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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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Classic Accordion for Sale at The Birmingham Accordion Centre
May, 16, 2011

Please contact Rob Beecroft for information or arrange a viewing
 on 0121 753 3709 or 07931 246450
Bellows & Waves Accordion Week, Devon UK- Book Now!
May, 16, 2011
Ian Watson & Julie North
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Milos at the Purcell Room -
May, 16, 2011
http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/dance-performance/tickets/breaking-boundaries-58404

All best wishes and many thanks,

Milos
www.milosmilivojevic.com

Milos Milivojevic



May 8th, 7pm
The Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX
Breaking Boundaries!
Kosmos, Paprika & She’koyokh
Celebrating the climax of Southbank Centre’s Festival of Britain weekend of traditional, folk and world music and dance, three of the UK's internationally acclaimed world music ensembles come together: Kosmos, Paprika and She'Koyokh. This exhilarating triple bill conjures up a heady mix of Balkan and Latin grooves, Jewish and Gypsy passion, and soulful Arabic improvisations. Sixteen world class musicians: one unique, unforgettable evening.
www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Tickets £15
Club Accord - Meeting Tonight at 8.00pm - All are Welcome!
May, 16, 2011

CLUB ACCORD (WEST MIDLANDS)

 

Club Night

 

Monday 9 May 2011, 8:00pm

 

Catshill Social Club

13a Meadow Road

Catshill (near Bromsgrove)

 B61 0JJ

For directions, follow the link to http://catshillsocialclub.com/ and scroll right down to the bottom of the page.

For more information, please contact Poppy Middleton, Tel: 0121-743-6637.

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Hannah James and Sam Sweeney
Mar., 14, 2011
Hannah James and Sam Sweeney
The accordion/fiddle duo Hannah James and Sam Sweeney are the guests at the ‘Goblins in the Ginnel’ folk club at The Globe, Glossop, Derbyshire SK3 8HJ, on Saturday March 19th, 8.15pm. The organizer is Sara Kirkham, and all profits go to the Willow Wood Hospice.

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The World Accordion to Phil- BBC2 Scotland - Saturday March 12th at 6pm - SKY990
Mar., 14, 2011
Scots accordionist Phil Cunningham embarks on a global adventure to discover how the humble squeezebox has conquered the world.He uncovers the instrument's exotic roots in China, visits an Italian town devoted to making the instrument and is delighted to encounter an orchestra made up almost entirely of accordions.Great music performances prove why 'The Stomach Steinway' has been embraced the world over.
Worthing Accordion Club Concert - 19th March 7pm
Mar., 14, 2011



The opening of the new Worthing Accordion Club, 
A Concert on the 19th March 2011 at The East Worthing Community Centre Pages Lane BN11 2NQ 
Featured artists are:-

Gennaro Fiondella, John Adams, Denis Henley,and the Tillingbourne Orchestra. 

Start 7.00 PM Finish 10.30 

Tickets Adults £7.00, Children £4.00. 

Refreshments available.

Worthing Accordion Club Meetings 1st Saturday of the Month Held at St Charles Parish Centre East Worthing Chesswood Road near East Worthing Station.

Opening of Worthing Accordion Club Concert 19th March at 
East Worthing Community Centre Pages Lane BN11 2NQ, 
free parking starts 7pm until 10.30pm tickets and raffle available 
please phone 01903 202590 for more details tickets £7.00.
37th Accordion & Fiddle Championships
Mar., 14, 2011
 The 37th Accordion and Fiddle Championships take place on March 5th at Inchyra Grange Hotel, Polmont, Falkirk, Scotland. 

The competitions include Traditional Accordion Solo, Polka and Musette, with other sections including Scottish Bands and Trios. There are also fiddle sections.

This year’s selected composers are Ian Powrie – accordion, Michael Philip – fiddle.

The adjudicators for accordion include Jimmy Cassidy, Alan Kitchen, Jacqui Raeburn, Alastair Wood and Bill Black; fiddle – Gill Simpson, Patsy Reid, Kenny Wilson.

The competitions are followed by a concert, 8.45pm, and ceilidh, 9pm, in the hotel.

