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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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Busy time for accordionists in London
Aug., 3, 2010
Ksenija Sidorova
Hi Everyone
 
A busy time ahead for accordionists here in London. If you're in London next weekend don't miss these events:

Firstly Owen Murray's phenomenal accordion students from the Royal Academy of Music Ksenija Sidorova, Amadej Herzog, Trang Nguyen, Martynas Levickis and Rafal Luc who have had a cracking year will be playing at a lovely summer concert at Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury Church, 22 Roxborough Park, Harrow on the Hill, HA1 3BE.   It's at 7.30pm on Saturday 12th June 2010. Let me know if you want tickets (definites only please as I will have to purchase them for you).  They're £10 and include a Smoked Salmon supper and Strawberries and Cream.   The concert should end at around 9.30pm.  The bar is open from 7pm and for the supper.  You could always get these tickets from the parish office directly on 020 8869 6896.
 
The same night (12th June) sees excellent Brazilian Jazz accordionist Chico Chagas play with amazing pianist Simon Mulligan and Eduardo Mendonça - drums, Gili Lopes - bass and Special Guest - Caroline Sant’Anna - percussion.  Quite a few of us are already planning to go from Harrow straight after the Classical concert down to The Hideaway for some Jazz.  The set starts at 9.30pm or a little later so those who go to both may only catch the later set.  Definitely worth seeing though as Chico, Simon and the gang are jaw-droppingly amazing together. See link for details:
 
For those of you near Stroud, Mike Adcock and Pete Rosser are presenting an Accordion day on June 20th which includes concerts and workshops.  Click on the attachment above for info. 
 
 
More news next week.
 
TTFN
 
Accordion Jazz Weekend with Bert Santilly - Report
Aug., 3, 2010

Dear friends,

We have just finished an excellent weekend of accordion jazz in the beautiful setting of Knuston Hall www.knustonhall.org.uk and have fixed the dates for next year as Friday 3rd June to Sunday 5th June 2011.  We would love to see you there, and I am writing to tell you that early bookings for this course are essential if you wish to have accommodation at Knuston Hall.

They have a limited amount of excellent ensuite accommodation and, as we run parallel to other courses, there is a very high demand for this accommodation. This year some students were unable to get on the course as they left their bookings far too late and although B & B accommodation is available in the area, it is much nicer (and more relaxing) if you can remain on the premises for the whole weekend.

Many people book for the following year as they leave and some of the accordion jazz weekend students have already done this. I shall be sending an account of this year`s course to the accordion magazines shortly so you will be able to see what we have been doing; but I will mention one new element which was a composition session, as this proved very popular with this year`s students.

I really hope you will be able to join us in 2011 so, if you think you would like to come, please get your booking in early and a deposit paid so that you are guaranteed a place on the course with accommodation at Knuston Hall itself.

I very much hope to see you there next year, in the meantime if there is anything you want to know about the course, please email me; I will be happy to answer any questions.

With my very best wishes

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Bert Santilly

NOW SOLD OUT - St Audries Annual Summer Accordion Week in beautiful Somerset UK.
Aug., 3, 2010

Harry Hussey
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Saturday 17th July until Sat 24th July 2010.

Hello Accordion Friends,
Accommodation Half Board is £320 (adult/week), SOLD OUT

Self Catering (various size units from £368 to £443 per unit per week), SOLD OUT

 Log Cabin or Bungalow (£473/week) SOLD OUT

Bed& Breakfast (£32/night) SOLD OUT

 Touring Pitches (£26/day) ...... SOME STILL AVAILABLE (29/5/10)

Some touring pitches only are all still available.

as we normally  "sell-out" for this very popular week!

Hope to see you all again during the Summer Accordion Week!

All the best to you all,

Happy Squeezing!

