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Accordion of 21-st century

Richard Galliano - French touch

Walshe Essential Guide to Accordion and Harmonica Events

«Harmonica forever!»

Modest Mussorgsky «Pictures at an Exhibition»

«Skomorokhi»: Music of the 20'th Century

Richard Galliano - 15 Titres Originaux

Pietro Frosini - Mariposita (Bolero)

Eugeny Derbenko - Cabman

Melodies Which Are Always With You

Concert musette for accordion

Richard Galliano quartet «New Musette»

Astor Piazzolla - Soundtracks

Boris Kovac and Ladaaba Orchestra «Ballads at the End of Time», «La Danza Apocalypsa Balcanica»

Yury Kazakov «The portrait of the great Bayanist»

A Gotan Project DJ set Espiracion

Accordion in Jazz

Astor Piazzolla - Concerto para Quinteto

Accordion in concert - Part I

Accordion Reader Trilogy

L. Desyatnikov - Tracing Astor

Russian music of the 19 - 20-th centuries

Igor Tsvetkov - Two Pieces for Russian Folk Orchestra

Popular Latin American tunes for chromatic or piano accordion

Terem-Quartet meets friends

Richard Galliano - Viaggio

Richard Galliano & Michel Portal – Concerts

Valery Kovtun - «Tango»

Richard Galliano – New York Tango

Friedrich Lips - Pictures at an Exhibition

Astor Piazzolla - Fugata

Dmitry Manchuk & Miroslav Leliukh - Musical Fantasy

Art Van Damme - Deep Purple

Richard Galliano - Fou Rire

George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue (for piano and accordion orchestra)

Andrew Petrov - Marathon in the Fall

Luciano Fancelli - Acquarelli Cubani

Happy Skvett - Kulturprisen

M. Kazhlaev - Scerzo

Michael van Delft - Angel Rocks a Stone Away

Jacques Reuaux, Claude Francois - My Way - Great Frank Sinatra song arranged for accordion orchestra - Parts

Richard Galliano - Tango pour Claude

''Resurrecion'' tango-quartet - Obsessed by the Sun

Richard Galliano - La Valse a Margaux

Bogdan Precz - Fusion

Jazz Accordion Book - Vol. I

Jazz Theory And Improvisation Studies for Accordion

Che, bandoneon - 10 essential tango arrangements - Vol. 1

Astor Piazzolla - Tangus Dei

Richard Galliano - Opale Concerto - Score

Accordion orchestra of 3-d municipal music school (Kishinev, Moldova)

Lithuanian Accordion Quintet "Concertino" (video live concert)

Pablo Ziegler - Bajo Cero

Pavel Smirov Orchestra - Accordion virtuosos from St. Petersburg

Albin Repnikov - Concerto ¹3 for accordion, chamber orchestra and percussions - Score

Pavel Smirov Orchestra - My Saint Petersburg

M. Blanter - In The Gardens

Astor Piazzolla - Yo Soy Maria

Lithuanian Accordion Quintet «Concertino» - Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 2

B. Martjanov - Moldova Fantasy

«Milonga» Instrumental Trio – Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 2

«Milonga» Instrumental Trio – Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 1

«Milonga» Instrumental Trio – Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 3

Jacques Reuaux, Claude Francois - My Way - Great Frank Sinatra song arranged for accordion orchestra - Score

Anatoly Lyadov - Musical Snuffbox

Yu. Peshkov - Black Eyes - Russian romance arranged as a concert piece

Charlie Shavers - Breeze in a Waste

Christine Boll – Partita Piccola

Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein - Going Out of My Head - Great Frank Sinatra song arranged for accordion orchestra - Score and Parts

Victor Vlasov - Bossa Nova

Pietro Frosini - Carnival of Venice

Victor Vlasov - I Like this Rhythm

Thomas Fundora & Morris Albert - Feelings

Mikis Theodorakis - Quarter of Angels

George Hammel - Pantoufle de Vair (concert polka for accordion)

