Mrs crotty was born lizzie markham in 1885 in a small townland called gower, in cooraclare, in the beautiful county of clare. This project is, perhaps, a bit more involved than those of weeks past, but it allows me to introduce a few additional basic materials found in every book artists studio and a handy technique or two. Crotty, which have created a forum for master performers and students. The concertina, we are told, was more of a womans instrument in county clare.
This book starts at rock bottom by answering the question, what is an anglo concertina. The booklet tells us that elizabeth crotty was born in 1885, the youngest member of a musical family who lived in the cooraclare district of south co clare. The second page also has the song youll never walk alone by richard rogers. She was born as elizabeth markham near cooraclare, county clare. Concertina music from west clare, concertina, fiddle, flute. Its difficult to comment on a recording without having heard it, but, from noel hills praise of mrs crotty s play, i have very high expectations. She was born elizabeth markham on 6th december, 1885 in gower, cooraclare in west clare. This concertina book is great for capturing your dreams and hopes for the new year or recording those. Mrs crotty, the killoury brothers from west clare, the russels, garrett barry, johnny doran.
I took delivery of the instrument on the day i was to fly to ireland to attend the mrs crotty concertina festival so decided to take it with me so that other concertina afficianardos could have a look at it, play it and give their opinon. Kilrush itself has its fair share, but a new one on the calendar is eigse mrs crotty, a small new summer school in memory of a great musician, and dedicated to that. Elizabeth crotty concertina, with paddy canny fiddle, aggie white fiddle, denis murphy fiddle, michale preston flute, johnny pickering fiddle, and others. The booklet tells us that elizabeth crotty was born in 1885, the youngest. Concertina music from west clare by elizabeth crotty on. See more ideas about book art, handmade books and book making.
She lived between 1885 and 1960 and was famous in her day as an anglo player. A very nice little documentary of mrs crotty was shown on irish tv station tg4 this evening. Mar 09, 2014 no mention of the concertina in clare would be complete without a note on mrs elizabeth crotty of kilrush. This book is priced as it is, i assume, due to the obscurity of the subject matter. The programme was called cerbh i, and can be viewed on their player. Concertina music from west clare by elizabeth crotty as. Concertina made by chris ghent, australia, concertina maker, 30 button concertina, 38 button concertina, concertina manufacturer, manufacturer of concertinas. In the 1950s mrs crotty was one of the best known and highly respected traditional musicians in ireland. In august this year, the west clare town of kilrush will host traditional musicians, singers and dancers from all over ireland and abroad, who will gather to pay homage to irelands first lady of concertina music, mrs. All of this accompanied by a superb booklet full of notes and photos. Elizabeth crotty the saviour of the irish concertina mcneela music. An irish traditional music recording with thirtyone tracks. Unknown date, but the price is one shilling and sixpence.
Compilation of short clips from the concert in teach cheoil. Crotty 6 december 1885 27 december 1960, was a famous irish concertina player. Crotty gower, cooraclare, 6 december 1885 kilrush, 27 december 1960 was a famous concertina player out. The two most common instruments in use in west clare during mrs crotty s lifetime were the fiddle and the concertina. Mrs elizabeth crotty 18851960 24 november 2006, 10. Jan 21, 2015 this month i was invited to lead a workshop for a local community craft group on handmade book making. The workshop went really well and as several of those attending are keen to make some more i thought id write a howto post to share.
If you want to see some other types of this book, do an internet image search for concertina book or accordion book. May 04, 2009 compilation of short clips from the concert in teach cheoil. Mrs elizabeth markham crotty 18851960 was born near cooraclare, county clare in a musical family. They played an unnamed reel, that promptly was baptized mrs galvins by the band. Crotty, kitty hayes, and more recently mary macnamara and sharon shannon. We know from johns personal documents that most people called his mother eliza. The concertina structure is achieved by creating a narrow accordion and then attaching signatures to either the valley or peak folds using a simple pamphlet stitch. The two most common instruments in use in west clare during mrs crottys lifetime were the fiddle and the concertina.
No mention of the concertina in clare would be complete without a note on mrs elizabeth crotty of kilrush. The concertina is a muchfavored instrument in county clare, ireland, and a. A tiny, eclectic paradise stuffed full of the most beautiful things, it was a shrine to all things paper. Make offer henry silberhorn concertina prazsky sirotek sheet music antique no. Offering lectures, concertina and set dancing classes, workshops, concerts, open air ceils and singing workshops. Miko had been in the united states for a couple of years and used the money earned over there to buy a public house on the market square in. Barry taylors book a breeze on the wind documents the evolution of concertina playing in clare, going from on the row playing, which works fine for a solo and is much more intuitive, to cross row playing, which you need for concert pitch in most cases since instruments with d. A brief history of the anglo concertina in the united states by dan worrall in the united states the anglogerman concertina was very popular during the middle and late nineteenth century, but by the early twentieth century it had all but vanished from american popular culture, becoming only a hollywood symbol of the old days. Feb 01, 2009 book and cd by frank edgley, 2001 text below provided by frank edgley frank edgley is a concertina player with over twenty years experience, and anglo concertina builder. Depending on the type of concertina you have, you will either alternate which hands play the notes or work down the rows of keys to play your scale. These books are made from a long strip of paper and folded accordion style.
Eigse mrs crotty kilrush county clare music festival. Elizabeth crotty, concertina music from west clare 1999, rte music ltd, 225cd. It has a cover at either end and six folded pieces of paper in between. Galvin played with most famous clare traditional musicians, like mrs. This month i was invited to lead a workshop for a local community craft group on handmade bookmaking.