Mary Randle

St Audries Bay Holiday Club

West Quantoxhead, Nr. Minehead, Somerset   TA4 4DY

Tel: 01984 - 632515

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www.staudriesbay.co.uk




July 17th / 24th - Summer Accordion Week 2010
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Accordion Bands
(Advanced/Intermediate/Beginners)
Vintage Workshop
Scottish Workshop
French Accordion Circle
Composers Competition
Scottish Ceilidh Evening
Accordion Repairs
Accordion Tuition (Group & Private)
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Duets
Groups
Solos
Busking Sessions - Everywhere!
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Lots for non accordionists to do!
Sports - Guided Walks in the Quantock Hills!
Snooker & Pool - Indoor Heated Swimming Pool - Green Bowls - Putting - Beach Walks -Video Games - Solarium - Sauna - Keep Fit - Bingo - Beach Walks - Hill Walking - Quizzes - Croquet - Darts - Dancing - Table Tennis - Tennis

St Audries is the longest running UK Accordion Festival!

 The friendly festival, where everyone gets a chance to perform!

Further details/booking forms from Mary Randle

Tel:- 01984 - 632515 (Book Early)

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New Swimming Pool
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Accordion Cameraderie is in abundance!
""""Harry Hussey"""" Lots More!

Beautiful Scenery - Lovely People!

Chalet or caravan accomodation - half board or self catering.
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 Accommodation: Caravans, Chalets half board, or Touring pitch
Stafford Folk Music Day - Sunday May 9th featuring Accordion Tutor Rod Stradling
Aug., 3, 2010

 

 

Stafford Folk Music Day, Staffordshire – UK


Contributed by Rob Howard

 


The Stafford Folk Music Day takes place at Barnfields Primary School, Wildwood, Stafford ST17 4RD on Sunday May 9th, 10am until 6pm, and includes workshops for folk dance musicians from every level from beginner to advanced. Topics include ‘Accordion Technique’, ‘Playing for Contra dancing’, ‘Fiddle Technique’, ‘Playford Style’, ‘Playing by Ear’, ‘Strathspeys and Airs’, ‘Any Jig or Reel won’t do!’, ‘Beginner Accordion’, and ‘Challenging tunes’.  

 

The tutors include Heather Bexon - accordion, Shane Day - accordion, Ted Morse - accordion, Rod Stradling - accordion and concertina, Howard Mitchell – melodeon and concertina, Dave Brown – melodeon, Aiden Broadbridge – fiddle, and Colin Hume - calling.

For further information Tel: 01785 614 613


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www.staffordfolkplayers.co.uk


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

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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.
 
