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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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Accordion of 21-st century

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

F. Canaro - Tango

Gerhard Winkler - Toulouse

Albert Vossen - Merry-go-round

Gerhard Winkler - Serenade Napolitano

J. Rid - 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 (waltz for solo accordion)

Albert Vossen - Fliegende Blatter

Vittorio Monti - Czardas

Victor Vlasov - Mood (for solo accordion)

Victor Vlasov - Syncopes (for solo accordion)

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)

Samuel Barber - Adagio from String Quartet No. 1

Pietro Frosini - Love Smiles

Albin Repnikov - Concertino

Victor Vlasov - The Fest In Moldavanka

Art Van Damme - Boogie-Woogie

Albert Vossen - Brusseles Laces

Yann Tiersen - Les Quatre Pieces

Frank Marocco - Appassionato

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

Astor Piazzolla - Cite Tango

Astor Piazzolla - Meditango

Astor Piazzolla - Un dia de paz

Astor Piazzolla - Libertango

Astor Piazzolla - Tres Tangos

Astor Piazzolla - Ave Maria

Astor Piazzolla - Concierto de Nacar - Score

Astor Piazzolla - Tangata del Alba

Accordion in Concert - Part II

Astor Piazzolla - Double Concerto - Score

Argentinian Tango and Folk Tunes for Accordion: 36 Traditional Pieces

Jean Francaix - Concerto for accordion and orchestra

Isang Yun - Concertino for accordion and string quartet

Darius Milhaud - Suite Anglaise

Astor Piazzolla - Adios Nonino for accordion orchestra and piano

Klezmer and Sephardic Tunes

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

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Gary Blair 9th Tour Down South Feb 2008
Sep., 29, 2007
 
Gary Blair will be making his 9th "Tour Down South" from the 6th - 18th February 2008.
Gary Blair is very popular with the folks "down south" and his audiences increase in numbers each year with additional venues being added ,reflecting the demand to see and hear this talented Renfrew Musician. Next year the tour has been extended to almost 2 weeks compared to its original 2 days back in February 2000.

Tour Itinerary:
 
Wed 6th - Fairkytes A/C - Essex 
Info: Val or Johnny 01708 - 225 313

Frid 8th - Private Ceilidh -  Essex

Sat 9th - Private Ceilidh - Ovingdean, Brighton
 
Sun 10th - Manor Field - School Ceilidh
Burgess Hill, West Sussex
Info: Ron & Sue  01444 - 239 656

Mon 11th Uxbridge A/C - Middx
Info: David & Angie  01895 -235 601

Tues 12th - Verwood Memorial Hall - Dorset 
with Hans & Helga & George Bennett
Info: Bob Downer - 01202 - 885 192 

Thurs 14th - Harlow A/C - Essex 
with Harlow Accordion Band
Info: Jean Hanger  01279 - 432 830

Frid 15th - Mon 18th - Eastbourne Accordion Festival
Artists to be announced - with Gary Blair Jnr.
Info: John & Jackie 01323 - 733 700

Mon 18th - Club Accord - Birmingham with Gary Blair Jnr.
Info: Poppy Middleton 0121 - 743 6637
 
Tour information/bookings please contact Ron on 07999 - 886726
An A to Z of the Accordion and related instruments - Volume 3 (Reviews)
Sep., 29, 2007

  

Book Review - An A to Z of the Accordion and related instruments - Volume 3 by Rob Howard

In December 2003, when I reviewed volume 1 of Rob Howard's A-Z of the Accordion, I said, "What is remarkable is the style of writing, which always remains easy to read and yet interesting. Although the articles have been written by various writers they maintain a high standard of clarity and accuracy throughout, which is a tribute to Rob's editing and the proof reading of his wife Marj and daughter Jane." I then finished my review with, "The book can be used as a reference book, simply dipped into by reading certain articles or read in its entirety. All entries are very readable and of interest to the accordionist. This is a book that has filled a void in the accordion scene in Britain where, although there have been a number of magazines published over the years, there has been no one reference publication that one can learn about the instrument and its place in British society. Fortunately this has been filled by an excellent book, which I cannot praise too highly." To my amazement Rob then came up with a second volume in November 2005. I was pleased to be able to say of this, "I have now received my copy of Volume 2 and am happy to learn that it is as good in every way as Volume 1 and, of course, a completely new book with entirely new material.