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Club Accord (West Midlands) - News
Mar., 14, 2011
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CLUB ACCORD (WEST MIDLANDS)

Club Accord is one of the oldest accordion clubs in the West Midlands, dating back to 1976. It was founded by the late Malcolm Gee and has had a rich and varied past including releasing an LP record in the 1980s.There are at least four great accordion clubs in and around Birmingham and the Black Country (the Black Country Accordion and Music Club, Rob’s club, the Shirley Accordion Club and Club Accord), and each one has its own flavour. I would recommend any of them.Club Accord meets monthly and alternates between nights with guest artists and club nights where we make our own entertainment. We round each year off with a Christmas party. Recently we’ve had some new members joining and old attenders returning, all playing good quality music with the result that right now we can put on very entertaining club nights that would please most accordion lovers. Poppy Middleton, who books our guest artist, has a keen eye for a new name and over the past year we have been visited by Eddie Jay, Declan Gaynor, the Men from Madrid, Ken Astin and Steve Pacitto with the Europa Trio (a brilliant performance). All were well worth hearing and gave us top entertainment.Well it’s time to bring the club into the digital age through the excellent UKAO website. We would love to bring in new members, passing trade, or anyone who is curious about the accordion or wants a night of informal musical entertainment in relaxing surroundings.If you’d like to come along and play, even better! We have a short spot on guest nights for club members to play, and on club nights, of course, the more the merrier… Although the club focuses on accordion playing, we have had harmonicas, violins, clarinets, even the bagpipes…We meet on THE SECOND MONDAY OF EACH MONTH at 7:30pm, at: Catshill Social Club 13a Meadow Road Catshill (near Bromsgrove) B61 0JJFor directions, follow the link to http://catshillsocialclub.com/ and scroll right down to the bottom of the page.For more information, please contact Poppy Middleton, Tel: 0121-743-6637.
We had a great club night on Monday January 10th. We had so many people wanting to play good music that we had to limit their time to fit everyone in. It was how a club night should be,The evening started with LYNDON BAINES on his bagpipes (well, it’s a reed instrument…) Lyndon learnt the pipes in South Carolina and he plays medleys of very varied tunes all held together by the atmospheric drone. The tuning and mechanics of the instrument gives even well known tunes a fascinating twist. (Set list: Rocking the Baby/The Rowan Tree/Itchy Fingers/Auld Lang Syne/Flett from Flota/Meeting of the Waters/Johnnie Scobie)From then on it was over to the accordion. Next came RAY IZOD, a regular at the club from before my time. I really hope he’ll be back. The man has a phenomenal memory for music ranging from standards and old time songs to Latin and accordion classics. It seemed that he could have played all night without repeating himself and he played in a fine style with excitement and finesse. (Set list: Tiko Tiko, La Mer, I’m in the Mood for Love, Taking a Chance, Tea for Two, Reine Musette, Yes Sir, Dantesque, Anything Goes, All of Me, Moonlight Serenade and many many more…)With Ingrid in plaster, the King’s Norton faction was represented by young SIMON GARDNER who played some quite intricate music from Scandinavia ranging from confusing Balkan rhythms to comedy to a fanfare and finished with a straightforward beautiful tune. He’s 13 and he plays in a very fresh, confident, natural style with fast fingers. I hope we hear a lot more from him. (Set list: Folkloristica, Toothbrush, Heroes of the Milky Way, Yuri from St Petersburg)Then HARRY LLOYD gave us 5 classic tunes in his lush chord-based style. He plays with a lot of passion and gets it across to the audience. Constantly striving for musical perfection and checking the audience reaction, he clearly puts a lot of work into developing new arrangements between sessions. It’s a pleasure to hear them. (Set list: Softly as in a Morning Sunrise, Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered, When I Fall in Love, Smile, When You Wish Upon a Star)Club stalwart and former chairman NEIL LAUDER played one of his unique sets linked together by a story, this time relating to being drafted into the Medical Corps and shipped to Hong Kong. His stories link together the widest range of music (with a bit of a Scottish bias). The tunes were very original choices and Careless Love was very affecting. Neil’s didn’t say how his last two tunes, Careless Love and Bel Viso (= “Beautiful Face”), were linked in with the story, but perhaps he brought back some pleasant memories from the East. (Set list: 3 Scots/Northumbrian border tunes, Mantovani’s Charmaine, Down in the Glen (Robert Wilson), Slow Boat to China, Al Jolson Medley, the Star of Robbie Burns, Careless Love, Bel Viso)MERVIN, has quickly made his mark with some very skilful performances of more classic tunes (including some serious bellows shaking in Lady of Spain). His arrangements, played from memory, have lots of variety and are quite intricate. Tonight he played to his usual high standard and got a great reception. Another relative newcomer who we hope will turn into a regular. (Set list: Espana, I Could Have Danced All Night, Spanish Eyes, Dough a Dear, We’ll Meet Again, Lady of Spain (with the bellows shake!))ANDY BANKS rounded off the evening, this time sticking to his Shand Morino (he sometimes also plays a very beautiful bit of English Concertina). One of the clubs longest serving supporters and current chairman, Andy gave us only four tunes (as time was running out), all played with his true Scottish style and depth. (Set list: Oslo Waltz, Log Cabin, Liza Jones, Dark Island)NEXT MONTH (14th February) we have a guest artist, DECLAN GAYNOR who gave us a great night last year. He’s a regular on the social club circuit, playing Irish dance music and singing Irish songs (he’s got a great voice). Declan is a very professional entertainer as well as a fast accordion player and comes with a full electronic rig to maximise his sound. It should be great entertainment that everyone can enjoy. I hope you’ll be there.
Accordionist & Teacher - Lisa-Lee Leslie has moved to Somerset.
Mar., 13, 2011
Lisa-Lee Leslie
(Area Covered: Lisa-Lee has recently relocated with Matt and Lilly,