Volodymyr Zubytsky - Omaggio ad Astor Piazzolla

In the Footlights

The Beatles Potpourri

Jacob Gade - Tango Jalousie

Lasse Pihlajamaa - Harmonikkasävellyksiä

Eddy Flecijn – Capriccio

Pascual Marquina - Spanish Gipsy Dance

Popular Waltzes

Libertango tango hits

Moon Serenade

History of Musicals

Astor Piazzolla – 10 tangos

From Bach till Offenbach

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart - Blue Moon

Beny Rehmann - Schiffsfeger-Polka

Francisco Canaro - Tango

Gerhard Winkler - Toulouse

Albert Vossen - Merry-go-round

Gerhard Winkler - Serenade Napolitano

Les Rid - The 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

Albert Vossen - Fliegende Blatter

Vittorio Monti - Czardas

Victor Vlasov - Mood (for solo accordion)

Victor Vlasov - Syncopes

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

Astor Piazzolla - Cuatro Estaciones Portenas - Score

Astor Piazzolla - Cuatro Estaciones Portenas - Parts

Carlos Gardel - Soledad y Volver - Score

Carlos Gardel - Soledad y Volver - Parts

Angel Villoldo - El Choclo

Mariano Mores - Tanguera

Julian Plaza - Nocturna

Hector Stamponi - Un Momento

Julio Pane - Un vals para Martita

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Alan Young at The Black Country Accordion Club
Mar., 1, 2009

Alan Young

B65 9AT

A brand new accordion club, the Black Country Accordion and Music Club, based at the Rowley Regis Disability Centre, Rowley Village, Rowley Regis, Birmingham B65 9AT

The organiser is professional accordionist Barry Smith, and meetings will be held on the fourth Monday of the month. The guest artistes booked to date include:

February 23rd – Alan Young
March 23rd – North Staffs Accordion Band
April 27th – Pearl Fawcett-Adriano

For further information email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Black Country Accordion & Music Club and our meetings will normally be held at Rowley Regis Disability Centre, Rowley Village, Rowley Regis, B65 9AT. on the fourth Monday of the Month.

Monday February 23rd we have Alan Young entertaining from the Isle of Wight.

Monday March 23rd March we have the North Staffs Accordion Band

Monday April 27th Pearl Fawcett - Adriano will be entertaining us.

We are trying to get a cross section of players to please all musical tastes and to try to encourage youngsters to take up the accordion, any help that you can give us to publicise the club would be very much appreciated.

Thanks for your help!

Yours faithfully ,

Barry Smith - Chairman
 
How Many Hippies? 17 Hippies
Mar., 1, 2009
They aren’t really hippies. In fact, there aren’t even 17 of them (13 at last count). But that hasn’t stopped Berlin’s 17 Hippies from rolling dozens of genres — Eastern European folk, French chanson, Cajun/zydeco, and more — into a unique pop style all their own. Lyrics sung in German, French, and English somehow all feel at home when layered over accordion, ukulele, banjo, clarinet, bouzouki, and trombone. When the band first started, members intentionally chose instruments they had never touched; twelve years and 1200 concerts later, they’re still playing traditional tunes and instruments in an entirely untraditional way.

Last year, 17 Hippies played at Mountain Stage in West Virginia; you can listen that entire, high-energy appearance online at the NPR website. And if I haven’t sold you enough, here’s a track off their excellent 2007 album, Heimlich:

17 Hippies: Rustemulmp3

MP3 Monday: La Strada
Mar., 1, 2009
Without releasing a record, Brooklyn’s La Strada has already built a loyal New York City following; so their fanbase should balloon after the release of their self-titled debut EP next Tuesday, February 24th. With swelling strings, soaring harmonies, and (of course) plenty of accordion, this passionate seven-piece is well on their way to removing the word “next” from their “next big thing” promise. To me, their sound is somewhere between Beirut and DeVotchKa — marrying old-world folk/Balkan stylings with modern American rock and then running away with it to join the circus.

La Strada: The Sun Songmp3

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Blair Kilpatrick Answers Your Questions
Mar., 1, 2009
Recently, we asked readers to send in their questions for Blair Kilpatrick, author of Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music. Thanks to everyone who responded — and congratulations to Mister Anchovy, who won our drawing for a free copy of the book. Today, in her first set of responses, Blair describes how she was drawn to the accordion and the musical life that she and her husband share.

What inspired you to choose the accordion, as opposed to another Cajun instrument?

Good question. But I never did choose the accordion. It chose me.

It came to me in a dream. Literally. A series of recurring dreams, strange and vivid. I was at one with the instrument, almost dancing with it. It felt like the accordion was playing me. I’d wake up in the morning with the sensation still lingering in my hands. This was peculiar, since I wasn’t a musician and had no memory of ever laying my hands on an accordion.