Those who have a copy of Volume 1 and/or Volume 2 need only be assured that volume 3 admirably lives up to the high standard of previous volumes and they will surely be eager to get a copy of Rob's latest work. I am amazed that after learning so much about the accordion movement in "the British Isles" in volume 1 and then even more about the movement in "Great Britain and Ireland.. and a look beyond these shores" in Volume 2 that there was enough material to write a third volume. Happily, I was wrong, because Rob is one of those devotees who, with a "degree of zeal that verges on the fanatical" (I quote from page 239 of Volume 3), has a detective-like ability and perseverance to uncover material of great interest. He asked me whether I had any suggestions for inclusion in the new volume and as a result was delighted to find interesting articles on Arthur Bell and Eric Winstone, complete with photographs. There are also many other such nostalgic articles that remind me of personalities from the accordion world in which I grew up and some of which I had never known, but nonetheless find fascinating to read.
As with previous volumes, it is not only a reference book containing many biographies, but it also contains useful articles for those wishing to improve their knowledge and playing abilities. Some of those aimed at performance include Memorising and Aural Training (Gerald Crossman), Practising - three separate articles, (Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, Toralf Tollefsen and Kenneth Hacking), Technique (Charles Camilleri), Vocal Accompaniment (Jack Emblow), Writing and Arranging (Gerald Crossman), How To Adjust Your Accordion Straps Correctly (Roger Nightingale) and Medley Mania (John Kirkpatrick). Those providing information about the instrument include Accordions Tunings (Graham Romani), Couplers (Rob Howard) and Roland Virtual Accordion (Mike O'Regan). There are also many interesting articles about accordion activities, such as Accordion Clubs, Accordion Festivals, The Auvergne, Bal Musette, Busking, Cajun & Zydeco, The 'Fiddler on the Roof' Experience, Going Out Gigging, Morris Dancing, Recordings, Record Reviews, Russian Accordionists in the UK, Accordions in the Theatre, Irish Accordion Association, Ireland's Ceili Bands, Northern Ireland's Accordion Heritage, Orkney & Shetland and Scottish Dance Bands. I especially enjoyed reading the historic visits by English accordionists to other countries, such as Adrian Dante's American Journey in 1949, Gerald Crossman's diary account of his 11-day Trip to Paris in 1950 (when his return rail fare cost £12 and he returned with £20 unspent, out of a total £50 currency allowance), his subsequent Visit to America in 1950 when he met many luminaries of the American accordion scene (but to his great disappointment missed visiting the broadcast studio at 7.30am to see Pietro Frosini perform because "owing to too many late nights, I just couldn't get out of bed in time!") and Pearl Fawcett-Adriano's Historic Tour  of  1976 to the USSR.
  In format and size this volume is identical to volume 2 with 240 pages printed on high quality glossy paper. (Volume 1 has 256 pages.) Whereas volumes 1 and 2 were printed in black and white, with just the covers printed in colour, in volume 3 there are seven pages containing coloured 32 photographs. Volume 1 contains about 100 photographs and nearly 300 articles, Volume 2 has 250 photographs 200+ articles and Volume 3 has 250 photographs and pictures and 200 articles.
  These statistics give no indication of the readability of the latest publication, which is of the highest order. Although the book can be used as a reference book or simply dipped into by reading certain articles it can easily be read in its entirety. This is what I did and it sustained my interest throughout, no doubt due to its excellent editing and the varied articles submitted by numerous contributors.
  As the final article states, "Despite its low public profile, the accordion doggedly retains an intensely loyal following amongst it devotees that usually surprises those new to the instrument." It is comforting to discover in the wealth of articles in this book that there are, and have been, so many other devotees to the instrument apart from those that one already knows.
  Once again I can enthusiastically recommend this latest volume as essential reading for all those who play or enjoy the sound of the accordion. .............       Peter Ayers, MD Norvic Concordia -  August 2007


 Book Review - An A to Z of the Accordion and related instruments - Volume 3  by Rob Howard
 
