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.
Those lovely people in Germany invited me over to the Blankenheim Osterbordunale again this year. It’s a great week with expert tuition in French pipes, Hurdy Gurdy, Song, Button Accordian and Dance. I was there principally to play and teach the smallpipes .. but then they discovered I played Concertina. My good friend Wim Dictus (Button Accordian, Guitarist, Singer and outstandingly good dancer!) managed to capture a couple of the sets from the Friday concert and offered to put them up – so here’s Caller Herrin’.
It’s a tune attributed to Nathaniel Gow and the song incorporates the fish wives calls to buy the fresh fish and the carillon of the bells in town (still working on those!) It’s been around in Northumbrian piping circles for a long time and morphed in to a fine air – some of the other versions on youtube are really quite different.
There’s another excerpt of a set of mine at the same concert which you should be able to get to from this one – thanks Wim!
I’m off to Aberdeen for a weekend of free reed indulgence. Ian Russell of the Elphinstone Institute at Aberdeen University organizes the ‘Button Boxes & Moothies Free Reed Convention‘ that runs every four years. It’s a great line-up of concertina, accordion and mouth organ players and I’m very happy to join them.
I’ll be playing in a couple of spots on concertina and contributing to various session throughout the weekend. I’ve a workshop on Saturday morning; Northumbrian smallpipes tunes for freed reed instruments – A lot of my repetoire and style is influenced by the pipes and I’m happy to share my interest. I’m sure there’ll be time to get the pipes out as well.
It’s a 56 key extended treble Lachenal English Concertina – made for the retailer Harry Boyd of Newcastle. These concertinas were made to a high specification and are very bright with good response – also easily identifiable through the ‘H Boyd’ in the fretwork design on the right hand side. It’s number 39851 which puts it somewhere around 1900.
Concert pitch, raised metal ends, bowing valves (air in & out), five fold bellows, light action (standard Lachenal hook), original(?) wood case.
I purchased this instrument from Barleycorn ~1994 and it was refurbished at or before this point. It’s also been rebushed and bellows rehinged since then and the long thumbstrap screws replaced with bolts. I’ve used it as my main instrument for over 12 years but I’ve recently got hold of an instrument I’ve been after for over ten years. This one turned up in Yorkshire but it turns out I used to live about 3 miles from it’s previous previous owner. It’s been bashed about a fair bit and needs a full overhaul – all which means I will have to sell my current back up instrument.
It sounds like this: [audio:http://milecastle27.co.uk/wordpress/audio/SevenStars001.mp3|titles=Seven Stars * Dunstanburgh Castle][audio:http://milecastle27.co.uk/wordpress/audio/SilverWings001.mp3|titles=Silver Wings Polka]
It’s not the instrument on my CD – but it sounds very similar! If you want to buy this concertina get along to Theo Gibb of The Box Place