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                                                                  An A to Z of the Accordion – Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4 
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
An A to Z of the Accordion: Articles - Advice for the Aspiring Accordionist; Be a Better Player; Competing at Accordion Festivals; Composing & Arranging; Famous People Who Have Played the Accordion; French Musette; Looking after Your Harmonica; Improve Your Playing; Irish Traditional Music; Let’s Play Jazz; Magnante the Magnificent!; MIDI; Nostalgia; Playing For Others; Relaxation; Scotland’s Accordion Heritage Biographies – Larry Adler, Jimmy Blair, Chiz Bishop, Jack Emblow, Pearl Fawcett, Martin Lukins, Dermot O’Brien, Tommy Reilly, Jimmy Shand, Toralf Tollefsen, Francis Wright, Rosemary Wright, and many more…
An A to Z of the Accordion, Volume 2: Articles - The Story of the Accordion Bands; Accordion Heritage; Which Accordion – Button or Piano?; The Art of Accompaniment; Bellows Control; British Chromatic Accordion; Diatonics & Dancing;  French Musette Stars, Past & Present; Inside Your Accordion; Instrument Reviews; Ireland’s Accordion Heritage; A History of the Concertina;  Looking After Your Accordion; Memorising; Memory Lane; Playing for Scottish Country Dance Classes; Scottish Scene; Some Hints On Sight Reading, etc Biographies: Allodi family, Tom Alexander, George Barton, Harriet Bartlett, Joe Burke, Capaldi Brothers, Bernadette Conlon, Bobby Crowe, Matt Cunningham, Shirley Evans, Mick Foster, Geraldo, Conway Graves, Lisa-Lee Leslie, Paolo Soprani, Art Van Damme, Charles Wheatstone, Colin Whitfield, etc…
An A to Z of the Accordion, Volume 3: Articles - Accordion Clubs, Accordions – Then & Now; Accordion Tunings; Accordion Festivals Revisited; Accordions in the Theatre; The Art of Busking; The Art of Conducting; Bal Musette; Diary of a Visit to Paris; Irish Ceili Bands; From Russia With Love; Memorising & Aural Training; The Musical Heritage of Thomas Hardy; Practising (3 archive articles, by Pearl Fawcett, Toralf Tollefsen, Kenneth Hacking); Roland Virtual Accordion; Scottish Dance Bands; Tales & Trivia; The White Heather Club; Use Those Couplers!; Vocal Accompaniment; Writing & Arranging, etc Biographies: Peter Ayers, Joss Baselli (Jo Basile), Julie Best, Ronald Binge, Bill Black, Charles Camilleri, Johnny Coleclough, John Leslie, Francis Mabbutt, Roya MacLean, Iain MacPhail, Will Hannah, Lindsay Ross, Heather Smith, etc…
An A to the Z of the Accordion, Volume 4: Articles - Accordion - a few playing tips; Accordion in Retrospect; Accordion Manufacturing Process; Accordion Museum; The accordion with other instruments; Beltona Records; Diatonic Musings; Double Acts – Alexander Bros, Foster & Allen, etc; International Stars of the Accordion; Irish Traditional Playing; The Italian Connection; The Jazz Accordionists; Memories of Don Destefano; Memorising; Paris Musette;  Playing From Piano Music; Getting to grips with the Roland Virtual Accordion; Shand Morino; Tips for Practising and Playing Solos, etc  Biographies: Brian Bayliss, Elaine Beecham, Don & Rico Destefano, Blair Douglas, Emilio, Richard Galliano, Ron Hodgson, Eddy Jay, Flaco Jimenez, Ronnie Kennedy, Shona Kipling, Maurice Larcange, Roy Magna, Margaret Mitchell, Owen Murray, Máirtín O’Connor, Brendan Power, Billy Reid, Donal Ring, Pete Shutler, Will Starr, Emile Vacher, Valentino, Mika Väyrynen, Romano Viazzani, Douglas Ward, 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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Stockport Accordion Club Newsletter - January/February 2010
Aug., 3, 2010
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Stockport Accordion Club Newsletter -  January/February 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 Dennis Pepler (SAC Band, 7 pm/8.30 pm) and Brian Jenkins (SAC Orchestra, 9pm/10.30 pm).

