Simon Thoumire


Waterworks Jig / Stool of Repentance – Simon Thoumire and Ian Carr

Here’s a wee video of myself and Ian playing the Waterworks Jig (Simon Thoumire) and the Stool of Repentance (traditional).
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Becky Taylor’s Audacity by Simon Thoumire and Dave Milligan, Ardkinglas House

This is a live video recorded at Ardkinglas House in Argyll on Saturday 20th April 2024. Improvisation (David Milligan)/ Moch madainn chéitein/ Becky Taylor’s Audacity (Simon Thoumire)Becky Taylor’s Audacity is a set which features on our album Third Flight Home. Find out where you can listen to it here

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Thoumire – Milligan: Ardkinglas, Loch Fyne 7.00 pm Saturday 20th April 2024

Simon Thoumire and Dave Milligan have each performed at Ardkinglas before in different duos but this is a welcome chance to hear them together. They have an intuitive musical understanding of each other’s great talents, having recorded three albums together. Since winning the BBC Radio 2 Young Tradition award in 1989 Simon Thoumire has built a unique place for the English concertina in the world of Scottish
traditional music and beyond. His music has encompassed folk, jazz, improvisation and his own compositions, and he is also a tireless advocate for traditional music with the organisation Hands Up For Trad and the Scots Trad Music Awards. See

Dave Milligan is a musician of remarkable versatility. As well as his own bands and projects he has worked with a wide array of musicians including Art Farmer, Larry Carlton, Trilok Gurtu, Mark Knopfler and the McCrary Sisters to name just a few. See

Places (£15.00, students £7.50) must be booked in advance from Ardkinglas Estate Office
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A minor Fairy Dance #shorts

Sitting in the beautiful Wiston Lodge, I thought a minor version of Largo’s Fairy Dance would be suitable.

My concertina after Steve Dickinson spent a week with it

I thought you would like to see this photo of my concertina after Steve Dickinson, concertina repairer took it away from West Country Concertina Players in Somerset and did some work on it.

I’ve never given my concertina away before so it was slightly daunting however when I showed it to Steve he said that he could take it away for a week and fix a few things on it. It was quite a sight! The thumb straps were wrecked as I hadn’t got round to replacing them – just added more tape, I had a red hanky stopping one of the sides from clicking as they rubbed together, my top Bb was missing completely and the button levels were all higgledy piggledy (is that how you spell that phrase?). It still sounded beautiful of course!

As you’ll see from the photo it is now looking beautiful. I’ve got a bit of practice to be doing to soften the thumb straps and get used the instrument in its new state. But that’s an exciting prospect in itself. I’ll have to get on to writing the music for my new piece a’ dol fodha na grèine and having the concertina all fixed up will make a difference.

Found this interesting post on the history of Wheatstone Concertinas!

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