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Richard Galliano - French touch

Walshe Essential Guide to Accordion and Harmonica Events

«Harmonica forever!»

Modest Mussorgsky «Pictures at an Exhibition»

«Skomorokhi»: Music of the 20'th Century

Richard Galliano - 15 Titres Originaux

Pietro Frosini - Mariposita (Bolero)

Eugeny Derbenko - Cabman

Melodies Which Are Always With You

Concert musette for accordion

Richard Galliano quartet «New Musette»

Astor Piazzolla - Soundtracks

Boris Kovac and Ladaaba Orchestra «Ballads at the End of Time», «La Danza Apocalypsa Balcanica»

Yury Kazakov «The portrait of the great Bayanist»

A Gotan Project DJ set Espiracion

Accordion in Jazz

Astor Piazzolla - Concerto para Quinteto

Accordion in concert - Part I

Accordion Reader Trilogy

L. Desyatnikov - Tracing Astor

Russian music of the 19 - 20-th centuries

Igor Tsvetkov - Two Pieces for Russian Folk Orchestra

Popular Latin American tunes for chromatic or piano accordion

Terem-Quartet meets friends

Richard Galliano - Viaggio

Richard Galliano & Michel Portal – Concerts

Valery Kovtun - «Tango»

Richard Galliano – New York Tango

Friedrich Lips - Pictures at an Exhibition

Astor Piazzolla - Fugata

Dmitry Manchuk & Miroslav Leliukh - Musical Fantasy

Art Van Damme - Deep Purple

Richard Galliano - Fou Rire

George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue (for piano and accordion orchestra)

Andrew Petrov - Marathon in the Fall

Luciano Fancelli - Acquarelli Cubani

Happy Skvett - Kulturprisen

M. Kazhlaev - Scerzo

Michael van Delft - Angel Rocks a Stone Away

Jacques Reuaux, Claude Francois - My Way - Great Frank Sinatra song arranged for accordion orchestra - Parts

Richard Galliano - Tango pour Claude

''Resurrecion'' tango-quartet - Obsessed by the Sun

Richard Galliano - La Valse a Margaux

Bogdan Precz - Fusion

Jazz Accordion Book - Vol. I

Jazz Theory And Improvisation Studies for Accordion

Che, bandoneon - 10 essential tango arrangements - Vol. 1

Astor Piazzolla - Tangus Dei

Richard Galliano - Opale Concerto - Score

Accordion orchestra of 3-d municipal music school (Kishinev, Moldova)

Lithuanian Accordion Quintet "Concertino" (video live concert)

Pablo Ziegler - Bajo Cero

Pavel Smirov Orchestra - Accordion virtuosos from St. Petersburg

Albin Repnikov - Concerto ¹3 for accordion, chamber orchestra and percussions - Score

Pavel Smirov Orchestra - My Saint Petersburg

M. Blanter - In The Gardens

Astor Piazzolla - Yo Soy Maria

Lithuanian Accordion Quintet «Concertino» - Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 2

B. Martjanov - Moldova Fantasy

«Milonga» Instrumental Trio – Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 2

«Milonga» Instrumental Trio – Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 1

«Milonga» Instrumental Trio – Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 3

Jacques Reuaux, Claude Francois - My Way - Great Frank Sinatra song arranged for accordion orchestra - Score

Anatoly Lyadov - Musical Snuffbox

Yu. Peshkov - Black Eyes - Russian romance arranged as a concert piece

Charlie Shavers - Breeze in a Waste

Christine Boll – Partita Piccola

Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein - Going Out of My Head - Great Frank Sinatra song arranged for accordion orchestra - Score and Parts

Victor Vlasov - Bossa Nova

Pietro Frosini - Carnival of Venice

Victor Vlasov - I Like this Rhythm

Thomas Fundora & Morris Albert - Feelings

Mikis Theodorakis - Quarter of Angels

George Hammel - Pantoufle de Vair (concert polka for accordion)

