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 "My life with the Accordion" by Ronald E. Hodgson - Chapters 1,2 & 3

"My Life With The Accordion" by Ronald E. Hodgson Ron Hodgson - 1958 Ron Hodgson - 2008I began playing the accordion when I was seven years old. I received an accordion for Christmas 1935.

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"My life with the Accordion" by Ronald E. Hodgson - Chapters 1,2 & 3
Mar., 6, 2014

"My Life With The Accordion"  by Ronald E. Hodgson   

Ron Hodgson - 1958

Ron Hodgson - 2008
 
 
I began playing the accordion when I was seven years old. I received an accordion for Christmas 1935. it was a 12 bass Midela and I was not best pleased as I was very keen to play the trumpet, having heard the dance bands on the old battery powered radio. Finding a teacher was difficult, and after three teachers, none of whom could play the accordion, I eventually ended up with a guitar teacher Mr Billy Stewart who did know a lot about the accordion. Billy coached me through my first eight exams, the last six with distinction. By the time I was thirteen I was playing in a local dance band as most of the men were in the forces during the War. It was during the next few years that I met my wife Margaret who also played the Accordion in Billy Stewart's dance band. we played many concerts for the troops during this time and eventually I was called up for National Service. I was posted to Germany, and took my Accordion with me. Whilst I was in Hamburg I had played on the British Forces Network and as a result of that broadcast I was invited to have an audition to join the Combined Forces Entertainment Corp. I passed the audition but when I found out I would have to sign on as a regular soldier, I declined. I did play on many troop concerts in Hamburg and one star in particular was Danny Kaye but I never got to meet him. An interesting sequel to that time was in one of my last concerts at Caister, I was compering the final concert when a lady asked to see me. The lady was Nina Wise who was a singer with the Primo Scala Accordion Band. Nina and the band had been at the Danny Kaye concert in 1948. .
 
