Sat. June 22 - Introduction to Concertinas Workshop w/Randy Stein & Jim Besser

Regular price $ 30.00

- Saturday June 22nd; 1:00-3:00pm
- Held at School of Musical Traditions (1097 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD)
- Cost: $30

A limited number of concertinas will be available for advance registrants to use for the workshop. Please select from the drop-down menu above whether you will be bringing your own concertina or you need a loaner, before clicking "add to cart."

(Sorry, no proration for missed sessions. Read more about our workshop registration & cancellation policies here)

The concertina - a small squeezebox, related to the accordion but without chord buttons - is a fun, accessible and very portable instrument. But with two major concertina systems and a number of less popular ones, choosing the right instrument can be confusing. In this workshop, experienced players of the two major systems - Anglo and English - will demonstrate their instruments, teach a few simple tunes and talk about the differences in the systems and the suitability of each to different styles of playing.

Which instrument is right for you? Get some guidance on which systems are best for certain kinds of playing and musical styles, and some hands-on experience. We will also talk about the range of instruments available for purchase - from relatively inexpensive learners instruments to costly vintage concertinas.

Questions about this workshop? Contact School of Musical Traditions at (240) 690-1910, or by email.

Space is limited! Advance registration recommended. 

Randy Stein is a classically trained musician who studied the English Concertina with the famed Matusewitch Brothers, Boris and Sergei. A former circus acrobat and founding member of the Big Apple Circus, Randy performed solo, with various groups and orchestras in the US and Canada in festivals, shows, and theaters including classical recitals at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He has recorded with various artists including John Lennon and Yoko Ono on their album Double Fantasy. In addition to performing an extensive solo repertoire of Classic American and European Standards, he is currently performing and recording with the Jewish Folk Band, Ein Lanu Z’man, the folk music duo 2Many Buttons, and the gypsy jazz band, DC Ambiance. 

Jim Besser
has played guitar and Anglo concertina in a number of bands, most recently in ​Otter Loop​ and the popular English ceilidh rock band ​Frog Hammer, performing regularly in the Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, at dance weekends and numerous other venues. In ​The Squeezers​, he performed an eclectic blend of music, including English, Irish and Scottish traditional, Scandinavian, klezmer and jazz. His new trio ​TerraNova​ plays exciting new music from Europe echoing the English, French and Flemish traditions. He is also a musician for the ​Foggy Bottom Morris Men​, and has played for a number of other Morris and sword groups. Specializing in diatonic Anglo concertina, he has a particular interest in English ceilidh and Morris music and the American contra dance repertoire. He also enjoys interpreting American oldtime and ragtime music for Anglo concertina.