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The sort of instrument I play is called an English concertina, not because it comes from England necessarily , although most do, but because English is the name used for the layout of the notes. It’s the English system. There are other kinds of concertinas with different keyboard arrangements.
English concertinas are very suited for song accompaniment and that’s what I do, I sing with it. I fell in love with the concertina the first time I saw someone playing and singing with one and it wasn’t long before I had my own. For a long time I didn’t progress very much however in the last few years I’ve become inspired and have since applied myself to play it as well as I possibly can. It’s become a passion.
These days concertinas are mostly used for folk music, sea shanties come to mind. But there’s no reason they can’t be used for more modern music. In their heyday concertinas were used for many music styles. A lot of classical music was played but also “pop” music, the popular music of the day. Times have changed and now the guitar is king.
Concertinas though have a wonderful history and I’m on a personal quest to do what I can to restore appreciation of the instrument. To that end I perform an eclectic swag of songs to appeal widely. My repertoire includes Aussie bush songs, country, pop, comic songs, jazz, bluesy songs and songs I’ve composed myself. Take a look through my pages. I hope you’ll like what you see and hear.
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