I have a passion for traditional irish tunes usually played with no amplification, consisting of instruments such as the whistle, flute, uileann pipes, fiddle, accordion, concertina, mandolin and the harp, played by anyone who can play, but preferably the older players. Crotty 6 december 1885 27 december 1960, was a famous irish concertina player she was born as elizabeth markham near cooraclare, county clare. Elizabeth crotty, whose celebrated name continues to stand guard over the towns market. Follow these instructions to make a concertina book, which is an origamilooking popup book. Book number 46 is a concertina binding and its a great choice for a travel journal because the spine expands if you add extra items to the pages, such as photos, tickets etc. No matter what youre looking for or where you are in the world, our global marketplace of sellers can help you find unique and affordable options. Kerry had julia clifford, sligo had kathleen harrington nee gardiner, but the grande dame of clare music was undoubtedly mrs.
He wrote a short sketch of his life in a 1980 book of his music entitled the road to glountane, written with josh dunson. Miko had been in the united states for a couple of years and used the money earned over there to buy a public. He has played at several festivals in north america and has performed in duet with chris droney at the mrs. How to make a concertina book new updated 7916 with new photos i made a new book using my printable shibori patterns kit as the photos on the old article were looking a bit small and dark i must have learnt more about taking and editing photos since then. For most of mrs crottys life span, women musicians were few in number. Crotty concertina, john kelly fiddle, sean reid, dr. Elizabeth was from a musical family and she herself was a concertina player. Molly is an artist, teacher, and storyteller who creates oneofakind, mixedmedia collage pieces from her extensive collection of estate sale finds. See more ideas about concertina book, handmade books and book art. Crottys pub is still there in kilrush, and still in the family.
Jul 17, 20 make a concertina or accordion photo book from scratch using the instructions over at kates creative space. Her playing was brought to the public eye by ciaran macmathuna, who recorded her in 1955. Book depository books with free delivery worldwide. Later she played with her son stephen as guests with the kilfenora ceili band. Concertina tutor books, a wide choice from eagle music shop. Review the concertina playing of kitty hayes cd track 3 and mary macnamara cd track 10. Many clare women are known for their superb concertina playing. Mrs crotty documentary general concertina discussion. Concertina maker sydney australia concertina maker concertina manufactured. Mick also has a small useful section on maintenance. I recently purchased via a 30 key cg anglo made by pierre hooft in australia. Traditional music band patrick street will be the headline act for this saturdays mrs crotty memorial concert being held as part of the annual eigse mrs crotty festival in kilrush, co clare. Mrs elizabeth crotty, concertina player, west clare a tg4 televison programme celebrating the life of mrs elizabeth crotty. At school she was a member of the choir and also seems to have had access to a piano.
Mick describes the differences found from one anglo to another, teaches you to play the common scales, and starts with simple tunes before attempting slightly more advanced ones. John was a pivotal figure in traditional irish music throughout the 20th century and still has an influence on musicians to this day. They can be plain or very elaborate with fancy papers, popouts and popups and windows. The mrs crotty memorial concert is held saturday night and features the best of irish music. This would be a nice way to document a day trip or other short summer activity. How to make a concertina book with pictures wikihow.
Start with middle c on your concertina and work through the 8 notes, or octave, up to c1, or high c. In this session una grogan, dympna o sullivan both concertina teachers at the weekend, mick mulcahy and gerdy commane all play the concertina. I went there on my first visit to ireland almost exactly 40 years ago. Bells across the meadows by albert ketelby i dont know who the arranger wasis. Crotty was michael tubridys concertinaplaying aunt from county clare. Chapter 3 passing on the tradition 1 aa pages 4348. In concertina collage books, molly meng will teach you the tricks to assembling an extensive accordion book with a front and back cover. Etsy is the home to thousands of handmade, vintage, and oneofakind products and gifts related to your search. There are several pages, outlining the history of the concertina, some tips on playing and concertina care, which one can find on the web for free. During the mid 1950s her fame spread as a result of some recording sessions which ciaran macmathuna and r. Mrs elizabeth crotty, concertina player, west clare.
A tg4 televison programme celebrating the life of mrs elizabeth crotty. Concertina music from west clare by elizabeth crotty on the. In 1914 she married michael miko crotty and moved to kilrush. Concertina music from west clare musicians elizabeth crotty concertina, with paddy canny fiddle, aggie white fiddle, denis murphy fiddle, michale preston flute, johnny pickering fiddle, and others. Along the row concertina playing barry taylors book a breeze on the wind documents the evolution of concertina playing in clare, going from on the row playing, which works fine for a solo and is much more intuitive, to cross row playing, which you need for concert pitch in most cases since instruments with d rows are rarely found. Elizabeth kelly 1888 1964 nee keane was johns mother. How to make a handmade concertina book thestitchsharer. Elizabeth crotty concertina music from west clare amazon. Elizabeth crotty, whose celebrated name continues to stand guard over the towns market square. This cd has been the subject of two rte webradio broadcasts over the last couple of months. Book and cd by frank edgley, 2001 text below provided by frank edgley frank edgley is a concertina player with over twenty years experience, and anglo concertina builder. A very full programme with lively pub and street sessions. It was through her side of the family that john got the music.208 71 290 751 1062 998 568 356 1023 767 768 678 285 736 339 1185 792 1071 28 455 157 974 653 235 1307 1048 826 532 308 1260