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Concertina sessions, Fareham Easter Fest

Valmai Goodyear 03 Apr 09 - 08:09 AM
Valmai Goodyear 04 Apr 09 - 08:02 AM
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Subject: Concertina sessions, Fareham Easter Fest
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 03 Apr 09 - 08:09 AM

Dear Everyone,

The Spare Parts Concertina Band(Bryan Creer, Suzanne Higgins and I) will be running concertina part-playing sessions again at the Gosport & Fareham Easter Festival in Hampshire, UK,this year. The sessions are free - you don't need to show a festival season ticket to get in, although there are a lot of splendid-looking events that might well interest you anyway. All concertina systems are welcome, and so are recording devices.

You'll be able to download our three-part arrangements of the tunes from Spare Parts band   in midis and .pdfs in the next day or so, but if your excitement is so great that you can't wait that long I can send them to you by email or post on request.

Here's our timetable:

Friday 10th April 5.15.- 7.00 pm
Lysses House Hotel
, High Street, Fareham
Gussondall Bay, Mist-Covered Mountains of Home, Wals voor Polle

Saturday 11th. April 5.15 - 7.00 pm
Ashcroft Arts Centre , Osborn Road, Fareham
Galloway Girth, Jouissance vous donneray, Whinshields Hornpipe

Sunday 12th. April 5.15 - 7.00 pm
Lysses House Hotel
, High Street, Fareham
Any or all of:
Gussondall Bay, Mist-Covered Mountains of Home, Wals voor Polle,
Galloway Girth, Jouissance vous donneray, Whinshields Hornpipe

Tootle pip,

Valmai


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Subject: RE: Concertina sessions, Fareham Easter Fest
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 04 Apr 09 - 08:02 AM

Many thanks to Bryan for putting the tunes in pdf and midi form on the Spare Parts website here.

These are all three-part arrangements in friendly keys for two treble instruments and a baritone. The baritone line is written in the treble range but marked to be played an octave down (because I'm too dim to read bass clef). The harmonies would also work on three treble instruments.

Feel free to try them out whether or not you're able to come to the sessions.

Tootle pip,

Valmai


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Subject: RE: Concertina sessions, Fareham Easter Fest
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 04 Apr 09 - 01:20 PM

Sounds like a fun time! I'll have to find somehow to try out the tunes, although I'm going to have a hard time getting two more concertina players together here anytime soon (I know of four others in Arizona, but we're quite spread out!)

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Concertina sessions, Fareham Easter Fest
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 05:49 AM

We certainly enjoy ourselves. It's a very satisfying activity.

If you can't get hold of other concertina players, the lines we write would fit comfortably on any melody instrument - fiddles, flutes, recorders, clarinets, oboes or whistles. They might be all right on saxophones, but I'm not familiar with their range and favoured keys.

They would also fit on the right hand of a melodeon, but oven-ready chords should be avoided because they may not fit with the harmonies we've chosen and would probably swamp them anyway.

Tootle pip,

Valmai


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