Volodymyr Zubytsky - Omaggio ad Astor Piazzolla

In the Footlights

The Beatles Potpourri

Jacob Gade - Tango Jalousie

Lasse Pihlajamaa - Harmonikkasävellyksiä

Eddy Flecijn – Capriccio

Pascual Marquina - Spanish Gipsy Dance

Popular Waltzes

Libertango tango hits

Moon Serenade

History of Musicals

Astor Piazzolla – 10 tangos

From Bach till Offenbach

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart - Blue Moon

Beny Rehmann - Schiffsfeger-Polka

Francisco Canaro - Tango

Gerhard Winkler - Toulouse

Albert Vossen - Merry-go-round

Gerhard Winkler - Serenade Napolitano

Les Rid - The Last Waltz

Yann Tiersen - Le Moulin

Yann Tiersen - Naomi

Bert Kaempfert - Strangers in The Night

Luiz Bonfa - Manha de Carnival

Cajun of Luisiana State (for banjo and accordions)

George Boulanger - Da Capo

Eugene Derbenko - Rythm of Time

I. Panitski - Snowball Tree

A. Murena and J. Colombo - Indifference

Hubert Giraud - Sous le Ciel de Paris

Toto Cutugno - Soli

Fermo Marchetti - Fascination

Victor Vlasov - Boogie-Woogie

J McHugh - Black Birds (Black spiritual arranged for accordion)

S. Scott - Jungle

Tikhon Khrennikov - Moscow Windows (jazz song arranged for accordion duo)

Paul Norrback - Happy Moments

Charlie Chaplin - Limelight (waltz arranged for accordion)

Victor Vlasov - Silent Films

Victor Vlasov - Good Afternoon

Victor Vlasov - Cartoon

20 Tiny Fingers - English folk song

A. Joys - Autumn Dream

Jazz-Legato - Lerov Andersson (for accordion duo)

Vladimir Popolzin - In The Saloon

S. Scott - Ballade

Victor Vlasov – Jazz Miniatures

Victor Vlasov - Disco (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - Let us Swing (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - Siamese (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - This Rythm (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - Step (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Unto Jutila - French Visit

Renzo Ruggieri - Carnevale

Jimmy Giordanengo - La Huette

Albert Vossen - Fliegende Blatter

Vittorio Monti - Czardas

Victor Vlasov - Mood (for solo accordion)

Victor Vlasov - Syncopes

Unto Jutila - Samba

Pietro Frosini - Jolly Caballero

Karl Noack - Parade of Dwarves (for ensemble or orchestra)

Valery Kovtun - Brilliant Waltz (for solo accordion)

Pintin Castellanos - La Punalada

Finish Polka

Anne Dudley - Jeeves and Wooster

Astor Piazzolla - Four Seasons in Buenos Aires - Score

Astor Piazzolla - Four Seasons in Buenos Aires - Parts

Luciano Fancelli - 10 km. al Finestrino

Luciano Fancelli - Pupazzetti

Georgy Mushel - Toccata

Albin Repnikov - Capriccio

Paolo Pizzigoni - Light and Shadow

Grigoras Dinicu - Hora Stacatto

Eduardo di Capua - O Sole Mio!

Ernesto Lecuona - Malaguena from «Andalucia» Suite

Andre Astier - Grande Valse De Concert

Andre Astier - Divertissement

Andre Astier - Fantaisie En Mi Mineur

Andre Astier, Marcel Azzola - Systeme «A»

Andre Astier, Maurice Larcange - Accordeon Steeple

Andre Astier, Yvette Horner - Polka Satellite

Volodymyr Zubytsky - Ti Amo, Pesaro

Joaquin Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez, Adagio

Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto f-moll from The Four Seasons

Arnstein Johansen - Cornelli (polka)

Medard Ferrero - Averse

Polka Favorites

Latin Favorites

Joey Miskulin - Accordion Styles and Techniques (DVD)

Paris Musette - Freddy Balta and his Accordion

Teach Yourself To Play Accordion

Waltz Favorites

Metodo Per Fisarmonica (Accordion)