My unlikely passion for Cajun music had begun on a birthday trip to New Orleans, when I heard some recorded music — it was a Beausoleil tape — on a swamp tour. After that, I became consumed with the sound: buying up cassette tapes, listening constantly, going to monthly dances put on by Chicago’s one and only homegrown Cajun band. After nine months of listening, dancing, and dreaming music, I finally gave in: I had to find an accordion.

So it didn’t feel like a choice or decision — it was more like succumbing to a consuming passion. A sensible person would have stuck to Cajun dancing, or maybe picked up the guitar or triangle as a first instrument. (Later on, I did learn to play them both, along with some very basic fiddle.)

After the fact, I’ve tried to analyze what it is about the particular sound of the Cajun accordion that appeals so strongly to me. My first teacher at music camp, a very young Steve Riley, described it this way: loud and crude. It is, in some ways. Cajun accordion also has a very percussive quality, because of the inherent nature of a single row diatonic instrument. It’s like the wild skirl of the bagpipes or the wail of a blues harmonica — it moves you. Or it doesn’t.

More recently, I’ve begun to suspect the accordion resonated so strongly for me because of my Slovenian roots, which were mostly discounted when I was growing up. But that’s another story.

If your husband was not already in the music / performance field, would you have had the same passion and devotion to accordion music?

I read this question to my husband. Here’s his short answer, after he got done laughing:

“And what music/performance field was that?”

Here’s my longer answer: It was the other way around. My passion and devotion to Cajun music pulled Steve back into an active music life. But I do know this: I would not have been able to pursue my music — or my writing — without his love and support. That’s why Accordion Dreams is dedicated to him. He opened the door — by taking me on that fateful birthday trip to New Orleans. (Our older son later wisecracked: “Lucky thing Dad didn’t take you to Milwaukee on your birthday. You might be playing polkas.”)

A little more about Steve: Like me, he wasn’t musically inclined in his early years. But when he was in his twenties, he fell into playing mandolin with a ragtag bluegrass band called The Foggy Headed Boys. (We had moved to North Carolina, where I pursued a Ph.D. at Duke.) The band played mostly for college parties and the occasional coffeehouse gig. Steve enjoyed it, but when we returned to Chicago he left it all behind. His mandolin playing became a casual solo affair—around the house for our own kids, or for the students at the school where he worked.

Thirteen years later, when I fell in love with Cajun music, Steve had only recently started to get back to bluegrass. I was the one, in fact, who pushed him into taking a bluegrass ensemble class. At first, he was slow to warm up to Cajun music, although he completely supported my interest in it, and he was happy to accompany me to music events. (He wasn’t too crazy about the dance lessons, though!)

Then, about a year after I got my first accordion, I bought Steve a fiddle. Little by little, he got more involved. Today, he is as committed to Cajun and Creole music as I am. Along with fiddle and mandolin, he plays a fine rhythm guitar. He draws the line at the accordion — he considers it an “impossible” instrument!

I think every couple should play music together. We’ve shared some wonderful adventures. We’re never bored. I never have to worry about where to find a fiddler or a dance partner. And we keep each other out of trouble.

Blair will answer more reader questions in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, check out her new book, Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music.

The Big Squeeze Accordion Throwdown
Mar., 1, 2009
Are you ready to put your squeezebox skills to the test? Texas Folklife is looking for the most amazing young accordion players in Texas and Louisiana for its annual Big Squeeze accordion contest. You could win cash, a trip for two to play in Germany (courtesy of Hohner), and a day of recording at SugarHill Studios in Houston. Finalists will battle it out before a huge crowd on June 6th at the 20th Annual Accordion Kings & Queens festival. Contestants must be age 25 or younger and the entry deadline is March 1st; check the Texas Folklife site for details.

