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I Never Played To Many Posh Dances

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I Never Played To Many Posh Dances
I Never Played To Many Posh Dances


Scan Tester, 1887 1972, was the best known anglo concertina player around the folk scene in the 1960s and early 70s, playing in a traditional style that might have been lost if not for him. Lewis "Scan" Tester was born in Sussex in 1887 to a musical family. He was something of a prodigy playing from the age of 8 at all sorts of social functions where music was required, including pubs. While his greatest prowess was on the anglo-German concertina, he was first rate step-dancer, a fine singer and also played fiddle, melodeon and tambourine. He was famous in his local area and played almost every weekend at The Stone Quarry Pub for over 40 years. In the mid 1950s Reg Hall met him and invited him to play in his loose-knit band of musicians. Their playing schedule covered the usual pub gigs, private parties and also included a trip to London where Scan played before a full house at the Royal Festival Hall. Game to go anywhere, Scan accepted invitations to clubs and festivals around the country and thus became known and loved by a public beyond his own place and time. Mostly recorded by Reg Hall, these 55 tracks expanded and remastered from the 1990 vinyl LP open a window to our musical past. A labour of love, this double CD is a fitting tribute to one of the greatest traditional musicians this country has produced. Topic Records are proud to reissue these important recordings from their archive as part of the label's 70th anniversary celebrations.


  1. Name
  2. Schottische
  3. Polka
  4. The Broom Dance
  5. The Reel
  6. Waltz: The Man In The Moon
  7. No.2 Step Dance
  8. Schottische
  9. Polka: The Girl I Left Behind Me
  10. Pretty Little Dear
  11. Jig: The Seventeenth Of March
  12. Wearing Of The Green
  13. Waltz
  14. Polka
  15. Schottische
  16. Polka: Jenny Lind
  17. The Indian Polka
  18. Song: The Lakes Of Coalflin
  19. Polka
  20. Polka: Not For Joe
  21. See Me Dance The Polka
  22. The Heel and Toe Polka
  23. Step-Dance
  24. Schottische
  25. Polka
  26. Nutley Waltz
  27. Schottische
  28. No.1 Step-Dance
  29. Learning The Concertina
  30. Polka
  31. One Step: Down On The Farm
  32. Step-Dance
  33. Step-Dance
  34. While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks By Night
  35. Barbara Allen
  36. The Last Figure Of The Lancers
  37. The Brook Street Schottische
  38. Schottische
  39. Waltz: Sweet Smiling Faces
  40. Jig: The Irish Washerwoman
  41. Step-Dance: The Monkey Hornpipe
  42. Two Verses of Oxford City
  43. Two Verses of A Week Before Easter
  44. Marches: Scotland The Brave / The Happy Wanderer
  45. The Heel And Toe Polka
  46. Polka
  47. Waltz
  48. Polkas: La Russe / McCusker's / Jenny Lind / Goodnight, Ladies
  49. The Waltz Vienna
  50. Schottische
  51. Step-Dance
  52. No.1 Step-Dance
  53. Soldier's Joy
  54. The Carnival Is Over
  55. I Wish They'd Do It Now
  56. Busking On Brighton Beach
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