2020 January 19th Today we will be recording our CD of club member John Willis's music, arranged by club member Steve Griffiths, with the help of Matt Nelson. The plan is to take the tunes one at a time, do some intensive practice, then go for one or more takes. The music for all five tunes is in the CD Tunes folder of our Dropbox account, accessible to club members.
The following are provisional dates for the rest of 2020 February 9th - Brought forward one week so that more members can be there. March 15th April 19th May 17th - Possible move forward one week to avoid clash with Swaledale Squeeze. June 21st July 19th August 16th - No Meeting. September 13th - Probable visit to NECP. September 20th October 18th - AGM November 15th December 20th
2019 January 20th At this meeting we tried out four tunes:- Go Down Moses, Only You, Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy and We'll Meet Again and There'll Always Be An England, all newly arranged for concertina by Carolyn. We all enjoyed all of these tunes, despite some of them being a bit challenging, and therefore we decided that we would work on them all in the coming year.
After lunch John played his new tune, which Ruth took away to arrange for Morris. We then turned to our project on John's tunes. Steve has arranged Old Jock's Dance, The Little Mouse and Bernie The Ragtime Ferret. Shannon Waters does not need much arranging if we use the three part version. Steve will have a look at this for March. I think most of us found these arrangements quite challenging, but we're looking forward to the improvement that practice will bring. Good arrangements!
We finished the day by practising the session tunes, Speed The Plough, Morpeth Rant and Winster Gallop, slowly at first, then speeding up, and trying to play them without music. We may revisit these in March.
February17th Dave Ball will be leading a workshop. This will involve both the first and second half of the meeting.
March 17th Band : Go Down Moses, Only You Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy, We'll Meet Again and There'll Always Be An England.
After lunch: Contributions from members John's tunes Session tunes, a quick reprise of Speed the Plough, Morpeth Rant and Winster Gallop, preferably without music. New tunes: Rattling Bog and The Sloe - if we've got time. April 14th - Brought forward one week because the third Sunday is Easter Sunday.
May 12th - Brought forward one week.
August 18th - No Meeting.
September 15th Meeting with the North East Concertina Players. The format is usually that Dave from the NECP brings along some part tunes for us to have a go at for one of the sessions, and Carolyn completes the day with a selection of her choices.
November 17th AGM.
December 15th Band stuff for the first half then play some Christmas music in the second.