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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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Art Van Damme - Deep Purple

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Michael van Delft - Angel Rocks a Stone Away

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M. Blanter - In The Gardens

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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

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Jacob Gade - Tango Jalousie

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Eddy Flecijn – Capriccio

Pascual Marquina - Spanish Gipsy Dance

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Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart - Blue Moon

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Gerhard Winkler - Toulouse

Albert Vossen - Merry-go-round

Gerhard Winkler - Serenade Napolitano

J. Rid - Last Waltz

Yann Tiersen - Le Moulin

Yann Tiersen - Naomi

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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

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Vladimir Popolzin - In The Saloon

S. Scott - Ballade

Victor Vlasov – Jazz Miniatures

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Victor Vlasov - Let us Swing (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

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Renzo Ruggieri - Carnevale

Jimmy Giordanengo - La Huette (waltz for solo accordion)

Albert Vossen - Fliegende Blatter

Vittorio Monti - Czardas

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Pintin Castellanos - La Punalada

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Paolo Pizzigoni - Light and Shadow

Grigoras Dinicu - Hora Stacatto

Eduardo di Capua - O Sole Mio!

Ernesto Lecuona - Malaguena from «Andalucia» Suite

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Joaquin Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez, Adagio

Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto f-moll from The Four Seasons

Arnstein Johansen - Cornelli (polka)

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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 Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra is set to be revived, and
all past members and friends are invited to contact Gary Blair.

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 Orchestra

is to take place on Sunday 2nd August 2009.

Junior Accordionists - Meet at 6.30pm

Senior Accordionists - Meet at 7.00pm

The venue is:-

St Margarets's Church,

Oxford Road,

Renfrew PA4 0SJ

Click Here for Map & Directions. 

Information available from Gary Blair on Tel: 07813-712594

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All are welcome to attend!

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Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra

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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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Please click the link below to view Gary's online photo album! 

 
S.E.Cornwall Accordion Club with special guest Harry Hussey
Aug., 10, 2009
 S.E.Cornwall Accordion Club - July Meeting
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Special Guest is Harry Hussey
Christmas Newsletter from Emily Smith - Scots Singer of the Year!
Aug., 10, 2009
Seasons Greetings from Emily Smith!
BBC Hogmanay Show.
I’m very excited to let you know that I will be performing on BBC Scotland’s Programme ‘Hogmanay Live’ this year.  I’ll be playing accordion in the house band under the musical direction of Phil Cunningham, also playing in the band is my regular band mate Duncan Lyall on double bass, Alyn Cosker who played drums on my new album and fellow pals John McCusker, Jenn Butterworth and Jarleth Henderson.
I’ll also be singing Auld Lang Syne with 2007’s UK X Factor winner Leon Jackson.The show starts at 23:50 on BBC 1 Scotland.  (Sky Channel 971 at 23.50hrs)http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/hogmanay/ If you’re out and about to see in the bells or, if you’re like me and live in a remote area where the weather often goes a bit daft and cuts the electricity off on Hogmanay, then you can watch again on BBC iplayer: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayerhttp://www.emilysmith.org/
Seasons Greetings Everyone!

Thought I’d fit in one last newsletter before the year is out….

Scots Singer of the Year
A HUGE thank you to everyone who voted for me in this year's Scots Trad Music Awards - I was chuffed to bits to be awarded as Scots Singer of the Year at the awards held in Glasgow on 6th December.
With every year that passes these awards are helping to raise awareness of Scottish music at home and abroad and I was really impressed by how well the evening was put together. Well done to Simon Thoumire and all at 'Hands up for Trad' and their supporters for having the drive and enthusiasm to make this event happen.
There is so much good music coming out of Scotland that each of the nominees would have been a worthy winner, but I can't deny it was a real treat to have won!

BBC Hogmanay Show
I’m very excited to let you know that I will be performing on BBC Scotland’s Programme ‘Hogmanay Live’ this year.  I’ll be playing accordion in the house band under the musical direction of Phil Cunningham, also playing in the band is my regular band mate Duncan Lyall on double bass, Alyn Cosker who played drums on my new album and fellow pals John McCusker, Jenn Butterworth and Jarleth Henderson.
I’ll also be singing Auld Lang Syne with 2007’s UK X Factor winner Leon Jackson.
The show starts at 23:50 on BBC 1 Scotland.  If you’re out and about to see in the bells or, if you’re like me and live in a remote area where the weather often goes a bit daft and cuts the electricity off on Hogmanay, then you can watch again on BBC iplayer: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

Winners Concert on BBC ALBA
By the magic of television I’ll be featured in a Scots Trad Music Award Winners concert over on digital channel BBC ALBA at 7pm, also 31st December.  The show features many of the award winners performing at a concert recently held in Glasgow and is presented by Julie Fowlis.