 
On one of my home leaves from the Army I made a gramophone record. The cost was twelve shillings and the recording was cut as you played. Unfortunately as I was playing one of the solos a double-decker bus drove past the shop, and noise was also recorded on the record. I had to redo the whole record again, and pay the full price again. That tune was "Blaze Away"!  On my de mob I joined Billy Stewart's band. By now the N.A.O. had restarted the National Accordion Competitions and Margaret and I formed a duet partnership and were placed second in the All British Senior Duet Championship. During this period I passed an audition at the BBC Radio Studios in Newcastle and met Larry Macari who offered me a job with his Dutch Serenaders. Margaret and I married in April 1953.
Needing a better Accordion I visited Bell Accordions acquiring a Galanti Super Dominator and was promptly offered the chance of running the Bell Free Loan Accordion System. The result was 40 requests from the first advert. Within six months I had a full time school. In 1951 I gained my L.B.C.A. Later I had a chance meeting with Ivor Beynon in the lift going up to Hohners Studio in Farringdon Road, London. Ivor who had heard me playing in the British Championships that year told me to get myself a better teacher. I did, I asked him to teach me. I arranged a monthly lesson, booking a day return from Carlisle on Saturday 1 a.m. from Carlisle to Euston, catching the tube to Kingston then a bus to Surbiton. A lesson in the morning, and one in the afternoon, returning home the same day. I then won the local Carol Levis Show and was invited to play on the Carol Levis  radio programme recorded in a studio in Baker Street, London.
In 1957 I was invited by the N.A.O. to represent them in a World Art Festival in Moscow. Because I worked for the R.A.F. I was refused permission to go to Russia, but eventually permission was granted. However, I only received my Passport and Visa when I was sitting in the airport lounge. It was like a scene from a thriller film as two men in black raincoats approached me and handed over the official papers with minutes to spare to board the plane.
All the Arts were represented and we flew to Helsinki, then a train to the Russian border. We had to walk across a wide space between Finland and Russia, then board a train to take us to Moscow. On arrival at the Hotel Ukrana, I discovered that my accordion was missing. It turned up the next day however and I managed to win the preliminary rounds through to the finals. During the finals in the "House of Actors" in Gorky Street, I heard a free bass accordion for the first time played by the ultimate winner. As a warm up tune he played a piece by Bach. I thought that I was listening to an Organ! I won a silver medal and played in some of the Embassies in Moscow.
I also played in a quartet in Gorky Park to an estimated audience of over one million. During the festival, I was asked by Harry Smith Hampshire and Doreen Casey, the world professional ballroom champions to play for their practise sessions as their tape recorder had broken down. On the final night there was a grand ball in the Kremlin, and during the evening I was filmed arm in arm with Doreen and her friend and several Russian Cossacks in full national dress. This clip was shown on our national television, fortunately Margaret saw the funny side. On the flight home the starboard engine caught fire and we had to make an emergency landing, however everything turned out ok. On my return from Moscow, I managed to persuade the Carlisle Music Festival committee to accept the accordion in the festival. Unfortunately the adjudicator, one Anthony Hopkins did not like the accordion. His criticism of the accordion was unfounded and resulted in the accordion being dropped from the festival. I was a pupil of Dr F W Wadely, the festival chairman who managed to have the accordion reinstated. As a result the accordionists and particularly the Ronmar Orchestra have consistently gained the highest mark in the festival. I , being Vice Chairman of the festival am very proud of the accordions status in the festival.
On my return from Moscow, I was interested in the free bass system, having heard this instrument in Moscow. Unfortunately there was none available with piano keys at this time. Sometime later, Ivor Beynon, who was a director of Hohners rang me. There was a new Hohner accordion with three rows of free bass buttons sited between the Stradella Bass and the bellows. This instrument , I was informed, had been made for Marian Probst who was the World Champion. It was a fantastic accordion, the sound was unbelievable. Some of the reeds were boxed in and it also had an extended right hand keyboard. It had a chin coupler as well as the couplers on the edge of the treble grill, and it also had slide couplers on the edge of the treble keyboard. The only problem with this instrument was its weight (see picture above).
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Copyright © 2008  Ronald E. Hodgson

Ron Hodgson with Margaret Mitchell at St Audries Bay Summer Accordion Week
Gary Blair - Down South Tour - February 14th to 21st 2014
Mar., 6, 2014
Gary Blair

The amazing ""Internationally Acclaimed - Accordionist Genius""
(and really nice bloke) 
Direct from Renfrew in Scotland.

Gary Blair, is soon to return for a mini tour "Down South" .......

Eastbourne Accordion Festival 14th/17th Feb - 01323-733700 (Jackie)

Cambridge A/C 18th Feb - 01223-881084 (Christine). .......

Uxbridge A/C 19th Feb - 01895-235601 (David -Angie Lukins) ......

Guildford A/C 21st Feb 2014 - 0208-546-1767 (John Cumiskey)

UKAAT News.
Mar., 6, 2014
I have to announce that we have a new executive committee for UKAAT, 
the UK Association of Accordion Teachers.

Many of you may have read the reports about our first meeting back in January. 
Our future members have voted and this means that I, Romano Viazzani am President, 
Ian Watson is Vice-President, Julie North is Secretary and Janet Viazzani is Treasurer. 

We also have a committee full of eager teachers among which some of the UK's best teachers and performers feature. 

Thank you to all the teachers who voted and for your faith in us. 

I hope we can give the accordion a helping hand, so that we can produce really top class players in the UK in the future. 

More about this in the Autumn. 

Romano Viazzani.
Introducing The Dee Gees Family Band.
Feb., 24, 2013
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are a family band - Mum, Dad, and two children. 
All the family members are musical and it was inevitable that one day they might play together.
By chance, a local school needed some music at a summer fair, this gave the Dee Gees the final
push to come together and make a band. 
They prepared a few pieces that they could play, and the event was a huge success!
When they finally realised that their talents, when put together, made for a thrill ride of music, 
they started to practise and over time, became better and better.
To this day, the Dee Gees still strive to be the best.

