Pleasant Bend

The Anglo-German Concertina: A Social History

Reviews


A global tour de force in music historiography.
         - Dr. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, Johnson Chair in Québec and                       Canadian Irish Studies, Concordia University Montréal


An essential book for any concertina player, Anglo or otherwise. 

         - Dave Townsend, English Dance and Song, London, 2010


Worrall has truly captured the spirit of the Australian bush and the part the concertina  played in outback culture....It is not very often I get enthused about a two volume social history. This is NOT only a publication about Anglo-German concertinas but covers a much 
wider field of Folklore and Social history – worldwide. As such it should be a part of any music or history lover's reference library.
          -
Rob Willis,Oral History and Folklore Collections, 
                   
National Library of Australia, Canberra

I am sure a lot of Boeremusiek enthusiasts in South Africa will give this book a prominent place in their bookshelf. It is only a man who loves a concertina dearly that can write such a book!
         - Kalie de Jager, Boeremusiekgilde, Pretoria, South Africa


Worrall's discoveries reveal a picaresque back story of the concertina as it was played in Ireland, an instrument long consigned to the shadows... (His) account of this period paints a vivid picture of political interference, social upheaval and musical spirit, each vying for position amid communities riven by poverty. It's a spellbinding read. Worrall does a fine job in luring the reader into this world where tunes were played, shared, and sometimes lost in the turmoil of the period.                                                                                - Siobhan Long, The Irish Times, January 19, 2008


The definitive biography of the Anglo concertina. Simply a must read for anyone interested in the history of any type of concertina . The period illustrations alone are worth the price of the book!
            - Prof. Allan Atlas, City University of New York, and
                    Editor of Papers of the International Concertina                             Association




German and Anglo-German concertinas were by far the most  popular forms of the instrument in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and were a favorite of working class people around the world. They were played by Irish peasants, London street musicians, Yorkshire mummers, Boer trekkers, Australian diggers, Salvation Army Lassies, and Zulu mineworkers. By sailors in the age of sail, Mormon pioneers in covered wagons,  New Zealand sheep-shearers, and Inuit dancers in the high Arctic. By bushrangers and smugglers, music hall artists, street beggars, and just plain folks.

These concertinas were a true global phenomenon, in many ways shaping the popular music of that era. They also are a modern phenomenon, enjoying a revival of interest that crosses 
international and cultural boundaries. This is the first comprehensive history of the instrument.

This two-volume history makes extensive use of primary sources from period newspapers, books, and journals. There are over 440 illustrations, charts, and period photographs, as well as note-for-note transcriptions of numerous early recorded players.


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