Happy Christmas
So, that’s all for 2008 folks.  This has been a fantastic year for me and I’m looking forward to plans we have in place for 2009, there’s lots of shows to be played and recordings to be made!  Celtic Connections kicks off on the 17th January for me and I have three shows at the festival this year.  Full details to the side and on my site.
 
Thanks as always for reading and for your continued support and encouragement throughout the year, it really is much appreciated.  None of us knows what 2009 holds, for those of us working in entertainment industry we hope that no matter how hard times get economically people will always want to listen to music.
If you’re facing a tough time ahead then I hope you can still manage to find a blessing to count, I wish you all a happy, peaceful and restful Christmas and New Year.

Lots of love
Emily x
 
 
UPCOMING GIGS

January 2009

Saturday 17th Jan
‘Seaquins’
Celtic Connections Festival
The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
Emily performs as part of international female folk collaboration 'Seaquins'.
For more info click here:
Celtic Connections - Seaquins



Thursday 22nd January
Emily Smith with Bella Hardy
Celtic Connections Festival
St Andrews in the Square, Glasgow
.Emily Smith with Jamie McClennan, Ross Milligan & Duncan Lyall.
Also on the bill is English fiddler and singer Bella Hardy.
For more info click here:
Celtic Connections - Emily Smith



Saturday 24th January
Auld Lang Syne
Celtic Connections Festival
Main Auditorium - Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan as part of 'Auld Lang Syne' alongside Eddi Reader, Dick Gaughan,
 Karen Matheson, Michael Marra, Dougie MacLean, Mairi Campbell, David Francis, John McCusker and Phil Cunningham.
For more info click here:
Celtic Connections - Auld Lang Syne
                                      
David Price - Accordionist Leicester UK.
Aug., 10, 2009
Here is a video of professional accordionist, David Price from Leicester UK, playing his treasured 1955 USA "double cassotto" Excelsior.This video was taken at  a concert he did in early 2008 with Tom Alexander (The Alexander Brothers Fame).
Click here to buy this excellent CD by David Price!
MP3 Monday: Pezzettino
Aug., 10, 2009
Classically trained on piano, Margaret Stutt of Pezzettino picked up her father’s accordion in 2008 and has been writing songs nonstop ever since. Alternating between accordion and piano, her music is moody and restless while her lyrics are intensely personal. She’s also a textbook example of the do-it-yourself independent musician in the digital age, using tools like Twitter to connect with her audience and even filming custom videos on YouTube for fans who support her music. After recording her debut album solo on a laptop, she’s been slowly adding to her band and released her second album, Lion, in April.Pezzettino: Parasitemp3Buy Lion by Pezzettino
MP3 Monday: Bowerbirds
Aug., 10, 2009
You would expect a band living and writing music off the grid in an Airstream trailer in the woods outside of Raleigh, NC, to play some lo-fi acoustic folk. But that’s just a tiny part of what Bowerbirds are all about. The duo of Phil Moore (guitar) and Beth Tacular (accordion) won over critics with their beautiful 2007 debut, Hymns for a Dark Horse and have just released their follow-up, Upper Air. Sparse, subtle arrangements incorporating violin, percussion, and more set the stage for beguiling harmonies and unabashedly pastoral lyrics. Currently touring the US, you can find most of their upcoming shows on our accordion events calendar.Bowerbirds: Teethmp3Buy Upper Air by Bowerbirds
MP3 Monday: Bellowhead
Aug., 10, 2009
In 2004, English folk duo Spiers and Boden set out to gather a collection of musicians well-versed in many styles — big band, soul, jazz, classical — but who would still play traditional English dance tunes and songs. The result was Bellowhead, an 11-piece English-folk-meets-brass-band ensemble that has racked up an impressive collection of awards and rave reviews in its first five years. Their live performances in particular — which are designed to get the entire crowd up and dancing — have earned them a reputation as one of Britain’s best live acts, regardless of genre. Trombone, saxophone and trumpet slug it out with melodeon (button accordion), fiddle, and bouzouki in a bold, high-energy mix that often sounds more like New Orleans than London. The track below comes from their first album, Burlesque, and features the accordion playing of band founder John Spiers.Bellowhead: Sloe Ginmp3Buy Burlesque by Bellowhead
Maestros del Joropo Oriental
Aug., 10, 2009
Over the years, Smithsonian Folkways — the Smithsonian Institution’s non-profit record label — has done an amazing job documenting and sharing the musical heritage of cultures around the world. The latest example is Y Que Viva Venezuela! featuring an all-star group of Venezuelan musicians performing joropo oriental.Joropo is a popular folk style found across Venezuela and Colombia; it’s a fast, string-driven music resembling the waltz, with both African and European influences. Joropo oriental is a flavor of joropo rooted in Venezuela’s eastern coast around the city of Cuman. The bandola and bandoln are key instruments, often joined by cuatro, maracas, and caja. The button accordion isn’t always found in joropo oriental, but accordionist Mnico Mrquez makes the most of its appearances in this collection.
Name That Accordion: Sonova?
Aug., 10, 2009
Time to put on your Sherlock Holmes hat and settle in for another edition of “Name That Accordion.” Today’s accordion comes from reader Alper K., who believes this accordion is originally from Romania, but has been unable to identify the brand. The nameplate isn’t clear to me — is that “Sonova”? “Sonora”? “Fonova”? Click here for more photos and leave a comment if you have any ideas.
Accordion Jazz classes at Knuston Hall with Bert Santilly 29th/31st May 2009
Apr., 19, 2009
Bert Santilly

