Saturday, July 4, 2009

Players of the English Concertina in Scotland.

Back in October '08, I came across an old thread on the Footstompin Forum, in which Concertina player Dick Miles had asked how many people used the English Concertina in Scottish Music.

Interestingly, leading Scottish player Simon Thoumire had replied:


There are not many at all. Myself, Norman Chalmers, Stuart Eydeman and a few more in ceilidh bands. Can anyone provide a list of concertina players in Scotland?

This set me thinking & I proceeded to make enquiries on Footstompin & other music forums, to see if I could get a better idea of how many players there really were.
Thanks to loads of help from other interested players & musicians, after a few months the figure now stands at 

So here is the list as it stands today.

If you know of any other players, or can put towns or regions even, where the players on the list live, I'd be very grateful for the info.

English Concertina players in Scotland {81}:

George Anderson ~ Kelso, Neil Bayfield ~ Aberdeenshire, Hamish Bayne ~ Orkney, Karen Beattie ~ West Lothian, Jack Bethel ~ Glasgow, Bob Blair ~ , Elspeth Brown ~, Glasgow, Stewart Brown ~ Dundee, Alex Cadogan ~ Aberdeen, Kenny Caird ~, Sass Campbell ~ Morayshire, Pamela Carr ~ Edinburgh, Norman Chalmers ~ Edinburgh, Robert Chalmers ~ Edinburgh, Russ Clare ~ Doune, Joan Clifford ~ Borders, Selby Cochrane ~ , Paul Connolly ~ Lochaber, Simon Cooper ~ Edinburgh, David Corner ~ Dalkeith, Peter Donald ~ Glasgow, Tom Donnelly ~ Glasgow, Danny Dove ~ Gaerlockhead, John Eaglesham ~ Glasgow, Stuart Eydmann ~ Edinburgh, Archie Fisher ~ Borders, Richard Forsyth ~ Edinburgh, Foss Foster ~ Banff, Susannah Franks ~ Fife, John Gahagan ~ Glasgow, George Haig ~ Fife, Simon Harbord ~ , Gordon Haxton ~ Glasgow, Pete Heywood ~ Ayrshire, Gordon Hotchkiss ~ , Astryd Jamieson ~ Shetland, Nigel Jelks ~ Angus, Brian Johnstone ~ Glasgow, Alan Jones ~ East Kilbride, Katy Kiernan ~ West Lothian, John Leavy ~ Kincardineshire, Iain MacDonald ~ , Belinda MacLaren ~ Lennoxtown, Maggie Macrae ~ Glasgow, Tom Martin ~ , Gary Mahon ~, Duncan McLennan ~, Susan McClure ~ Glasgow, John McCourtney ~ Glasgow, Tom McDermott ~ Ayrshire, Marta McGlynn ~ , Geordie McIntyre ~ Dunblane, Duncan McLennan ~ Inverness, Brian McNeill ~ , Cameron Miller ~ Glasgow, Drew Moyes ~ Glasgow, Mike Penny ~ , Dave Richardson ~ , Derek Richardson ~ Perthshire, Helen Ross ~ Stirling, Alison Shepard ~ Edinburgh, Wendy Stewart ~ Dumfries, Andrea Stanford ~ Fife, Steve Sutcliffe ~ , Bob Thomas ~ , Dave Thomas ~ Morayshire, Sally Thomas ~ East Lothian, Simon Thoumire ~ Edinburgh, Ted Tracey-Bower ~ Edinburgh, Dick Trickie ~ Aberdeenshire, Erland Voy ~ , Ann Ward ~ Peebles, Tom Ward ~ Edinburgh, Frances Wilkins ~ Aberdeen, Alan Wright ~ Kilmarnock

Scottish players not resident {4}
Dick Glasgow ~ Co Antrim, Jean Graham ~ France, Jack Beck ~ Virginia, U.S.A, Geoff Caplan, Devon.

Not to be forgotten {10}
Mike Berry, Archie Frame, Peter Hall, David Haxton, Rev. Gordon Jones, Joseph Kent, Iain MacKintosh, Mike Petrie, Jim Reid & Roy Williamson.

The Concertina in Scotland

Do you know of any other players, not already on this list?

Players of the Anglo Concertina in Scotland

While trawling for information on those musicians in Scotland who play the English Concertina, I learned of a few musicians who, I'm told, play the Anglo Concertina.

Anglo Concertina players in Scotland ~ The List {20}

Gary Brough ~ Stonehaven

Dave Broughton ~ Caithness
Paddy Callaghan ~ Glasgow
Christopher Campbell ~ Edinburgh
Simon Cooper ~ Edinburgh

Marie Fielding ~ ?
Nigel Gatherer ~ Perthshire

Kenny Hadden ~ Aberdeen
Willie Haines ~ Edinburgh
Wallace Lockhart ~ Linlithgow
Willie MaCrae ~ Ayrshire
Catriona McArdle ~ Glasgow
Eoin McIntyre ~ ?

Michael Marino ~ Edinburgh
Ian Munroe ~ Kilmarnock
Colette O’Neill ~ Glasgow
Kevin O’Neill ~ Glasgow
Samantha Payn ~ Arran

Philip Ponton ~ ?
Bruce Postlethwaite ~ Glasgow
Alex West
 ~ Aberdeen

Scottish players not resident {4}

Alistair Brown
 - Cornwall
Ross Campbell - Lancashire
Dick Glasgow ~ Co Antrim

Alan Lightly ~ Wales

Not to be forgotten {1}

Tony Cuffe


Do you know of any others?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

'Rare Tunes' ~ Concertina Tracks

Here is a collection of wonderful recordings of music being played on the Concertina, from Stuart Eydmann & Derek Hoy's 'Rare Tunes'.

Rare Tunes is a personal archive of recordings of Scottish Traditional Music, although it's not all Scottish or Traditional or Music. 
It's being developed and maintained by Derek Hoy and Stuart Eydmann.

Scottish Concertina Makers

Holmwood Tenor-Treble Concertina made by Hamish Bayne.

Holmwood Concertinas 
(Hamish and Freda Bayne) 

Unit 3 Quarryfield Road 
Hatston Industrial Estate 
Kirkwall KW15 1GD 

Phone 01856 879055

The Life and Times of the Concertina

Anyone interested in the history of the Concertina in Scotland, need look no further than this wonderful piece of work by Stuart Eydmann.

The Life and Times of the Concertina

The adoption and usage of a novel musical instrument with particular reference to Scotland

by Stuart Eydmann 

Scottish Concertina MySpace

If you want to hear some Scottish Concertina players, why not visit my Scottish Concertina MySpace.

I have posted a number of fascinating YouTube Videos there, plus lots of interested musicians have joined me there to help promote an interest in the Concertina in Scotland.