The band consists of family members:-
Tracey - "The Mummy" Accordion & Caller.
Gary  - "The Daddy" Euphonium
Iona - Accordion & Singer
Bonnie - Accordion & Caller.

The Dee Gees provide an evening of entertainment for all ages. 
Dances start easy with circle dances, and through the evening include line formation and reels, 
as well as party games for young and old. 
The 'old' favourites include: Hokey Cokey, Birdie Song, Conga... wherever the evening takes them.

Usually the band starts at 7.30pm and plays for 1 hour, then take a band break for half an hour, followed by a further hour for the band to finish at 10.00pm

To contact the Dee Gees and find out availability & prices, please contact them as follows:

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Tel: 07759614969 (Tracey)



PEARL The Jewel of the Accordion available at The Guildford Accordion Club - Friday 20th April 2012
Feb., 24, 2013
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Guest Artiste is Pearl Fawcett-Adriano
The Ripley Village Hall
Ripley
Surrey
Friday 20th April 2012
Doors Open at 7.00pmJohn Cumiskeyat this concert, from Trevani - Music for Accordion
Emily Smith Latest News & Tour Dates
Feb., 24, 2013
Emily Smith - Please click here!
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Mar 31, 2012HeidbarghofHamburgDEApr 01, 2012Flensburger FolkvereinFlensburgDEApr 11, 2012PH CafeenCopenhagenDKApr 12, 2012PortalenGreveDKApr 13, 2012Con Amore VinimportHinnerupDKApr 15, 2012Wintercoat BrewerySabroDKApr 16, 2012GyngenÅrhusDKMay 10, 2012The MetBuryUKMay 11, 2012Ropetackle CentreShoreham-by-SeaUKMay 12, 2012Ashcroft Arts CentreFarehamUKMay 13, 2012CornerstoneDidcotUKMay 14, 2012The Slaughtered LambLondonUKMay 23, 2012Walker TheatreShrewsburyUKMay 24, 2012St Peter's ChurchElyUKMay 25, 2012Selby Town HallSelbyUKMay 26, 2012Carnegie HallDunfermlineUKJun 16, 2012Paisley Arts CentrePaisleyUKJul 07, 2012National Forest Folk FestivalMoiraUKAug 07, 2012Fringe by the SeaNorth BerwickUKAug 10, 2012Edmonton Folk FestivalEdmontonCAAug 11, 2012Edmonton Folk FestivalEdmontonCAAug 12, 2012Edmonton Folk FestivalEdmontonCA
Sue Coppard CD
Feb., 24, 2013
Sue Coppard

CD 'CARRIED AWAY' 

Lasting over an hour, the 26 accordion solos on this CD,
composed and played by Sue,cover a wide range of styles and atmosphere.

Sheet music is available for many of them. 

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Titles are:  
Spring Day  
La vida brava    
Musette blues (now Vin Bleu) If only...   
Head over heels am I    
She sang like a bird in springtime    
La campagne en fete   
So kiss me, my darling    
Cafe society    
Song of the paddy fields    
The 'House of Fun'   
Scots porridge oats    
The Victory March    
Serbska   
Nijinski dances   
The time of stone circles    
Heathcliff  
The swing of the kilts    
Off to the ball    
Echoes of Paris    
Cows in the meadow    
The Age of Elegance
Stately Homes  
The philosophers
The salon
Country pursuits
Christmas bells.


The CD costs £11.00 (Price includes UK postage & packaging).


