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 "My life with the Accordion" by Ronald E. Hodgson - Chapters 1,2 & 3

"My Life With The Accordion" by Ronald E. Hodgson Ron Hodgson - 1958 Ron Hodgson - 2008I began playing the accordion when I was seven years old. I received an accordion for Christmas 1935.

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NAO Composers’ Competition, 2010
Nov., 17, 2009

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The NAO Composers’ Competition 2010

Full details available 1 December 2009
Closing Date for Entries 14th March 2010

 

NAO Composers’ Competition, 2010

Entries are invited for the NAO Composers’ Competition to be held at the UK Championships, Blackpool, on the 25th April, 2010

Entries, which can be for any of the following sections, should be submitted by the 28th February:

·  Professional Solo

·  Amateur Solo

·  Junior Solo 18 and under (for those currently studying for A levels / higher),

·  Junior Solo 16 and under  (for those currently studying for GCSE / Standards)

·  Junior Solo 12 and under

·  Duet/Ensemble

A recording of the composition is required with the entry and the composer should be either prepared to play the piece at the event or arrange for someone else to do so.  If no player is available the recording may be used as a last resort.

Full definitions and rules are attached and are also available on the following  link  - Click Here!   

This will be the second year for the competition to be held by the NAO, being previously organized by the North Staffs Accordion Club. In 2009 the event whilst not attracting quantity, attracted good quality entries. Winners of the previous competition back in 2006, Martina Schwartz and Ian McColl both defending their respective professional and amateur titles with new compositions.

One new aspect that must be an attraction to potential composers is the opportunity to have their work published or used as NAO test pieces in future years.

From the last competition the following are being published by Charnwood Music Publishing Company:

¾    “Belle Sourire” by Karolyn Broadhead, prizewinner in the Professional Category

¾    “The Solitary Reaper” (to be renamed “Celtic Legend”) by Sue Coppard another prizewinner in the Professional Category,

¾    “Teddy’s in Town” by Ian McColl prizewinner of the Amateur Category and

¾    “Jessica’s Jest” by Steve Hughes prizewinner of the Ensemble Category.

Whilst there were no entries in the Junior Section at the event in 2009 many young accordionists took an interest in this new NAO competition given work they were undertaking in schools for examinations. As a result, the NAO Executive has amended the structure creating new sections (as listed above) to take on board the different level of school examinations.

It is now planned to host this competition on a regular annual basis during the UK Championships event and the NAO are sure that this category of competition will develop to provide quality new repertoire for the accordion.  Continuity is being maintained from the North Staffs Accordion Club event through use of the same trophies.

 

NAO National Composers’ Competition Rules 2010

THE COMPETITION(S)

·         The composition must be played on an acoustic accordion with either a button or piano keyboard.

·         Pieces can be written in any style eg. Classical, Blues or Jazz style suitable for any age group but must not be arrangements of already published material.

·         The composer may not necessarily be a single person.  A composition by a partnership or group of people is acceptable

 

Section 1 SOLO

(a)   Professional Solo (CS1)

For a composition (unpublished) by an entrant who has won the Amateur Section (as organised by the North Staffs Accordion Club / NAO) on two consecutive occasions, or on 1st January 2010: (a) teaches music for a living, either on a part-time or full time basis, or (b) has had two or more compositions published for purchase in their own right i.e. not just an inclusion in a Magazine.

(b)   Amateur Solo (CS2)

For a composition (unpublished) by an entrant who does not fall under the definition of “professional” above, irrespective of age.

(c)   Junior Solo (CS3)

For a composition (unpublished) by an entrant falling under the “amateur” definition aged 18 and under (as of the 30th April 2010) This Junior section will be subdivided into age groups: 18 & Under (for those currently studying for A levels / higher), 16 & Under     (for those currently studying for GCSE / Standards) and 12 & Under  - subject to the number of entries.)

Section 2 DUET / ENSEMBLE (CE)

For a composition (unpublished) written for two, three or more accordion parts.

All entries will also be graded by the NAO and the adjudicators will be asked to consider their suitability for submission (if subsequently published) to the NAO Music Committee as Test Pieces in NAO sections in future years. Solo / Duet compositions would also be submitted to the BCA for consideration in future examination syllabi. 

ENTRIES

(a)  Official Entry Forms must be used (available from 1st December 2009), which must reach the NAO by the 28th February 2010, accompanied by the appropriate Fees - Reduced entry fee concessions apply only to fully paid up NAO members.

(b)  A recorded version, CD, DVD or Audio Cassette should accompany the Entry Form. (Candidates are encouraged to take care with the quality of the recording).

