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The English Concertina

Various Artists
The English Concertina

Invented in 1835, the concertina (a small accordion) has long been associated with a wide variety of music ranging from classical to popular and folk. Richard Carlin, music scholar and concertina virtuoso, has compiled this recording reflecting not only the types of music played on the instrument but national groups’ and individual performers’ styles across time. This collection of recordings spans the period from the 1920s to the 1970s.

The liner notes, written by Carlin, present the history of the concertina and information about the music and performers. Carlin recorded two other albums for Folkways (“In Came a Bumblebee” – FW08846, and ”The Poppy Seed” – FW 08847) and is the author of the book Worlds of Sound: The Story of Smithsonian Folkways.

Track Listing

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The Flight of the Bumblebees/ Forgotten Dreams (medley) The Fayre Four Sisters 3:38
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102
Cavalleria Rusticana Wilfred Pearce and Reuben Shaw 3:17
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103
The History of the Crabb Concertina Firm Harry Crabb 3:22
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104
Czardas Gregory Matusewitch 3:19
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105
Santa Anna's Retreat / Greasy Coat (medley) Richard Carlin 2:20
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106
Russian Fantasy The Fayre Four Sisters 3:06
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Grieg's Morning The Fayre Four Sisters 4:07
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202
Chrysanthemum The Boris Matusewitch Quartet 3:38
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203
Waltz Impromptu Alfred Edwards 3:03
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204
Haste to the Wedding / Smash the Windows (medley) Harry Minting and Richard Carlin 2:25
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205
Speak Easy The Fayre Four Sisters 2:35
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Raggin' the Scales The Fayre Four Sisters 2:22

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