Listening: Concertina

Remember, this list doesn’t even approach exhaustive.  It’s just to get you started.

Irish-style Anglo concertina

Cormac Begley features Cormac playing a range of concertinas, bass to piccolo.  The hard copy is available as a regular CD or as a limited edition in a hexagonal cover.

Chris Droney has at least one recording, Down from Bell Harbour, on CDBaby.

Edel Fox‘s website will take you to her recordings on CDBaby.

Noel Hill has recordings still in print, but if you’re content with streaming or downloads, you can find them on Spotify and some, including The Irish Concertina, on Apple Music.

Be sure to check out Zero, by the Irish Concertina Ensemble.  Five renowned Irish concertina players collaborate on this tour de force, available for download on CDBaby and available for streaming from Spotify.  Also available on Google Play.

Although this is primarily a list of online resources and most of her CDs are available from The Button Box, we can’t not mention Mary MacNamara, who sells hard-copy CDs on her website.

Comb Your Hair and Curl It, with Micheal O’Raghallaigh on concertina, is available on CDBaby, Apple Music, and still, at the moment, available as a hard copy.  His earlier recording Inside Out is available from Spotify.

Harmonic-style Anglo Concertina

Dapper’s Delight explores folk and early music on Anglo concertina, recorder, and voice.  Their most recent recording ventures into the 19th century music hall as well.  Scroll down to the “Recordings” section for links to their CDs.

Although button accordion predominates on John Kirkpatrick’s 1993 Morris dance recording Sheepskins, some cuts include Anglo concertina.  Available for download or streaming from Amazon, or you can get a physical CD directly from John Kirkpatrick.

Jody Kruskal is a lively and versatile Anglo player who sells recordings on his website.  They’re also available on his CDBaby page.

Brian Peters has many talents, of which playing Anglo concertina is one.  You can hear a few clips of his recording Anglophilia on his website, and if you like it, you can order a copy of  the physical CD from him.

English Concertina

You can hear two cuts of clear English concertina from Alistair Anderson‘s Concertina Workshop CD on Soundcloud.  For a sense of how English concertina blends with other instruments, check out his other recordings on the same page.

Richard Carlin has several English concertina recordings available through Smithsonian Folkways.  On The Poppy Leaf, he plays dance tunes from several traditions, most with a British flavor.

Rob Harbron plays English concertina with the band Leveret, which has has three recordings to date.   You can download any or all from the band via RootBeat Records or order a physical CD from The Button Box.

For English concertina with a decidedly non-traditional flavor, check out Simon Thoumire’s 1993 Waltzes for Playboys.

Dave Townsend plays both English concertina and accordion on his CD English Country Dances Vol. 1, which includes all 130 tunes from Volume 1 of the companion book.   You can hear two sample tunes on his website, where you can also order the CD.

Duet Concertina

“Dr. Sleep” plays a range of tunes–airs, lively traditional tunes, and more–on a Hayden Duet on Soundcloud.

Tim Laycock plays Crane system duet.  His recording Sea Strands is primarily vocal with instrumental backup, including duet concertina.

The late Bob Webb played Maccann duet concertina in addition to banjo.  His 1995 cassette recording From Salthouse Dock has been released on CD.  It’s primarily vocal but includes concertina as well as banjo and is available on CDBaby.

We’re mostly staying away from YouTube for this list, but solo duet concertina recordings are scarce, so we’re bending the protocol to include Gavin Atkin playing a Jeffries system duet, Mary Morse playing a duet, system uncertain, and Jeff Leff playing a Hayden system duet.