MP3 Monday: LynnMarie and the Boxhounds
Feb., 9, 2009
Today we’re featuring another Grammy-nominated track, this time from the polka side of the aisle. Although she’s been nominated five times for Best Polka Album — and was the first female nominee in that category — LynnMarie’s music stretches far beyond the boundaries of polka. Working with longtime collaborator, guitarist Charlie Kelley, Speechless is an instrumental record incorporating rock, country, Tex-Mex, and Cajun flavors. No matter what the style, though, LynnMarie’s bouncy button accordion is always at the center of the action.Like so many other great artists in the polka category, she’s been continually thwarted in her Grammy quest by 17-time winner Jimmy Sturr. Will this be the year she breaks through?LynnMarie and Charlie Kelley as the Boxhounds: Pinch the Tailsmp3Buy Speechless by LynnMarie and Charlie Kelley as the Boxhounds
Franz Nicolay’s Accordions
Feb., 9, 2009
I’m always curious to hear what gear “professional” accordion players are carrying around — and it’s even better to hear the stories behind their choices. Franz Nicolay, keyboard/accordion player for The Hold Steady, recently posted on the band’s message board in response to a question asking what kind of accordion he plays. Turns out he currently has three: a red 72-bass Hohner Concerto II, a full-size 120-bass Galanti, and a ladies-size 120-bass Iorio Candido. I liked the bittersweet story behind the Galanti:“The really good one is a full-size 120-bass Galanti, an Italian beast I bought off a Bulgarian fellow named Sergio in Forest Hills about five years ago. I found him on Yahoo Classifieds; it’s kind of a sad story: he’d emigrated with his brother fifty years earlier, and they’d always lived together, worked together, never married, and after work they’d play accordion duets in the basement. When his brother died, he couldn’t bring himself to play alone. So he gave me an incredible deal, because, he said, ‘I can tell you’re a musician and I want it to go to someone who’ll play it.’”In addition to The Hold Steady, Franz plays with a number of other groups, including the World/Inferno Friendship Society, Anti-Social Music, and Guignol, and he just released his solo debut, Major General.
MP3 Monday: Cedric Watson
Feb., 9, 2009
We’re two weeks away from the Grammys and, while you probably won’t see Cedric Watson on TV, he could walk away with the Best Cajun/Zydeco Album award. A skilled multi-instrumentalist — he plays both accordion and fiddle — Watson is part of the recent Cajun/Zydeco youth movement that includes his old band the Pine Leaf Boys, Feufollet, Lost Bayou Ramblers, and many others. On his self-titled solo debut, Cedric creates music with strong Creole roots, playing a variety of old-school zydeco styles, original material and Creole traditionals.Cedric Watson: Cedric Zydecomp3Buy Cedric Watson by Cedric Watson
Ask Blair Kilpatrick Contest
Feb., 9, 2009
Do you have a question for Blair Kilpatrick, author of Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music? Would you like to win a free, signed copy of her book? Read on!Blair has kindly offered to answer a handful of questions from our readers about her story, her music, or whatever else sparks your curiosity. Just submit your question here before next Monday (January 26th) and we’ll forward your questions to Blair for her to answer in a future post. Then we’ll choose one lucky, random question-asker and they’ll receive a free, signed copy of her excellent new book.In the meantime, Bay Area accordion aficionados can catch Blair at one of these upcoming author events:January 23: The Booksmith (San Francisco)February 8: Clayton Books (Clayton)February 10: Book signing/dance party at Ashkenaz (Berkeley)February 19: University Press Books (Berkeley)February 24: Stacey’s (San Francisco)In addition to a reading, book signing, and Q&A, these events will also include live Cajun-Creole music.
Charles Camilleri (1931-2009)
Jan., 20, 2009
  - Charles Camilleri (1931-2009)
In the 1950s and 60s, Charles Camilleri was one of the world's best-known and most admired international accordionists, and he performed in many countries worldwide. Camilleri was a familiar figure in Britain during these years, and was the chief guest artiste at the 1958 and 1966 'Accordion Day' All-Britain Championships concerts.
Born in Malta in 1931, Charles was immersed in the accordion and the piano from a young age. He formed a band whose members were all aged under sixteen, playing at local functions, and was also performing as a solo accordionist in concerts. At the age of twelve, Charles became the first accordionist to appear in concert at the Opera House in Malta, playing selections from La Traviata, accompanied by a 40-piece orchestra.
As a teenager, Charles played with every orchestra in Malta, on accordion and piano, and also played in small combos specialising in Continental style dance music. He was very versatile, equally at home in a range of genres, including classical music. After one such performance on the classical platform, Camilleri was encouraged to pursue a career in music by the tenor Tito Gobbi, of the New York Metropolitan Opera House.

