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Kettle Bridge Concertinas

Concertina group based in Maidstone, Kent, UK

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A Pair of Workshops

Kettle Bridge Concertinas have attended a couple of very different workshops over the last few weeks.

Stamford pic First up was the annual SqueezEast concertina workshop that is held in the elegant ballroom of the Stamford Arts Centre, Lincolnshire. As always, this was very well organised and a great day of concertina playing. Not only that but it was an opportunity to catch up with old friends and fellow concertina players from around the country.

Drumming pic Then we had something out of the ordinary — a drumming workshop! The Old School Samba Band offered to let us loose on their drums and other percussion instruments. This proved to be a great exercise in keeping time and learning about rhythms. It was a bit different to our normal sessions but we all had a great time and learnt a lot.

Sue has written reports on both these events. Click here to read what went on.

Summer Gigs

We have been booked to appear at a couple of events over the summer.

First up is an appearance at the Hammond Collection Open Day at the end of July. The collection is a small museum dedicated to microcars and is not usually open to the general public so this is a great opportunity for all you petrol heads to see some rare cars.

This is followed by an invitation back to the annual School Gambia barbecue. Click here to see what happened at last year’s event.

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Sat 28th July 2018

Hammond Collection Open Day

The Hammond Collection of Microcars is holding an event over the last weekend in July and they have asked us to perform on the Sunday. They have an interesting collection of unusual small cars including minis and bubble cars and are located at School House Farm, Boarden Lane, Hawkenbury, Staplehurst, Kent TN12 0EB.

Click here to see more about the event.

Sun 26th August 2018

School Gambia Annual Barbecue

BBQ Poster

School Gambia is a charity that does wonderful work supporting a school in Farato, Gambia. This provides vital educational opportunities where it is needed most.

They are holding their annual barbecue at Thatchers, Benover Road, Yalding from 12 noon and we have been invited to play at the event. This is a great cause so don't miss it.

Click here to get more details.

Fri 12th to Sun 14th October 2018

WCCP Autumn Workshop

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The West Country Concertina Players Autumn Workshop is at Quantock Lodge, Over Stowey, Somerset. This is suited to players of a range of abilities from absolute beginners to those who have reached an intermediate level.

Click here for more details.

Sat 24th to Sun 25th November 2018

Maidstone Music Festival

The annual Maidstone Music Festival will take place as usual in November. The accordion, concertina, melodeon and harmonica competitons will be on Saturday 24th.

Fri 8th to Sun 10th March 2019

WCCP Spring Workshop

WCCP Poster

The West Country Concertina Players Spring Workshop is at Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe, Somerset, TA4 4BD. This is aimed at intermediate and more advanced players.

Click here for more details.