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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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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

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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

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

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The Las Vegas International Accordion Convention Nov 1st-4th 2010
Aug., 3, 2010


The Las Vegas International Accordion Convention
Accordions at "Horsham French-Fest" is this weekend!
Aug., 3, 2010


 
Horsham FrenchFest 2010
 
16-18 July Horsham Town Centre

Latest Programme - What's On:

Friday 16th July: French Street Entertainments Day

9amFrance at Home - French Market opens, Carfax10am to 5pmThe Normans were here !
Connecting with Horsham’s Norman past, Horsham Museum are organising a Norman town trail - on Friday and Saturday - tickets can be bought in advance. The Museum will also be highlighting a couple of its items that date from Norman times.

A Last chance to see! The Museum's popular botanical art exhibition will be extended to finally close at the end of FrenchFest Saturday11am to 3pmLes Onions (Strolling Accordion & Violin Duo) – Carfax, Market Square, Piries Place, East & West Street12:30pm to 2pmHorsham Rotary May Gurney Cup Business Boules Competition, Market Square2pm to 4pmPetanque in Market Square – learn the game with Southern Counties Petanque Association5pmFrench Market closes5.30pm to 6:30pmSponsors Petanque Competition, Market Square (May Gurney - Private)
Harry Hussey - Gig Listings-2010/11/12 !!!
Aug., 3, 2010
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Harry Hussey Gig Listings
 
Here are my gigs for the next few months, I will add more plus 2011/12 gigs soon!
Best Wishes, Harry 
20th April              Canterbury
21st    "                        "
22nd   "                  France
  1st  May              Harpenden   (Private function)
28th    "                  Cranleigh      (    "             "     )
30th    "                  Paignton
31st    "                  Brixham
  5th  June              Glasgow
13th     "                 Harlow
19th     "                 Stonor, Henley
25th     "                 Fulham           (       "          "        )
26th     "                 Burgess Hill - West Sussex Accordion Club - 1.30/4.30pm (01444-239656)
17th  July               St Audries Bay - Summer Accordion Week
25th    "                  Paignton
30th    "                  France
 3rd  Sept               Liskeard

http://www.harryhussey.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel/Text:- 07980 - 390392 Fax:- 01904 - 763616.
Karen Street - UK Tour Dates
Aug., 3, 2010
Karen Street Quartet - Please click here!
AccordionistKaren Streetreveals the influences behind her music, playing songs from her latest album ‘Another Story’. Featuring a selection of jazz standards, original tunes and a pop song, she ably demonstrates the diverse nature of this versatile instrument. The Karen Street Quartet sees Karen’s musical partnership with guitarist Fred T Baker, first unveiled in Karen’s debut CD ‘Finally a beginning’ back in 2001, refreshed by the addition of award winning jazz singer SaraColman, along with the talented bassist Andy Hamill.For more information please visit Big Shed Music http://karenstreet.bigshedmusic.co.uk/         Fri5thMarBirmingham, Symphony Hall Foyer 5.30pm freeSat6thMarChesterfield, Parish Arts Centre 7.30pm 
Buy tickets via paypal at Big Shed Music
Tickets are £10 and £8 conc.(OAP, children, student). 
Sun7thMarNorthampton, Jazz at the Carriage House 8pm Tickets: email - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Fri12thMarBurton on Trent, Brewhouse Arts 7.30pm 
Tickets: 01283 508100
Sun14thMarCamdenTown, The Forge 2pm freeWed17thMarDartmouth, The Flavel 7.30pm 
Tickets: 01803 839530 theflavel.org.uk
Thu18thMarCardiff, Acapela 8pm 
Tickets: 01446 799100 stdonats.com
Fri19thMarBath, Chapel Arts 8pm 
Tickets: 01225 463362 chapelarts.org
Sat20thMarBignor, BignorChurch, West Sussex 7.30pm 
Tickets: 01798 869454
New Years Eve - Party Cancellation - Ricky & Shaz are available!
Aug., 3, 2010
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 Ricky T Sargent & Shaz's -COCKNEY CAPERS A GREAT NIGHT OF FUN, LAUGHS & A GOOD OLD KNEES-UP....... We can also provide a party disco if required.In addition we will do fun spots to fit around your existing entertainment(if applicable), for example a disco or other entertainment you may already have booked - we are Flexible!Cheers,   RICKY T SARGENTTel: 01444 -257084Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .WE ARE UNEXPECTEDLY AVAILABLE NEW YEAR’S EVE
Murl Allen Sanders - New Christmas CD
Aug., 3, 2010
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.Murl Allen Sanders.is pleased to announce his fabulous new Christmas CD:."MURL’S HOLIDAY FAVORITES".Solo accordion and band performances including:-“White Christmas”, “Silver Bells”, “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” and 9 other beloved holiday favorites. Makes a great gift! Buy your copy today!By check only $18.00 by mail (includes shipping and handling)P.O. Box 30553, Seattle, WA 98113CREDIT CARD PURCHASES available online at CDBaby.comDIGITAL DOWNLOADS Available at CDBaby and iTtunesComing soon: Murl Ringtones!Don’t forget to purchase Murl’s other CD’s and Accordion Songbook!  
.Email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Snail mail P.O. Box 30553 Seattle, WA 98113Phone 206-781-8196Website www.murlallensanders.com
Gary Blair - Internet Accordion Lessons & USA/Canada Summer Tour 2010
Aug., 3, 2010
Click here to visit Gary Blair's NEW Website!

