Concertina group based in Maidstone, Kent, UK
We put on a sparkling display of musicianship at the recent West Farleigh Fireworks event, with a variety of tunes, including (appropriately enough) Handelís Music for the Royal Fireworks. The band also had Handelís Water Music ready just in case it rained, which thankfully it didnít.
Yes, itís nearly that time of year again when Santa and his elves (and Amazon) work all hours of the day and night to get Christmas gifts to every home in the country. Well, they are not the only ones slaving away.
Kettle Bridge Concertinas are very much in demand in the lead up to Christmas, with several seasonal events. In particular, we have been asked to provide music for a Christmas Singalong or two for various organisations.
Take a look at the Diary panel for a list of all our performances. Merry Christmas!
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.
Letís be honest, music theory can be a bit dry but if you are interested in understanding more about scales and keys, there is a very informative video available on YouTube all about the Circle of Fifths.
Click here to view it. As always, you may need to skip over the ads to get to the video.
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 ó large bass through to piccolo ó 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!
Tue 12th December 2023
We will be treating the Evergreens to a session of Christmas music for them to join in with at the WI Hall. I am sure that they will be as enthusiastic as ever!
Thu 14th December 2023
Coxheath Group Singalong
Yet another singalong session, this time for the Coxheath Group. This will be at the Scout Hut, Coxheath, starting at 2:30pm.
Tue 6th February 2024
World Concertina Day
Thu 15th February 2024
Kettle Bridge Concertinas Drop-in Session at Maidstone Museum
We will be marking World Concertina Day by holding another drop-in session at Maidstone Museum, where people can come and learn a bit more about the concertina, listen to it being played and have a go on one of our club instruments.
We will be there from 10:30am to 3:00pm so do come along and see us. All are welcome!
Fri 22nd to Sun 24th March 2024
WCCP Spring Workshop
More details will be available nearer the time.
Sun 9th June 2024