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The Accordion World Mourns the Loss of Frank Marocco - (born January 2, 1931, died March 3, 2012)
Feb., 24, 2013
The Late Great Frank Marocco -born January 2, 1931, died March 3, 2012Frank Marocco (born January 2, 1931, died March 3, 2012) an American piano-accordionistarranger and composer. He was recognized as one of the most recorded accordionists in the world.Frank Marocco grew up in Waukegan, Illinois, near Chicago. At the age of seven years, his parents enrolled him in a six-week beginner class for learning to play the accordion.Marocco's first teacher was George Stefani, who supervised the young accordionist for nine years. Although they began studying classical music, Stefani soon encouraged young Frank to explore other musical genres. In addition to the accordion, Frank studiedpiano and clarinet, as well as music theoryharmony, and composition. Later on, he studied with Andy Rizzo, a well-known American concert accordionist and teacher.At the age of 17, Frank Marocco won the first prize in the 1948 Chicago Musicland festival, and was rewarded with a guest performance with the Chicago Pops Orchestra playing Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu. His success encouraged him to embark on a professional music career. He established a trio, which toured in the Midwestern states. After he met his wife, Anne, in Indiana, the couple moved to Los Angeles, California,in the early 1950s.In the Los Angeles vicinity, Marocco created a new band, which toured hotels and clubs in Las VegasLake Tahoe, and Palm Springs. Later on, he began working in Hollywood, where television studios and movie production companies provided him a successful career.In the 1960s, Frank Marocco recorded a solo album released by Verve, a legendary jazz record label. In 1966, he worked together with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, and performed on the world-famous album Pet Sounds.Marocco performed on a USO tour in JapanSouth KoreaVietnamThailandPhilippinesGuam, and other countries in the Pacific, appearing onstage with Bob Hope. He also played in the Les Brown big band, during six Love Boat cruises.Marocco has performed in collaboration with hundreds of world-famous artists and conductors during his career, both on stage as well as in studio. As a musician, he has contributed to hundreds of movie soundtracks, television shows and TV-series. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences nominated him as the most valuable player eight years in a row.In addition to his career as a musician, Marocco has written and arranged music for solo, duet, and orchestra in a wide variety of musical styles, including jazz, popular standards, international, Latin, religious, and classical.He is the musical director and conductor of an annual "music camp", the Frank Marocco Accordion Event, which is held in Mesa, Arizona in January. The event brings together over 50 accordionists from around the U.S. and Canada, who, after three full days of instruction, rehearsal, and recreational activities, present a full concert of accordion music.Frank Marocco has also played with some of the best Jazz Musicians in America and Europe; Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton, Zoot Sims, Joe Pass, Joey Baron, Herb Ellis, Ray Pizzi, Ivor Malherbe, Carlo Atti, Sam Most, Gian-Carlo Bianchetti, Jacob Fisher, Pekka Sarmanto, Martin Classen, Andy Martin, Tuomo Dahlblom, Ric Todd, Harold Jones, Gerry Gibbs, Mikko Hassinen, Conti Candoli, Philippe Cornaz, John Pattatucchi, Mats Vinding, Mogens Baekgaard Andersen, Marcel Papaux, Aage Tanggaard, Ron Feuer, Richard Galliano, Peter Erskine, Klaus Paier, Renzo Ruggieri, Massimo Tagliata, Pete Christlieb, Larry Koonse, Simone Zanchini, Andy Simpkins, Bob Shepard, Frank Rossolino, Jim Hall, Abraham Laboriel, Grant Geissman, Luis Conte and Stix Hooper just to name a few,Frank and Anne Marocco have three daughters, Cynthia, Lisa and Venetia. Cynthia pursued a music career. She studied the flute and at age 13, had the distinction of being the youngest player in the American Youth Symphony, a group of high school and college musicians directed by Mehli Mehta. Lisa, attracted to dance, became a professional pair skater and toured for several seasons with the Ice Capades. Venetia was a physical Therapy instructor and is now a school teacher. The three Marocco daughters are married. Frank and Anne have eight grandchildren in all.
Sunday March 4th 2PM - The Amazing Accordion Kings - Five Towns College NY 11746-5857
Feb., 24, 2013

The Amazing Accordion Kings with Angelo DiPippo, Frank Toscano, Manny Corallo 
Sunday, March 4, 2:00 pm • $30, $25, $20Click Here!