Our first Club Night concert of 2010…
Ken Astin meets Harry Hussey
The master harmoniser meets the master improviser!!
Well, that’s Christmas & New Year over for another year…first band practice of 2010 is on January 6th, and it’s on again with the squeezing season!
The first SAC Club Night concert of 2010 is set for Wednesday, January 13th, when we present Ken Astin and Harry Hussey. This is the first time Ken and Harry have played together as guests at an accordion club anywhere, though in 2005 they did record a fabulous CD of jazz standards titled Our Kind of Music (It’s Only A Paper Moon; Moonlight In Vermont; I Remember April; Tenderly; Our Day Will Come; But Beautiful; I’ll Be Around; Lady Be Good; My Foolish Heart/Flamingo; One Kiss; I Can’t Get Started; All of Me/S’Wonderful; London By Night; Early Autumn; Polka Dots & Moonbeams/Over The Rainbow; Girl Talk; On A Clear Day/Goody, Goody). Harry and Ken will play both duets and solo spots. Our President, Johnny Coleclough, will play a supporting spot, so in effect there will be three accordionists performing. 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). What a great way to begin the New Year!
Harry Hussey wants to play every accordion club in England and Wales during his 80th year, and his visit to us is part of that ambition. Ken Astin last guested for us in July 2004.
Did you know that we have been organising concerts at SAC for almost 20 years? The very first one was held on February 6th 1990 at The Hollywood Hotel, where at that time we held our band practices back in the days when we were the Clifford Wood Accordion Orchestra. Peter Whiteley bravely assumed the role of guest artiste, and the upstairs room was packed with curious visitors from all over Greater Manchester. Peter put on a great show that night, which included a musical quiz, and the Club Nights were up and running. We have now staged over 100 concerts, presenting accordion stars from many parts of the world. Later this year we have return visits from The Kyiv Duo (July 14th) and Deirdre Adamson (October 6th).
A group of us from Stockport AC travelled to Seacroft for our annual “total indulgence in accordions” weekend and it was wall to wall accordion music, and then some more. By the way, the Charles Magnante DVD sold out at Seacroft, and I am unable to get any more copies.
December was a busy month indeed for many of us. I played the accordion, French style, in Altrincham Garrick’s brilliant production of Allo Allo, followed by gigs in the Stockport Air Raid Shelters with John Jones. Adrienne Sharpe, Chris Green, Betty Molloy and Derek Pritchard did their annual Christmas gigs at a garden centre in Cheshire. The SAC Band & Orchestra performed our annual concert, in aid of the East Cheshire Hospice, at the Broken Cross Club, Macclesfield. Walter Perrie did a surprise guest spot, in his lively and charismatic style. This was our 10th consecutive year, another sell out, and a credit to organiser John Jones.
The last Club Night (October 14th) starred Oleg Sharov. The mighty Oleg played an absolute stormer, which included virtuosic versions of Lady of Spain, Blue Danube, Nutcracker Suite, and Bach’s Toccata in D Minor, the latter delivered with such majesty it was as if we were listening to a cathedral organ. He also played Russian folk songs, Spanish Capriccio, Blue Eyed Boy, Falling Leaves, Barber of Seville Overture, Rassipuokka, Take the A Train, Carnival of Venice, Oblivion, Dance of the Hora, Flick Flack, Kalinka, and – as an encore, following a standing ovation – a great arrangement of Under Paris Skies. Also performing were the SAC Orchestra, Justin Ryan, Brennan Wilson, Ray Peacock, and Ann Parker.
Oleg stayed overnight with Marj & I, and in the morning, after breakfast, practised for a couple of hours. I spent some time watching the maestro, and it was quite an education. It suddenly dawned on me that it was the first time since I took up the accordion in 1968 that I had ever actually seen anyone else practising! Watching Oleg was a study in concentration. He did not stop or speak or demur from the task, staying entirely focused. I don’t think he played any of his pieces in full, but kept taking extracts, beginnings and endings, and working carefully through them. He would take phrases and even single bars, and play them at different speeds over and over again - sometimes up to 20 times in succession. His thoroughness left nothing to chance, and left me in no doubt exactly why he is such a world renowned concert artiste.
Spelder (Jim Molyneux – accordion, Catriona Price – fiddle, and Toby Kearney - bodhran) perform in the Cafe Bar at the Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD, on Thursday January 7th, 9.30pm. Admission is free. This concert is part of the RNCM Chamber Music Festival. Spelder play an exciting mix of folk music from across the British Isles, blending their strong traditional roots with contemporary influences.
Our AGM takes place on Wednesday February 17th, 8pm. The Committee will be up for re-election, and this is an opportunity for all paid-up band members to have their say on how the club is run and/or stand for election. All elected positions are up for grabs, including mine!
Heather Smith’s ‘Accordions International 2010’ takes place at the Norbreck Castle, Blackpool, May 9th to 14th. This festival previously took place at Pontins, which closed in October; no details as yet, but watch this space for further info…

For sale: Primo 5-row Continental chromatic button accordion - black, 67 treble keys, 60 bass, C system; excellent condition - home use only, with case. Cost £500 new, sell for only £200. An ideal first time instrument for anyone considering switching from piano to Continental button accordion. Also, a Gremlin mandolin, in sunburst finish with D hole; excellent condition - home use only; cost £120 from Hobgoblin, sell for £50. Contact Bernard Wrigley on 01204 697 716; email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ;

