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« on: November 07, 2012, 02:17:57 AM »

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Re: Why the Box?
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2012, 07:40:44 AM »

> What is it about the box that attracted you in the first instance?

Reasonably typical older morris dancer wanting to stay in the team but work less hard.

> Imagine that you were denied access to your box for some reason,
   which instrument do you think might substitute to satisfy that
   inevitable yearning? (if indeed any).

English concertina (my other instrument)

> Did you start playing in your childhood or later?

Much later >30

> If you started in your childhood, did your parents choose the box for you
   or was it your own choice?

See above

> If it was your own choice, can you remember why?

See above

> Were you inspired to play the box by another box player or
   by someone playing an instrument other than the box?

Nope, see first reply

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Re: Why the Box?
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2012, 08:03:13 AM »

> What is it about the box that attracted you in the first instance?
I was listening to a lot of Irish traditional music and I was attracted by the fact that playing something with buttons seemed easier than learning how to use a bow.

> Imagine that you were denied access to your box for some reason,
   which instrument do you think might substitute to satisfy that
   inevitable yearning? (if indeed any).
My acoustic guitars, although this is only temporary and I soon return to the accordion.

> Did you start playing in your childhood or later?
Started playing music as a child of four years. Started playing the box as a young adult.

> If you started in your childhood, did your parents choose the box for you
   or was it your own choice?
My own choice, later, as noted above.

> If it was your own choice, can you remember why?
See number one.

> Were you inspired to play the box by another box player or
   by someone playing an instrument other than the box?
Both. See number one. The web was helpful, even when content was limited. And believe it or not, Lester's old webpage containing a slew of morris mp3's was a big starter for me and inclined me toward the fifth-apart system. I burned those onto a CD which I rediscovered at the bottom of a box a few months ago. They were a big help (thanks Lester!)

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Re: Why the Box?
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2012, 08:38:37 AM »

What is it about the box that attracted you in the first instance?

I was already a PA player and loved the sound of Melodeons in European, Irish and English Folk music

 Imagine that you were denied access to your box for some reason,
   which instrument do you think might substitute to satisfy that
   inevitable yearning? (if indeed any).


The CBA

Did you start playing in your childhood or later?

A LOT Later, in fact fairly recently

Were you inspired to play the box by another box player or
   by someone playing an instrument other than the box?


Not one Single player but a Music genre
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Re: Why the Box?
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2012, 08:43:42 AM »

What is it about the box that attracted you in the first instance?
John Kirkpatrick and John Tams...Cambridge FF 1977...I wanted to buy a set of Irish pipes, but the belt wouldn't go around my waist...the world may be grateful

> Imagine that you were denied access to your box for some reason,
   which instrument do you think might substitute to satisfy that
   inevitable yearning? (if indeed any).
Anglo concertina...if I could afford one

> Did you start playing in your childhood or later?

Mid twenties
> If you started in your childhood, did your parents choose the box for you
   or was it your own choice?
> If it was your own choice, can you remember why?
Hohner pokerwork...it was what I'd seen others play...and all that seemed generally availale at the time

> Were you inspired to play the box by another box player or
   by someone playing an instrument other than the box?
See above...also, the morris team I danced with had one of the finest box players I have ever heard, Paul Havell.  Then I heard Tony Hall...then I heard Tufty Swift, and bought a one row.

I was also fortunate enough to play alongside some of the old boys at the early English Country music weekends.

I may be wrong, but I would imagine many others of a certain age on the forum may have followed a similar route...

Baz

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Re: Why the Box?
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2012, 08:51:39 AM »

Similar to Baz - I was playing other instruments but became drawn to English dance music

> What is it about the box that attracted you in the first instance?
The sound, and to complement anglo concertina for playing English country music
> Imagine that you were denied access to your box for some reason,
   which instrument do you think might substitute to satisfy that
   inevitable yearning? (if indeed any).
My other instruments - guitar, anglo, hammered dulcimer, recorder
> Did you start playing in your childhood or later?
Later (30s) - probably my 4th or 5th instrument
> If you started in your childhood, did your parents choose the box for you
   or was it your own choice?
> If it was your own choice, can you remember why?
> Were you inspired to play the box by another box player or
   by someone playing an instrument other than the box?
Initially Colin Cater, John K, Tony Hall.  Many more later.