Latin American Dances

Richard Galliano - Opale Concerto - Parts

Vladimir Chernikov - Lonely Harmonica - Yablochko

Niccolo Paganini - Caprice No. 24 in A minor

Andrew Lloyd Webber - Memory

John A. Dallas - Helen Waltz

Maurice Larcange & Michel Mercier - Javaccordeon

Franck Angelis - Valse du Cloun

Franck Angelis - Impasse

Ole Schmidt - Toccata no. 1

Astor Piazzolla - Contrabajissimo - Score

Yann Tiersen - La Noyee

Jack Fina - Bumblebee Boogie

Vl. Zolotarev - Conteplating The Dionisian Frescoes of St. Ferapontov Monastery

Heitor Villa-Lobos - Dance of The White Indian

Filippo Marino - Cristina

Tony Murena & Louis Peguri - Joyeux Vagabond

Pietro Frosini - Spic and Span

Hans Brehme - Divertimento in F

Pietro Frosini - Accordion Jitters

Astor Piazzolla - Concerto Aconcagua for bandoneon, chamber orchestra and percussions - Score

Oscar Peterson - Laurentide Waltz (from The “Canadiana” suite)

Con Conrad & Herb Magidson - Midnight in Paris (bolero)

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Victor Vlasov - The Fest In Moldavanka

Art Van Damme - Boogie-Woogie

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Che, bandoneon - 10 essential tango arrangements - Vol. 2

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Argentinian Tango and Folk Tunes for Accordion: 36 Traditional Pieces

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Darius Milhaud - Suite Anglaise

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Ripley Accordion Orchestra Day 2011 - November 19th - UPDATE
Oct., 14, 2011


Ian Watson & Julie North


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Super Orchestra Day - Ripley Surrey - Saturday 19th November 2011
Ripley Accordion Orchestra Day 2011 - November 19th - UPDATE

Dear Accordionists,

Just writing with an update regarding the Accordion Orchestra Day at Ripley Village Hall, Surrey in November. We have had a great response and will have a huge orchestra on the day! 

Our 'Super Orchestra' will be supported in the evening concert by performances from:- Watford Accordion Band (MD Shona Holmes), 
Tillingbourne Accordion Orchestra (MD Phil Wheeler) and 
Morley Accordion Orchestra. 

There are only 16 places left in the massed orchestra, so if you'd like to come, or know someone who does, then get the application in soon! 

It's a very inclusive day and there will plenty of help on hand for those not used to playing in a group. 


           To get an application form please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
or call Julie North on 0208 547 0515

Shortly before the event you will receive (in your self addressed envelope) more information about timings on the day and full directions.  

If you are not able to attend during the day come and hear what promises to be a great evening concert - now including 2 West End drummers! The concert, also in Ripley Village Hall, will start prompt at 7:30pm - don't be late!

All best wishes
Ian Watson.  


Petri Makkonen will be in the Midlands from 14th to 18th November 2011.
Oct., 14, 2011
Petri Makkonen

Finnish accordion virtuoso and accordion composer Petri Makkonen will be in the Midlands 

from 14th to 18th November 2011.

 

He will be playing at:

 

Catshill Social Club, 13a Meadow Road, Catshill, nr. Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 0JJ. 

Monday 14th November, 8pm. 

For more information please contact Poppy Middleton on (0121) 743 6637.

The Crescent Theatre, Sheepcote Street, Birmingham, B16 8AE. 

Tuesday 15th November, 7.30 pm. 

For more information, please contact the Crescent Theatre on (0121) 653 5858.

Barnt Green Friends Meeting House, 6 Sandhills Road, Barnt Green, Worcestershire, B45 8NR. 

Friday 18th November, 7.30pm.

For more information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Petri Makkonen might still be available for bookings (not necessarily in the Midlands) on Thursday 17th or Saturday 19thNovember.

 

To sample two sides of Petri Makkonen’s many-sided style, check YouTube for “Like Swans” and “Disco-Tango”…

 

 

INTERVIEW

 

PETRI MAKKONEN

Finnish accordion master Petri Makkonen is doing a mini-tour of the UK Midlands in November.  We asked him a few questions in advance.