Lisa will also be organising group classes in Taunton, Minehead,



Telephone number: 07880 59 3737

All accordion systems & levels taught, 
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News from Accordionist Romano Viazzani
Mar., 13, 2011
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Thank you to all those who came to see Songs From a Hotel Bedroom  at Watford Palace Theatre, New Wolsey Theatre and Covent Garden Opera House.  Sorry I didn't see all of you but it was lovely to see those I did see.  I hope you enjoyed Kurt Weill's lovely music.  It's been a busy year and there are one or two further events you should know about.    On the 22nd November I will be doing a solo concert at Black Country Accordion Club (Rowley Regis Disability Club, Rowley Regis, Birmingham (Info: 01215594620-Barry) for those in the West Midlands area. Finally, please see the events at the Royal Academy of Music below.  I will email soon about my next show The Accordionist very soon.LoveRomano ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC – EVENTS 2010 to 2011Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5PT  26 November 2010 6.00pm and 7.30pmOn the 75th anniversary of the birth of the late Mogens Ellegaard (1935-1995) there will be a concert of some of the best of the over 100 works dedicated to him by well-known Scandinavian composers. The concert will be at 7.30pm and will be preceded at 6.00pm by an illustrated talk by Owen Murray on the life and work of the Danish accordionist. Tickets £7.00 and £5.00 (concessions) at the door, or in advance at the Box Office. Tel: 020 7873 7373  23 February 2011 7.00pm Showcase ConcertConcert programme to be announced. Details will also appear later onwww.ram.ac.uk/events  25 February 2011 Student Masterclass with Professor Friedrich LipsProfessor Lips will give a masterclass to Academy Students. 10.00am - 1.00pm and 2.30 - 5.00pm.Admission free. All welcome.  
Thursday 18 November 20107:30pm  @ the Artsdepot, London
London Jazz FestivalHello EverybodyYou do not want to miss this one.This is our Orient House Ensemble mini jazz festival.We will  celebrate ten years of the  Orient House Ensemble, with a special three set performance.  featuring special guests Asaf SirkisGuillermo Rozenthuler,  Tali Atzmon, Romano Viazzani  and the Sigamos Quartet. Materials from our early albums,  will be followed by  our acclaimed In Loving Memory of America  tribute to Charlie Parker.  We will also play some materials from our new collaboration album with Robert Wyatt and Ros Stephen For The Ghost Within. We  will conclude with new music from the band’s new release The Tide Has Changed.
To read a Guardian 4 stars review of The Tide Has Changed,click  here 
To read a Guardian 5 stars review of For The Ghosts Within, click here
Thursday 18 November 20107:30pm
Artsdepot
5 Nether St
London
N12 0GA
020 8369 5454