Just when you thought it was safe to resume your social life Rob's done it again. A third 240-page masterpiece packed with facts and (over 200) photographs which, together with Volumes 1 and 2 creates a lasting record of everything that's been happening in our accordion world for the last 70 years. Although it may be just over a year since Volume 2 appeared, again it's Rob's tireless enthusiasm and dedication over a lifetime that is encapsulated in these books. Basically we have a very readable reference book with probably everything you would ever want to know about "accordion-lore" in the UK (and in many cases beyond).
Once again Scotland is well represented with articles on Billy Anderson, Bill Black, Sandy Brechin, John Carmichael, John Crawford, Ian Cruickshanks, Colin Dewar, Graham Geddes, Gregor Lowrie, Ian Lowthian, Roya MacLean, Iain MacPhail, Fergie, McDonald, Ian Muir's (both of them), Tom Orr, Morag Robertson, Donald Shaw, Emily Smith, and many others. From a Scottish perspective it's good to have so many current names appearing since there tends to be an assumption beyond our borders that accordion music started and finished with Sir Jimmy.      
  This together with the English and International accordion stars, plus the historical articles by accordion greats such as Adrian Dante's American Journey, Gerald Crossman's Visit to America, and a wealth of other accordion (and occasionally harmonica) related odds and ends make this book a superb read. But if you have Volumes 1 and 2 you'll know already that Rob has a winning formula.
  Copies of the reprinted Volumes 1 and 2 are still available. No-one who has Volumes 1 and 2 will hesitate to add this to their collection and for those of you who haven't started yet, now's the time.
  Full marks to Rob for the endless hours he must have ploughed into this project - going where no man dared to go before - and giving us all a fascinating record of how the accordion has developed to the point we find ourselves at today.  ............ Charlie Todd, Box & Fiddle, Scotland
 

Sauf - Riverains
Sep., 29, 2007

sur le site www.wat.tv/Sauf-Riverains  En concert

 Le 3 Novembre 2007

Vous voyagerez tout au long du spectacle d’ambiance swing, vers des instants de musique classique.

Merci

Milos Milivojevic
Sep., 29, 2007
Milos Milivojevic

OCTOBER

October 3rd 08:00 PM - Hexham Abbey Festival, Yorkshire
Hexham Abbey, Beaumont St, NE46 3NB, Hexham, Northeast NE46 3NB - £12/£8
Milos Milivojevic, Kosmos ensemble with bassist Jonny Gee

Repertoire from Klezmer and music from Greece, Turkey in addition to classics like Brahms Hungarian Dances and Monti’s Czardas. Their programme presents these haunting melodies with a passion and flair that has earned them a full diary of bookings and accolades from all over Europe.

www.hexhamabbey.org.uk/festival

Box Office: 01434 652 477


October 5th at St Andrews, Grinton

Swaledale Festival
Kosmos Trio, Milos Milivojevic and Jonny Gee on bass.

Tickets £10; £5 (for students and children under 18) Tickets available from the Festival office from early September
http://www.swaledale-festival.org.uk/kosmos.html


NOVEMBER

November 1st 07:30 PM –

Kosmos, Milos Milivojevic and bassist Jonny Gee.
Clayhiddon Village Hall, Devon, Clayhidden, Southwest - free
Concert in the Southwest courtesy of ‘Super Act’.

November 11th 01:00 PM
LEEDS INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SERIES
Milos Milivojevic, Kosmos Trio, and Bassist Jonny Gee

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Radio Fremantle needs your help!
Sep., 29, 2007

 

Robert Gesmundo
 Hi UKAO, My name is Robert Gesmundo and I produce and present a 2 hour weekly programme on a local community radio station in Fremantle Western Australia.
It goes to air every Tuesday evening from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm (Perth time) in English and Italian.
At approx 8.00 pm I present a 30 minutes segment called "The World of the Accordion" and this is dedicated exclusively to the accordion worlwide.The segment has been on air for over 6 years and is well received worldwide via the internet www.radiofremantle.com  then go to Archives and follow the prompts to selecting Tuesday 7.00pm to 8.00 pm or 8.00 pm to 9.00pm.
The programme remains available for seven days until it is over-written by the new programme on the Tuesday. The reason for my email is to advise you so that accordion enthusiasts can enjoy it and also should there be any accordion players that wants to send me their CDs it will be my pleasure to feature them on the programme.