Where did you learn to play the accordion?  When I was 8 years old, my dad brought home a little piano accordion and I started to imitate familiar tunes my mother hummed to me.  I soon started to play folk music.  Accompanying a folk dance group was a super rhythm school for me, and the performances and trips abroad were exciting too.  I lived in the countryside surrounded by nature and there wasn’t much else to do.  One reason I started to write my own music is that I was too lazy to learn from sheet music by myself.  When I was 14, I finally started regular button accordion lessons from Heidi Velamo at the Sibelius Academy junior department.  It was hard to travel 500km by train to Helsinki once a fortnight, but it was worth it!  Then I studied at the Sibelius Academy professional department under the great professor Matti Rantanen.  But I’m still learning every day.

 

What is your working life like?  And your playing life?  My main work is teaching around 30 pupils, mostly children at Kuopio Conservatoire and one professional student at the Kuopio Academy of Music and Dance.  I give concerts, mostly of my own music.  For many years I have also worked as a theatre musician, and I also play in some folk/rock/pop bands.  And I compose.  I have an agreement with my publisher to publish one book every spring and autumn.  When I have time, I relax by playing The Well-Tempered Clavier by Bach from cover to cover…

I understand that you have an accordion club circuit in Finland, similar to the one in England - could you comment on the phenomenon of the accordion club briefly please?  Actually, accordion clubs are not common in Finland, but we do have one in Kuopio – the members tend to be older people.  I think it’s a fine circuit for amateurs and for those who like accordion music but don’t play.  I support the local club by playing at some concerts (together with my pupils) although I am not involved with the regular activities of the club.  Some years ago we made a journey as a club to the Sata-Häme accordion festival in Ikaalinen, it was a great trip!

Where do you see the future of the instrument and what are the most exciting developments on the accordion at the moment?  The accordion is a great instrument for playing a variety of music.  I think real music never dies, even though many children find it easier to play music on their phone or You Tube.  Of course, the V-accordion is an exciting member of the modern accordion family – I have also played a V-accordion, but for me now the acoustic instrument is still the most flexible tool to express myself.

Which musicians do you most admire and why?  There are so many!  It is so wonderful that in every musical style you can find super musicians who can express human feelings without technical difficulties getting in the way of the message. Some musicians have the talent of working hard, some have a warm heart, everybody has something to admire. If I must choose one, I choose J.S. Bach.

 

You're a composer as well as a performer - what is the process of writing music like for you, and why do you do it?  I am so happy I am not a real professional composer, I don’t have to compose for money. Mostly I compose for myself, to experience the amazing feeling of finding the shape of musical expression after hard work.  (I think about the details night and day.)  If somebody else likes to play my music, it is an extra pleasure for me, of course. One part of composing process is deciding on the titles!  In almost every cas,e I first compose and then choose the title. For example I composed the suite Ghost Party with 12 parts in two weeks, but I thought about the titles for 12 months. But Tango-Toccata is a total exception: I put the title together from my pieces Disco-Toccata and Disco-Tango before I’d written a single note.

 

Your style has elements of the modern European accordion sound, a bit of classical, a bit of folk, a bit of pop even - what do you think about musical style?  That’s it: my style is a combination of many styles – because of the world I have lived in and where I live now. I can’t forget folk music to turn only to serious modern music, and I don’t want to, or the other way round, being accepted only by a certain group of people.  The problem (perhaps for some people, although not for me) is that my music is sometimes difficult to pigeonhole to a particular genre or style.

 

Does humour belong in music?  Yes, of course!!!