RULES

(a)   All competitors must be UK citizens or residents.

(b)   The composition is to be entirely original and not breach any copyright.

(c)   The composition may be for single or multiple accordion, or accordion with other instrument(s) where the accordion Predominately takes the lead.

(d)   Compositions submitted are to be no more than 5 minutes in duration.

(e)   Competitors may enter at most TWO compositions into each section.

(f)     It is strongly advised that entrants ORGANISE for their composition to be performed live at the competition which will be held on Sunday 25th April 2010 in the Metropole Hotel, Blackpool. This avoids a problem if no player is available to play the piece the submitted recording being used as a substitute. 

(g)   Bass stave [with chords depicted as either a) a single note plus chord symbol, or b) chord, with or without the chord symbol] must be included.

(h)   Lyrics may be included but it is the music that will be judged only. Care not to exceed the 5 minute maximum time limit should be taken when numerous verses are included.

(i)      It would be ideal if the Composition is submitted in Computer format however a hand-written submission on manuscript paper is acceptable. Neat work is requested and points may be deducted for untidy submissions.  The piece should have its name, the name of the composer(s), and include the words “Copyright” followed by composer’s name and the year. During the Competition the Composition will be known only by a number, the Composers name will not be known to the Adjudication Panel or Audience.

(j)      A recording CD or DVD of the entry is to be included with the accordion part played on acoustic accordion with no electronic accompaniment (other than bass and/or Electronium in the case of a band or group). This recording is not judged as part of the competition but is required a) to confirm that the composition is playable, and b) as a guide to the adjudicator as to what is intended by the composer and c) if no player is available to play the piece at the live performance the recording may be used as a substitute. 

ADJUDICATION  Will be under the auspices of the NAO - The competition is for the best composition, not the best performance.

Subject to the number of entries an Elimination process may apply  prior to the event.

The results will be an average of the Adjudicators marks. The Adjudicator’s report will award total points taking into consideration Technical Accuracy—Originality—Overall Content— Edit — Form—Presentation

PROTESTS connected with this category must made in writing and handed to the organiser before the end of the festival. In an event of the dispute not being resolved during the festival, a formal written protest may be sent within one month to the NAO Secretariat, who will refer the matter to the Executive Committee for arbitration. Their decision will be final.

In the event of any entry knowingly or otherwise breaching copyright it will be withdrawn after consultation with the Composer concerned.

 

 

 

Accordions International - Great Success!
Nov., 17, 2009

Full report to follow with photos of this magnificent event that took place last weekend at Seacroft, Hemsby Norfolk. The event was well supported, with a virtual 100 percent increase on visitors numbers from last year. The event ran like clockwork and the variety of artistes both International and Home Bred did not dissappoint the many hundreds of visitors to this wonderful accordion weekend. Malcom Gee would certainly have been proud the way that Heather Smith has continued to develop on his his original "Caister Festival" festival format. 

Jack Emblow The Guv'ner is at "Accordions International"
ACCORDIONS INTERNATIONAL 2009
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13th-16th November 2009
 A Weekend FULL of Accordion Magic!
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Last Minute Reservations: Tel: 01780 782093 - Ask for Sue!
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Jack Emblow (The Guv'ner) & Tony Compton
Wayne Robertson
Giancarlo Caporilli
Gianni Mirizzi
Gennaro Ruffolo
Harry Hussey
Bert Santilly
Peter Ayers
Norvic Concordia

Workshops
Masterclasses
Orchestras
Jam Sessions
Busking
Trade Stands
Dance & Cabaret in the Evenings.
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Alan Young will demonstrate the Roland FR7XAccordion at Accordions International 2009
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Alan Young will demonstrate the Roland FR7XAccordion at Accordions International 2009
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13th-16th November2009
 A Weekend FULL of Accordion Magic!
This is the annual Autumn Accordion Festival,
started many years ago by the late Malcolm Gee
 and now brilliantly organised by Heather Smith.
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Malcolm Gee & Danielle Pauly
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The festival has now moved from Caister to:-
Seacroft Holiday Village
A fabulous new venue - The Seacroft Holiday Village - for our pre Christmas annual Accordion Extravaganza. Enjoy this weekend of total accordion indulgence and relax with your friends in these delightful surroundings.
 The cost includes full board,full table service, and a choice of accomodation:
                                           Economy - Standard - Crown - Premier Class.
All venues are ground level, making it ideal for the more mature/disabled accordion enthusiasts.
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Last Minute Bookings  Call Sue on 01780 782093
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City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and 6 accordionists!
Nov., 17, 2009
Hi Everyone
 
To anyone in the area tonight and tomorrow night (14th/15th October) Birmingham sees 6 accordionists team up with the City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for a cracking concert featuring Prokoviev's Cantata on the 20th anniversary of the october revolution.
The accordions are played by Owen Murray and 5 of his students of the RAM and the technically difficult parts normally played by 8 accordionists are made all the more difficult when they are covered by only 6 accordionists.
  Well worth seeing and hearing this marvellous work.
Also on the programme is Berlioz's wonderful Requiem - Grand Messe Des Morts, which utilises huge orchestral forces all ably conducted by Giergiev Marinsky.
 
