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The English Concertina

 


The English concertina is an instrument invented by Charles Wheatstone and patented in 1829. It is a free reed instrument that produces the same note whether the bellows are pushed or pulled. For a good 'in depth' description of the concertina, click on the  Wikipedia link.

Sarah fell in love with the English concertina in her 20's and considers herself lucky to be the current custodian of two treasured old instruments, a Lachenal Edeophone ('Eddie') and a Wheatstone Aeola ('Willie'). Both are 48 key tenor trebles with raised ebony ends and silver buttons.

Sarah has been involved in a variety of recordings featuring the English concertina. These include four albums by the Metric Foot Band, a solo CD entitled 'Black Boxes' & a newly released collection 'The Greg Trice Tune Book'.

A 3 CD set from Roots Records, 'English International', features 3 tracks by Sarah. See the CONCERTINA.net link for more details.

The concertina has a very interesting history which you may enjoy exploring. The links on this page lead to some fascinating facts, some great pictures and information about how it has been used over the years.


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Eddie , on the left, has twelve sides! This can be a problem on sloping stages as it is quite capable of rolling away from its owner. Willie has eight sides and is a little more stable when placed on the floor.

The concertina has a fascinating history, & has featured in many different musical traditions. Click here to see some amazing photographs of concertinas & their owners. (many thanks to Jody Kruskal)

Sarah, Eddie & Willie

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