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I Never Played to Many Posh Dances


'Sussex musician 1887-1972'

 

Scan Tester

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Scan Tester was one of the most influential anglo concertina players from England. His lifetime of playing in pubs, dances and servants' balls, created a large and varied repertoire of tunes, including polkas, waltzes, schottisches, stepdance hornpipes, and of course, the songs of the day. In the mid-fifties he met Mervyn Plunkett and joined a loose-knit group of musicians including Reg Hall. They played in pubs and private parties and went up to London where Scan played solo at the Royal Albert Hall. These recordings also include some of Scan's contemporaries like Art Winter, Jack Norris and Bill Gorrringe (the only recording of a Sussex traditional fiddler). These two albums were originally released on vinyl by Topic records to accompany Reg Hall's book of the same name. See ENB5

 

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Tracks

 

Side I

1. Schottische -Scan Tester concertina

2. Polka - Scan Tester concertina
3. The Broom Dance - Scan Tester concertina,

        Reg Hall melodeon, Daisy Sherlock piano

4. The Reel - Scan Tester concertina
5. Waltz: The Man in the Moon - Scan Tester concertina
6. No. 2 Stepdance -
Scan Tester, concertina

7. Schottische - Scan and Will Tester,concertinas
8. Polka: The Girl I Left Behind Me or Brighton Camp

        Bob Keightley, Steve Pennells, Reg Hall fiddles,

        Scan Tester concertina, Paul Gross piano,

        Bob Davenport triangle

9. Pretty Little Dear - Scan Tester concertina..

10. Wearing of the Green - Art Winter melodeon,

        Hilary Burgess fiddle, Will Tester tambourine

11. Waltz - Scan Tester concertina.
12. Polka - 
Scan Tester concertina
13. Schottische - Scan Tester concertina

 

Side 2

1. Polka: Jenny Lind - Scan Tester concertina,

         Reg Hall melodeon, Daisy Sherlock piano
2. The Indian Polka - Scan Tester concertina,

         Reg Hall melodeon. Daisy Sherlock piano
3. The Lakes of Coalfin - Scan Tester voice,
4. Polka  - Scan Tester concertina
5. Polka: Nor for Joe - Scan Tester concertina

6. See Me Dance the Polka - Bill Gorringe fiddle

6b.The Heel and toe Polka - Bill Gorringe fiddle

6c. Stepdance  - Bill Gorringe fiddle
6d. Schottische - Bill Gorringe fiddle

6e. Polka - Bill Gorringe fiddle

7. Nutley Waltz - Scan Tester concertina
8. Schottische - Scan Tester concertina
9. Stpedance - Scan Tester concertina
 

Side 3

1. Polka - Scan Tester concertina, Reg Hall melodeon,

        Daisy Sherlock piano
2. Onestep: Down on the Farm - Scan Tester concertina,

        Reg Hall melodeon, Daisy Sherlock piano

3a. Stepdance - Scan Tester concertina. Will Tester,

        Bill Agate tambourines

3b. Stepdance - Scan Tester concertina. Will Tester,

        Bill Agate tambourines

4. While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks By Night

        -Scan Tester concertina
5. Barbara Allen - Scan Tester voice

6. Schottische: Brook Street Polka - Jack Norris melodeon.
7. Schottische - Scan Tester concertina,
8. Waltz - Scan Tester concertina, Reg Hall melodeon,

        Daisy Sherlock piano
9, Jig: The Irish Washerwoman - Scan Tester concertina

10. Stepdance: The Monkey Hornpipe - Scan Tester concertina,

        Bill McMahon spoons/effects, Mervyn Plunkett percussion
11. Marches: Scotland the Brave /The Happy Wanderer

         - Bob Keightley fiddle, Scan Tester concertina, Jack Norris,

        Reg Hall melodeons, Bill McMahon spoons/effects,

        Mervyn Plunkett percussion

 

Side 4

1. The Heel and Toe Polka - Walter Bulwer fiddle,

        Scan Tester concertina, Reg Hall melodeon,

        Daisy Bulwer piano

2. Polka - Scan Tester concertina Reg Hall melodeon
3. Waltz - Scan Tester concertina
4. Polkas: La Russe / McCuskers' /Jenny Lind

        /Goodnight, Ladies - Reg Hall melodeon,  

        Scan Tester tambourine
6. Schottische - Scan Tester concertina

7. Stepdance - Scan Tester concertina
8. Stepdance - Scan Tester concertina

9. Soldier's Joy - Walter Bulwer fiddle, Scan Tester concertina,

        Reg Hall melodeon, Daisy Bulwer piano

10. The Carnival is Over - Scan Tester concertina,

        Reg Hall melodeon, Walter Bulwer mandolin-banjo

11. I Wish They'd Do it Now - Paul Gross fiddle,

        Michael Plunkett recorder, Bill Agate mouth-organ/tambourine,

        Jack Norris, Snowy Howick mouth-organs, Scan Tester concertina,

        Reg Hall melodeon, Bill McMahon spoons/effects,

        Mervyn Plunkett percussion

 

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