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Modest Mussorgsky «Pictures at an Exhibition»

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Popular Waltzes

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Moon Serenade

History of Musicals

Astor Piazzolla – 10 tangos

From Bach till Offenbach

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart - Blue Moon

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F. Canaro - Tango

Gerhard Winkler - Toulouse

Albert Vossen - Merry-go-round

Gerhard Winkler - Serenade Napolitano

J. Rid - Last Waltz

Yann Tiersen - Le Moulin

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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)

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20 Tiny Fingers - English folk song

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Valery Kovtun - Brilliant Waltz (for solo accordion)

Pintin Castellanos - La Punalada

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Anne Dudley - Jeeves and Wooster

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Stockport Accordion Club Newsletter - January/February 2010
Aug., 3, 2010


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…
 
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

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.

February 24, 2010 in Accordions|Permalink

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
 
Craven Accordion Orchestra - Oleg Sharov - Sell-Out Success!
Nov., 17, 2009
Олег Шаров - Баян гения
Oleg Sharov pictured above at Glusburn Institute - North YorkshireLast night (Tuesday 13th October 2009) over a hundred people were treated to an exhibition of the highest quality of musicianship at Glusburn Institute, in North Yorkshire. Oleg Sharov, Senior Professor of Music at the Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory of Music, St Petersburg was guest artiste at a concert hosted by the Craven Accordion Orchestra. Oleg's repertoire consisted of classic numbers like Bach’s Toccata in D minor and Largo al Factotum from the Barber of Seville through to jazz standards like Take the A train. He also used the occasion to introduce us to newer accordion works. This was complemented by some wonderful arrangements of Russian Folk songs. The evening came to a close with an exquisite performance of Astor Piazolla’s Oblivion. The comments of accordionists and non accordionists alike were unanimous in their enjoyment of the evening. Report by Graham Waterhouse, Craven Accordion Orchestra.
West Sussex Accordion Club - Meetings
Nov., 17, 2009
 
West Sussex Accordion Club - "Players Evenings"
Meeting dates as follows:
Thursday 19th November - 7.00pm
Thursday 10th December - 7.00pm
Thursday 21st January - 7.00pm
Thursday 11th February - 7.00pm
 
The "Players Evenings" will be held at
The Rider Hall Lounge,
St Andrew's Church, Cants Lane, Burgess Hill, 
West Sussex, RH15 0LG
Sue Bennett
 
All accordionists are welcome to attend (please bring your accordion with you),
for further information or directions to the hall, please call Sue on 01444-239656
 
The Corner Laughers, Ultraviolet Garden
Nov., 17, 2009
Our friends, The Corner Laughers, have just released their second album, Ultraviolet Garden, available from their website and iTunes. Anna is featured playing accordion on one track, and she also did the album art!During production of the track “Dead Sicilians,” the band brought Anna (and her accordion) on board to give the song an authentic Italian feel. From the decorative accents to the frenzied climax, the accordion really packs a punch. Check it out!The Corner Laughers: Dead Siciliansmp3
MP3 Monday: Bette & Wallet
Nov., 17, 2009
Bette & Wallet is the Canadian duo of Mary Beth Carty (accordion) and Gabriel Ouellette (fiddle, guitar). Hopping seamlessly between English and French, Bette & Wallet mix their Nova Scotian and Qubcois roots with klezmer, Cajun, Irish, and blues to create a colorful musical patchwork you can dance to. Mary Beth uses the term ‘musique recycle’ to describe their music — the art of combining traditional melodies with contemporary folklore — and its an apt description for their vibrant, authentic brand of folk. The duo has already earned Canadian Folk Music Award nominations and invitations to festivals in France and Canada.Bette & Wallet: Squeegeesmp3Buy Voici… by Bette & Wallet
Oleg Sharov & Harry Hussey @ Guildford Accordion Club , Surrey UK Friday 23rd October 2009
Oct., 29, 2009
Professor Oleg Sharov - Accordionist Genius!
Олег Шаров - Баян гения
Your last chance to see the amazing Oleg Sharov as he ends his UK tour at Guildford A/C
Oleg Sharov & Harry Hussey
are the very special guest artistes at:-The Guildford Accordion Club on Friday 23rd October 2009Doors Open at 7pm (be early for a good seat)The Ripley Village Hall - Ripley
Near Guildford - Surrey - GU23 6AF
  Also featuring The Tillingbourne Accordion OrchestraRipley is close to junction 10 of the M25 then follow the A3 and take the first junction on your left and follow the signs to Ripley Village.Or set your Satnav to this postcode: GU23 6AF Click here for a map & directions! 
Admission is"great value" at just £4.00including tea/coffee & biscuits (and sometimes a nice slice of cake) but always at Guildford Accordion Club with lashings of friendly Accordionistic Camaraderie presented by your friendly compere John Cumiskey!
John Cumiskey - Guildford Accordion Club Compere
Tel 0208 546 1767 (John Cumiskey)Information/Directions: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  Web:http://www.guildford-accordion-club.org.uk/
"Duo Accordeon Melancolique" - Free London Concert Thursday 8th October @ 4.30pm
Oct., 29, 2009
Jean-Pierre Guiran & Cherie de Boer
"Duo Accordeon Melancolique"are doing a free accordion concert
 tomorrow 8th October,if anyone is in town.
Lovely venue and free entry.
 