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Re: Why the Box?
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2012, 09:39:32 AM »

> What is it about the box that attracted you in the first instance?

       Listening to John Kirkpatrick on Morris On .
       Loving the sound of the Pokerwork when dancing with other morris sides

> Imagine that you were denied access to your box for some reason,
   which instrument do you think might substitute to satisfy that
   inevitable yearning? (if indeed any).

       English concertina though push./pull same note has me flummoxed .

> Did you start playing in your childhood or later?

     50+

> If you started in your childhood, did your parents choose the box for you
   or was it your own choice?


   N/A

> If it was your own choice, can you remember why?

      That sound ! No musical inspiration or direction from my parents . And no money .

> Were you inspired to play the box by another box player or
   by someone playing an instrument other than the box?


        John Kirkpatrick .
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Re: Why the Box?
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2012, 09:51:30 AM »

> What is it about the box that attracted you in the first instance?

       It is an instrument without black notes, which confused me as a child learning piano.

> Imagine that you were denied access to your box for some reason,
   which instrument do you think might substitute to satisfy that
   inevitable yearning? (if indeed any).
       Fiddle - but I'd have to learn to play it!

> Did you start playing in your childhood or later?

     age 45

> If you started in your childhood, did your parents choose the box for you
   or was it your own choice?

   N/A

> If it was your own choice, can you remember why?

      It looked like an easy instrument!

> Were you inspired to play the box by another box player or
   by someone playing an instrument other than the box?
       Benny Graham, Andy Cutting

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Re: Why the Box?
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2012, 09:58:29 AM »

Alternative instrument, Mouthorgan. Suck blow suck blow suck blow, blow blow suck .
I now play a hand blown mouth organ called a Dino Baffetti, and of course the FR 18 a full blown orchestra..
Came across the Melodeon through the Morris and loved the sound. First sighting was one bought by John Cannell in 1968.
Was in my twenties at the time.
Influential players, Paul Havell, Graham Mathews, Bob Cann, Oscar Wood. And recently, Pikey,
Just listen to his version of " go and list for a sailor."
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Re: Why the Box?
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2012, 10:05:40 AM »

As a rider to that, the Melodeon is one of the only instruments that is so expressive as to give that LIFT to dance music. I noticed that way back then. A piano for instance can't make you leap, a piano accordion is not much better either. ( without prejudice )
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« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2012, 10:26:39 AM »

A piano for instance can't make you leap. ( without prejudice )

Unless played by Violet Tulloch, Beryl Marriott, or Gareth Kiddier (:)

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Re: Why the Box?
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2012, 10:37:57 AM »

Mea Culpa.
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Re: Why the Box?
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2012, 10:40:46 AM »



So, a few questions;
> What is it about the box that attracted you in the first instance?

the sound-. probably influenced by listening to Jimmy Shand on the wireless also a regular programme featuring bands from north east of england.  This could also be the reason I still think the Shand Morino sound is far superior to anything else!
> Imagine that you were denied access to your box for some reason,
   which instrument do you think might substitute to satisfy that
   inevitable yearning? (if indeed any).

   The Mouthie - I always keep one in the car

> Did you start playing in your childhood or later?

    teenager


> If you started in your childhood, did your parents choose the box for you
   or was it your own choice?

    12 bass piano aaccordion bought for 2/6 at a ju;mble sale!

> If it was your own choice, can you remember why?

    cheap
> Were you inspired to play the box by another box player or
   by someone playing an instrument other than the box?

   didn't know any other box players personally

Ok. That may be enough to be getting on with for now.
Any thoughts you may have on the subject would be much appreciated.

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Re: Why the Box?
« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2012, 10:42:23 AM »

Mea Culpa.
And that probably misspelt Strig
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Re: Why the Box?
« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2012, 10:54:44 AM »

So, a few questions;
> What is it about the box that attracted you in the first instance?

a very fine English session in my local pub.  someone ( a melodeon player) talking me into it. 'why don't you try a melodeon, you only have to press the button and you get a note!'  - if only!! 
And because I'm a dancer it seemed a natural extention to play the music

> Imagine that you were denied access to your box for some reason,
   which instrument do you think might substitute to satisfy that
   inevitable yearning? (if indeed any).

anglo concertina, but I still missed the melodeon when I couldn't play it because of an injured shoulder

> Did you start playing in your childhood or later?

much later, late 50's - no previous music playing experience, but I was, and still am, a dancer

> If you started in your childhood, did your parents choose the box for you
   or was it your own choice?