 
April 2012 - Trip to Castelfidardo
Oct., 14, 2011
Castelfidardo Trip - April 2012
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Club Accord - October Newsletter
Oct., 14, 2011
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Several regulars were on holiday in September (and thinking back, this is the same every year).  But some visitors came back, and we got 30 people together.  Our thanks too to all those loyal members who have supported the club, time after time, for year after year.  Our guest artist was well worth hearing.  REG RAWLINGS came down from Southport with two unusual boxes and a fair bit of kit.  Reg plays electronic accordion: I thought he was one of the most enjoyable electronic players that I've heard, for a few reasons.  He knows his stuff on the instrument: he wasn't trying to impress us with flashy fingerwork the whole time (a lot of the tunes were mellow mid-tempo numbers), but the touch and detail was definitely there.  He has a huge handspan, so he can find chords that most of us could only dream of.  His arrangements are well put together.  He controls the entire sound from his instrument and foot pedals (no backing tracks or midi files), which made the performance more musical.  (There was none of the strange business where the player puts his hand in his pocket and the music carries on.)  Most of all, with his company Total Transformation Technology, Reg has taken electronic accordion to a new level, taking new realistic samples (most famously the organ of the Blackpool Tower Ballroom) and blending them carefully on the keyboard.  The effect goes far beyond the usual set of preset sounds.

 

The night opened before most people had even arrived with a typically nice foot-tapping set from TONY TRENTHAM, including Bourbon Street Parade, Over the Rainbow, Out of Nowhere and On the Sunny Side of the Street.  SIMON GARDNER dashed off Folkloristica and Heroes very confidently.  Then, for the first half, REG RAWLINGS used an accordion with real musette reeds blended with his electronic sounds for an authentic warm feel.  He started with a sophisticated and entertaining French medley, with lots of accents, dynamics, use of the couplers, etc.  Then he started to show off his electronics with a James Last/Klaus Wunderlich medley including trumpets, big band sounds and even voices, on their own and combined.  Next came the Blackpool Tower organ in a Glen Miller arrangement played in the style of Buddy Cole, with a surprisingly effective sax solo (considering it was on the accordion).  A selection of waltzes including Are You Lonesome Tonight were played in a 40s dance band style with organ and piano with brass backing; then we got an old time selection including When Youre Smiling with a proper end of the pier feel, lots of up and down runs and some upbeat cymbals (I could see a few feet tapping during this one).  Reg updated his sound with a proper disco beat for some ABBA tunes with his trademark wide chords. A kind of Donald Duck sound came in during this one (also entertaining, although I dont remember it from ABBA Gold).  The rumba medley used the electronic sounds brilliantly, starting on Hammond organ and dramatically bringing in electric guitar and harmonica, including note bending controlled from the foot pedals.  Reg has a nice easy-going manner on stage as well.  As you can tell, I enjoyed it, and it showed what electronics and the accordion could do in the right hands. 

 

In the break MERVYN PRICE continued the entertainment with I Could Have Danced All Night, and Brazil and INGRID GOULD got our guest artist swaying with Toby and My Florence.  Then Reg started his second half, this time playing a box with no reeds at all.  This took away some of the warmth of the sound but at the same time took us into a world of pure electronics which was effective in its own way.  We got waltzes, pan pipes, a Star Trek / Star Wars arrangement with suitably space age sounds, acoustic guitar forFernando, honky tonk piano (12th Street Rag, Tiger Rag), some lush slow tunes (Besame Mucho, For Ever and Ever), a big band approach to Cabaret, an operatic voice singingFeed the Birds, a brave and successful attempt to answer the regular request at our club for a Welsh tune, and, now that the nights are drawing in and people go home earlier, Reg finished his second half with some Scottish reels.  It was a very enjoyable performance which blended musical inventiveness with proper entertainment. 

 

So: October is a club night, on MONDAY OCTOBER 10th.  For November we have our AGM and the up to date European sound of Petri Makkonen from Finland.  We are hoping to confirm a guest artist for the Christmas meeting as well; I will let you know.  For more information, please contact Poppy Middleton on (0121) 743 6637.

 

CLUB ACCORD: Catshill Social Club, 13a Meadow Road, Catshill, nr. Bromsgrove, B61 0JJ:

2nd Monday of the month: 7.30pm for 8pm

 

Romano Viazzani - News Update!
Sep., 12, 2011
Hi Everyone
 
Just a note to let you know that my email address has changed to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Please amend your records asap.
 