Grosvenor Chapel

Thursday 8th October 4:30 pm,
Grosvenor Chapel 
24  S. Audley Street,

Watch and listen to his new video page:
"Duo Accordeon Melancolique"  
Dear UKAO,

Looking for something special?

"Duo Accordeon Melancolique" will give a concert in London in Grosvenor Chapel on Thursday the 8th October starting at 16:30hrs
Do you see any possibility to organise an extra concert during our stay?
We will arrive on October 7th at 22:33hrs

We will leave early monday morning 12th at 6:00 am

Hope to hear from you,
All the best,

Jean-Pierre Guiran & Cherie de Boer

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Video's and Website http://www.acmel.nl/am/accordion/am-video-e.htm


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Southern Area Accordion Festival - Saturday 31st October 2009
Oct., 29, 2009
NAO Southern Area Accordion Festival
Saturday October 31st 2009 - from 9.30am
Bob Downer - Festival Organiser
 
Accordionists of all ages (Solos-Duets-Groups-Bands)
will be competing for trophies and qualification
 for the National NAO Championship Finals next year in Blackpool.
You are invited to join our audience for a day packed with
Southern Accordion Talent! 
 
 
Colin Whitfield - Adjudicator
 
Douglas Ward - Adjudicator
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Information from organiserBob Downer Tel: 01202 - 885192
 
Saturday 31st October 2009
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Ample Car Parking/Refreshments/Raffle
A Great Family Day Out.
All are welcome!
Martin Taylor - Special Royal Albert Hall Concert - Sunday 25th October 2009
Oct., 29, 2009
.Martin Taylor will be performing a special concert on the 25th Oct at London's Royal Albert Hall with his group Spirit of Django. The event will mark the announcement of the first Spirit of Django album and tour in 14 years which will take place in Spring 2010. The Spirit of Django line-up for the Royal Albert Hall  will include Martin Taylor , Alison Burns,Jack Emblow, James Taylor, John Goldie and Terry Gregory while the tour in 2010 will also see Alan Barnes joining the group.

The show will also feature Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, Jan Akkerman, Melanie C, Paul Carrack, Kiki Dee, Chris Difford, Georgie Fame, Robin Gibb, Mark King and Mike Lindup (Level 42), Mick Hucknall and some Very Special Guests. Click on the link below to find out more details about booking tickets.

http://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/helping-the-heart-of-music/default.aspx 
PEARL FAWCETT- ADRIANO - Gigs Guide
Oct., 29, 2009
PEARL FAWCETT-ADRIANO

 
Wed. l6th Sept.
Stockport accordion club
Woodley Methodist Church
Chapel Street
Woodley
STOCKPORT SK6 1BL
Time: 8pm
Contact: Rob Howard
Tel: 0161 480 8858
 
 
Sat. 24th Oct
Soar Valley Accordion Club
Rothley
LEICESTER
Time:  8pm
Contact:  David Price
Tel:  0116 286 7548
 
 
Sat. 31st Oct.
60th All Scotland Accordion Festival
Perth,  Scotland
Contact:  Wilkie's Music House
Tel:  01738 623041
 
