On February 19th Yorkshire Concertina Club emerged from the rehearsal room in the Corner House in Moortown, Leeds, to perform for an audience of club members downstairs in the bar. We had originally intended to move our regular third Sunday meeting back to 5th, to coincide with World Concertina Day, but for some inexplicable reason, it was felt that a major football match took precedence.
Under the direction of our bandmaster, Carolyn Wade, we played a wide variety of music, starting with Let the Bands Play (arranged by Carolyn) via La Marseillaise and a few pieces from our club song book, including Butterflies in the rain and Swaledale by John Willis, a founding member of the club. We finished with Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square and Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy. In between the instrumental numbers, Russ Etherington sang two music hall songs, accompanying himself on the concertina, to the general acclaim and satisfaction of the audience.
The photo below was taken by Graham Heffernan, with Russ standing at the end.
YCC members on the day:
Phil Graham (anglo)
October’s meeting of the Yorkshire Concertina Club brought another treat in the form of Rob Say and his newly acquired Rook’s Manuscript.
Rob took us through a lovely selection of tunes from the Northeast. After spending time looking at the Cheviot Rant, Cawledge Burn Rant, as well as the more familiar Morpeth Rant and his own tune Corsenside Hall, we looked at various marches and hornpipes. The March of the Grahams in amongst those, for our very own ‘Grahams’, Helen and Phil!
His enthusiasm for the music and the style of playing from the region was infectious and we all have some new ideas on how to approach and bring the tunes to life.
Rob has been researching the life and works of John Rook from his diaries and a photocopy of the manuscript. The hardback book, “The John Rook Manuscript: The Life of John Rook 1806-1872 & A Full Transcription of his Manuscript”, is the result of this work and he has also produced a smaller book with the collection of music in the manuscript, “The Music of John Rook: Player's Manuscript”.
Following publication of this, the actual manuscript has come to light, and it was an absolute privilege to be able to see the beautifully penned work with the illustrations and annotations from John Rook himself.
A huge thanks to Rob Say for an interesting, informative and extremely enjoyable afternoon.
Sixteen concertina players from YCC and NECP joined the annual joint gathering, this year hosted by the YCC in Leeds on 18th September.