My postal address is;
Robert Gesmundo
"World of the Accordion"
The Results Group,
Suite 15/7 The Esplanade,
Mt Pleasant  WA 6153

Looking forward to your comments,
Best Regards
Robert Gesmundo
Zum - Gypsy Tango Inferno!
Sep., 29, 2007
The fantstic Eddie Hession
- Hi UKAO, we've got two great concerts coming up with ZUM towards the end of September with plenty of new material, including tracks from our new forthcoming Piazzolla CD.
 
Friday 21 September, 7.30pm
Trinity Church, 15 Nether Street, London N12 7NN
 
ZUM - Gypsy Tango Inferno
 
Tickets: £12 (concs: £10)
available on-line
or call: 020 7738 2586
 
 
Saturday 22 September, 7.30pm
Pinner Parish Church, Pinner, Middlesex HA5 3AA
 
ZUM - Gypsy Tango Inferno
 
Tickets: £12 (concs: £10)
available on-line
or call: 020 7738 2586
 
Hope to see you there!
ZUM
Steve Roxton - busy accordionist in Jersey!
Sep., 29, 2007
The brilliant accordionist & vocalist entertainer Steve Roxton
performs every nigfht of the week throughout the summer season
at the following venues in beautiful Jersey.
His busy schedule is as follows:
Sunday - Mayfair Hotel, St Helier, 8-30pm
Monday - West View Hotel, St. Mary, 8-30pm
Tuesday - Hotel Metropole, St. Helier, 6-30pm
Wednesday - Fort D'Auvergne Hotel, Havre-des-Pas
Thursday - Mayfair Hotel & Bar 27, Royal Hotel, St Helier, 8-30pm
Friday - Monterey Hotel, St. Helier, 8-30pm
Saturday - Norfolk Lodge Hotel, St. Helier, 8-30pm

 Steve Roxton also organises the accordion club ‘Les Amis de l'Accordeon de Jersey’
and they meet on the first Tuesday of each month at the Priory, Devil's Hole, St Mary @ 8pm.
Club evenings normally feature Steve Roxton, The Jersey Accordion Band and individual players.

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Emily Smith - News!
Sep., 29, 2007
After months of me talking about making a new album I am very happy to announce that the recording is now complete.  I’ve been juggling touring and recording on and off since the beginning of the year which is why it has taken a fair bit of time to get it done.  The album was produced by me and Jamie (McClennan) and although it was a lot of hard work and tiring on the ears - we’re really happy with the result. The material is again a mix of my own songs and traditional material with a few crossovers in there too.  I’ve named the album Too Long Away which is a line from one of the songs.  For me it sums up how I have felt over the past year since moving back to the area I grew up in and realising that this is where I feel most at home.
Hopefully you’re now feeling as excited about the new album as I am!  There’s just one thing – you’re going to have to wait just a few more months (well about 4 to be exact...) until you can get your hands on a copy.  I had planned to release the album this year but have now decided to license the album to another label so that I can concentrate more on being a musician and less on running a record label.  So, I hope you’ll bear with me for now.  There are lots of things going on behind the scenes right now so I should have more details for you next time.I’ve mainly been playing festivals at weekends over the summer months which has been great fun.  I’ve been playing with a four piece band and it’s been great to get the new material out there and play it live after lots of studio time.  Despite the wash out of a summer, we’ve been blessed with sunshine at the festivals – Sidmouth and our wee trip to Iona was especially lovely.  There are a few festivals remaining so if you want to come and hear some of the new material then check out the gigs listed below.  If you’re not into the festival vibe then I’ll be playing a few dates in England during September, again with the full band.  


Saturday 1st September
FYLDE FOLK FESTIVAL
Fleetwood, Lancashire
England
An Hour with Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan in Legion Club – 12pm, Tickets £6
For more info see: HYPERLINK "http://www.fylde-folk-festival.com" http://www.fylde-folk-festival.com

Thursday 6th September
THE MET
New Milton, Hampshire
England
8pm, Tickets £11/£10(conc)/£9 (supporters)
Box Office: 01425 612393
For more info see: HYPERLINK "http://www.forest-arts.co.uk" http://www.forest-arts.co.uk

Friday 21st September
SAUT SEA AND BONNIE SHIPS
Gatehouse of Fleet School Hall, Dumfries & Galloway
Scotland
7.30pm, Tickets £7/£5
Tickets available from: HYPERLINK "http://www.thebooth.co.uk" http://www.thebooth.co.uk and ‘Andrew Low Newsagent’, 44 King St., Castle Douglas


Sunday 30th September
THE SAGE


PLEASE NOTE -  Previously advertised concerts in The Regal Social Club, Glasgow on the 28th Sept and in WHA, Thornhill on the 29th Sept are postponed until further notice.

