The Irish Concertina!


The Irish Concertina!

As Concertinas are becoming more popular, here's where enthusiasts can discuss their favourite: Instruments; Players; Tunes; Playing Styles & post links to their favourite Concertina videos & forthcoming events & classes.

Members: 67
Latest Activity: Dec 17, 2021

191 Players of the Irish Concertina!

If you play Irish Music on an Anglo Concertina & your name is not already on this list, please post your details with a link to your website or YouTube, on the Comments Wall below & I'll be happy to add your name to our list here.



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Aoife Ni Argain


Doug Barr

Lyndsey Beatuex

Cormac Begley

Anne Marie Bell
Louisa Bennion
Terry Bingham
Yvonne Bolton

David Boveri

Shane Bracken
Christine Brady

Lelia Brady

Alice Bradley

Eimear Buckley


Blathnaid Ni Caba

Tom Carey

Sharon Carroll

Niamh Ní Charra

Normand Chouinard
Charlie Coen
Miriam Collins
Tim Collins
Micilin Conlon
Mickaleen Conlon

Lisa Connors

Jem Cooper

Mairéad Considine
Mairéad Corridan

Mrs Elizabeth Crotty

Pat Crowe

Francis Cunningham
Gretta Curtin

Walter Dale

Paul Davis 
Alan Day
Jan Debregandere
Colm Delaney
Peter Denmead
Rhona Dinkin
Brian Donnellan
David Doocey

Ann Droney

Chris Droney

Francis Droney


Frank Edgley

Alan Egan
Pat Egan
Christy Ennis
Michael Eskin

Mike Euritt
Florence Fahy
Mairead Ni Fhlatharta
Tara Finn
Áine Fitzgerald
Ciarán Fitzgerald
Tommy Fitzharris

Delia Flanagan
Edel Fox
Caitlin Nic Gabhann
Be Gagliardi
Kelly Geraghty
Dick Glasgow

Tom Glynn

LeeAnn Gorne

Michael Gough

Lourda Griffin
Yvonne Griffin

Aoife Green


Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin
Grainne Hambly

Ciaran Hanna

Miss Hattori

Gerald Haugh
Kitty Hayes
Ernestine Healy
Hugh Healy

Billy Herlihy

Noel Hill

Connie Hogan
Mairead Hurley
Aoife Johnston
Caroline Keane

 Dolores Keane
Gearóid Keane
Alex Kelly
Hannah Kelly

John Kelly

Dermot Kenny
Noel Kenny
Claus Kessler
Claire Keville

Paddy Kierse

Mrs King

Cillian King

Ann Kirrane

Tomoyuki Koshi

Zack Lawrence

Tim Leahy

Liam Lewis

Solus Lillis

Maedbh Ni Lochlainn

Aogán Lynch
Aisling Lyons
Gabriel McArdle

Michael McAuley

Ann McAuliffe

Ailbhe Mac Cába
Blathnaid Mac Cába
Fionnuala Mac Cába
Jacqueline McCarthy

Tommy McCarthy 
Fiadhna McEvoy
Jacinta McEvoy

Barry McGee
Rory McMahon

Stephen McMahon

Tommy McMahon

Rayce Bannon Malone

Doireann MacMathuna
Kate McNamara
Mary MacNamara

Tom Mahoney
John Mason
Bríd Ní Mhaonaigh

Niamh Molloy 
Kylie Moynagh
Michelle Mulcahy
Mick Mulcahy

Mrs May Mullaly

William J. Mullaly

Charlie Mulvihill

Jim Munro

Ailis Murphy

Brid Green Murphy

Paddy Murphy

Mandy Murray

Sonny Murray

John Naughton

Aoife Neville

Fergus Brown-O'Byrne

Tony O'Connell

Jacqui O'Connor

Liam O'Connor

Teresa O'Dea
Ursula O'Dea

Ella Mae O'Dwyer

Sharon O'Leary
Séamus Ó Mongáin
Michael O'Raghallaigh
Jason O'Rourke
Dymphna O'Sullivan
Katie O'Sullivan

Michelle O'Sullivan

Mary Tisdall O'Sullivan

Niamh O'Sullivan

Sadhbh Peat
Jane Peppler
Ron Peters

Emily Peterson
Raphael Pinel

 Lawrence Probes

Paul Quinn


Alex Reidinger

Ailis Ni Riain

Nick Robertshaw

Raymond Roland
Michael Rooney
Kate Ruane
Packie Russell
Pádraig Rynne

Stack Ryan
Colum Sands
Breda Shannon
Chris Sherburn

Snorre Solem

Thomas Slattery

Christian Stevens

Blaithin Sweeney
Jack Talty
Matt Talty

Rena Traynor 
Peter Trimming

Alice Tubridy
Caroline Tubridy
Michael Tubridy
Niall Vallely
Mike Wild
Brendan Williams
John Williams

Patsy Wilson

Mrs Woods
Dan Worrall


 Mrs Yamamoto
Elizabeth Zekley

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Video #1: Learn to play Irish Concertina by John Williams

Video #2:  Noel Hill on Concertina on Geantrai

Video #3: Packie Russell

Video #4: Edel Fox, Caitlin NicGabhann & Kate McNamara!

