Concertina (2 hours)
Daniel Hersh, Jack Gilder, Riggy Rackin
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Music 3 - Room #212

First hour: Introduction to Anglo, English, Hayden & Crane Duet and Chemnitzer concertina. Demonstration and Q&A covering concertina playing in a variety of styles, including melody playing (Irish, etc.), vocal accompaniment, and melody & accompaniment combined (duet concertina systems, English-style Anglo, etc.). Anyone interested in the concertina is welcome to attend, regardless of whether or not you have a concertina or know how to play one.

Second hour: More advanced tips and tune/idea sharing, aimed at those who already know how to play.

Daniel Hersh has played concertina for over 30 years. He plays Anglo, Crane duet and Hayden duet concertinas and can play a few tunes on Chemnitzer concertina as well. He has played for Irish, contra and English country dances, in concert performances for adults and children, and in recording studios. He plays music from a variety of traditions, including Irish and English tunes, American "old-timey" tunes, song accompaniment and more. Daniel has previously led concertina workshops at the Summer Solstice Festival in Los Angeles and at past Free Folk Festivals.

Jack Gilder has been playing concertina since the early 80s. His interest is Irish traditional music on the Anglo system C/G concertina. He received instruction from master players, Noel Hill and John Williams. He has also studied the styles of many other contemporary Irish concertina luminaries on his frequent forays to Ireland. Jack has been a stalwart in the Irish traditional music scene in the Bay Area for two decades and has played with many local Irish trad bands. He released two recordings with Jody's Heaven and is best known for the local band Tipsy House that he formed in 1988. You can find out more at

Riggy Rackin is one of the leading English concertina players in the Bay Area, known especially for his creative and sensitive song accompaniment. (He can play Anglo concertina too!) His web site is He has led many concertina workshops at past Free Folk Festivals.