For concerts on 25th August, 1st, 5th & 6th September I will be joined by Jamie McClennan (Fiddle & Guitar), Ross Milligan (Guitar & Banjo) and Duncan Lyall (Double Bass).
For concerts on 8th and 30th September I will be joined by Jamie McClennan (Fiddle & Guitar), Ross Milligan (Guitar & Banjo) and Kevin McGuire (Double Bass).
For all other concerts I will be performing solo and/or with musicians involved in ‘Highland Hootenanny’ & ‘Saut Sea and Bonnie Ships’.
Eastbourne Accordion Festival 2006
Sep., 29, 2007
Pictured above at John & Jackie Romero's extremely successful Eastbourne Accordion Festival are Romeo Aichino, Lisa-Lee Leslie, Ron Bennett, Gary Blair & Sue Bennett.The event took place at the Cumberland Hotel in Eastbourne, East Sussex (Frid. 17th - Mon. 20th Feb. 2006). A happy atmosphere prevailed throughout this well supported Accordion Weekend event on the south coast.The event sold out in advance and was a credit to the many months of hard work and preparation by John & Jackie Romero (Carillon Studios), their expertise in organising organ and keyboard festivals was apparent throughout this magical weekend dedicated to the accordion.Credit must also go to the many performers, teachers & traders who were in attendance.
The event ran like clockwork from start to finish, there was always plenty going on, the food was delicious and well presented, the hotel staff were friendly and helpful, the rooms were cosy and nicely decorated but above all  "Accordion Camaraderie & Fun" were the weekend theme.Little touches from John & Jackie made the difference here, for instance a personalised welcome pack for everyone on arrival including a detailed programme of events, a free chocolate bar and a magazine. Also included were complimentary afternoon tea, coffee biscuits & cakes served in the comfort of the ballroom daily at 4pm with musical accompaniment provided by George Bennett (Yamaha Tyros)  and Harry Hussey (Borsini Special).These personal touches made the festival that much more enjoyable and relaxed, however 10 hours of seminars & tuition were still slotted into the weekend schedule of events (covering all standards from beginners, advanced to jazz) and in the evening's over 12 hours of concerts were included in the ballroom, even a Gary Blair Ceilidh was enjoyed by all on the saturday night as the chairs were quickly pushed aside to accommodate the many dancers and to test the sprung dance floor, it reminded me very much of the fabulous wild saturday evening Ceilidhs Gary has provided for decades at Scarborough.  Eastbourne Artists included: Charlie Watkins - Gary Blair - Gennaro Fiondella - Harry Hussey - John Leslie - Lisa-Lee Leslie -Romeo Aichino - John Romero - Trevani & George Bennett with a guest appearance by Alan Young Teachers at the festival were Sue Bennett - Gary Blair - Gennaro Fiondella - Harry Hussey - John Leslie & Trevani. Organisations and Traders were represented by: Accordions of London - W.E.M. -Trevani Studios - Stan Mayhew - Cooperativa - Carillon Studios - UKAO - Roland UK - The Accordion Shop Sunningdale (Chris Lovell).
The Polish Diva’s Polka Party
Sep., 29, 2007
Terry Palasz isn’t your average polka singer. Classically trained with a powerful soprano, she puts a unique twist on traditional polka music with her album, The Polish Diva’s Polka Party. The album grew out of her one-woman show, The Polish Diva from Milwaukee, and she brings Broadway style to polka classics like “Who Stole the Keeshka?” and “Blue Skirt Waltz.” But she always respects her source material, putting the focus on the melodies and lyrics, and singing in English, Polish, German, and Slovenian.While the singing is certainly the focus, there’s some quality musicianship here, too. Accordionist/arranger Toby Hanson of Seattle’s Smilin’ Scandinavians does an excellent job making the classics sound fresh, regardless of style. For me, the key to any polka recording is whether it’s fun — for both the performers and the listeners. From the soaring of Palasz’s voice to the rambunctious xylophone and trombone solos, it’s clear there’s plenty of fun going on at this polka party.Listen to this clip, which features Palasz singing in Slovenian and some great accordion work from Toby Hanson:Terry Palasz: Silk Umbrella Polka (MP3 download)
Gerado Amato - Italy
Sep., 29, 2007
 Hi UKAO ,I’m an Italian accordionist and I’ve done a CD TERRA MIA (My Land) where there are twelve dance songs:Tango,Merengue,Polka,Tarantella,Mazurka,Musette Waltz and the original Tyrolese Waltz, and four songs with the female voice “Cha cha cha” and a male roman voice “Roma Eterna” where the accordeon plays together with these beautiful voices.The CD is going already to some radio broadcasts.  Visit my website - Click Here! - where you can listen to the demo and if you want to, you can buy the CD.TERRA MIA – Gerardo Amato    -   http://tinyurl.com/37zoesEmail:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Castelfidardo Accordion Week - Oct
Sep., 29, 2007
  PIGINI ACCORDIONS CASTELFIDARDO
in coperation with ACCORDION HIGH SCHOOL
OF THE MUSICAL ISTITUTE “G.LETTIMI” RIMINI