Further to my last email concerning the show I'm currently in, The Accordionist opens at the New End Theatre Hampstead on April 5th and runs till 24th April (easter Sunday).  That's 7 performances per week for 3 weeks.  Thats quite a lot of tickets to sell in that time period so please try to come and see it.  Happily we got some excellent reviews in Exeter so I hope it will be worth seeing it.  Here's a recap to whet your appetites.  (Don't tell me what night you're coming on as being a bit new to acting it will only make me nervous!)  I have included some of the reviews too for you to read.  I hope to see you all after the shows.  Do cheer and clap enthusiastically during the show especially after every song and of course at my full-frontal nudity scene (only kidding, just checking to see that you're still concentrating!). You can book tickets from: http://www.offwestendtheatres.co.uk/index.php?where=new_end&showid=555
 
The Accordionist is the story of talented Piaf tribute act Jacqueline Lacroix (Bethany Jameson) who returns to performing after years of enforced silence. An unexpected encounter with an enigmatic accordionist (Romano Viazzani) brings a mysterious past to bear on the uncertain present. But what secrets do the two artists share?
 
An intimate portrayal of love and loss, the unique sound of the accordion embodies both passion and pain in a highly-charged new text. The score features original arrangements of Piaf classics such as MILORD, LA FOULE and PADAM PADAM as well as new songs by Jameson and Viazzani.
 It’s a short show, 7 pm to 8.10 pm, and you can make it a night out with a drink or a meal afterwards in Hampstead.  Or you could see both the shows on that night. The second show is called ‘Double Bass’, about a double bass player, written by Philip Suskind who also wrote ‘Perfume’.    Great reviews from the tour so far:   ‘The show provides a rare chance to enjoy the wonderfully evocative sound of the accordion, and played by such a virtuoso. Viazzani has an impressive pedigree, and in his hands the instrument becomes a third cast member - sighing its disappointment at thwarted romance; threatening menace with sinister discordance. Jameson's voice has an authenticity that perfectly complements the emotive qualities of the music. The intimate staging recreates the atmosphere of a tiny cafe bar, the performers so close you can see every emotion as it passes across their faces.’ (Devon Life 1st March 2011)  ‘The accordion playing is deliciously moving throughout, from the set pieces to Romano's improvisations.  The opening number is played on the 1955 'Fisarmoniche Maga Ercole' accordion of Romano's father, while all the other pieces are played on the much bigger and very impressive 'Beltrami'. Bethany's singing is sensuously erotic with gorgeous French diction and a subtle overlay of romantic tragedy.  Close your eyes and the sultry voice performing the original French numbers could really be Edith herself - filtered through the fictional character of Jacqueline Lacroix.  The final numbers, with Bethany sheathed in gold lamé … complete the 'French cabaret' feel of the show.’  (Phonic FM)  We are also recording the songs from the show onto CD, both our arrangements of the Piaf songs and our own songs, so do let us know if you would like a copy.   Hoping to see you at the show and for a drink afterwards at the pub next door.  Romano 
Karen Street’s Diary Dates, Bracknell, Exeter, London
Sep., 12, 2011

Accordionist Karen Street has the following engagements pending:

March 19th, 8pm - ‘Piaf: Celebrating a legend’, starring actress/singer Tina May, South Hill Park, Bracknell, Berkshire
March 24th, 8pm - Mike Westwood, South West Big Band, Vibraphonic Festival, Exeter
March 27th, 8pm – ‘Piaf: Celebrating a legend’, Greenwich Theatre, London
April 2nd - Mike Westbrook marks his 75th birthday year. This concert focuses on works for small ensembles performed by different permutations of a six-piece ensemble, Serpent Hit King’s Place, London.
  