          Tickets£16 (£14 conc.) + bkg
Accordion Idol: Winner Takes All
Mar., 13, 2011
With the iPad 2 coming out this week, it seemed like the perfect time to check out the latest iPad accordion apps. Believe it or not, this is actually a pretty active category — we found more than 25 apps for the iPad alone, and even more for the iPhone and iPod Touch.While tapping your iPad is no substitute for playing a real accordion, it can be a handy learning tool. Imagine practicing a few scales while watching TV on the couch, or plugging in headphones and mastering a tune after the family has gone to bed. Plus, all of these apps are around $5 so (even after you factor in the cost of the iPad itself) they’re significantly cheaper than a real accordion. Here are a few we’ve tried:Hohner SqueezeboxWait, thatHohner? Yes, the world’s largest accordion maker now has a line of iPad apps that mimic their Corona Classic diatonic accordions. You can show or hide the names of the notes on the keyboard, tap on the bellows to alternate between “push” and “pull” mode, and even switch between wet and dry tuning. The app is treble only — no bass/chord buttons (although this isn’t a big loss for most diatonic players I know). The app comes in five key combinations — GCF, FB♭E♭, EAD, ADG, and B♭E♭A♭ — and there’s also a “mini” version for iPhone/iPod touch.Michael Eskin, who developed the app for Hohner, has a number of other accordion-related apps available, including one-row Cajun/Zydeco accordion, two-row Melodeon, and Anglo Concertina.Hohner Squeezebox$1.99Hohner SqueezeboxAccordonWe reviewed the first version of Accordon last year when it was one of the only accordion apps available. It offers a piano accordion interface and even includes a handful of bass/chord buttons so you can get a fairly full sound going. My favorite feature, though, is the “Learning Center,” which helps you learn popular songs by following along with highlighted keys. “Jingle Bells” comes for free with the app and you can buy other tunes for 99 cents each.Accordon$3.99Accordio ProThe chromatic accordion has always intimidated me with its vast, imposing array of buttons. Accordio Pro has helped conquer that fear by simulating a full-featured chromatic accordion, complete with six-row Stradella bass. You can switch between C, G, and B-layouts, scroll and zoom along the keyboard, and even play along to songs in your music library. The developer also makes a version for piano accordion.Accordion Pro$5.99Have you played “pocket squeezebox” on your iPad or iPhone and have an app to recommend? Leave a comment and let us know!
North Staffs - February Newsletter
Feb., 14, 2011
North Staffs Accordion Club Newsletter February 2011 No 403

The North Staffs Accordion Club Welcomes all accordion enthusiasts playing or non-playing. 

We hold a ‘Clubnite’ at Holditch Miner’s Welfare Club, Chesterton
at 8 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month where entertainment is provided by club members or guest artists. 

The venue also hosts a band rehearsal all other Tuesdays and a beginners’ class every Monday at 7.30 pm. Phone 01782 823668.

Hi Everyone. Some of you wanted to know about my new addition to the family pictured in your Christmas card. 
His name is Leni. He’s 5 months now and Jimi’s shadow and apprentice. 
Of course Jimi’s busy teaching him all of his bad ways.

January Clubnite
The January clubnite was a members’ night and also our annual mince pie and sherry evening.
The evening began with the playalong with players selecting a song in turn; Geoff Millward on side drum and me forming the rhythm section. After one round of the circle the mince pies, cake and sherry were served. As usual I had struggled to save my Christmas cake and this time I managed to last until clubnite without opening it, so there was enough to go round. Barbara had made some lovely mince pies with three different flavours and they were delicious.
After the interval it was time for individual players. Brian Shufflebotham (right) began with The Radedski March and Lamb Skinnett and Don Bebbington followed playing Elvira Madigan and Serenade. Jeff Brundrett played The Theme from The Godfather and The Happy Wanderer. We then had a great lively slot when Steve Hughes, Les Jackson, Norman Brown and Don Bebbington joined Jeff for an impromptu ‘play by ear’ session (pictured below). They played songs like The Saints and Deep in the Heart of Texas. It was amusing to see Jeff Brundrett at one stage playing with one hand while delving into the innards with the other in a vain attempt to repair his accordion.
Wilf Bailey continued the individual playing with several numbers including Pirates of the Caribbean and Highland Cathedral followed by Paul Hobbs (above left), playing solo for a change, with I’m in the Mood for Love and Under the Bridges of Paris. Harmonica player Derek Wilton gave us On the Sunny Side of the Street and Phil the Fluter’s Ball (where he was joined by the audience clapping and singing). Richard Millward (pictured right below) then serenaded us with Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend and When Irish Eyes are Smiling, followed by Roy Degg who played O Sole Mio and
Dark IslandFinally Mike and Paul rounded off the evening with a few duets including their version of The Theme from the Godfather and a medley which included Northern Lights. It turned out to be a very enjoyable night for everyone and made a good start to the year.
February Theme
Here’s a suggestion. As the next clubnite falls on the 15th, just one day after Valentine’s Day, how about a theme night – Love
The challenge is that each of the individual players include one (or more) song with ‘love’ in the title. 
There’s plenty to choose from. Try to get one that no one else will think of and I’m sure you can accommodate the short notice.