In 1949, Camilleri's father took the family to Sydney, Australia, where he had secured a job as a tuner/repairer for Hohner. Charles formed a combo that played in nightclubs and jazz venues, and did many radio broadcasts. He also taught the accordion, founded his own Accordion Academy, and published his Studies for the Piano Accordion. In 1955, Camilleri attended the CIA Coupe Mondiale World Championships, held in Brighton, England, not as a competitor, but as the Australian representative.
In 1950s and 60s Camilleri lived variously in Toronto, New York and London. In Britain, Camilleri became a familiar and welcome figure at NAO and BCA accordion events – adjudicating, performing, teaching and holding master classes. He wrote The Camilleri Complete Accordion Method, published in 1958 by Francis, Day & Hunter Ltd. In 1960 he recorded an LP titled Spectacular Accordions. When Malcolm Gee organised his very first Autumn Accordion Festival, held at Pontins Sands Bay Holiday Camp in Somerset in November 1982, Camilleri was present.
Charles Camilleri, long acknowledged as Malta's national composer, composed hundreds of works for accordion, piano, organ, clarinet, violin, oboe, groups, orchestras and choirs. His compositions included the Malta Suite, Maltese Dances, A Maltese Overture - Din l-Art Helwa, operas in Maltese, a ballet based on the Knights of Malta and the oratorio Pawlu ta' Malta. As far back as 1949, a concert consisting entirely of Camilleri's works took place in Malta. Camilleri's compositions for accordion include Magic Fingers, Accordiana, Evening in Paris, Accordion Samba, June, Australiana, Corinne and Concerto for Accordion and Strings.
Camilleri also worked in films. In 1957 he played the accordion in Seven Thunders, a war film starring Stephen Boyd, James Robertson Justice and Kathleen Harrison, and in 1987 he had an acting role as a musician in the film High Tide, starring Judy Davis. He also composed music for films.
In 1965, Camilleri organised the CIA Coupe Mondiale, held in the Maltese capital Valetta. 1972 Camilleri's contribution to the worldwide accordion movement was recognised with the CIA Merit Award.
Camilleri was widely recognized as one of the major composers and orchestral conductors of his generation. He moved on from the accordion world to establish himself in classical music, and is one of a very few accordionists to make an even greater name for himself in a wider musical context.
Charles Camilleri suffered a stroke a couple of years ago, and died on January 3rd 2009 at the age of 77. His funeral took place on January 5th at Naxxar, his town of residence for a long time. The number of people who attended the service, as well as the fact that flags across Malta were flown at half-mast on the date of his death, is evidence of the great impact he had on the people of Malta
 Rob Howard
Yorkshire Accordion & Music Festival - 7th February 2009
Jan., 20, 2009
This year the annual Yorkshire Accordion and Music festival is being held on Saturday 7th February at the usual venue of Victoria Hall in Saltaire and features the NAO North Central Accordion Championships, Festival Championships, Trade stands and a family fun Ceilidh with the Rob Thorn Band.Competition adjudicators include Djordje Gajic, Ken Farren, Ray Bodell, Karolyn Broadhead, Graham Waterhouse and Andrew Fearnley and we are already looking at beating last years record number of 335 entries.Entry to come watch during the day is free and details/maps/acommodation details can be found on the Yorkshire Accordion and Music Festival website at www.yamf.co.uk.This year the Ceilidh is with the Rob Thorn Band - it's always really good fun, a great laugh and we get a great mixture of all ages coming to all our Ceilidhs. There will also be a guest spot from Thom Hardaker who is a local lad who is currently studying over in Russia.Tickets for the Ceilidh in advance are £5 for Adults, £3 for Concessions or £15 for a family ticket (2 Adults, 2 Children). On the door Adults £6, Concessions £4. The ticket price includes a late bar, some food, ceilidh dancing (with someone telling you how to do it!) and if you book early enough and live on route a free coach. Bargain!The coach will probably be going from Skipton - Cross Hills - Steeton - Keighley - Saltaire from about 7.15pm and coming back 12.15-12.30am. Coach booking is on a first come first served basis. Contact Danny Hinchcliffe to confirm coach booking ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )If you'd like tickets please contact Richard Smith ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it / 07910 280943) or Danny Hinchcliffe ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it / 07927 413681) or tickets can be purchased from Cross Hills Post Office or the Craven School of Music.It's going to be a great night and would be great to see you all, please invite all your friends/family - let them know if you think they'd be interested and let us know soon if you want tickets. 
Gary Blair - New CD - "A Chip off the Old Block" - Available from UKAO on 8th February 2009
Jan., 20, 2009
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Track 1 " Anna Polka " Track 2 " The Rose " Track 3 " Vacances Tyroliennes " Track 4 " Czardas "Track 5 " Tutto Pepe " Track 6 " The Hen's March to the midden and The Chicken reel" Track 7 " Marietta "Track 8 " Heidi's Waltz" and "The Levear Waltz" Track 9 " Dizzy Accordion " Track 10 " Retour des Hirondelles "Track 11 " Preludio" Track 12 " Minka" Track 13 " Carrickfergus" Track 14 " Clarinet Polka "Track 15 " Das Kufsteiner Lied "Gary Blair Jnr plays 1st accordion and solo on Tracks 1,,4,5,7,9,10Gary Blair Snr plays 1st Accordion and solo on Tracks 2, 3,6,8,12,13,14,15This new exciting CD @ £12.99 (Incl. UK Postage),features father and son for the very first time on disc, is available from the UKAO CD Shop - Click Here from Sunday 8th February 2009 and also will be for sale on:- Gary Blair's 10th "Tour Down South" - 8th - 15th February 2009.Information from: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Gary Blair - Father & Son - both UK Bell Trophy Champions!
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Composer Charles Camilleri passes away in Malta on 3 January 2009 aged 77.
Jan., 20, 2009
Professor Charles Camilleri
Composer Charles Camilleri passes away. Long acknowledged Maltese composer Charles Camilleri died on Saturday morning, aged 77.Mro Camilleri, started his career in his teenage years composing a number of works based on Maltese folk tales and legends. Camilleri is today recognized as one of the major composers of his generation. He has moved from his early influences by Maltese folk music to a musical form in which nothing is fixed and his compositions evolve from themselves with a sense of fluency and inevitability.

