I'm not sure what that makes me. I don't know how to play my new concertina -- but that doesn't stop me from trying to play it.
A concertina looks like an accordion:
but it's less complicated and smaller, and mine was a thoughtful birthday gift from my husband -- whose capacity for suffering seems to know no bounds.
And when the concertina is traveling in its handy-dandy carrying case:
it raises eyebrows and causes much consternation among the minions who monitor the airport security x-ray machines, at least according to a story told by Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen.
We saw the two of them in concert at Bernie's a few months ago, and that's when I decided that I really needed a new musical instrument that would tax my middle-aged brain to the absolute limit: 20 buttons...40 notes....in-out...argghh!
When it's played right, the concertina has a sweet, long-ago kind of sound -- perfect for Irish songs. Right now I'm working on "The Wild Rover."
Here's The Dubliner's version. It really ought to come with a pint of Guinness, but I'm still waiting on that technology: