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Kettle Bridge Concertinas

Concertina group based in Maidstone, Kent, UK

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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.

The Concertina Tinker

Picture of Dave Elliott 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

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Please note — next main practice date is Sun 11th Sep 2022
Next beginners’ practice date in the Hall is Mon 22nd Aug 2022


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

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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

Quantock Lodge

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.

Fri 17th to Sun 19th March 2023

WCCP Spring Workshop

Halsway Manor

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

More details will be available nearer the time.

Sun 11th June 2023


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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.