.Gary Blair  Tel: 07813-712594

Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Web:  http://www.garyblairceilidhband.com/ 
 

18th  Jan           Beith Accordion & Fiddle Club

29th Jan           Grosvenor Hotel London

30th Jan           Harvey's Point Hotel - Donegal Ireland

 6th Feb.          Kirkintilloch Show Dance, Muirhead Town Hall
11th Feb.         Stow College
20th Feb.         Rutherglem Masonic Hall
24th April         NAO - UK Accordion Championships Blackpool
Gary Blair - USA Tour - June/July 2010


  Other USA/Canadian - Tour Dates to follow!
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Teaching - Personal & Internet Web Lessons

Gary Blair has limited places available for personal tuition, he offers teaching at all levels from beginner to expert, and on performance & theory. Lessons normally take place inthe Renfrew area, but please contact Gary to discuss your personal requirements.
After his successful North American Tour (2009) , Gary has started giving "Web Lessons" to some of his American friends, this popular method of personaltuitiontakes place over a "broadband webcam connection" and can be arranged on request to virtually anywhere in the World .Gary Blair Tel: 07813-712594

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Web:  Gary Blair's New Website please click here!
 
TRIBUTES & FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS: Accordionist Neil Fodden passes away!
Aug., 3, 2010
Neil Fodden
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Rest in peace Uncle Neil. you and auntie Kath have always been there for me & i'm sure i'm talking on behalf of many when i say that. Heaven will already be learning dance through you Uncle Neil.

God bless you Auntie Kath, Karina and Emily. . . 

God bless you Uncle Neil,

Glyn
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The Members of the Black Country Accordion & Music Clubwere very sorry to hear the sad news of Neil passing away.We know his Accordion World will continue in his memory.Special thoughts from Barry Smith and Lou Ambrose.
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Hi, Firstly, many thanks for all of your kind words following my father's passing. The funeral arrangements have now been confirmed and are as follows; Friday 7th May 2010 at 1.30pm Bretby Crematorium, Geary Lane, Bretby, Nr Burton upon Trent, Staffs, DE15 0QE and afterwards at Bretby Conference Centre, Ashby Road, Burton upon Trent, DE15 0YZ We have decided that the service should be a celebration of Dad's life and not a sombre affair and therefore, if you are able to come, please do not feel obliged to wear black if you do not wish to.  Dad was a staunch supporter of our Armed Forces, particularly in their current campaign in Iraq and Afghanistan and so, we are having flowers from the immediate family only and if you wish to, donations can be made to 'Help The Heroes' in Dad's memory. Please do not hesitate to give us a call if you wish to - obviously, the phone is pretty busy at the moment, but please keep trying! Kind Regards and thanks to you all Karina
Neil Fodden, the editor of the Accordion World Magazine has passed away from a stroke this morning,Tuesday April 27th 2010.
Information on his funeral will be available soon on this website - please watch this space for details!
Neil's family have asked UKAO to confirm to all Accordion World Magazine subscribers that Karina Fodden will take over the production of this excellent publication and that the next issue will be posted out, as usual, this Thursday 29th April 2010. The following magazine will be published in 2 months time, as per schedule.
All at UKAO send their best wishes to Neil's family at this very sad time. Neil will be fondly missed by all accordionists and friends throughout the United Kingdom. 

