The original Reader’s tape

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This first sampling of C&S readers and players is presented with due apologies for technical and performance drawbacks. Most of the selections date from about 1985 and were recorded by the performers in their own living rooms and garages, often on the most primitive equipment imaginable; so performances were originally chosen by John Townley on tha basis of originality and variety rather than slickness, technical proficiency, or recording quality. This tape is a cottage industry production, proceeds from the sale of which support the publication of C&S magazine.

Be warned! This tape may delight or infuriate, but we hope that, rough as it is, it will inspire more contributions to future volumes of musical exchange and development of free reed styles. Send your contribution in for our next incredible effort, Revenge of Readers’ Tape!

Note: These recordings have been restored and improved and moved to the Recordings library. Noise, wow, flutter and other damage has been repaired as far as possible. To find the improved recordings, use this search of the library. (Ed. July 2021).

1. Nonesuch; Mariide & The Free Lunch Conspiracy (flute, English concertina, guitar, bass, mandolin)
2. Pavan: The Earl of Salisbury: John Winship (Jeffries C/C Anglo Concertina)
3. Reaphook & Sickle: Charles IJirich (Anglo Concertina & synthesiser)
4. Monck’s March: Ibid.
5. Various Tunes: Alan Lochhead & Co. (English & Anglo Concertinas)
6. Scattery Island Slide: Joel Cowan (Chemnitzer Concertina)
7. John Kelly’s Slide: Ibid.
8. Icicle Joe the Eskimo: Larry Wilson (30-key Dipper Anglo Concertina)
9. Dambusters’ March: Ibid.
10. Wooden Heart | Sasha Come Home: Ibid.
11. Hamilton House: John Seibart (McCann System Duet Concertina)
12. The Nutting Girl: Ibid.
13. The Battle of Augrim | O’Keefe’s: Ibid.
14. Kerry Polka | The Cooraclare: Joel Cowan (Chemnitzer Concertina)

1. Cuckoo’s Nest: Larry Cole & John Townley (English Concertina & guitar)
2. Old Tom of Oxford:Ibid. (Hohner Melodeon)
3. As I Roved Out: Lisa Moscatiello & Wendy Morrison (English Concertina)
4. Kevin Keegan’s Waltz: Billy McComiskey (Button Accordion) with Wendy Morrison &
Baltimore/ Washington Ceili Orchestra
5. The Stream of Cats: Wendy Morrison & Co
6. Cincinnati: “Dr. Jack” Wilson (Hohner Preciosa Melodeon)
7. A Carol (Rudyard Kipling): John Townley (Wheatstone English Concertina)
8. New York Gals: The Press Gang (with Melodeon): Cut off.

All Selections Copyright @1991 Concertina & Squeezebox