Jon Dipper

Cormac Begley

Image My name is Cormac Begley and I'm concertina player who plays a variety of concertinas ranging from bass, baritone, trebble to picolo. One of the loves of my life is a Dipper G/D Bass concertina.

Alistair Brown

Image I was born in Scotland, live in Cornwall, and spent 30 years in Canada. I can usually be found at sessions and clubs in the southwest, but perform regularly in Canada, the US, New Zealand and Australia.

Alain Chantry

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I am a French professional musician. I play Quebecoise music on the concertina, button diatonic accordion and harmonic. I am also interested in other kinds of music too. I knew about Dipper Concertinas for many years, through my friend Emmanuel Pariselle who owns several (all franglo models) and I dreamed about these instruments for a long time.

Seamus Fogarty

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I got a lovely miniature Dipper back in 2008/2009.

It is such a beautiful instrument and a joy to play, with a really nice action and sound - difficult at times to choose between it and my Jeffries!

Robert Glanville

Image I have been playing Anglo for about 10 years. In October 2010 Colin and his team made me a 34 button Merlin C/G. It's a delight play with a sweet tone and plenty of volume,

Richard Goldberg

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Here is my lovely County Clare pictured amongst the California Redwoods.

I have been playing Irish music on the concertina for 13 years.

Susan Hammer

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I first heard a Dipper concertina and fell in love with its beautiful and expressive voice in the mid 90s during the Winnipeg Irish Festival and the musician was John Williams.

Robin Harrison

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This is my G/D , made at the same time as Paul Read's Dipper. It's a modified one of a 36 keyed G/D.

Here is a video showing the difference; once through as a 30 key, once through using my layout; quite different.

Howard Jones

Image I play a 31-key Cotswold model in G/D.

Claire Keville

Image Dipper concertinas are exquisite. Their plaintive, mellow, sweet tone is immediately identifiable and striking. You realise that these instruments are made with love, care and great attention to detail. True craftmanship!

Satomi & Tomoyuki Koshi

Image Satomi (my wife) and I live in Japan and have enjoyed playing Irish music for many years. Satomi plays a Dipper concertina (The Co Clare) which we bought in 2012 from an concertina player who lived in the U.S.

Jody Kruskal

Image I play a 40 button G/D Anglo Dipper commissioned in the mid 1990s. Because of its rich sound, punchy bass notes and wide dynamic range, I have found this custom built Anglo to be perfect for solo song accompaniment at folk clubs and concerts.

Brigid MacCarthy

Image A number of years prior to ordering my concertina I got a chance to play a Dipper concertina belonging to Dublin musician Shay Fogarty. It felt just perfect – I decided there and then that I wanted a “Dipper”

Jacqueline McCarthy

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My name is Jacqueline McCarthy, I have been playing one of Colin Dipper's concertinas since February 2014. I must say I absolutely love it, and the craftsmanship is top class.

Bruce McCaskey

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I've been playing Anglo concertina for about 14 years and I instruct at a local musical instrument shop in the Seattle area. I play Irish music primarily and occasionally perform in public as part of a group. I’ve owned a number of different concertinas over the years but I've never found one I like better than this County Clare. I love the sound and the feel of it, and the unique end plate design never fails to attract interest.

Colm McGonigle

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I’m originally from Belfast and now live in England. I play Irish traditional music and was first taught to play the anglo concertina by my father.

I received my Dipper concertina in 2013 (Co. Clare III, rosewood ends, 32 buttons).

Ciaran O'Grady

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I’ve known the Dippers since I was 8 and spent many happy hours with them in their workshop over the years. It’s one of my very favourite places.

Colin, Rosalie and John are the finest people and their concertina-making skills and knowledge are absolutely unequalled. This is evidenced in every Dipper concertina that you pick up.

Emmanuel Pariselle

25 years ago, I decided to make my own concertina with the fingering of my two and a half rows melodeon. I was a fan of the concertina sound and look, but after many tries of the different fingerings, english, anglo, and duets, I realised that I haven't drank enought tea in my life to understand those fingerings. So I design a prototype and, on the sugjestion of a good friend triumph duet player: Jean Mégly, I send that to Colin and Rosalie Dipper...

Radie Peat (Lynched)

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I've had my Dipper concertina for the past 8 years. It's an unusually beautiful looking instrument and the tone and action are great.

I've played several other Dipper concertinas and find the quality to be consistently excellent.

Harry Scurfield

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I got my first Dipper (a 35-key G/D) in about 1977(?), which I still use (often with the electric 5-piece “Bayou Gumbo” playing music inspired by Cajun, zydeco, blues, with African and Caribbean influences).

Brian Peters once kindly said that I have a "unique style… always great to listen to, doing things on a concertina that I doubt its inventor ever envisaged." With thought and (occasional) sensitivity, I try to play music that I enjoy, wherever it has its roots...

Catherine Tobin

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My first encounter with the Dipper concertina goes back when I had a masterclass with Claire Keville in Paris a few years ago. She kindly let me play her instrument and I literally fell in love with it. So much lighter, so easy to play, such a nice and warm sound.

Peter Turvey

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I started to play the concertina when a student; on getting my first job in 1978 I could afford a better instrument...

Stan Vestal

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I began playing the concertina in 2010 after a trip to Ireland and a transformative evening in a pub in Kinvarra. Having limited musical experience (or talent) I was fortunate to connect with the great staff at The Button Box in Sunderland, MA, who put me in touch with Chris Stevens.

Alex West

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Dipper No. 104
This instrument was originally made for Tony Engle ex-head of Topic Records and of the bands Oak and Webb’s Wonders. I’m not sure when he commissioned it from Colin but the decoration of the fretwork would suggest that he was still with Oak at the time.

Michael Wilkinson

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I believe that the box was made in the 1980s for a customer in Australia. It came back to the UK and I have had it for the last 5 years. The ends are amboyna. My teacher, Alan Davies (who owns at least one Dipper), told me that Colin Dipper told him that around the period when it was made, he was hand turning buttons from reclaimed black piano keys.