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Neil Fodden (1939-2010), Derbyshire – UKRob HowardNeil Fodden, the Editor of the magazine ‘Accordion World’ passed away from a massive stroke on Tuesday April 27th 2010.Born in the North East in 1939, Neil Fodden began playing the piano accordion aged 10, and was soon playing with local bands in pubs, clubs and dance halls. In those days the acoustic music scene was quite vibrant, as the word ‘disco’ had not yet been invented.Neil’s forte was playing for ballroom and sequence dancing, and he became one of the first exponents of the electronic accordion. He recorded two LPs of dance music, ‘Stepping Out’ and ‘Stepping Out 2’, under the pseudonym Alan Neil.In the late 1960s Neil’s work as an engineer took him to live in Zambia, where he played for dances from Lusaka up to Kitwe, and also provided accompaniment for visiting artistes.For five years Neil served as Secretary of the National Accordion Organisation, and more recently, since February 2008, as Editor of the magazine ‘Accordion World’, in succession to the late David Keen.Neil is survived by wife Kath and daughter Karina. Karina Fodden, an accordionist and competitor in many NAO competitions, will take over the production of ‘Accordion World’, which will continue as before. Neil will be missed by accordionists and friends throughout the UK. 
Art Van Damme Passes Away -15th February 2010 USA
Aug., 3, 2010
 Accordions Worldwide is sad to report that accordion jazz legend Art Van Damme died on February 15, 2010. He was 89 years old. Art had been ill with pneumonia for several weeks. Art Van Damme, born April 9, 1920 in Norway, Michigan, was a world renowned jazz accordionist and one of the most famous accordionists of all time. Art Van Damme began playing the accordion at age nine and started classical study when his family moved to Chicago in 1934. In 1941 he joined Ben Bernie's band as an accordionist. He adapted Benny Goodman's music to the accordion. From 1945 to 1960 he worked for NBC, performing on The Dinah Shore Show, Tonight, The Dave Garroway Show and other radio and TV shows with Garroway. He recorded 130 episodes of the 15-minute The Art Van Damme Show for NBC Radio. Van Damme toured Europe and was also popular with jazz listeners in Japan and regularly won the domestic Downbeat reader's poll for his instrument. He also toured in Russia and New Zealand. Art Van Damme had three children and six grandchildren. Although he had retired to Florida, he continued to perform nearly to the age of 90. You can read his 2005 Celebrity Interview by clicking on his name. A nice article about his 2005 tour to Rostov-on-Don, Russia, is online too http://www.accordions.com/index/art/historical_events.shtml
Donny & Marie - New Cd Released in UK
Aug., 3, 2010
Click here to buy this CD! "An Audience with Donny and Marie" - Donny and Marie Osmond bring us a taste of their hugely successful Las Vegas showand answer questions from a celebrity audience..
Wednesday 11th November at 8:00pm on ITV1 London..An Audience with Donny & Marie Osmond:For the first time in many years, the Osmond duo will be appearing together in the UK in this hour-long special for ITV1, An Audience with Donny & Marie.The musical extravaganza, hosted by Donny and Marie, will be based on their hugely successful Las Vegas stage show. They will be singing some old favourites and some new songs in front of a celebrity-packed audience.In 1976, the pair had their first US hit variety show, Donny & Marie, where they performed songs such as I'm A Little Bit Country, I'm a Little Bit Rock and Roll. They have had huge success with top 10 hits such as I’m Leaving It All Up To You and Morning Side of the Mountain.   Donny and Marie say: “We are looking forward to bringing a bit of Las Vegas to the UK and performing some of our old favourites with some new surprises for our dedicated fans.”Alongside the musical segments, Donny and Marie share some anecdotes from their showbiz background and stories from their personal lives.  Viewers will see Marie sing Paper Roses and Donny perform Puppy Love and the brother and sister duo even have a dance off to see who throws the best moves!Donny is flattered when Linda Lusardi reveals she had posters of him plastered all over her walls when she was younger and shares with the audience the story of when Marie and her dad had a box delivered to their hotel room.  Upon opening it, they discovered a girl who was trying to get to Donny.  Their father was so impressed with her dedication that he took the girl to Donny’s room, where she proceeded to scream and then pass out!  Join in the music and laughter and share a fun hour in the company of two of the world’s most successful performers.
A Little French Music
Aug., 3, 2010
We hear very little about French music over here in the UK, which is a great shame because I have a feeling that there's a vibrant scene of what I call 'Nouveau Chanson' going on.Here's a lovely little animation for a gloriously rebellious song by a band called 'Les Ogres de Barback'.And here's the same song played live, with help from another band called 'Les Hurlements D'Leo'.
Stockport Accordion Club Newsletter - March/April 2010
Aug., 3, 2010
Rob Howard
Stockport Accordion Club Newsletter - March/April 2010                                                       
President: Johnny Coleclough   Vice Presidents: Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, John Nixon & Walter Perrie
Stockport AC meets on Wednesday evenings at Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Woodley, Stockport SK6 1ND; MDs Derek Stubbs (SAC Band, 7 pm/8.30 pm) and Brian Jenkins (SAC Orchestra, 9pm/10.30 pm).
 
