Tuesday, 29 January 2013

From Friends of Wighton ...

Saturday 2nd February, 2.30pm at the Creche, Central Library - Concertina class.  £5 - £3 concessions

Following a very successful Come and Try event, a weekly concertina class, tutored by John Bagnall, begins on Saturday 2nd February.

John Bagnall has been playing the English Concertina, invented about 1829 by Sir Charles Wheatstone, for about 40 years.

John learned to play while living on Tyneside, which as well as being a centre for traditional music is home to some great concertina players, notably Alistair Anderson who has done so much to popularise the instrument.

John has been to a large number of Alistair's workshops over the years and learned from his teaching methods, centred round traditional tunes.

He likes to play many different types of music on the concertina, including Northumbrian and Scottish tunes, American, French, Breton and Irish tunes, and also aspires to the more complex classical or semi-classical music from the concertina's heyday in Victorian Britain.   Playing with other musicians is a special pleasure, and John plays regularly in pub sessions on Tayside.