Dating concertina


Through exploration of ancient roots of modern reed instruments, their evolution and modern innovations in Europe and in American, this exhibition retraces the long and winding roads used to bring us where we are today.This exhibition presents an overview of the entire reed instrument family and highlights rare and unique examples of instruments from Asia and the Middle East comparing and contrasting them with modern day instruments made in Europe and the U. One of the special highlights is a collection of Asian free reeds or mouth organs that are displayed side by side with commercially produced, colorful examples of European free reeds including the harmonica, concertina, bandonion, accordion, and reed organettes, dating back to the 1800s.

The display is also generously supported by loans of instruments from the National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota, the University of Washington Ethnomusicology Program, and private collections of John Whiteman and Leslie Hoffman.English manufacturers responded to this popularity by offering their own versions using traditional English methods: concertina reeds instead of long-plate reeds, independent pivots for each button, and hexagon-shaped ends.Initially the term Anglo-German only applied to concertinas of this type built in England, but as German manufacturers adopted some of these techniques, the term came to apply to all concertinas that used Uhlig's 20-button system.It was via the latter that Ímar’s paths first crossed, as its future members began to amass what’s now a heavyweight collective haul of top prizes – nine All-Ireland and eight All-Britain titles between them – while Murphy is also a double winner of the prestigious Oireachtas contest.Bringing the tally of accolades up to date, Amini won the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award with Talisk, as well as a Danny Kyle Open Stage Award at the Celtic Connections festival, and is also a BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year finalist in 2016.In Australia these days concertinas are still played by a couple of hundred enthusiasts and one of the country’s best, Steve Wilson, will be in Tilba on Sunday, August 20 at The Tilba Folk Circle beginning at 7pm at the Tilba pub, performing songs from his recent CD “The Flying Concertina”.

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