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Sep., 12, 2011
We’re no strangers to accordion concerts, festivals, or even hootenannys. But a symposium? Indeed, the first-ever “Thinking Outside the Squeeze Box” Accordion Symposium will take place this September 23-25 in Cedar Rapids, IA.The symposium will celebrate the way accordionists have been mixing traditional music with new approaches. There will be jam sessions, dance parties, and workshops on topics ranging from “Techniques of Rock Accordion” to “Stretching the Horizons of the Button Box”. Presenters and performers are coming from across the country and include Paul Rogers (of Those Darn Accordions), Maggie Martin, Renee de la Prade, Roxanne Oliva, Ron Borelli, and more.Why Cedar Rapids? Cedar Rapids is home to the Czech and Slovak National Museum and Library and has a long tradition of accordion music. Leo Greco, who passed away this week, was one example — he played accordion for years and led his own band (Leo and the Pioneers) in the 50s and 60s.Can’t make it to Iowa? If you still want to support the symposium, consider backing their Kickstarter campaign and help offset the cost of hosting the event.
Harlow Accordion Club - June Concert.
Sep., 12, 2011

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At our June 23rd concert we are running a special raffle for
 
Craig & Lloyd  Beecham and their charity cycle ride for Everyman Cancer.
 
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St Audries Bay Accordion Week - July 16th - 23rd 2011
Jul., 17, 2011
St Audries Bay Accordion Week - Saturday 16th - 23rd July 2011.

St Audries is always one of the highlights of the year for Chris and I and it takes me a few months to prepare for it - practicing for solo playing and getting the music together for the Elementary Orchestra. 

This year for once I'm ahead with the orchestra music and have it ready.

There will be a couple of changes with orchestra leaders this year.

Harvie Sharpe will be taking over form Alistair Cameron with the Scottish Band and Adrienne Griffiths will lead the Intermediate Orchestra,
I will lead the Elementary Orchestra including Beginners.

For accordionists who have never attended St Audries, it's a week of total accordion indulgence, with workshops and orchestra's covering all abilities from beginners to advanced players, taking place throughout the day.

You will also hear accordions playing from morning till the early hours and anyone can join in.

See you all at St Audries Bay!

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Club Accord - July Newsletter
Jul., 17, 2011
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Club Accord
Newsletter - July 2011

Our very enjoyable 13th June club night was well attended, busy and varied.  I enjoy the variety.  At a club night, I’m paying to hear local musicians do their thing, try out tunes and styles, each in their own individual way.  If I don’t like one song, I’ll like the next.  What I don’t like, someone else will.  Nervous players grow and develop, and amongst the old favourites I’m happy to hear something new mixed in.  So come and play a short selection of what they play, doesn’t matter if you aren’t the best player in the room or what style you prefer, welcome to Catshill.  We’re getting some quality contributions at the moment, with no trouble filling the evening.  June was no exception. The night started in a traditional and perfect way with TONY TRENTHAM and another sophisticated seamless medley including jazzy numbers, old time favourites and Carpenters tunes.  JOHN SHELLEY from Walsall is obviously building up his repertoire all the time and came up with mellow versions of Scarborough Fair, Fascination, The Skye Boat Song, Moulin Rouge and Dark Island.  CONNOR BAINES is also getting increasingly confident and played two short waltzes followed by two King’s Norton tunes.  It’s good to see young players making progress. Next we heard an unusual high-speed arpeggio on a banjo.  But never fear, it was RAY IZOD’s midi expander, and he soon brought it into line with country and western backing for a few songs, some foxtrots, a bit of a shuffle, Amarillo, a musette, and some rumbas (including the great Perfidia and Bye Bye Blackbird), with all manner of instrumental sounds.  Finally technology let us down. The backing cut out during Tie a Yellow Ribbon and then a massive hip hop beat came out of nowhere, bringing Ray’s very enjoyable and contrasting set to an unexpected close.  To everyone’s surprise, LYNDON BAINES whipped out a full sized set of Highland pipes.  These were phenomenally loud even with the bass drone missing and a member who works in audiology clapped her hands to her ears immediately.  But it was powerful and stirring stuff.  Lyndon started with Dark Island and then as Scotland the Brave switched from a reel to a march, Lyndon marched around the room, then back to his post, some American tunes, and a flourish on the chanter as the sound died away.  HARRY FLOYD played emotional versions on songs about shadows and dreaming, the last one decorated with vibratos and glissandos to add to the atmosphere.  Guitarist and singer PETE JAMES sang two songs very convincingly including Peaceful Easy Feeling.  It turns out he’s also a very talented artist and I was lucky enough to win his pastel drawing in the raffle, which is now on my shelf.  SIMON GARDNER is getting more and more expressive in his playing and he gave us another edge of the seat experience when he launched into Furious Polka as we wondered if he would make it to the end in one piece.  (He did.)  MERVYN PRICE keeps coming out with new numbers which he plays with great verve and always gets the audience going.  After four new ones, he finished with his signature tune Lady of Spain (aka Whole Lotta Shaking) and a big swell on Waves of the Danube.  NEIL LAUDER was inspired by the Trooping of the Colour into a series of marches (The British Grenadiers, Flowers of the Forest) and finished on his gospel roots with When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.  The evening finished with a busking session led by a returner from the past, IVAN, who had come prepared with the notes for a set of short tunes for members to join in with.  This was a nice touch and got everyone together to round off the evening. Don’t forget our next club night on 11th JULY when we have a guest artist, ROSEMARY WRIGHT, and you can expect a feast of entertaining and skillfully played accordion classics, popular classical tunes and well-known songs.  Something to look forward to: I hope you’ll be there.  For more information, contact Poppy Middleton on (0121) 743 6637. CLUB ACCORD: Catshill Social Club, 13a Meadow Road, Catshill, nr. Bromsgrove, B61 0JJ: 2nd Monday of the month: 7.30pm for 8pm
Morley - Austria 2013
Jul., 17, 2011
Ian Watson.