N/A

> If it was your own choice, can you remember why?

I'm only just over 5' and wanted a small box, someone found me a secondhand one

> Were you inspired to play the box by another box player or
   by someone playing an instrument other than the box?

see above, boxes and other instruments

Ok. That may be enough to be getting on with for now.
Any thoughts you may have on the subject would be much appreciated.
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Re: Why the Box?
« Reply #15 on: November 07, 2012, 11:07:49 AM »

Here goes:

> What is it about the box that attracted you in the first instance?  I'd started dancing Cotswold Morris with The Angel Morris Men and that's probably where I first heard and saw a melodeon being played.  I liked the sound and the punchiness of the instrument and as I didn't (and still don't) read music, it seemed like a fairly uncomplicated instrument to play.  An old Hohner Pokerwork in C/C sharp was available (and which I still have 40 years later) from my then brother-in-law so I had a crack on that.  The rest is history!

> Imagine that you were denied access to your box for some reason, which instrument do you think might substitute to satisfy that inevitable yearning? (if indeed any). I don't think there would be an inevitable yearing but if I felt a twinge of same, I'd maybe have a crack at the piano or the fiddle or even the banjo but I'd probably concentrate on singing instead.

> Did you start playing in your childhood or later? I was first on intimate terms with a melodeon around the time of my 21st birthday.

> If you started in your childhood, did your parents choose the box for you or was it your own choice? N/A

> If it was your own choice, can you remember why? See above

> Were you inspired to play the box by another box player or by someone playing an instrument other than the box? My ex-brother-in-law was quite a handy player (see above) and a guy called Paul Havell was playing for the Angels around that time and he was pretty good too.  They gave me plenty of incentive as well as listening to the likes of Bob Cann or John Kirkpatrick.
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Re: Why the Box?
« Reply #16 on: November 07, 2012, 12:05:55 PM »

> What is it about the box that attracted you in the first instance?
The fact that you didn't have to tune it! And the lovely bouncy sound it made

> Imagine that you were denied access to your box for some reason,
   which instrument do you think might substitute to satisfy that
   inevitable yearning? (if indeed any).

Anglo Concertina

> Did you start playing in your childhood or later?
Later=in my early twenties. I played electric guitar and other stringy chordy instruments from age 14

> If you started in your childhood, did your parents choose the box for you
N/A
> If it was your own choice, can you remember why?
Simply seeing someone playing one for the first time on Sidmouth seafront-never heard one before-I fell in love with it immediately and wanted one form that moment on.
> Were you inspired to play the box by another box player or
   by someone playing an instrument other than the box?

Didn't even hear another player for quite a long time after getting a box myself so taught myself by experimentation, but was blown away the first time I heard John Kirkpatrick play and it inspired me to experiment even further,

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« Reply #17 on: November 07, 2012, 12:07:57 PM »

> What is it about the box that attracted you in the first instance?
      The beautiful sound of a free reed.

> Imagine that you were denied access to your box for some reason,
   which instrument do you think might substitute to satisfy that
   inevitable yearning? (if indeed any).
      Probably English concertina, banjo and guitar.
 
> Did you start playing in your childhood or later?
      Much later - age 45.

> If you started in your childhood, did your parents choose the box for you
   or was it your own choice?
      N/A

> If it was your own choice, can you remember why?
      Heard box played on recordings (folk music)and liked it

> Were you inspired to play the box by another box player or
   by someone playing an instrument other than the box?
      Various concertina players and Billy McComiskey on B/C
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« Reply #18 on: November 07, 2012, 12:10:29 PM »

> What is it about the box that attracted you in the first instance?
    33rd birthday present from wife - and a complete surprise!
    It was a Hohner - traded for a Lilly at Whitby festival 5 month later

> Which instrument do you think might substitute  that yearning?
   Anglo concertina (I suspect she didn't take to me playing my Linota)

> Were you inspired to play the box by another box player
   John Kirkpatrick, Tufty Swift, Dave Roberts - basically the 70's Folk Camp mob

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« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2012, 12:26:26 PM »

Mea Culpa.


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