What happens when three Brilliant Accordionists get together on one stage in a collaboration created to ignite and excite your senses? The world renowned Accordionists, Angelo DiPippo, Frank Toscano and Manny Corallo, Three Master Musicians, have created beautiful arrangements and cover the spectrum from opera to jazz with amazing dexterity and virtuosity, often moving with flashing, lightning speed solos and blazing phrases played by all in precise unison. Come see and listen to the Amazing Accordion Kings and experience the most passionate emotions and colorful music from around the world, taking you on a Musical Tour of Italy with side trips to Germany, Hungary, Brazil, Spain, Ireland, Poland, Paris, Arabia and American Jazz. Join us for a joyful Sunday afternoon with the Amazing Accordion Kings. FIVE TOWNS COLLEGE
305 North Service Road 
Dix Hills, NY 11746-5857Box Office 631.656.2148 FTC Phone 631.424.7000
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The Yetties - Final Fling!
Feb., 24, 2013
The YettiesThe Yetties, comprising Pete Shutler (accordion), Bonny Sartin (vocals) and Mac McCullough (guitar, banjo) are retiring this weekend from performing after over 40 years in folk music.

From April 7th to 9th, The Yetties ‘Final Fling’ retirement weekend in Sherborne, Dorset, includes a ceilidh on the Friday night and a concert on Saturday evening, both of which have long been sold out, though there are still a few left for the Sunday afternoon farewell, chat, cup of tea, bun and auction of Yetties memorabilia etc.

Since turning professional in 1967 The Yetties have taken their music far beyond the villages of Dorset, traveling around Europe and to Thailand, Nepal, Sri-Lanka, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Pakistan, Sudan, India, Bangladesh, The Maldives, The Philippines, Ethiopia and Canada. 

They have recorded 45 albums, presenting a mixture of songs, music and humour. For years they had a regular series on BBC Radio 2 called 'Cider & Song', and are probably the only performers to have worked on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

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Soar Valley Accordion Club - Saturday 27th October 2012
Feb., 24, 2013

 
Saturday 27th. October 2012 @ 8.00pm

Harry Hussey + Rosemary Wright & Andrew Howarth
@ Soar Valley Accordion Club

The Rothley Centre Hall,
12, Mountsorrel Lane,
Rothley,
Leicester
LE7 7PR

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Doors Open @ 7.15pm

Entrance £7
Brilliant - Morley Accordions CD
Feb., 24, 2013
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Buy "Progression"
Price: £10.50  Post and packing £1.00.

All profits from CD sales go towards the Innsbruck 2013 project. We need to raise £7,000 to take Morley Accordion Orchestra to the world's biggest accordion festival, held every 3 years in Innsbruck. Every CD purchased takes us a little closer to arriving in Austria in 2013 to represent the UK.

So please tell everyone you know who might be interested, and even those who aren't, about our project. The orchestra play wonderfully on the CD and the packaging is professionally designed and manufactured. We will even email you when we return with a report on the festival and how we did!

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Pearl at her brilliant best!
Feb., 24, 2013

The supporting cast - the Stockport AC Orchestra, Tameside Juniors, myself, Derek Stubbs on his Roland FR7X, Betty Molloy & Chris Green, the SAC Quartet, and Helen Rich all contributed well to a wonderful evening of squeezing. 

