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Alan Day east anglian styles (45) RE: east anglian styles 14 Nov 11

Not quite right Mr Fly
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Thanks for your comments Vick re French Traditional Dance Music.
When we started most of the more recent trends in French Music line up was French Bagpipes, Hurdy Gurdy, Melodion/ Accordion and fiddle. When we started Rosbif the original idea was for me to play melodion and you will hear me playing a bit on the first record. I soon realised that most of what I was playing could be played on the Anglo and by sometimes playing in sixth's create a different sound against the drones of the pipes and hurdy gurdy. This of course came from experimentation. Imagine the response when half way through an evening in Paris where they were expecting English music, that we started playing French music ,the dances requiring no introduction, or calling. We got a terrific response as the music was a slightly different sound to what they were used to and such a surprise for them. They were of course calling us "Rosbif" then (in fun) so the name stuck for the band.
I have some recordings of Jean Megly playing French music on his Duet Concertina and there are many players now playing French Music on concertinas. I doubt very much that I was the first.

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