David Vernon, Club Night guest on April 21st - International Scottish maestro extraordinaire!
        
            The SAC Club Night concert on Wednesday April 21st stars David Vernon, from Edinburgh, making his first visit to us. Those of you who saw David Vernon last year at the ‘Accordions International 2009’ festival at Blackpool will know just what a class act he is – not only a brilliant and very entertaining accordionist, but also a very funny bloke indeed. His repertoire goes way beyond Scottish music, and includes music from many countries. The night before our Club Night, April 20th, David is the guest at North Staffs AC. I mention this because he is well worth seeing twice!! Admission is £5, and we begin at 8pm. The venue is Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel Street/A560 Hyde Road, Woodley, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 1ND (J25/M60). We need support players, so please bring your instruments.
            Future 2010 SAC Club Night concerts for your calendars/diaries include Rosemary Wright (May 19th), The Kyiv Duo (July 14th), Jovan Rjnak (September 8th), and Deirdre Adamson (October 6th). Make a note of these dates now, coz they’re all worth seeing…
            Our 2010 AGM, held February 17th, went smoothly, and John Jones was voted on to the Committee, which now reads: Chairman: Joan Campbell, Treasurer: Tony Wynroe, Secretary: Adrienne Sharpe, Social Secretary: Rob Howard, Members: Chris Green, Betty Molloy, Rachel White, Sarah Hodge, John Jones. Derek Stubbs was affirmed as the new SAC Band MD.
            The Tameside Junior Accordion Band, founded by Betty Pollard, is now run by SAC members Rachel White and Sarah Hodge. The TJAB recently entered the NAO North Central Accordion Festival to qualify for the UK Championships being held at the Metropole Hotel in Blackpool, April 24th/25th, and not only did the band come first in both of their sections but a number of the individuals scored highly in their solo sections.
The TJAB practice on Tuesday evenings at Taunton Sunday School on Newmarket Road, Ashton Under-Lyne, Lancashire, and will be looking for new members to join the band from May.  If anyone has any child interested in learning the accordion please contact Rachel White on 07849 797909, or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to know more.  Any donations are welcome and will help to fund the band activities.  
            The last Club Night featured the considerable combined talents of “The Dynamic Duo” Harry Hussey & Ken Astin, both playing acoustically, who treated us to  Moonlight in Vermont, Rosetta, What are doing the rest of your life?, Lara’s Theme, Moonlight Serenade/String of Pearls, I’m old fashioned, a French valse musette with no title (learned from YouTube!), Tritsch Tratsch Polka, How High the Moon, Carte Postale, Petite Fleur, The Petite Waltz, The Girl from Ipanema, The Nearness of You, The History of Love, Fine and Dandy, Wheels, Patricia, and Deep Purple. Their encore, to conclude a most entertaining evening, was Tangerine. Quite a number of our regular faces were missing, but we also had many newcomers. Harry pointed out that whilst this concert was part of his plan to play all the country’s accordion clubs during his 80th year, this was most definitely not his farewell tour! Johnny Coleclough contributed an extended spot on his customised Transichord, complete with flashing lights. His numbers included Granada/Lady of Spain, Musetta’s Waltz (La Boheme), Under Paris Skies, The Dark Island, The Shadow of Your Smile, and a lengthy Gershwin medley. Before he played The Dark Island, Johnny joked: “I don’t play much Scottish music, but my dentist is a Scot, so that probably makes me Scottish by extraction.”!
             Ken and Harry have just completed the recording of a new CD, Just Friends. A release date has yet to be announced, and details will follow in due course.