New Drummer Joins the Band
The band has been at a loss for quite a while since our previous drummer Jack Steele (pictured left at Audley Theatre) was forced to retire due to ill health. He had been with us for a number of years and his invaluable
addition to the balance of the band was greatly missed. We have struggled on without a drummer while on the lookout for a replacement.
Last Tuesday we had the pleasure of meeting Keith Davies (pictured right), who arrived with his drum kit and from the start of the practice fitted in like a glove. The benefit to the playing
was immediate and hopefully he will be playing with us on a regular basis.

Brian – Morris Dancing.
Brian Shufflebotham continues to provide the accordion music for The Leek Morris Dance Group. Additional to all other activities, commencing the 28th January and on each subsequent Friday thereafter at 7 30pm, for about an hour, they are to hold a practice session in the rear function room at The Swan Inn, St. Edward Street, Leek. Interested spectators of morris dancing or its music will be welcome to sit in at these informal sessions free of charge. For further information contact Brian, telephone 01538 382610. The Swan Inn is at the junction in Leek of the A523 and A520, opposite St. Edwards Church.

Steve Roxton Returns to Holditch
At the March clubnite we are welcoming Steve Roxton as our guest artist at Holditch. He has visited the club before, last time at the Audley Theatre but that was more than ten years ago.
Steve is a professional accordionist and the major part of his work is entertaining holiday makers in the top hotels with a three hour one man show. He is billed as an International Accordionist/Vocalist, having played in numerous countries, playing music from around the world, and singing in eight languages.
As well as performing for the general public he also appears at accordion festivals and as guest artiste at accordion clubs and societies. Having lived in the Channel Isles, he founded ‘The Jersey Accordion Band’ and ‘Les Amis de l'Accordeon de Jersey’, a social club to promote accordion music and better playing. Visitors are made welcome at the club which still meets at The Priory Hotel, St Mary, in Jersey (on the first Tuesday of every month).
Don’t miss out on what promises to be a great evening’s entertainment

Buskers Books By Paul Hobbs
In busker’s books or music of the same format you will be given a basic tune on the treble staff (most probably all single notes) - This will be accompanied by chord symbols - The bass rhythm can be worked out from the time signature. If the tune is played like this, it is the simplest style of performance.
Think of this as a starting point! Just as an artist draws an outline sketch and then adds colours to the picture to show up light, dark and depth - then the musician must do the same when interpreting the music.

How do chords affect the melody of a tune?
They can be used as tools that can create mood, colour and emotional pull. Each chord used in a tune does not exist in a vacuum, it should fit in with the other chords, sounds and notes so that the whole feeling of the song is created. Notes can be appreciably altered by the chord used with them, but they still retain their individuality and cannot sound exactly like any other note.
When playing do not harmonize every note as the accompaniment may be too heavy and overpower the tune. Using chords and harmonizing when playing a tune is all down to making the sounds fit together so that the piece of music is enhanced.
When playing accompaniments to melodies the best instrument for checking whether the sound is right is the human ear, so listen carefully to what you play! Consider yourself to be an artist and colour in your own interpretation of the tune. Because other musicians may interpret the same basic tune differently, you will hear many different versions of well known tunes.
As a result of playing personal interpretations of many tunes (as opposed to playing other people's arrangements) a person will, in time, develop their own style. 

Celebrations at Denis’s Fundraiser. th
Band member Denis Moors celebrated his sixtieth birthday at the Winking Man on Saturday February 5 asking guests to donate to the Chernobyl Children’s Project that he supports instead of bringing presents. There was music and a buffet and Denis’s daughter Lizzie sang a few numbers with the band. Denis said
that at least £2100 had been raised from the donations and that it would go towards the building of an extension to a Belarusian children’s home.
During his speech Denis surprised everyone by announcing that he had, two days earlier, proposed to his girlfriend Irina (pictured right with Denis), and that she had accepted. She stepped forward flashing a beautiful diamond engagement ring. They first met when she came over from Belarus about two years ago with one of the groups of mothers and children that Denis frequently hosts at his farm at Longnor. She was their interpreter. She also works with similar groups in Teesside as well as teaching in a secondary school in Belarus.

