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Kettle Bridge Concertinas

Concertina group based in Maidstone, Kent, UK

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World Concertina Day

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To celebrate the 220th anniversary of the birth of Sir Charles Wheatstone, inventor of the English concertina, Sunday 6th February has been designated as the first-ever World Concertina Day.

The day is sponsored by the International Concertina Association and the latest news of planned events can be found by clicking here. Keep checking because items are being added all the time.

As part of the celebrations, Kettle Bridge Concertinas are holding an Open Day event at Maidstone Museum. Please see the flyer below for more information.

Drop-in Poster

The Concertina Tinker

Picture of Dave Elliott Dave Elliott is an associate member of Kettle Bridge Concertinas and a thoroughly useful chap to know. He is an experienced repairer and restorer of traditionally constructed concertinas of all types — large bass through to piccolo — as well as miniature instruments, and all fingering systems.

He is very happy to provide individual advice, event clinics, or group workshops and is the author of 'The Concertina Maintenance Manual'.

For more information, visit his website at

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We always welcome people getting in touch with us, whether to find out more about us, learning the concertina or pretty much anything!

N.B Until further notice, the Sunday practice sessions have reverted to Zoom. Contact Sue for details.

Please note — next main practice date is Sun 23rd Jan 2022
Next beginners’ practice date in the Hall is Mon 7th Feb 2022


We are hopeful that the events below will take place as scheduled but all are subject to whatever COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines are in place at the time.

Sat 12th February 2022

Kettle Bridge Concertinas Drop-in Session at Maidstone Museum

World Concertina Day is being celebrated in February 2022 to mark the 220th birthday of Charles Wheatstone and the 70th birthday of the International Concertina Association. We will be marking the occasion by holding a drop-in session at Maidstone Museum, where people can come and learn a bit more about the concertina, listen to it being played and have a go on one of our club instruments.

We will be there from 10:30am to 3:00pm so do come along and see us. All are welcome!

Fri 18th to Sun 20th March 2022

WCCP Spring Workshop

Halsway Manor

The West Country Concertina Players Spring Workshop is at Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe, Somerset, TA4 4BD. This is aimed at competent and more advanced players.

Click here for more details.

Sun 12th June 2022


The SqueezEast Concertina Band Day has been provisionally booked for 12th June in the magnificent ballroom at Stamford Arts Centre, Lincolnshire. Visit their website for all the latest information.