Offered for sale is a Wheatstone Aeola Treble concertina (#27864)
- 48 keys, 6 fold bellows, steel reeds, brass mounts, concert pitch, lovely tone, original leather case
- Original manufacture: May 8th, 1919 (Wheatstone Ledger Entry)
- Refubished: 2009 by that nice Mr Gibb @ theboxplace - incl pads, valves, thumbstraps & retuning
The concertina came to me (~2008) from a lady who was sorting out her grandfathers effects – the only history I have is “he’d had it all his life” – but I doubt that was from new. You can see in the photos that the fretwork has slots for bowing levers. There is no mechanism and indeed there are no airholes in the actionboard base or the reedpan (i.e. it was built like this). Leather case is OK for storage but I’d recommend a new case if you’re you going to be taking it out.
It’s an excellent player – classic Aeola versatility, ready to go and just looking for the right person to make beautiful music with.
Price: £2700 incl UK delivery
Location: Northumberland & occasionally elsewhere (ask!)
Contact me to buy or for more details
Update: Now sold out – wait list on returns
The ever popular annual village night out returns as anticipated & expected on the 30th December – “Old Year’s Night” is an evening of Northumbrian Music, Songs & Stories that continues to feature some of the best of local performers. Supper will be a Bring and Share affair to start the evening and then we’ll get going with the entertainment as soon as people have eaten and we can clear a little space.
I’ll be hosting and throwing in a few tunes and will be able to introduce yet another fine of talent who have been persuaded to come and perform this year:
- Singer, Storyteller & Musician Johnny Handle – a simply masterful entertainer
- Andy May – nothing short of a musical genius on the pipes
- As local & as popular as can be; singer and storyteller Graham Dick
Tickets are just £7 and everything starts at 7.30pm in Wall Village Hall. Contact me if you’d like more information / tickets. (Advance booking is essential!)
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I recently heard the sad news of the passing of Scots fiddler & composer Ian Hardie at the the age of 59. Once resident in the Borders, Ian was a prolific composer of tunes and many have been borrowed over the years by Northumbrian musicians. I’ve been playing the magnificent Sutor’s Waltz for many years and it was an easy decision to put that on my CD. The late, great Joe Hutton recorded Snow on the Ben & The Grand Slam, while Kathryn Tickell’s early recordings included Catchapenny Fox, Bowmont Water and The Bonnie Lass O’Wark.
Ian recorded a number of solo albums and they’re well worth getting hold of – the first ‘A Breath of Fresh Airs’ is probably the hardest to find since it dates to the LP (and cassette!) era. His compositions were published alongside each recording and I always made a point of getting hold of them; the well thumbed copies are still on my music shelf. A few years back, as the early books went out of print Ian took the decision to simply publish all of the music directly and all of his tunes are up there waiting to be discovered.
Ian moved out of the Borders and up to the Highlands around the time I started playing – his tunes were handed on to me by other musicians and I had always hoped to meet up with him one day, play some tunes and thank him for them. The opportunity has sadly now passed so I’ll do what people did for me and pass his tunes on.
It’s just over two years since Veteran Records release my CD: O’er Lang at the Fair. Traditional music is very much a niche musical audience; physical CDs are still very much the norm and I’ve probably met a fair number of the people who’ve bought the CD (thank you!).
Through the wonders of modern technology and by properly keeping up with music cataloguing standard, John has now made the whole of his catalogue available as digital downloads. All of this means you can now find me on loads of digital download services: play.com, emusic, amazon (and also once the catalogues update: hmv.com, itunes, napster)
John is also distributing the recordings from the sadly short lived Kyloe Records label – on which you can find the marvellous Andrew & Margaret Watchorn (Lecchemede) and the virtuso playing of Mr Chris Ormston on ‘Time Out of Mind’ . Sadly the Kyloe recordings aren’t available just yet – fingers crossed we’ll be able to keep these recordings available.