For sale: Akkord 2 voice, 80 bass piano accordion, dark red pearl finish, white straps. Hardly played, and excellent value at only £125; contact Paul Crowther 07803 013992 (Knutsford); email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tommy Scruton has transferred from LP to CD many otherwise unobtainable classic recordings by accordion greats such as Leo Aquino, Giacomo Bogliolo, Renaldo Capaldi, Ernie Felice, Tommy Gumina, Martin Lukins, Christian di Maccio, Charles Magnante, Gervasio Marcosignori, Herbie Marks, Johnny Meijer, Russ Messina, John Molinari, Toralf Tollefsen, and Rudolph Wurthner. Each comes complete with the original covers and artwork, and the list of what is available is constantly expanding. These CDs are available for a modest £7 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
For all accordion, melodeon or concertina repairs (incl electronic or MIDI), tunings, conversions, etc, tel Roy Whiteley on 01565 723 080; website: www.accordionmagic.com
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.
Okay, that’s the gossip for now. I hope you can make it along when Ken Astin meets Harry Hussey, for what will be yet another great concert…
 
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Extras - yes, there’s more…
 
Seamus Shannon
Johnny Coleclough was invited to a birthday party for Tommy Joyce at the Bolton Irish Centre, featuring the music of Seamus Shannon. Seamus had a stroke a couple of years ago, and at the time it seemed his playing days were in doubt, so it is great news that he is back in action.
John Mackenzie
In November I attended the funeral of John Mackenzie, who was one of our club’s greatest supporters. John played several instruments, and once led his own semi-pro dance band. In recent years he was afflicted by Parkinson’s Disease, yet continued to come to our Club Night concerts. I received an email from his son, Andy, who commented: “…his trips to your club (when he was well) were the highlight of his month. Your books too were a source of enjoyment - I found a well thumbed volume in his bedside drawer when I emptied his nursing home room yesterday. His love of the accordion, particularly the jazz stylings of Jack Emblow and Harry Hussey continued way past his ability to play himself. This frustration was evident as he wouldn't consider selling his instruments ‘just in case they find a cure for me’.
When everything has settled down I will contact you to see if his instruments are of any interest to the club members but in the meantime thanks again for bringing some sunshine into his later years”. R.I.P.

Classic recordings now available on CD…
Probably most accordionists in this country above a certain age grew up playing the music of Toralf Tollefsen, Charles Magnante, Martin Lukins, Marcosignori, etc, and listening avidly to their superb records. With the passing of time the recordings of these great masters has long since disappeared from the record shops and the adverts in the accordion magazines. However, as mentioned above, Tommy Scruton has now rescued the situation by making available his priceless collection of non-copyright LPs, EPs, 78s and cassettes on CD – truly an education in quality accordion playing! Coming soon on CD are the Destefano Brothers plus another Tollefsen, with various others in the pipeline. This is an unprecedented opportunity to catch up with this classic ‘gold’. Here’s the CD titles list to date:
Charles Magnante: Accordiana; Accordiana 2; Accordion Pops Concert; Accordion Variety Concert; Charles Magnante Plays the Accordion; Magnante in Concert; Virtuoso Accordion; Accordion at its Best; Accordion Bellicosity; Accordionist; Cocktail Sketches; Wizard of the Accordion Johnny Meier: Spotlight on the Accordion No 2
John Molinari: Accordion Concert; Accordion Solos Volume5; Accordion Variety Concert; Classic Favourites Tommy Gumina & Buddy de Franco: The Girl From Ipanema
Toralf Tollefsen: Accordion Evergreens; Popular Classics; Spotlight Accordion; Accordion A La Carte; 78s Compilation (volumes 1 and 2) Christian Di Maccio: Recital in Copenhagen
Rudolph Wurthner: Accordiorama: Marianne Probst Accordion
Leo Aquino: Leo Aquino plays Frosini Giacomo Bogliolo: The Virtuoso of the Accordion
Renaldo Capaldi: Pure Accordion Russ Messina: Accordion in the Modern Mood
Herbie Marks: The Magic Accordion of Herbie Marks – Down Mexico Way
Martin Lukins: Accordion Magic Sergei Matusewitch: Accordion – Concertina Recital
Ernie Felice: Cocktail Time; Accordion Powerhouse Gervasio Marcosignori: Portrait
 