Video #5: 39 mins of ~ Mícheál ó Raghallaigh! 

Discussion Forum

Concertinas & Gender.

Started by Dick Glasgow Jul 21, 2011. 0 Replies

I stumbled on this post on Concertinas & Gender, at a discussion over on IRTRAD, which raised a couple of interesting points which I thought it might be interesting to explore here.  IRTRAD:…Continue

Online Academy of Irish Music Concertina Course!

Started by Dick Glasgow Jul 12, 2011. 0 Replies

  Structured courses designed & delivered by respected teachers and performersVideo tutorial based e-Learning systemTips and pointers for continued progress…Continue

Concertina & Uilleann Pipes ~ Videos!

Started by Dick Glasgow Jul 12, 2011. 0 Replies

For anyone who loves the sound of Concertina & Uilleann Pipes, here are a few must watch videos! These first few feature Kitty Hayes RIP on Concertina and Peter Laban on a Flat Set of Uilleann…Continue

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Comment by John O'Neill on February 3, 2016 at 9:11

OK Werner. Will do. But right now I am trying to educate my left hand to find the buttons as well as my right hand.

Comment by John O'Neill on February 2, 2016 at 20:51

Thanks Bill. Let the fiddlers and fluters change their ways. Not I.

Comment by Bill McHale on February 2, 2016 at 20:43

Well, I am not an expert on it since my concertinas have always had 30 buttons, but I think you have a couple of options.  1. Depending on the music and the rhythm,  you might be able to repeat the preceding or following note.  2. If you can figure out what chords would go with the tune, you could substitute another note in the chord.  3. if you are playing by yourself, transpose the key of the tune to one that you can play on a C/G.  The latter was probably how it was done in the days when musicians played alone; we only really started worrying about the key when we had to play with fiddle and flute players.

Comment by John O'Neill on February 2, 2016 at 20:11

I did my time on an (Irish) melodeon 70 years ago. S0 my right hand knows what it is doing but my left hasn't got a clue. Finding that cross-row is essential even for simple tune like The Castle of Dromore. And that's good for the future. It's C/G by the way. What to do about the C#?

Comment by Bill McHale on February 2, 2016 at 19:25

I think there might be some debate between what exactly constitutes an Anglo.  In general, the smaller instruments with 6 (or more) sides, and leather bellows have been called Anglos amongst most of the online concertina community (At least it was when I hung out on C-net).  The German instruments tended to be square and larger.  This could also be a question of local convention like the fact that what constitutes a melodeon differs from Ireland (Only 10 button diatonic accordions), England (Any diatonic accordion that is not tuned with half-step tuning) and America where it is a different instrument all together.

Now as for playing it, well the first question is, do you know what keys it is tuned to?  C/G is most common, but G/D are not uncommon.  If it is the latter, you will (as you no doubt know from your harmonica experience) probably be able to play 90-95% of the tunes that show up at sessions.  If it is C/G you might still do okay, you just need to figure out how to replace the missing C#s.  Of course, if you just play on your own, then it matters not a whit what the keys are.  Still these little boxes are addictive, so be careful, because they are a lot more expensive than harmonicas :).

Comment by John O'Neill on February 2, 2016 at 8:44

Thanks, Werner. And for the info which is apparently not widely known.

Comment by John O'Neill on February 1, 2016 at 22:36

OK. So I found a concertina looking lost on the shelf of a New Zealand op-shop and discovered I could almost play it from a harmonica background. Bought it - a 20-key Anglo. And it is coming along very well for a cheap instrument and (very) old player. All great fun and looking forward to a lasting relationship!

Please add me

John O'Neill

Comment by Heather Greer on November 16, 2015 at 15:03

Thanks Maki!

Comment by maki on November 15, 2015 at 1:41

Thanks Heather, for the additional learning materials.
And good luck with the sale.

Comment by Heather Greer on November 14, 2015 at 0:04

Hi Maki

Great to hear from you, and I'm  delighted to hear that you're using The Concertina Diaries and finding it useful.  Did you know that I had posted up three additional tunes (as a set) in the same concertina notation as in The Diaries"? You'll find them as free downloads at - and I'm going to put a further three jigs up (Seamus Connolly's/Rosemary Lane/Tobin's) - all in D and I think very mice tunes, but with their own learning points built in. Then I'm going to put up a set of Mazurkas, also with some extra learning points. So, that way, I hope that "The Concertina Diaries" approach will keep on being useful.  I hope you're keeping well and enjoying playing concertina.



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