Irish Concertina Book : Mick Bramich -
Irish Concertina Book : Mick Bramich -

Irish Concertina Book : Mick Bramich

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Many people buy or acquire an Anglo concertina and find that it is less intuitive to play than it first appears. What is needed, instead, is a systematic approach and, at last, here it is. You don't have to play specifically Irish music to utilise this style; the system employed is one of the most efficient ways of exploiting the peculiar nuances of the this instrument and can be applied to any genre. Keys are tackled in order of difficulty and all types of tune - including slow airs - are tackled. A decent selection of tunes is included.

The book contains 17 photographs and numerous illustrations and diagrams; 14 reels, 20 jigs, 10 hornpipes and 12 miscellaneous tunes, (56 in total, many with chords), rudiments of music, list of dealers, extensive bibliography and discography and a chord chart.

As an active song club organiser for many years before moving to Devon in 1983, Mick Bramich's connections with traditional music go back to the heyday of its revival in the mid-sixties. He comes from the Birmingham area where he trained as a tool maker and later as a teacher.

He is known as a singer and guitar player to many older hands on the folk club circuit but has been an enthusiast of the Anglo concertina since about 1979. His style of playing developed independently and it was by accident that he discovered he was playing in what is loosely termed the 'Irish' way. This tutor combines his teaching skills with an inherent love for the material being taught.

  • Contents
  • Index of tunes
  • Introduction
  • Choosing the right instrument
  • Blank 30 button layouts
  • About the Anglo concertina
  • The key of G major
  • Some tips on air control
  • Another way of playing G major
  • The key of D major Scales
  • The key of A minor
  • The key of E minor
  • Modulation
  • The key of D minor
  • The key of F major
  • The key of B minor
  • The key of A major
  • The key of G minor Decoration of melodic lines
  • The slow air
  • Conclusion and acknowledgments
  • Appendix one (a selection of tunes)
  • Appendix two (other tunings)
  • Appendix three (chordpatterns)
  • Appendix four (rudiments of music)
  • Appendix five (dealers and suppliers)
  • Appendix six (bibliography).
  • Appendix seven (discography)
  • Apples in winter 
  • Boys of Bluehill 
  • Carman's jig 
  • Carolan's welcome 
  • Christmas Eve 
  • Cliffs of Moher 
  • Cock o' the north 
  • Cúil Aodha jig 
  • The home ruler 
  • Dear Irish boy 
  • Drowsy Maggie 
  • Dullagen reel 
  • Eavesdropper 
  • First House in Connaught
  • Flogging 
  • Flowing tide 
  • Garrett Barry's jig 
  • Glen of Aherlow Hag with the money 
  • Her mantle so green 
  • Hullichan jig 
  • Humours of Ballycastle 
  • Humours of Westport 
  • I ne'er shall wean her 
  • Wish my love was a mire 
  • Kesh jig 
  • Kinnegad slashers 
  • Lannigan's ball
  • Martin Wynne's no. 2 
  • Mist on the meadow 
  • Morning star 
  • Off to California 
  • Britches full of stitches 
  • O, love, lie beside me 
  • Out on the ocean 
  • Paddy Fahey's no. 1 An Páistín fionn 
  • Peggy Levin 
  • Pipe on the hob no. 1 
  • Plains of Boyle 
  • Pleasures of home 
  • Princess royal
  • Rakes of Kildare 
  • Rights of man 
  • Rolling wave 
  • Sailing into Walpole's Marsh 
  • Shandon bells 
  • Shannon's flowery banks 
  • Six mile bridge 
  • The Steeplechase 
  • Sullivan O'Moore's march 
  • Tomgraney castle 
  • Top of the Maol 
  • Wheels of the world

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