Rob Howard
Club Accord - April Newsletter
Feb., 24, 2013
Club Accord NewsletterApril 2012

I hope you all have a good break over Easter.  Our next meeting is a club night on MONDAY 9th APRIL .  The March meeting was a good one which marked St. Patrick’s Day with the third appearance at the club of Irish accordionist and singer DECLAN GAYNOR plus a special guest over from Ireland, JOHN McHUGH.  Declan is a regular fixture on the Irish dance circuit who plays to hundreds at the Irish Centre in Digbeth.  John is over from Ireland to tour maybe 20 times a year.  They both had their own personal style and both were skilled musicians and singers who got our feet tapping and left me feeling inspired.While our guest artists set up, TONY TRENTHAM started off with some creative electronic sounds and a mellow but classy rendition of some great standards (I’m in the Mood for Love, Satin Doll, Smile, Margarete, Pigalle, September in the Rain and more).  Tony didn’t let a bit of untimely competition from the soundcheck stand in the way of some quality music.  JOHN SHELLEY keeps coming back with new tunes and debuted Unforgettable and Whistling Waltz, alongside Brin de Musette, Over the Waves and La Mattinata: nicely done.  Then it was time for the guest artists.  Declan Gaynor gave us a real quality performance.  We knew what to expect: fast fingers, danceable keyboard backing, traditional Irish melodies with traditional Irish twists and turns (plus the Cuckoo Waltz), an easygoing stage presence and relaxed entertainment.  For whatever reason, it worked particularly well in March and everybody seemed to be moving with the music at some point.  We had medleys of hornpipes, jigs, reels, and old time waltzes with Declan finishing his first set by singing The Fields of Athen Rye.  This was a highlight two years ago and went down just as well this year: he’s got a great voice.  Declan then gave the floor to John McHugh while Declan backed him on keyboards – no prepared backing tracks while John was on, but the two held together just as well as if there had been.  John’s style on the accordion was maybe a bit harder and faster, with even more runs and ornaments, maybe a less relaxed feel but just as entertaining.  John gave us medleys of American tunes and hornpipes, picked up a lot of speed on The Rakes of Mallow and then instead of pausing for breath he launched into singing a very passionate version of Dublin City in the Rare Old Times which rounded off the first half brilliantly.In the break SIMON GARDNER showed how his playing is progressing: familiar tunes (Quattro Seviliano, Yuri, Is Moving), but the renditions were more powerful, more expressive, freer on the instrument.  Keep watching this space.  And then another member who knows more tunes than I’ve had hot dinners, NEIL LAUDER, decided to redress the balance and celebrate St David’s Day with Sospan Fach, Men of Harlech and The Ash Grove (beautiful tune), finishing movingly with Morte Criste.  The guests were in a relaxed mood for the second half and really went for it with their performances.  Declan began with polkas from County Kerry, jigs such as Dingle Regatta and the Seat of Ennis, hoe down numbers including Turkey in the Straw and Dixie and a set of rumbas (Save the Last Dance for Me, Spanish Eyes, finishing with Sally Garden in a set of reels.  Even the rumbas had a definite Irish flavour and all the better for that.  John Mc Hugh gave as good as he got with a lot of well known numbers including Tipperary, You are my Sunshine, the Irish Washerwoman, the Bluebell Polka.  I saw John Shelley break into Irish dancing at one point.  Declan finished with the Jacqueline Waltz as a tribute to Andy Banks and finally a set of reels including the Maid behind the Bar(but she had left the room by then).  It was a very enjoyable evening that blended acoustic instruments, singing and electronic backing, entertainment-style performances and traditional music and created a real atmosphere with something for everyone.Now by EASTER MONDAY I’m sure everyone will be relaxed by the bank holidays.  Never mind if you’ve got work the next day, come along to Catshill, bring your instruments and play, I’d like to hear it.  We are hoping to add a couple of new ingredients into the club night and make some great music.  I hope you can be there.  For more information, contact Poppy Middleton on (0121) 743 6637 or Matthew Butcher on matthew_butcher(at)rocketmail.com.CLUB ACCORD: Catshill Social Club, 13a Meadow Road, Catshill, nr. Bromsgrove, B61 0JJ: 2nd Monday of the month: 7.30pmCommittee: Ingrid Gould; Matthew Butcher; Pat Hill; Mike Fallon; Sabina Gardner; Poppy Middleton
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