 
Sat.  28th Nov
Crawley Accordion Orchestra
Cranleigh Village Hall,  Surrey
Time:  7.30pm
Contact tel:  01689 825894
CLACTON SUMMER ACCORDION WEEK - Report by Rene Mairis
Oct., 29, 2009
Ian Watson & Julie North
CLACTON SUMMER ACCORDION WEEK      10-14 August 2009My first experience of this annual orchestral course was all I had hoped for, and much more.  Being a naturally shy, quiet person, I was a little apprehensive as I set off into the unknown!  Only two of us were new to the course but the ‘old’ lags made us very welcome and so we soon settled into the daily routine of practise, practise and yet more practise.  Not complaining at all – the packed programme had warned that there was serious work to be done with ten rehearsals and a concert.The venue at Clacton is a good one with plenty of room to accommodate a large group, kitchen facilities, accordions could be stored safely and the concert was next door in the church.   The ‘Harwich Week’ is led by two outstanding musicians and accordionists - Ian Watson and Julie North, who have been responsible for the course since 1995.  It is their dedication and hard work that ensures players return year after year.Ian directed, guided, cajoled (and rarely chastised) the orchestra.  He was gentle and patient, always encouraging and subtly passing on many insights into the music as well as helpful points concerning technique.  To keep this up for over twenty five hours of rehearsal is beyond belief. Julie is the orchestral leader and manages to play first accordion plus the solos, and at the same time she reads the full score so she can assist with tricky passages in the other sections.  I swear she has an extra hand hidden somewhere!  As well as this she took sectional rehearsals and organised everything else with calm efficiency –areal ‘Pooh-Bah’ (The Mikado).The programme was well chosen and contained a good variety of pieces such as Romani’s ‘Dovercourt Lights’ and ‘Passacaglia a Cinque’, and arrangements including Borodin’s ‘Polovetsian Dances’ and  Weill’s ‘Threepenny Opera Suite’.   My favourite was ‘Tanti Anni Prima’ by Piazzolla.  This has a solo violin part and the guest soloist, Sarah Crisp, played beautifully.  Sarah also played the solo part in ‘Schindler’s List’ and joined Ian and Julie for ‘Fiddle Faddle’ by Leroy Anderson.  Ian and Julie wowed everyone with a duet performance of a ‘Slavonic Dance’ by Dvořák and the finale was a sparking display of virtuosity from Julie as soloist in ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ by Gershwin. By this time we were well exhausted but found some energy to party afterwards with food, drink and dancing.  June’s punch was a knock-out!On Friday morning the orchestra had a relaxed play along followed by a short informal concert.  All too soon it was time to bid goodbye to new friends and look forward to meeting again next year.  In 2010 the course is moving to Ilfracombe in North Devon and will be held from Sunday 30 May to Wednesday 2 June at the Ariel Centre, with a concert in the Emmanuel Church, Ilfracombe on the Wednesday evening.  The area is fabulous so it is worth considering a few extra days to explore and enjoy the coast, Exmoor, the cream teas etc..  Details from Julie on 0208547 0515 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .  See you there.Rene Mairis 

Tasty Food & Accordionists @ Eastbourne Autumn Accordion Festival-Day Tickets still available @ £25
Oct., 29, 2009
ArtistsOleg Sharov     David Lukins     Angie Lukins     Romeo Aichino     Giuseppe Corsale     Harry Hussey     Sue Bennett    Roman Voloshchuk     John Romero
Great value at just £215.00 per person
 Friday 16th/Monday 19th October'09 - Half Board

Teachers:Sue Bennett -  Angie Lukins - Jean Hanger - Trevani - Harry Hussey
Trade:Carillon Studios - Trevani - Music & GiftsThe Accordion Shop - UKAO
 Book now for a fantastic weekend of music at our new bigger venue the Eastbourne Centre.(01323) 733700 -  John & Jackie Romero
 
My name is Zoltan Migovics - I would like to perform at your Accordion Club or Festival
Oct., 29, 2009
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My name is Zoltan Migovics. I was born in 1975 08 03 Munkács, Western Ukraine .
I’ve been playing button accordion since I was 10. After finishing the local music school and the Musical College , I continued my studies at the Ukrainian National Music Academy , where I graduated in 1999. Since September 1999 I worked as a teacher in Music School in Turkeve in Hungary .I have participated in several competitions, among them Jazz 2000 international festival and competition in Budapest where I won 3rd place, also in 2004 the annual accordion competition in Castelfidardo, Italy where I won II place. Lately, I’m actively performing in the Netherlands , Germany , Hungary , Poland , Ukraine and Italy .Is it possible to have a concert at your Accordion Club or Festival?.Here is some video demos of my performances:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrfDCfnVPX4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yizT7xIDco8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iodVpvqi96E .I look forward to hearing from you - Best wishes from Zoltan.Email: Tel: +31 681 33 05 52
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MP3 Monday: Arizona Accordion Club
Oct., 29, 2009
One of the reasons we created our directory was to showcase the numerous accordion clubs across the country working tirelessly to promote our favorite instrument. A great example is the Arizona Accordion Club who, in addition to their monthly meetings, hold an annual festival and even sponsor scholarships for young accordionists.This year, the club has gone even further with the release of Hot Original Polkas, an album of — you guessed it — original polkas written and performed by members of the club. Each polka has its own flavor and the players range in age from 19 to 80+. The album kicks off with this track written by club member John Smoltz. (Not the baseball player, though he used to play the accordion, too!)Arizona Accordion Club: Diamond Kings Polkamp3Buy Hot Original Polkas by the Arizona Accordion Club
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