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the concertina and the blues

The Sandman 24 Jan 08 - 09:22 AM
greg stephens 24 Jan 08 - 09:24 AM
Brian Hoskin 24 Jan 08 - 09:33 AM
Newport Boy 24 Jan 08 - 11:12 AM
Jack Blandiver 24 Jan 08 - 12:33 PM
Greg B 24 Jan 08 - 06:27 PM
The Sandman 24 Jan 08 - 06:33 PM
GUEST,The black belt caterpillar wrestler 25 Jan 08 - 07:35 AM
GUEST,HughM 25 Jan 08 - 08:04 AM
Ross Campbell 25 Jan 08 - 08:43 AM
GUEST 25 Jan 08 - 10:25 AM
The Sandman 25 Jan 08 - 06:59 PM
Brian Peters 26 Jan 08 - 02:23 PM
The Sandman 26 Jan 08 - 02:47 PM
Stringsinger 27 Jan 08 - 02:44 PM
The Sandman 27 Jan 08 - 03:23 PM
Bonzo3legs 27 Jan 08 - 03:52 PM
The Sandman 28 Jan 08 - 01:38 PM
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Subject: the concertina and the blues
From: The Sandman
Date: 24 Jan 08 - 09:22 AM

I recorded Sitting on top of the World on concertina[AroundThe harbour town cd], Four until Late[playing for time vinyl lp],and two tracks on Boxing Clever[Fogyism ,and Back water blues].http://www.dickmiles.com
anyone know of any other blues recordings with concertina.I believe Leadbelly Played melodeon,but not I think Concertina.
and Harry Scurfield plays concertina in Bayou Gumbo.


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Subject: RE: the concertina and the blues
From: greg stephens
Date: 24 Jan 08 - 09:24 AM

Didn't Bob Copper play blues on concertina? I haven't heard a recording, but I seem to remember reading about it.


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Subject: RE: the concertina and the blues
From: Brian Hoskin
Date: 24 Jan 08 - 09:33 AM

Bob Copper recorded a version of Goin' Down to Brownsville,/i>, the Sleepy John Estes song


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Subject: RE: the concertina and the blues
From: Newport Boy
Date: 24 Jan 08 - 11:12 AM

An obituary of Bob Copper by Paul Bond on the World Socialist Web Site (wsws.org) includes:

Even though theirs is largely an English rural repertoire, Bob was a man of wide and sophisticated musical tastes. He described coming to London in 1933 to see Louis Armstrong, and he remained a passionate fan of blues records all his life. There is an extraordinary recording of him singing "Going Down to Brownsville," accompanying himself on the concertina. It isn't, in his hands, a blues record: it is, though, a respectful recognition of something intense and musical to which he responded as a listener.

Phil


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Subject: RE: the concertina and the blues
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 24 Jan 08 - 12:33 PM

I feel sure Peter Bellamy must have had a crack at it at some point, but all the Bellamy blues I prsently lay my hands on finds him in blistering form on bottle-neck guitar... I'll put the feelers out!


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Subject: RE: the concertina and the blues
From: Greg B
Date: 24 Jan 08 - 06:27 PM

David Cornell of New Jersey is an absolute genius on the McCann duet concerina and can play blues riffs all day on the thing.


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Subject: RE: the concertina and the blues
From: The Sandman
Date: 24 Jan 08 - 06:33 PM

well the blues scale and the mixo blues scales are easy enough.
notes 1, flat 3,4,4#, 5,flat 7.improvised against note 1 major chord.


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Subject: RE: the concertina and the blues
From: GUEST,The black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 25 Jan 08 - 07:35 AM

When playing Anglo it helps to have as many extra buttons as possible when attempting Blues or Jazz, depends how inventive you are of course!


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Subject: RE: the concertina and the blues
From: GUEST,HughM
Date: 25 Jan 08 - 08:04 AM

On Folk on Two (now defunct BBC programme) I once heard an excellent version of Johnny Hart/John Hardy with a concertina accompaniment. Can anyone remember who it was by?


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Subject: RE: the concertina and the blues
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 25 Jan 08 - 08:43 AM

I play a couple of things on the G/D Anglo - Hesitation Blues and Candyman seem to work, played on the draw in D. This gives you some semitone runs that seem to slide together in the way you would bend the notes on a harmonica. I also do some other material that's more old-time than blues, but the structures of the tunes have similarities.

Ross


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Subject: RE: the concertina and the blues
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Jan 08 - 10:25 AM


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Subject: RE: the concertina and the blues
From: The Sandman
Date: 25 Jan 08 - 06:59 PM

Brian Peters?


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Subject: RE: the concertina and the blues
From: Brian Peters
Date: 26 Jan 08 - 02:23 PM

As you know, Dick, I do a couple of rags on concertina, but I've never done a solo blues on it. That 'John Hardy' might have been me, but I played that (and various other blues) on melodeon.

Harry Scurfield (as you mentioned) does all kinds of wacky stuff on anglo, including blues.


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Subject: RE: the concertina and the blues
From: The Sandman
Date: 26 Jan 08 - 02:47 PM

one of the advantages of the duet,is the relative ease a walking bass, can be played with a piano style top part.
the blues I played on Boxing Clever,were on the hayden duet,with John Wren on Harmonica.


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Subject: RE: the concertina and the blues
From: Stringsinger
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 02:44 PM

You get the blues trying to play the damned thing.


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Subject: RE: the concertina and the blues
From: The Sandman
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 03:23 PM

very true.


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Subject: RE: the concertina and the blues
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 03:52 PM

We don't get the blues in the UK, we get depressed!


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Subject: RE: the concertina and the blues
From: The Sandman
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 01:38 PM

I think a sensible direction for concertinists to follow,as regards blues,is the chromatic harmonica,on the chromatic harmonica,the notes are more difficult to bend as they are on the concertina.


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