Club Publicity Machine Poster
We are, once again, having a concentrated effort to boost our membership and to try to make sure that every accordion player in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire knows that we exist and that they are welcome. Two small posters are enclosed with this newsletter and we request that you try to have one placed somewhere in your locality where it will be seen. The second one could be placed in your car. We are tackling libraries separately so concentrate on community, church or club halls or notice boards, local shops etc. – you know your area. If you need any more please contact me. If you are unable to use one for any reason then please let us know.

Business’ card
Meet someone interested in your hobby, then give them your contact details with a business type card. Especially useful for members who play in public or attend festivals - but not exclusively for their use. If you think you could benefit from a few of these cards, customised with your contact details, please let me
know.

Radio s
Stoke (again!)
Last month I wrote about the club being featured in an early morning show on Radio Stoke. A few days later we were there for a second time in a week. Shelagh Mayer and Ann Millward volunteered to give radio presenter Pete Morgan an accordion lesson during The Breakfast Show on Thursday January 13th. This of course was another great opportunity to publicise our club. Following an interview by Peter about the accordion, Shelagh gave him a few minutes’ tuition before he went on to play a few lines of Hey Jude. Those of you with email will have had a copy of the recording.

Spot the mistake’ answer
I challenged you to find the mistake on the front of the newsletter last month. The answer is that newsletter no. 402 should have been closer to 312 (12 months times 26 years at the most since the club began). Seems we skipped 70 numbers in 2002 and I’m not sure where the other 20 went astray (Steve kindly says that he was probably producing it at the time). I only noticed it around Christmas. Having been a maths teacher I’m ashamed to say that it still took me 8 years to spot it!
No one got it right and the only guesses came from John Higham, from the Stockport club, who had a few attempts (our newsletter gets around!).
Inter the Internet

Buying Music Online
For musicians the internet provides dozens of ways you can browse, shop and order sheet music for delivery to your doorstep. Some websites now offer instant downloads of sheet music, which means you can be playing the music within minutes. There are free sites but their music is very limited and as buying the music is very cheap (about 2 or 3 pounds – sometimes less), it’s worth paying and getting the best choice.
How does this work? First you browse to find your site – Google can help if you key in the piece you require (e.g. ‘The Godfather Theme sheet music’). It will bring up a list of sites. I have used www.musicroom.com but there are others. Preview them first as they have different levels of difficulty, so make sure you order one that suits you. You can order and pay by credit card for the music, and have it delivered or just download it immediately for printing. If you do the latter, the site will ask you to download free software to deal with the sheet music. www.musicroom.co.uk uses Sibelius Scorch. It takes a minute to install, is free, and enables you to see the score, play it, and change the key (if you wish) before you print it. Many internet users are concerned about paying by credit card but musicroom, for one, is a trusted site.
Others are www.musicnotes.com and www.chappellofbondstreet.co.uk Tips Corner from Pauline

Transportation...
When traveling with your accordion in the car, please place it in the boot and not on the back seat. If you find yourself having to break hard, or are unfortunate to be involved in an accident, a loose accordion on the back seat becomes a heavy free flying object.
The last thing you need is to be hit from behind by an accordion in its case! If it will not fit in the boot, please let it wear a seat belt!
Every Monday 7.30pm
Tuesdays other than 3rd
Every 3rd Tuesday of month

Diary
Beginners’ night at Holditch
Band rehearsal at Holditch
Clubnite at Holditch
18th/20th February 2011 Eastbourne Accordion Festival, Queens Hotel
15th March 2011 (Clubnite) 28th April 12th-15th May 2011 13th/15th May 2011
31st May 2011
Steve Roxton
Band concert, St. Paul’s Church Centre, Leek.
Accordions International 2011, Blackpool.
NAO UK Championships, Metropole Hotel, Blackpool David Vernon & Dick Lee – Special concert. Possibly Audley
16th/23rd July St Audries Bay, Somerset
18th October (Clubnite).
Pauline Hardwick
Stefan Andrusyschyn Mike Gibson
Oleg Sharov

