ConcertinaXL is an authentic sounding C/G tuned Anglo Concertina. It is played using the exact same fingerings as the real instrument.

The iPad and iPhone 5/6 versions have the full 30 buttons found on the real instrument. The iPhone 4 version has 28 buttons.

The Anglo Concertina is commonly used for playing traditional Irish dance tunes, and is a much-favored instrument in County Clare, Ireland.

The instrument is bisonoric, meaning the instrument plays a different note for each button depending on whether you are pushing or pulling on the bellows.

A C/G tuned instrument has the middle row in the key of C on the press, and the bottom row in the key of G on the press. The top row consists of the accidentals missing from the other two rows and alternate direction notes for notes on the other rows.

ConcertinaXL is the perfect app for someone interested in the Anglo Concertina to have an experience of playing the instrument and become familiar with the button layout without the expense of purchasing a real concertina.

For experienced players, it can serve as a practice aid when it might be impractical to play the real instrument.

In the app, to play, place your iPhone or iPad on your leg and simply tip the device to the left for a bellows push note, or to the right for a bellows pull note, and press a button.

When the app first runs it will ask you to set the tilt center. Place your iPhone or iPad in the position you will be playing it and touch OK.

The Blue/Red display on the top of the screen shows which direction the bellows is moving. Blue on the left represents PUSH, Blue on the right represents PULL.

You may reverse the bellows while pushing a button simply by tipping in the opposite direction.

On the iPad, touch the diamond area at the center bottom of the screen for tremolo effects. The higher up on the diamond, the greater the effect.

Multiple buttons may be pressed at the same time to play chords.

Touch the "?" on the upper left corner to show/hide the button note names. The note names track the push/pull tilt.

Touch the "i" on the upper right corner to show/hide the tilt sensitivity and calibration controls.

Touch "Calibrate" to reset the home position for tilting.

All settings are saved when the app exits.

The button layout and spacing on the iPad screen exactly matches a real 30-button instrument.

Up to 5 buttons may be pressed at the same time to make chords.

Uses extremely high-quality per-button audio samples recorded from my personal concertina collection.

Please visit the app website for more information about playing the Anglo Concertina.

Since you may want to play chords with more than 3 or 4 fingers, you'll need to turn off "Multitasking Gestures" in your iPad's Settings, under General/Multitasking Gestures.

What's New

Version 5.4

Update for iOS 11

Ratings and Reviews

Not just a novelty


This week I learned four tunes on concertina xl for the iPad. The Green Gowned Lass in a Tanner's coffee while waiting for my dog to get a bath at the groomers next door. The Poitin March in a hospital room while hanging out with a friend who was sleeping after surgery. The Mountain Top in my condo at 10:30pm, while my family and my upstairs neighbor remained blissfully unaware, and a newly composed Josephine Marsh tune while I was recovering from a strained shoulder from practicing to much actual concertina. Concertina xl for iPad is so responsive, working out ornaments, alternate fingerings, chords and octaves easy. After a couple of days of wrapping your brain around the layout, it transfers extraordinarily easily to the real instrument. The most amazing is the ability to put slowed down tunes on the iPod function and play concertina xl with them. I've nothing more to add, other than I'm never watching a meaningless sitcom while stuck in bed sick again, and there really ought to be a sixth star in this rating system for apps that are seriously and amazingly useful.

My Travel Concertina


I love to play concertina but it's now too expensive to carry my real concertina on business trips -- it would mean checking another bag. So I use ConcertinaXL on the plane and in hotel rooms. I love it with headphones and I don't disturb anyone. The layout is just like my Wheatstone and Edgley concertinas. It sounds very realistic and I enjoy using the drone occasionally.

The problem is kinetic memory. I find songs I know on the real concertina hard to transfer to ConcertinaXL and visa versa. Apparently the motion of my hands and fingers is part of learning a tune and that part just doesn't transfer well. I'm hoping that, with more practice on this app, that the transfer will work better.

I giving ConcertinaXL 5 stars because the app works perfectly and cannot be blamed for the transfer memory issue.

Great tool


This product delivers! The sound is great. The tilting movement allows you to have as close an experience to the real thing as possible on a 2D screen. I think it is a legitimate practice tool short of hauling your box around all the time. Go for it!! Remember, as the developer says, read the instructions and the app will be all you can hope for on an iPad.


Michael Eskin
60.2 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Copyright 2017 Michael Eskin


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