Accordion Week - master classes - workshops - concerts
Castelfidardo,October 8th - 12th 2007

Claudio Jacomucci
concert performer and teacher at
High Accordion School in Rimini

Mon 8 :  9-12.30 / 14.30-18
Tue 9 :  9-12.30

active students 150 euro
auditors 50 euro

Friedrich Lips
(prof. at the Gnessin Academy of Moscow and concert performer

Tue 9 : 14.30-18
Wed 10  : 9-12.30 / 14.30-18

active students 150 euro
auditors 50 euro

Luciano Biondini
(jazz performer)

Thu 11 : 9-12.30 / 14.30-18

auditors 50 euro


FRI 12 / 18.30
Meeting Point
ITALY/NETHERLAND/CHINA/SERBIA
Concert of the best students of High Accordion School of "G.Lettimi"
Institute in Rimini (M. Claudio Jacomucci), Deventer Conservatory (M.
Egbert Spelde), Bejing Conservatory (M. Xiao Cao Qing), della Accordion
School of Kraguievac (M.Radomir Tomic)


Presentation of  "WONDERLANDS" (2007) solo CD by Claudio Jacomucci
(Stravinsky, Ravel, Jacomucci, Taktakishvili, Zorn, Armenian
traditional)

Info=  www.claudiojacomucci.com
This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ISTITUTO MUSICALE PAREGGIATO “G.LETTIMI”
HIGH EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR ART AND MUSIC
RIMINI (ITALY)

PIGINI ACCORDIONS CASTELFIDARDO

Accordion High School
October 2007- June 2008

teachers

Claudio Jacomucci
resident teacher and performer

Fredrich Lips
Prof. at Gnessin Academy of Moscow
and performer

Yuri Shishkin
performer and teacher, Russia

Geir Draugsvoll
Prof. at Royal Academy of  Copenhagen
and performer

Luciano Biondini
jazz performer, Italy

The course 2007-2008 of the Accordion High School of the Istituto
Musicale Pareggiato “G.Lettimi” of Rimini consists in 6 master class
with Claudio Jacomucci (resident teacher), Friedrich Lips (Russia),
Geir Draugsvoll (Denmark), Yuri Shishkin (Russia) and Luciano Biondini
(Italy).Info
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Pennies from Heaven - Romano Viazzani
Sep., 29, 2007
 - Dear UKAO: Following is the information pertaining to the Jermyn Street Theatre London return of our show, Pennies From Heaven:  The Life and Songs of Arthur Tracy, 'The Street Singer'. We would very much appreciate it if you could include our show amongst your upcoming listings.  Arthur Tracy was one of the most famous "accordionists" (though it wasn't really him playing!) of the 1930's, both in the U.S. and the U.K.  We'll be featuring noted London accordion virtuoso, Romano Viazzani, who will be playing many original and vintage arrangements of accordion tunes of that era.  Very best wishes, Gregory Moore, Steve Ross and Romano Viazzani.   -  Press Release:-  PENNIES FROM HEAVEN: THE LIFE AND SONGS OF ARTHUR TRACY, 'THE STREET SINGER' returns to the Jermyn Street Theatre, 2-7 October, 2007. Internationally-known American cabaret star, Steve Ross, is joined by New York singer/writer, Gregory Moore, and London-based accordion virtuoso, Romano Viazzani, in their acclaimed salute to the late Arthur "The Street Singer" Tracy. Arthur Tracy was a phenomenally popular radio, film and recording star of the 1930’s, first in America, then in the UK, where he lived for nearly 5 years, topping the bill at the London Palladium on many occasions. He is still remembered today as “The Street Singer,” which was his musical alter ego. Though seemingly forgotten for many decades, Tracy made an unwitting comeback in 1981, when his recording of the song, “Pennies From Heaven” was used as the title track for the American film of that name. This led to a featured role in a Broadway show (Social Security) and a cameo appearance in a hit film (Crossing Delancey) and a CD reissuing of many of his hit records of the 30’s, such as “Marta,” (his theme song), “The Way You Look Tonight” and, of course, “Pennies From Heaven”.

