Home Register News Currency Delivery
Search
  
Catalogue
Links
Accordion news

 "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.

Latest updates
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

Vote
Which genre of music you look for?
Classic
Jazz
Folk
Tango
Polka
Waltz
Modern
Easy to play
Different
We accept





Top news
Submit article →
Craven Accordion Orchestra - Oleg Sharov - Sell-Out Success!
Nov., 17, 2009

Олег Шаров - Баян гения

Oleg Sharov pictured above at Glusburn Institute - North Yorkshire

Last 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: Squeegeesmp3

Buy Voici… by Bette & Wallet

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
.
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
This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
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!
.
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. ”
.

Please click the link below to view Gary's online photo album! 
 
Nottingham Accordion Club - Venue Change!
Aug., 10, 2009
With immediate effect the venue for 
The Nottingham Accordion Club 
is changed to:

The Dunkirk Social Club, 
Monpelier Street,
 Dunkirk, 
Nottingham 
NG7 2JY

The venue is now more central than previously. 
We meet on the 2nd Wednesday each month, 7pm to late.
 New members welcome, especially beginners.
 Further enquiries to Mike on 07912 493612



Mike O'Regan
Accordionists Wanted for the Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival 2009 Accordion classes, Sunday 14 June
Aug., 10, 2009
Dear UKAO,
It has been suggested that I contact you regarding
the Accordion Section of our Festival.
 
We have a really top notch adjudicator this year,
 Professor Owen Murray,
but very few entries - any chance you could push
our Festival on your website? 
Below is a printout of the Accordion Section
from the Syllabus and also an entry form,
your readers can visit our website
 
VERY LITTLE TIME - last entry date was last Tuesday
( 21st April ) and I must have entries within 2 weeks from now.
( 11th May )
 
If you can help I would be most grateful.
 
Many thanks - Margaret Holgate   Festival Secretary 
27th April 2009
 Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival 2009Accordion classes, Sunday 14 June Adjudicator: OWEN MURRAY Hon RAMOWEN MURRAY was born in Scotland and studied with Mogens Ellegaard at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. He graduated in 1982 and returned to Great Britain where he campaigned, through his playing and teaching, for the accept-ance of the accordion at conservatoire level. In 1986 he was invited by the Royal Academy of Music to establish an accordion department and appointed professor, the first appointment of its kind in the UK. The conferment of an HonRAM in 1993 – the Academy’s highest honour – is testimony to Owen’s success on the concert platform and pays tribute to the success with which he has fully integrated the accordion into the life and work of one of the world’s leading music conservatoires. ALL ENQUIRIES to Festival Secretary (01732 454448)ClassBeginnersLimitFeeNote7017027037047057067077088 years and under9-11 years12-14 years15-17 yearsOpenGrade ClassesIntroductoryPreliminaryGrades 1 and 22 min2 min3 min3 min3 min3 min3 min3 min£4.30£4.30£4.30£4.30£4.75£4.30*£4.30*£4.30*Beginners – competitors must not have had more than one and a half years’ tuitionGrade pieces – see above; Introductory or Preliminary Grade examination pieces in “The Accordionist Book I” (Academy Press,15 Cricklewood Lane,London NW2 1HN)709Grades 3 and 44 min£4.30*710Grades 5 and 65 min£4.30*711Grades 7 and 85 min£4.30*Own Choice7128 years and under3 min£4.307139-11 years3 min£4.3071412-14 years3 min£4.3071515-17 years3 min£4.30*Fee to be £4.75 for71618 years and over3 min£4.75competitors aged over 1871740 years and overOther Solo3 min£4.75718Scottish/Irish Traditional4 min£4.30*2 or 3 pieces to be played (Jazz Class – no copy required for the Adjudicator)719Jazz4 min£4.30*720Musette4 min£4.30*721Polka/Tango4 min£4.30* Recital   72211 years and under5 min£6.40Two or three contrasting pieces to be played72312-14 years6 min£6.4072415-17 years8 min£6.40725Open10 min£7.40Duet7269 years and under3 min£6.40Two accordions or one accordion and any other instrument72713 years and under4 min£6.4072872973073117 years and under18 years and over40 years and overOpen (no age restrictions)4 min5 min5 min5 min£6.40£6.90£6.90£6.90  Group of 3-6 players 732Accordion ensemble8 min£7.40Two or more pieces733Ensemble - at least 2 accordions  with other instruments 8 min£7.40with contrasting styles and tempiOrchestra – 2 contrasting pieces 734Elementary (Grade 3 and under)7 min£10.307 players or more735736Intermediate (Grade 5 and under)Open9 min12 min£10.30£10.30with at least fiveplaying AccordionsOwn Composition737Solo4 min£4.65 The adjudication738Duet5 min£6.40will be on the739Group of 3-6 players8 min£7.40composition only,740Orchestra10 min£10.30not the playing.Entertainment741Solo player5 min£4.30*Players to entertain the audience and the Adjudicator, marks to be given for content and presentation742Duet6 min£6.407433-5 players8 min£8.75
   1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10    11    12    13    14    15    16    17    18    19    20    21    22    23    24    25    26    27    28    29    30    31    32    33    34    35   36    37    38    39    40    41    42    43    44    45    46    47    48    49    50    51    52    53    54    55    56    57    58    59    60    61    62    63    64    65    66    67    68    69    70    71    72    73    74    75    76    77    78    79    80    81    82    83    84    85    86    87    88    89    90    91    92    93    94    95    96    97    98    99    100    101    102    103    104    105    106    107    108    109    110    111    112    113    114    115    116    117    118    119    120    121    122    123    124    125    126    127    128    129    130    131    132    133    134    135    136    137    138    139    140    141    142    143    144    145    146    147    148    149    150    151    152    153    154    155    156    157    158    159    160    161    162    163    164    165    166    167    168    169    170    171    172    173    174    175    176    177    178

Cart
(empty)
Announces
Jul., 24, 2017
Dear accordionists, Sheet music and scores in digital section uploaded on Accordionist.Net Project. We send sheet music directly to your e-mail within 24 hours without shipping expenses. Note the file format you want to receive your sheet music in. You can do it in “Comments” area when completing your order.

Oct., 11, 2016
New sheet music and scores for accordion added featuring Art Van Damme, Jack Fina, Luiz Bonfa, Yann Tiersen etc. Sheet music is available to order via e-mail.

Mengascini Nello
[ Home | Change currency | Customer service | Delivery | Privacy policy ]

©  Accordionist.Net All rights reserved, 2004 -