 
All the best
 
Romano

Two great orchestras and choruses come together for a once-in-a lifetime event when East meets West under conductor Valery Gergiev – memorably described as “so highly charged that you could probably run the National Grid from a cable attached to his baton” (The Times). Berlioz’s Requiem is one of the most gigantic works in the repertoire, with four extra brass bands; and Prokofiev’s Cantata includes an accordion ensemble, alarm bells, cannon-shots, sirens and a speaker with megaphone who is the voice of Lenin.

BBC Music magazine’s Editor Oliver Condy explains why he has recommended tonight’s concert: “Concert-goers who spy Russian conductor Valery Gergiev on the programme need never hesitate, particularly if repertoire like this is involved! This concert is sure to be the ultimate roof-raiser.”

Listen to the Classic FM podcast here

This concert is promoted jointly by the CBSO and THSH (and also forms part of the CBSO Season).
Special discounts apply – please check when booking.
Choir, Stalls front four rows, Grand Tier Boxes, Upper Circle Boxes, Platform Boxes and Chorus Boxes not available.

14 and 15 October 6.15pm Pre-concert talk – Prokofiev and Berlioz
An introduction to tonight’s epic programme.

£5 – £48

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
Shawn Feeney’s Musical Anatomy
Oct., 29, 2009
What if we didn’t need musical instruments? What if they were a part of us, natural extensions of our bodies that allowed us to extend and transform our voices into something altogether different? That’s the idea behind artist Shawn Feeney’s Musical Anatomy series. He imagines bodies with musical anatomies, referencing musicians from a variety of genres and traditions — a bluesman with a harmonica mouth, a jazz musician with saxophones where his nose and mouth would normally be, and so on.The drawing above, “Astor & Pollux,” depicts a pair of Siamese twins joined at the bandoneon, with faces modeled after Argentine tango legend Astor Piazzolla. Check Shawn’s site for more strange and wonderful imaginings; you can also pick up a poster of “Astor & Pollux” for $10.
Minding the Accordion Store
Oct., 29, 2009
Forget the recession; running an accordion shop is a challenging business even in the best of times. Last week, the Chicago Tribune had a great profile of the Italo-American Accordion Company in Oak Lawn, Illinois, which has been in business for nearly 95 years. Joe Romagnoli took over the business in 1948 and made a name for himself by selling meticulously hand-crafted instruments. Today, his wife Anne runs the business, but it’s a far cry from the accordion company’s heyday. According to John Castiglione, who runs Castiglione Accordions in Warren, Michigan:“The market is more scattered than it was in the ’50s, when the accordion was the No. 1 instrument and everyone took lessons and there were schools… People still buy, but for all intents and purposes, you don’t find stores selling just accordions.”At Italo-American, they’re lucky to sell a handful of instruments a month; most of their business comes through repairs. But Anne, who’s now 83 years old, refuses to retire and makes a spirited accordion sales pitch to anyone who walks through her door.“If you have an old accordion, put life into it. The accordion is a happy thing. There is no other instrument this self-sufficient. You play guitar, you need people. But you can take an accordion to a picnic. You can’t take a trumpet to a picnic!”
Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra - Sunday 2nd August is our first rehearsal - All are welcome !
Aug., 10, 2009
The revived orchestra's of Jimmy Blair - August 2009
The Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra is set to be revived, and
all past members and friends are invited to contact Gary Blair.
Jimmy Blair & Sons
The Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra was the most successful of the UK orchestras in the 1960s and 1970s, winning many titles year after year in the annual NAO All Britain Championships.
The first rehearsal of the revived Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestrais to take place on Sunday 2nd August 2009.Junior Accordionists - Meet at 6.30pmSenior Accordionists - Meet at 7.00pmThe venue is:-St Margarets's Church, Oxford Road, Renfrew PA4 0SJ Click Here for Map & Directions. Information available from Gary Blair on Tel: 07813-712594Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it All are welcome to attend!
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Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra
.,Gary is to the Accordion what David Beckham is to Football !