Folk Music Workshop
The Folk Music Workshop meets on the first Friday of the month at Salford University (room 824, 8th floor). Founded in 1977 by fiddle player Milly Chadband, the meetings provide a focal point for instrumentalists who are interested in developing/practising their skills in playing folk dance music. Contact Steve or Ishbel Saxton on 0161 860 7857 for further information.
I have been a member since 1981, and other members from Stockport AC have included Peter Whiteley, Adrienne Sharpe, Roy & Dot Hamlet, Ralph Hayes, Rosemary and the late Alan Breeze, John Trigg, and the late John Shaw. Players of the accordion, concertina, melodeon, fiddle, flute, guitar, banjo, or any other instrument are welcome, and all meetings begin at 8pm. Here’s the 2010 meetings info:
2010 Folk Music Workshop programme:
January 8th – Martin Dunn: “Music from the North East”
February 5th - Tom Ryan: “Bringing us banjo music that we can all join in with”
March 5th – AGM + music from the folk music workshop repertoire
April 9th - Milly Chadband: “New tunes for old dances”
May 7th - Adrienne Sharpe: “Music from the folk music workshop repertoire”
June 4th - Steve and Ishbel Saxton: “Entente Chord-i-al: a mixture of English & French music”
July 2nd - Barbara Doyle: “Music for a summer evening”
August – no meeting
September 3rd - John Trigg: “Scottish dance music”
October 1st – Brian Peters: “Music of the North West (and more)”
November 5th - Peter MacMillan: “Music with a bang!”
December – Christmas party

An A to the Z of the Accordion, Volume 4
Just in case you somehow haven’t noticed, An A to the Z of the Accordion, Volume 4 was published last May. As with its predecessors, Volume 4 took a vast amount of time to research, write and edit, and concludes this series, which began in 2003.
The articles include Accordion, Accordion - a few playing tips; Accordion in Retrospect; Accordion Manufacturing Process; Accordion Museum (by Caroline Hunt); The accordion with other instruments (by Ingrid Gould); All Accordion Scotland Champions; Beltona Records; Chartres Accordion Festival; The Jazz Accordionists; Diatonic Musings (by George Garside); The Double Acts; The International Stars (by Gary Blair); Irish Traditional Playing (by Frances O’Rourke); The Anglo-Italian Connection; Memories of Don Destefano (by Tony Compton); Memorising (by Conway Graves); Paris Musette; Playing at the UK Championships (by Ann Parker); Playing From Piano Music (by Gerald Crossman); Getting to grips with the Roland V Accordion; The Serious Performer (by Douglas Ward); The Shand Morino (by Roy Magna); Tales & Trivia; Tips for Practising and Playing Solos (by Gerald Crossman), etc.
Biographies include Marcel Azzola, Brian Bayliss, Elaine Beecham, Ivan Black, James Coutts, Blair Douglas, Don Destefano, Rico Destefano, Emilio, Neil Fodden, Richard Galliano, Adrienne Griffiths, Thom Hardacre, Ron Hodgson, Eddy Jay, Shona Kipling, Maurice Larcange, Margaret Mitchell, Owen Murray, Dermot O’Brien, Mairtin O’Connor, Billy Reid, Donal Ring, Will Starr, Emile Vacher, Valentino, Romano Viazzani, Douglas Ward, and more.
The book is fully illustrated throughout, hardback, and costs £15 (UK – post free); cheque/PO payable to Rob Howard; or via Paypal); available from Rob Howard, 42 Avondale Road, Edgeley, Stockport, Cheshire SK3 9NY. Special offer: the complete set, Volumes 1, 2, 3 and 4, can be bought for only £40, post free (UK only), 3 books for £30, or 2 books for £20.
 

