The family of free reed instruments which include the concertina and accordion were new inventions in the 1800s while many others such as the flute and clarinet were improved. During this time the banjo was imported from America and became the fashionable instrument to play.
Andy will bring into school many original instruments of the age. With the exception of the wind instruments, this will be a very hands-on session.
The songs of this period tell the story of a changing world, whether they are from the Music Hall, the parlor or the workplace.