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The Sandman 01 Dec 11 - 07:59 AM
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Subject: new mexborough concertina quartet
From: The Sandman
Date: 01 Dec 11 - 07:59 AM

http://www.eafa.org.uk/catalogue/5148, that is me singing and playing with steve dickenson, rob mckie,nigel pickles, dick miles.I wrote the song


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Subject: RE: new mexborough concertina quartet
From: The Sandman
Date: 01 Dec 11 - 08:04 AM

http://www.eafa.org.uk/catalogue/5148


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Subject: RE: new mexborough concertina quartet
From: The Sandman
Date: 01 Dec 11 - 08:43 AM

the presenter was PETE SAYERS, well known country musician,


Not for want of trying, no English performers have become stars in American country music, but Pete Sayers got closer than most. He was an engaging performer, able to sing serious songs and indulge in comedy banter, as well as being a multi-talented musician.

Peter Esmond Bernard Sayers, musician and singer: born Bath, Somerset 6 November 1942; twice married (one son, one daughter); died Cambridge 11 February 2005.

Not for want of trying, no English performers have become stars in American country music, but Pete Sayers got closer than most. He was an engaging performer, able to sing serious songs and indulge in comedy banter, as well as being a multi-talented musician.

He made several albums, of which the best known are Watermelon Summer (1976) and Bogalusa Gumbo (1979), which was produced by the Nashville songwriter John D. Loudermilk.

Sayers was born in Bath in 1942. His father taught music and his mother was a fine pianist. The musical humorist Gerard Hoffnung, a friend of his father, gave the young Sayers a small violin.

When Sayers was seven, the family moved to Newmarket, where he became a chorister and an adept at playing hymns on a harmonica. He trained as a piano repairer but wanted to be a professional musician. Sayers formed the Bluegrass Cut-Ups, possibly the UK's first bluegrass band, and often played with the US singer Johnny Duncan and his Blue Grass Boys. In 1966 he hosted a country-music series on Tyne-Tees Television.

When he went to Nashville later that year for a holiday, he found employment as a warm-up artist on the Grand Ole Opry radio show. Sayers worked for the Opry for three years and often performed on the show itself. He also hosted a US breakfast TV programme and worked on tour with Kitty Wells and the bluegrass duo Flatt and Scruggs.

In 1972 Sayers returned to the UK and began Grand Ole Opry (England), which staged country shows in the Kingsway Cinema in Newmarket. It became very popular and was on the touring schedule for visiting Americans including Bill Monroe and Marvin Rainwater.

Sayers became a significant act in his own right, hosting television series, appearing at the International Country Music Festival at Wembley and touring with George Hamilton IV. His opening act hardly gave him time to show the range of instruments he could play (guitar, banjo, dobro, autoharp, ukulele) and the variety of material he could perform: he could yodel as well as anyone.

For 30 years, Sayers was a member of the bluegrass group the Radio Cowboys, based in the Cambridge area, and can be heard on their CD Riding the Airwaves (2004).


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Subject: RE: new mexborough concertina quartet
From: GUEST,chris
Date: 01 Dec 11 - 08:52 AM

excellent
chris


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Subject: RE: new mexborough concertina quartet
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 05:17 AM

This is splendid and will delight all concertina players. Many thanks for posting the link.

Valmai (Lewes)


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Subject: RE: new mexborough concertina quartet
From: The Sandman
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 05:51 AM

glad you liked it.


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Subject: RE: new mexborough concertina quartet
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 12:55 PM

A lovely 8-minute segment:

"Opening with a singer and concertina quartet performing Mexborough Memories - a ballad about the Mexborough English Prize Concertina Band from Yorkshire - the film moves to the Suffolk workshop of Steve Dickinson, who makes concertinas under the Wheatstone & Co. brand.

"Construction methods including hand-sawn patterning and reed placement are shown, before Dickinson explains the operation of this unique instrument and its use to perform brass band and parlour music. The segment concludes with a parlour performance by Dickinson's own concertina quartet."

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: new mexborough concertina quartet
From: The Sandman
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 03:13 PM

For the Record, it was never The Steve Dickinson Concertina Quartet, The group was formed because I met Nigel Pickles, and complimented him on his album the new mexborough concertina prize band, Nigel said thanks, do you fancy doing the music live and do you know anyone else who might be, I mentioned Steve,Rob came in to it because he played and he was learning the craft of concertina making from Steve,
Nigel was the driving force, but we all contributed equally in different ways.


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