Members’ Adverts
Accordion Tuition. Tel 01782 397248 Accordion and/or piano
Tel 07958261024 Accordion and/or piano Tel 01782 660865 Piano
For Sale Giulietti Electronic B18 accordion. 5 bass couplers, 5 treble couplers,120 bass, black, manual or midi.
Also....G.E.C. MX midi expander with foot controls, both with cases. £600 o.n.o. Ring Geoff Millward 01782 626874
Galotta 48 bass Accordion Red. 3 treble couplers, as new, good case, very good condition. £200. Mrs Dianne Lockett Tel 01260 226286
Barcarole 120 bass accordion. Black, 3 treble couplers, 3 bass couplers, good condition, hard case. £220 Phone Janet 01782 519594
Red Luciano piano accordion, 120 bass, 7 treble couplers. hard case, lovely sound, offers around £250 phone 01782 542208
Two piano accordions, both 120 bass Hohners, one black and one red, £40 each. Phone 01782 784402 or 01782 823668
Yamaha Tyros 3 Digital Workstation complete with user’s manual, CD, foot pedal, fixed stand, portable stand, stool, carrying case and dust cover. £1850 o.n.o.
Carlsboro Colt 65w. amp. 2 Channels, 4 Inputs with reverb. Good condition £100 o.n.o. Ring Wilf Bailey at 01270 213643

President Chairman Secretary Treasurer
Brian Shufflebotham Mike Richards
Shelagh Mayer Ann Millward
01538 382610 01782 642101 01782 783821 01782 638570
Committee Aubrey Lowndes, Steve Hughes, Graham Hughes, Lily Lynch, Graham Butler and Les Jackson

Morley College - Accordions at Morley College London - new term dates
Feb., 14, 2011


Just to remind you that Accordions at Morley had its first meeting of the new academic year on Friday 14th January 2011,6.30 for 7.00 at Morley College as usual. The full list of dates for the year is as follows: Friday meetings: 14 January, 4 & 11 February , 4 & 11 March, 1 & 8 April 2011 6 & 13 May, 10 June, 1 & 8 July 2011Lunchtime Concert: Tuesday 7 June 2011 - probably with an extra rehearsal on Monday 6th. And remember - you can always check them on our website: www.morleyaccordions.org.uk Very much looking forward to seeing you again. Neil

Owen Murray in "The Plague" at The Barbican - Report
Feb., 14, 2011
Owen Murray
‘The Plague’, which was performed at London’s Barbican Centre on Sunday 15th January 2011, was commissioned by the BBC and first performed in 1964. It is based on a musical setting of a novel entitled ‘The Plague’, by the French writer Albert Camus. The novel tells the story of a town on the coast of Algeria which is hit by a plague carried by rats and all the horrors and effects ongoing from that.

Roberto Gerhard (1896 – 1970) set the story to music using a narrator, a large chorus and orchestra (the London orchestra Da Camera, conducted by David Temple) with the orchestration including a large part for accordion, which adds brilliantly to the orchestral tonal color of the accompaniment of the narrator and choir. 

This Barbican performance received high praise from the music critics. The accordion part by Owen Murray blended brilliantly with choir and percussion in some of the most dramatic parts of the score and the narration, so much so, that one critic described it as ‘the lungs’ of the orchestra. Owen Murray received with the conductor and narrator an especially loud cheer from a very appreciative Barbican audience.

Roberto Gerhard, also composed a ‘Concerto for 8 instruments’, one of which is the accordion. Like ‘The Plague’ it is a rarely performed work but one of exceptional tonal colour.


Roland Williams
Eastbourne Accordion Club - Next meeting is on Saturday 8th January @ 2.00pm
Feb., 14, 2011


Hi Accordion Friends,

I would like to extend an invitation to all accordion players. 

Our next Eastbourne Accordion Club meeting is this Saturday (8th January).

Arrive anytime after 2.00, club is from 2.30 until 5.00pm. We have some fantastic music to play together and a nice warm venue! 

We play all styles and standards and welcome our guests to play their party pieces if they so wish during the halfway break.


The Langham Hotel which some may know from our October festival always makes us welcome and supplies us with tea, coffee and biscuits. 

Drop your accordion at reception and park on the side roads (they are free!).

So whether on your own or with a partner (if they don't play let them go shopping as the January sales are still on), 

come and join us for a friendly afternoon all based around accordion music.


The Venue is The Langham Hotel:- 43-49 Royal Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN22 7AH
Hotel Telephone number: 01323 731 451
 
Directions Below:-


All the best,

John Romero - 01323 733700

P.S. Even if you can't make it, please pass the word around

P.P.S. Eastbourne Accordion Festival (February 18th/21st) is just a few weeks away If you haven't already booked, BOOK NOW to see Gary Blair and Pearl Fawcett-Adriano.



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