

Pay by bank

Renewing your membership or becoming a new member:

If you don’t wish to use Paypal, you can also pay by bank and send us an e-mail with your data. Follow these two steps: 

1 Pay the membership fee by bank

Ordinary (Single Person) Membership
UK resident : £20.00
Europe : £23.00
Other Overseas (including US) : £26.00
Family / Club & Corporate Membership
UK resident : £30
Europe : £34.50
Other Overseas (including US) : £39
Junior Membership
UK resident : £4.50
Europe : £6.00
Other Overseas (including US) : £6.00

Transfer this fee to:
Account holder – International Concertina Association
Bank – Barclays Bank, Saffron Walden Business Centre, Market Place, Saffron Walden, Essex
CB10 1HR
Sort code 20-74-05
Account number – 10514489
IBAN GB13 BARC 2074 0510 5144 89

Most banks allow selecting the pound as currency when doing an international payment.

2 Send your data by e-mail

Next, send an e-mail with:

your name and post address
your phone number (and/or mobile)
what type of concertina you play


As soon as your membership has been processed by us, you will also receive a welcome e-mail by our Membership secretary.

In case you do not receive an e-mail from the International Concertina Association within 10 days following your payment, please contact and we will sort this out.

The Swaledale Squeeze

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The 12th Swaledale Squeeze will take place from 15 – 17 May 2009

at Grinton Lodge Youth Hostel, Grinton, Swaledale, N. Yorks., UK.

Why not banish memories of grey skies, wind and rain and look forward to a convivial weekend of concertina playing, meeting friends, music, concert, ceilidh, sessions, Black Sheep bitter, walks, the comfort of Grinton Lodge and fantastic scenery – what more could one want!! As usual, everything will be centred on Grinton Lodge (a former shooting lodge) which is now a Youth Hostel, based just outside Reeth, in the picturesque setting of Swaledale. The venue is excellent for our purposes and we are made to feel very welcome. All accommodation is in bunk rooms (bedding provided) and meals are included for those in bunks (with or without the Friday evening meal which will be served at 7.30pm).

Campervans and tents are also welcome but, because the dining room is relatively small, campers are asked to use the self-catering kitchen. There are also many B&Bs in the area if you would like more comfort/privacy – please let me know if you’d like a list. You are welcome to bring your own alcohol to the ceilidh but not to consume at Grinton Lodge.

Friday consists of a walk in the afternoon (for those who can make it), a meal at 7.30 pm and informal sessions in the evening – 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, a ceilidh on the Saturday evening, featuring ‘spots’; from participants, and a farewell concert on Sunday afternoon, including tutors’ spots. The ceilidh and concert will be held at Reeth Memorial Hall. Families and friends are welcome too – they may enjoy the area’s many craft shops, tearooms and outstanding walks.

The line up of tutors is as good as ever – see the flyer and application form PDF) for details.

Youth Hostel prices have risen again and I have had to reflect this in the fees. As I am busier than ever this year, I would very much appreciate receiving booking forms, deposits, balances, any odd requests etc in good time. Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries – I look forward to seeing you there!

Jane Edwards
“Turning Tide”, 1 Coast,
Ross-shire, IV22 2LR

Tel: +44 (0) 1445-781225

Click here for flyer and application form with email address (PDF)


Kilve Annual Concertina Weekend

The Kilve Annual Concertina Weekend is hosted by the West Country Concertina Players ( at Kilve Court, a former large country house now used by the Local Authority for residential courses.

The weekend normally comprises an exciting combination of workshops, sessions, a concert, a ceildh and lots more (details on the web site).

This weekend is primarily intended for post beginners, intermediate and advanced players. A weekend specifically for beginners is normally held in October (2007: 19-21 October).

Contact: Mal Derricott, 49 Medbourne Close, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 7JA, UK (01 258 450927)

See Kilve 2005 pictures on David Nind’s web site (


The information is that sent by the organizers. We HOPE that no errors have crept in, but PLEASE check on events BEFORE you travel.
If you have any corrections or information to add to these pages, please send it to us, anytime, using the address


Northeast Concertina Workshop Saturday April 19th 2008 in Sunderland, Massachusetts USA

Please send in your event information for 2008 to

Concertina Learning Opportunities in North America

Ken Coles of maintains a list of schools, workshops, camps etc. in North America(updates usually once a year, last update 26 March 2005)