Denise Martin's Concertina Page
Irish Tunes for English Concertina


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Denise with concertina
I play the ENGLISH concertina. It is built differently than the anglo in that there is only one note for each button (sounding the same on both push and draw), while the anglo has two differing notes depending on the push or draw.

You can usually find me playing concertina Thursdays from 8-10:30 p.m. at McGinley's Pub in Anchorage, where there's a great Irish session. I do play other styles of music on concertina: old-time fiddle and dance tunes, for example, though I mostly seek Irish tunes when I'm ready to add something new to my repertoire.
Denise at Afternoon in Ireland 2005

My husband Jim and I play in an Irish band called Crooked Road, with fiddler Maura Walsh (or often a substitute, if she can't make it!). Ben Saylor has joined on on flute, but is currently out of state. I used to play with John Walsh and Richard Gelardin in a group called Rakish Paddy: here we are at a downtown gig during Alaska's 50th Statehood Anniversary celebration, 2008:
Rakish Paddy
Photo by Karen Copley
The anglo concertina is more often used among traditional Irish players, but I enjoy playing my English instrument at sessions. My aim is to "blend" with other players and produce an acceptable adaptation of style.

I have produced a CD of Irish tunes on concertina:

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