            The last Club Night was originally scheduled for January 13th, but called off due to the snow that made Stockport resemble Antarctica. I spent a lot of time on the phone and sending emails in an attempt to spread the word about the cancellation, yet some people still turned up for the concert. All I can do is say sorry, but I really did do my best to get the word around.
            Gillian (Curvis) Bebb, SAC Band keyboard player, is expecting a baby in August. We’re all delighted for Gillian and Wayne (and granddad-to-be John Curvis, of course!), and here’s hoping for a future new band member! Not to be outdone, Marj & I are pleased to announce that in September we also become grandparents as our Jane & Phil (Hamilton) are expecting. Jane is a former SAC Band member, so perhaps another accordionist is on the way?
             Bert Santilly is the guest at Chester AC, Tuesday March 30th, 8pm, at the Groves Sports & Social Club, Whitby, Ellesmere Port CH66 2NZ; info 0151 339 9850.
             Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham are at the Waterside Arts Centre, Sale M33 7ZF, on Wednesday March 31st, 8pm; box office 0161 912 5616 – tickets cost £13.50p.
           This year’s NAO UK Championships take place from April 23rd to 25th at The Metropole Hotel, North Shore, Blackpool (website: www.accordions.com/nao). 
            Heather Smith tells me that ‘Accordions International 2010’, scheduled for May 9th to 14th in Blackpool, has been cancelled due to unforeseen problems at the Norbreck Castle.
            Still on festivals, Marj & I attended the recent Eastbourne Accordion Festival. Bit of a long way, but an excellent weekend, with wall to wall squeezing. Coming home we stopped at the Hilton Park services on the M6, and on entering met Dr Hilary Jones, recently of Dancing on Ice fame. We exchanged some friendly banter with the Doc about ice skating, then he took my blood pressure for the cameras (which was 'normal', thankfully). He interviewed me about my state of health, and I might be on GMTV sometime...but then so might be 100 others! 
Tommy Scruton has now made available on CD approximately 45 LPs/EPs by Leo Aquino, Martin Lukins, Charles Magnante, John Molinari, Charles Camilleri, Toralf Tollefsen, and many other accordion ‘greats’. Each comes with enhanced sound quality plus original cover and artwork, and the list of what is available is constantly expanding. These CDs are available for a modest £8 each; for details tel (0161) 789 3799; email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
            John Higham now has the 2003 SAC Band & Orchestra Macclesfield concert + Finland’s ‘Primus Ikaalinen’ international competition on DVD (top class playing, even from the little kids – gives me a complex!); contact John on 0161 928 5994 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
           For sale: Allodi piano accordion - 72 bass, 5 treble couplers and 2 bass couplers (Rob: “I can email you a picture of this fine looking instrument”: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ); in excellent condition, completely overhauled 3 years ago; comes with a hard case plus a gig bag. Sell for £1,200 (negotiable). Tel Eva Kahan (0161) 720 6425; email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it                           
            Local accordion teachers include: Tony Marchell – piano accordion or guitar, tel 0161 434 1933; Craig Bradley – 5-row button, piano accordion or piano, tel 0161 972 0248; Tommy Scruton – piano accordion, tel 0161 789 3799.
            For all piano or button accordion/melodeon/concertina repairs (acoustic or electronic), restorations, tunings, MIDI conversions, etc, contact (Allostock, near Knutsford, Cheshire-based) Roy Whiteley on 01565 723 080; website: www.accordionmagic.com
             That’s about it for now, except to say that I hope you can make it see, hear and meet the very entertaining David Vernon. As they say on the quiz shows, have a good time till next time.
 