"Pennies" premiered at the Jermyn Street Theatre in February of this year and was much-acclaimed (and sold out). Performances are at 19:30 on 2-6, October, and there are 2 matinee performances at 16:00 on 6-7 October. Tickets are £18 (£14 concession).--Reservations can be made by calling the Jermyn Street Theatre's box office at :-020 7287 2875-Click here for an online booking form !--Arthur Tracy - "The Street Singer" - sings Marta & Trees.
Roland V - Accordion Challenge - News Update!
Sep., 8, 2007
 Hi Accordionists, 
Just to let you know that Roland have extended their deadline until 10th Sept. 
This is to allow time for entrants who have requested entry to the competition by way of an audio recording instead of video.  It will also give a chance to those who received their entry forms late due to an office error and postal strikes to get their entry in.
 
Best Wishes -  Romano Viazzani
Romano Viazzani
Gordon Glenn @ Middlesbrough Sat 8th Sept
Sep., 8, 2007
Gordon Glenn
Gordon Glenn will be performing for the Accordion Workshop Group at Stainton Memorial Hall in Stainton Middlesbrough TS8 9AU on Saturday 8th September @ 7.30 pm and will be supported by members of the Workshop.
Tel 01642 590781.
Ticket admission only at £5.
September Picture - Prize Competition
Sep., 8, 2007
Who owns this beautiful accordion?
Who is the famous owner of this beautiful  accordion?The first correct entry received naming the busy,talented and versatile accordionist owner of this accordion from UKAOregistered members only please  - by email  toThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  will receive the first prize - "A New Set of Black Accordion Shoulder Straps". 
This month's prize was donated by The Accordion Shop!
 
 The next 10 correct answers  from UKAO registered members only please  - by email  to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  with the correct name of the accordionist owner of the above accordion will each win a rare Malcolm Gee  designed  "Accordionists Love Squeezin" - car window sticker!
These unique car window stickers go to the 10 runners up!
The September UKAO Competition closes for entries on Sunday 30th September 2007. Its free to join & register as a member of UKAO - Please click here for an online registration form to  become eligible to enter this fun "Members Only"competition! A Clue to this month's competition - this male accordionist was born in London on 15th May .Good Luck to you all!The September 2007 Competition first prize has been kindly donated by Bev & Chris Lovell  The Accordion Shop - Sunningdale   - http://www.theaccordionshop.co.uk/NB: No correct answers received for the August Photo Competition - the answer was Oivind Farmen.
Accordion Players Wanted - London
Sep., 8, 2007
Accordionist Wanted - Apply Here!
Subject: musicians for show about general strike wanted !
The theatre company "The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor" is doing a show about the general strike 1926 on 21st, 22nd, 23d of September.
 All shows are in the evening in Conway Hall, Holborn. I have played music for their large scale theatre shows in the past, but will be too busy to help out this time. They would particulary like some accordion players to provide music for the show, mainly old music hall tunes, possibly some Russian tunes and others, plus incidental music. The shows are always amazing and good fun. I could help out with some music hall scores. If you are interested please get in touch with Penny or Josh on 020 7586 4633.
All the best! -Martina Schwarz
31 August 2007 17:32:25
El Brujo
Sep., 8, 2007
My conjunto lovers in Dallas, TX Jonny "El Brujo" Cruz will be at the Sweetwater's Night Club in Oak Cliff October 20th...
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