Friday Night is Music Night 6th May 2011
Jul., 17, 2011



Janey Lee Grace presents a programme of music in celebration of Spring, 
recorded at the Mermaid Theatre in London in March. 
Richard Balcombe conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra 
and they're joined by two accordionists, 
Zivorad Nikolic and Milos Milivojevich.
Limex UK Demonstrations - Dates
Jul., 17, 2011
NAO UK Accordion Championships 13th - 15th May 2011, Metropole Hotel, Blackpool.
Accordions International Festival, 15th - 18th May 2011, Norbreck Castle Hotel, Blackpool. Limex Demo, 22nd May 1-5pm, Conservatory , Chieftan Hotel, Inverness.
Limex Demo, 23rd May 7-10pm, Queens Room, Woodlands Hotel, Dumfries.
Limex Demo, 24th May 7-10pm, Kensington suite 2,  King Robert Hotel, Stirling. Thanks Roy 
LIMEX UK
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Roy Hendrie
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Windsor Accordion CLub - March Meeting- Report
Jul., 17, 2011
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.The Windsor Accordion Club:Had a good session with Windsor Accordion Club on Sunday 13th March 2011, run by accordionist Nikolai Ryskov at the beautiful New Lodge, Drift Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 4RR. The club was very enjoyable and well organised. Nikolai is working extremely hard to get this club 'off the ground'. Message to all the accordionists in & around this area, please come along to the next meeting as I feel sure that you will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of this excellent new club in such a wonderful classical setting. Please give Nikolai's new club a try! The next meeting is on Sunday 10th April at 3 pm.. We look forward to seeing you there? Eva Williams PS. For more information how to find the venue, please, visit the website www.newlodge.co.uk The admission is just £4 and includes refreshments & drinks! The Windsor Accordion Club is organised by Nikolai Ryskov and is open for both players and non-Accordion players alike and the aim is for all to promote Accordion in the UK , to enjoy and share music together in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Everyone is welcome! Meetings: 2nd Sunday of the month; Time: 3p.m.-6p.m. Contact: Nikolai Ryskov Tel. 0208 325 81 47 Mobile 07846 777 870 E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it We look forward to seeing you at the Windsor Accordion Club! With regards Nikolai Ryskov Chairman of the Windsor Accordion Club Please note: Accordionist Alexander Sklyarov will be performing at the club and in the UK very soon!
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