                                           Rob Howard (0161) 480 8858; email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
                                          Accordion websites: UKAccordions - www.ukaccordions.co.uk                                                   and  Accordions Worldwide - www.accordions.com
 
 
 
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These unique books are dedicated to the accordion and its close relatives, offering a wealth of articles and biographies. Included are articles written by such eminent authorities as Gary Blair, Charles Camilleri, Tony Compton, Gerald Crossman, Adrian Dante, Jack Emblow, Pearl Fawcett, George Garside, Ingrid Gould, Conway Graves, Johnny Handle, John Kirkpatrick, Charles Magnante, Mike O’Regan, Toralf Tollefsen, Douglas Ward, Charlie Watkins, Peter Whiteley, Francis Wright, Rosemary Wright, etc
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BLACK COUNTRY ACCORDION & MUSIC CLUB - February 22nd Report
Aug., 3, 2010
Mauro Carra - Barry Smith - Romano Viazzani
BLACK COUNTRY ACCORDION & MUSIC CLUB FEBUARY 22NDMonday the 22nd of February was the night that Romano Viazzani was booked as our guest player but at the last moment the plan was switched. Romano very kindly decided to bring along his friend, Mauro Carra to entertain in his place. Mauro was over here for the Eastbourne Festival and Romano was helping him out with a hastily arranged tour. We were very happy to go along with this arrangement as Romero was agreeable to an alternative booking later in the year. Our members were very quickly informed by post and by E mail of the change of plan. If only all our members were on the internet we  could save a bomb on postal charges. The message to them was, 'BOGOF', buy one get one free, because we were getting two world class players for the price of one. This was the message I sent out, urging everyone to bring a friend along to take advantage of this offer. Unfortunately the proximity of the Eastbourne programme clashed with us resulting in quite a few regulars being unable to make it in time. The threat of the weather, the seasonal colds and virus problems also helped reduce the turnout. Nothing however reduced the quality of Mauros' performance and some of our visitors who had not seen or heard him play before were very impressed. Some of them actually went to have a close look at him after I informed them that he had six fingers on his right hand. Mauros' rendering of the Carnival of Venice can only be described as fantastic. Czardas, the accordionist enthusiasts favourite, also featured on Mauros' programme, I loved his rendering of the 'Take the A Train'. Towards the end of the second half of the evenings' programme Romano joined Mauro and they settled down to entertain us with a duet. There were murmurs of approval from the audience when Romano announced that they would play ' Il Silenzio Fuori Ordinanza'. The evening was a remarkable satisfying and successful event and most certainly will encourage our non playing visitors to return.  As all club organisers are aware the cost of running a club can spiral, meeting the expenses of guest players, insurance and renting the clubroom is a challenge. A little fund raising tip, we now run a Tote, people 'throw a pound in the pot' and the winning ticket gets half of the contents. It pays the rent anyway. We are very grateful to our members who turn up with raffle prizes and also make cash donations. ROSEMARY WRIGHT  will be our guest player on April 28th. For more information contactBarry Smith 0121 559 4620  or E mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   Lou Ambrose   This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
CELEBRATIONS at The BLACK COUNTRY ACCORDION CLUB
Aug., 3, 2010
Alan Young - Accordionist/Tuner/Repairer/Stig Click Here!
CELEBRATIONS at The BLACK COUNTRY ACCORDION CLUBJanuary 25th. was our big night and we had a really good turnout to celebrate our first 12 months 'trading'. A buffet was provided and drinks were on the house.We had quite a few local visitors who came to see what was going on. No doubtfree food and drinks were part of the attraction. At great risk of repeating myselfyet again I admit that accordionists and enthusiasts of the accordion are rather thinon the ground so if we can entice normal people into the club and then entertainthem with accordion music amongst other things then we stand a chance of slowly educating the general public on the merits of the accordion. Once again, repeating the same old words that the public regard the accordion as pub and street corner entertainment, we must educate them otherwise. I interviewed dear old Charlie Watkins back in 1995 who said those very words. Barry and I know that slowly but surely we are succeeding as we have won over a number of 'outsiders'. As I organize the raffle, amongst other things, I was very pleased to accept an  endless supply of raffle prizes from members and visitors.This made the display a very worthwhile project, atracting much interest.  We were helped in our hour of need by the evergreen Steve Roxton who soon won over our visitors with his playing and singing. Steve was our guest on the launch of our new club and returned to celebrate with us. He very quickly had the audience singing along together with arm waving. He always entertains with so much variety in his programme, especially with his songs with vocals in both French and Russian, amongst others. Our compere for the night was our friend and supporter, the hilariously funny Tommy Mundon, local comedian. Tommy brought his friend Marlene, who is a local Black Country comedienne. Some of our visitors needed a translator to help them understand Marlenes' anecdotes because she is a true wench from the Black Country, but this did not seem to be of importance because between them they had the audience shrieking with laughter at the jokes. A surprise visitor was Alan Young who came with Rob Beecroft. Alan came without  his accordion but he was soon playing with a borrowed instrument. The nights entertainment was summed up by some visitors who were overheard chatting afterwards and the comments were, "two comedians, a singer and accordion player, another player and free food and drink, how do they do it?" There was a slight influx of new members but our target is to double the present  number in the coming year. Anyone out there who enjoys a nights entertainment and would like to join Barrys' Band would be very welcome and should contact Barry right away on 0121 559 4620.Lou Ambrose
The Black Country Accordion & Music Club
Meet on the 4th Monday of every month at:-
Rowley Regis Disability Centre, Rowley Regis
 B65 9AT
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Tel: Barry on 0121-559-4620
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