 Accordion Jazz - begins on the 29 May 2009 at 5:30PM
and ends on the 31 May 2009 at 3:30PMYou are welcome to arrive from 17:30 to settle into your bedroom. The bar is open from 18:15 with dinner at 19:00. The course starts after dinner at approximately 20:15  Tutor is  Bert Santilly 
Accordions International 2009 - May 9th to 13th
Apr., 19, 2009
Click Here!
"Accordions International 2009", organised by Heather Smith, takes place from
at the Dunes Conference Complex, Pontins Holiday Centre, Lytham St Annes, Blackpool, Lancashire. FY8 2SX


The guest artistes booked to date include: Alexander Dmitriev and Vitaly Dmitriev (Russia), Pino di Modugno (Italy),
Giancarlo Caporilli (Italy), and the UK's Romano Viazzani, Stefan Andrusyschyn and Denise Leigh (soprano),
Bert Santilly and Harry Hussey.


This accordion festival shares the Pontins site with an organ/keyboard festival,
which has a large and very interesting trade show open to all.
 Workshops take place during the day and there are concerts each evening,
plus after hours jam sessions in the Queen Vic pub.


The ballroom and Queen Vic are open to both accordion and organ/keyboard festival participants.
The trade show to date includes Geoff Holter Accordions, The Accordion Shop and John Douglas Music.


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MP3 Monday: Chango Spasiuk
Apr., 19, 2009
Yesterday’s New York Times had a rave review for a recent performance by Chango Spasiuk, one of our favorite Argentine accordionists. Spasiuk is best known as an innovator of chamam, a folk music from northeast Argentina which blends native Guarani, Creole and European traditions. But Spasiuk’s music goes beyond the traditional, incorporating rock, jazz and even avant-garde references. He’s drawn comparisons to his fellow countryman, the legendary Astor Piazzolla, and indeed, Spasiuk may well be doing for chamam what Piazzolla did for tango.Chango Spasiuk: Governor Virasoromp3
Pearl Fawcett-Adriano @ Chester Accordion Club - Tuesday March 31st - 7.30pm
Mar., 29, 2009
Pearl Power @ Chester Accordion Club
31st March at 7.30 pm

Chester Accordion Club
Castrol Sports & Social Club
Chester Road (A5032)
Whitby
ELLESMERE PORT
Cheshire

Contact Tel: 0151 339 9850 (Lyn)
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UK - Roland V-Accordion Festival - Entries are now closed!
Mar., 29, 2009
Entries are now closed for this year's UK leg of the V-Accordion Festival:
 
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24th April 2009 at Blackpool Lancashire.The sound of an accordion is timeless, romantic and beautiful. Incredibly tactile in nature, the instrument lies close to the heart of the player, and touches the hearts of those who cherish its evocative call. We’re inviting accordion players from every corner of the country to enter the third Roland V-Accordion Championship. Pick up the instrument you love and start playing - you could represent the UK in the international final in Italy as well as winning 5,000 euros and a Roland V-Accordion.This year’s V-Accordion takes place as part of the NAO Blackpool Festival in April. The national final will feature junior and senior categories, each with a V-Accordion as a prize. The senior winner will also qualify for the international final in Italy, held during November 2009, with a first prize of 5,000 euros.To enter, read the rules and then download an entry form, fill it in and return to us. Good luck and happy playing!
Claudio Allodi at The Uxbridge Accordion Club - Monday 6th April 2009 @ 8.00pm
Mar., 29, 2009
Claudio Allodi
 (Doors open at 7.30pm)West Drayton,Information: 01895-235601 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Very friendly atmosphere - a
Name That Accordion: C10?
Mar., 29, 2009
Okay, accordion sleuths: reader Diane has sent us a few photos of an accordion with two notable features: a small V and “C10″ on the front grille and a “Made in Italy” nameplate on the back. Thinking the V might be a clue to the manufacturer’s name, Diane contacted Victoria Accordions in Italy, but they didn’t recognize it. Any ideas? Click here for more photos.
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