Concertina group based in Maidstone, Kent, UK
Good news! We performed at the West Farleigh Village Picnic on Sunday 5th September.
Bad news! Most of the band were more than "one sandwich short of a picnic".
Read all about what a lovely day we had by clicking here.
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.
Fri 19th to Sun 21st November 2021
This is a Weekend Music Course for Concertinas, Melodeons and Accordions. Tutors include Alistair Anderson, Iris Bishop, Katie Howson, Paul Hutchinson, Brian Peters, Sam Pirt, Dave Townsend, and Doug Watt.
The aim of Witney Supersqueeze is to provide good quality teaching and musical input for players and singers in the broad area of folk, traditional, and world music. The courses and workshops are designed for those who have already started on their musical journey, and have some knowledge of their instrument.
For more details, visit Dave Townsend’s website.
Fri 17th to Sun 19th December 2021
Banding Together's Christmas House Party
J25 Concertina Band is hosting a Christmas House Party workshop at Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe, Somerset, TA4 4BD. It will be a relaxed weekend of playing and fun, all with a Christmas theme. It is aimed at competent and fluent players of English system concertinas.
For more details, go to the Banding Together Facebook page.
Please note that the new J25 website is currently under construction. In the meantime, please visit their Facebook page for the latest news.
Sat 12th February 2022
Kettle Bridge Concertinas Drop-in Session at Maidstone Museum
World Concertina Day is being celebrated in February 2022 to mark the 220th birthday of Charles Wheatstone and the 70th birthday of the International Concertina Association. We will be marking the occasion by holding a 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 18th to Sun 20th March 2022
WCCP Spring Workshop
Sun 12th June 2022
The SqueezEast Concertina Band Day has been provisionally booked for 12th June in the magnificent ballroom at Stamford Arts Centre, Lincolnshire. Visit their website for all the latest information.