Concertina group based in Maidstone, Kent, UK
Rehearsals in East Farleigh are underway for our forthcoming appearance at School Gambia’s Scones & Songs event on Sunday August 28th from 2pm in Yalding Church. Kettle Bridge Concertinas has a 15 minute slot and our varied programme includes Trumpet Voluntary, Over the Rainbow and Early One Morning.
See the diary panel on the right of this page or go to the School Gambia site to see all the details about this event and the background to this very worthwhile charity. Please do come along and support us if you can.
Do you know the difference between an English concertina and an Anglo one?
Is your concertina unisonoric or bisonoric? Hint "unisonoric" is nothing to do with being able to play along with others, and "bisonoric" does not relate to North American buffaloes!
Is there such a thing as a "Franglo" concertina or have I just made that up?
The answer to all these questions and more can be found on the Wikipedia page dedicated to your favourite instrument. Read the article, become an instant expert and completely bore thoroughly impress your friends and family.
Following the relaxing of the COVID-19 restrictions, we are mainly reverting to meeting up to play. Our regular sessions will now be as follows —
If you are interested in joining in with any of these, just get in touch with our secretary via our Contact Page.
Dave Elliott is an associate member of Kettle Bridge Concertinas and a thoroughly useful chap to know. He is an experienced repairer and restorer of traditionally constructed concertinas of all types — large bass through to piccolo — as well as miniature instruments, and all fingering systems.
He is very happy to provide individual advice, event clinics, or group workshops and is the author of 'The Concertina Maintenance Manual'.
For more information, visit his website at http://concertina-repair.org.uk/.
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We always welcome people getting in touch with us, whether to find out more about us, learning the concertina or pretty much anything!
We are hopeful that the events below will take place as scheduled but all are subject to whatever COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines are in place at the time.
Sun 28th August 2022
Scones and Songs
Kettle Bridge Concertinas will be appearing at Scones and Songs which will be held on Sunday 28th August at Yalding Church. The event is raising money for School Gambia, a wonderful organisation that provides education opportunities in Gambia for children who would otherwise have to do without.
It should be a great afternoon with plenty of musical entertainment. Concertinas, choirs, and cake — what more could you want? And all in a good cause, so please do come along and enjoy the afternoon of music and cream teas.
Fri 30th September to Sun 2nd October 2022
WCCP Autumn Workshop
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.
Fri 17th to Sun 19th March 2023
WCCP Spring Workshop
More details will be available nearer the time.
Sun 11th June 2023
The SqueezEast Concertina Band Day has been booked for 11th June but note that there has been a change to the traditional Stamford venue. This year, the event will be held at the Stilton Pavilion, which is located about 7 miles south of Peterborough.
More information will appear on the SqueezEast website nearer the time.