Whether he believes it or not, Gary is a world class accordion player, known for his talent in more countries than he’d care to mention.He practices, teaches and plays with the nine valued instruments in his collection, including a custom made £6,500 accordion which was given to him as a present from an Italian manufacturer.The globe-trotting father of two, who lives in Renfrew, caught the bug at the tender age of eight, as he watched his famous dad, Jimmy, perform weekly on popular Scottish TV show Jigtime back in the 60s.
As Jimmy Blair and the Scotia Players strutted their stuff on the box in the corner of the living room, Gary’s young mind was plotting dreams of his own.
At 49 years old, he now admits there’s little else for him to achieve with his beloved accordion in his arms.
He enrolled in his father’s music school and practiced nightly before entering his first major competitions as a teenager.
At 13 he was playing at clubhouses on Paisley Road West for visiting high-spirited highlanders who “were quick to tell you if you weren’t good enough or had done something20wrong” after pubs had closed at night.
With the double whammy of contrasting learning curves Gary was quick to rise from the local scene and gain recognition at a national level.
By 17 he was crowned the UK accordion champion with medals in the classic, traditional and polka sections, and lifted the sought-after Bell Trophy.
A blossoming career in teaching music to young students put an end to Gary’s competing days.
He joked: “It just didn’t look right to have a teacher and his pupils entering into competitions, so I backed out before I got beat!
“Anyway, it was taking a year just to learn the classical pieces by heart before paying them in competition so it was good to free up time to learn some more continental classics.
“Accordionists usually give up competing by their early 20s anyway, so I just stopped a little sooner.”
As his reputation grew, so did the prestige of the shows Gary was invited to. However, as he has found out throughout his glittering career, some events are best left well alone.
He said: “My band was invited over to the Cannes Film Festival in France to play a promotional gig for a20Scottish movie that was being shown but it turned out to be a nightmare.
“All the big actors where there but if you weren’t a film director in that industry, they just weren’t interested.
“The only good thing about that trip was the fact that we were paid in bottles of whisky. They gave us six bottles each but we weren’t allowed to bring it back into the United Kingdom at that time so we gave bottles to the taxi driver, chamber maid, receptionist and obviously had a couple ourselves – it was a lot of fun.
“After that I did the Scottish BAFTA awards for a couple of years and then the British BAFTA awards came to Scotland as well.
“Princess Anne and the entire casts from EastEnders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale and all those other soaps were all in the audience but it never matters to me if there’s one person or 25,000 people there, I just enjoy playing.”
Major tours of America, Germany, Holland, Italy, Belgium, Iceland, Dubai, four T In The Park festival shows and a New Year special at George Square, Glasgow, in front of 25,000 frozen revellers have all cemented Gary’s position as one of the world’s greatest accordion players.
But it’s the memories of the20globe’s biggest accordion music gathering in Quebec, Canada, which he recalls as his favourite times playing live.
He added: “Headlining in Las Vegas with a guy from the Jay Leno show trying to take the mickey out of me, or collecting my small envelope of cash at T In The Park, in line between the likes of Oasis and Travis who are getting suitcases of cash stand out as funny moments in my career.
“But playing at the Montemangey Festival in Quebec is truly a great, great honour.
“The world’s finest players are lucky to be asked to play once and I have somehow managed to get an invite twice – a third time would be incredible.”
The jovial dad has vowed to continue playing live and teaching the accordion to young upstarts, including his own son, also Gary, who has already started picking up trophies at national level.
 
As well as having his hand print cast in stone in the birthplace of the accordion, Italy, Gary also proudly boasts a prestigious “Honoured Friend to the Accordion” salver awarded by the world governing body CIA.
He is only one of three players ever to receive such an award.
0At one show I did, the promoter put in the programme that ‘Gary Blair is to the accordion what David Beckham is to football,” he recalled.
“I thought it was a lot of nonsense myself!”
Meet the modest dad-of-two from Renfrew whose talents have made him one of the worlds’ most famous musicians .
FOR a man who has been immortalised as a musical legend, rubbed shoulders with Royalty and film stars and headlined festivals across the globe, Gary Blair is a shockingly modest man.
“I suppose you just never see yourself as one of the very best, even when people you admire are telling you so,” he said, sitting in his home, cluttered by gleaming trophies.
“The cast of my hand has been placed in a wall in Italy with the 60 greatest accordionists of all time and two years ago I was one of three players in the world to receive an honour from the world governing body.
“But every single time I receive an award I’m gobsmacked – honestly shocked. ”
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