Harry Hussey…Stockport AC’s longest serving member??!!
Harry Hussey, born in London, was evacuated to Stockport during the Blitz, and lived in Adswood. The original Stockport Accordion Club, based in Offerton, was dissolved following the outbreak of war…too late for Harry’s participation. This nonetheless raises the hypothetical and intriguing question that if Harry had been able to join SAC in 1940, would he now be the club’s longest serving surviving member??
DVDs of the 2003 Macclesfield concert available
John Higham has transferred the video of the 2003 SAC Band & Orchestra Macclesfield concert on to DVD, and has displayed great generosity in giving these away to club members as Christmas presents. He says: “I still have a few DVDs of the 2003 concert if anyone else wants one”. 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

Television stardom beckons for Leo and Derek…
At the end of November, at very short notice, SAC members were invited to the Trafford Centre to participate in the filming of a TV advert for ‘Tmobile’ phones. Derek Stubbs and Leo Hickey turned up and stayed the full course of rehearsals and filming.
Leo described the experience: “It was an experience of pleasant chaos throughout - apart from standing with accordion attached for 3.5 hours. There were 2.5 other accordionists: David Batty, from Leyland AC, a girl from Blackpool, and Rebecca, daughter of Anne Parker.
We played exactly 7 notes in the 3.5 hours, but we played them a few thousand times!”
On Christmas Day, at the end of Coronation St about 9pm, I saw the advert, spotting David Batty and Rebecca Parker amongst a very large number of instrumentalists. However, those 3.5 hours rehearsing/filming were compressed into about 3.5 seconds (possibly even less!) of screen time, and though I’ve seen the advert a twice more since, I haven’t yet spotted our intrepid two, Leo or Derek.
Probably I will need to start recording just the adverts for a while…
 
The April Club Night
Finally, I have the very good news that I have just booked David Vernon, from Edinburgh, to play for us as our guest artiste on Wednesday April 21st. Those of you who saw David Vernon last year at the ‘Accordions International 2009’ festival at Pontins, Blackpool, will know just what a class act he is – not only a brilliant and very entertaining accordionist, but also a very funny bloke…and all clean humour, too! His repertoire is very broad and includes music from around the world. The night before our Club Night, April 20th, David Vernon is the guest at North Staffs AC. He’s well worth seeing twice!!
Accordion Gift Guide 2009
May, 27, 2010
Picking up an iPad this weekend? Fortunately, time spent with your shiny new toy doesn’t have to mean time spent away from the accordion. Alex Komarov has developed a new app called Accordon which allows you to simulate playing an accordion on your iPad. At $3.99 — plus at least $499 for an iPad — it’s cheaper than a Roland FR-7, but probably not as fun to play.See also: Play Accordion On Your iPhone
La Bottine Souriante
May, 27, 2010
For years I've been searching for some high quality film of one of my favourite bands La Bottine Souriante. And finally some of them are starting to surface on YouTube.This appears to be a video from way back in 1994, from the classic line-up.And this is a different line-up, but still great, playing live in 2004.And this seems to be yet another line-up, playing in 2009.If you get a chance to see them live then I urge you to go, they are probably the 2nd best band that I've ever seen.
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Harry Hussey "80th Birthday Year Tour" visits Burgess Hill, West Sussex - Frid. Nov 20th - 7.30pm
Nov., 17, 2009
Harry Hussey 80 Years Young!!!!!!
UK's top accordionist Harry Hussey
 is the guest artiste at
 The Burgess Hill Keyboard Club
 Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill,
 West Sussex, RH15 8DX
 
Friday 20th November 2009 @ 7.30pm
Admission is just £4.00
Information: Rosalie Birchmore
Telephone: 01444-241269
 
Tea/Coffee/Cake & Biscuits - Club Raffle
Ample Free Car Parking in the Cyprus Road Car Park.
 
 
Harry Hussey is celebrating his 80th Birthday Year
(13th September 2009 - 13th September 2010)
by visiting as many of the UK's Accordion & Keyboard Clubs that he can.
 
He will be raising money on this "Birthday Year Tour"
in aid of the charity
 
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