He has composed over 100 works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, voice and solo instruments. Camilleri's work has been performed throughout the world and his research of folk music and improvisation, the influences of the sounds of Africa and Asia, together with the academic study of European music, have helped him create a universal style.  He has over 300 compositions, half of which are recorded on some 36 CDs, sold all over the world. 
   From Valerie Fenech   In 1949 at the age of 18 from Malta, Charles together with his parents Carl & Josephine and little sister Yvonne migrated to Australia. They settled in Sydney in the early 1950’s. Charles made a name for himself with the piano accordion. He made appearances on the Showboat, Tivoli, & Theatre weekly shows at Eden Park. His many concerts, radio shows etc. He taught music at Nicholson’s in the city and Gallaghers at Parramatta. He went to entertain the troops in Korea. At this time he was so very well known, together with Enzo Toppano, Gus Menzie, Tommy Tyco & Jeff Harvey etc. After achieving everything he possibly could in Australia, he ventured out in 1954 to try his luck overseas. There he became very well known not only in his birthplace Malta and all over Europe, but London, Canada & America.He leaves his wife Doris, son Charles, daughter Anya, 5 grandchildren in Malta and his only sister Yvonne Attard in Sydney Australia.From Yvonne Attard – sister of Professor Charles Camilleri who passed away in Malta on 3 January 2009 aged 77.
MP3 Monday: The Gourds
Jan., 20, 2009
It’s hard to believe we haven’t mentioned The Gourds before, but the release of their excellent new album, Haymaker!, is the perfect occasion to make amends. Hailing from the musical melting pot of Austin, the Gourds’ music runs the gamut from straight country to swamp rock to Cajun, with a few stops along the way. As the Gourds enter their second decade, they continue to extend their fanbase with a reputation built on clever, heavily-referential lyrics and high-energy live performances.Today’s download is “Country Love,” the opening track from Haymaker! In addition to Claude Bernard’s accordion, it features some of my favorite star-gazing lyrics since Wilco’s “California Stars.”The Gourds: Country Lovemp3Buy Haymaker! by The Gourds
Blair Kilpatrick’s Accordion Dreams
Jan., 20, 2009
I love hearing stories of how people fell in love with the accordion, so I’m really looking forward to Blair Kilpatrick’s new book, Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music. Kilpatrick was a happily settled psychologist, wife, and mother when a trip to New Orleans sparked a passion for Cajun music and the accordion. Today, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area — the largest Cajun/zydeco scene outside of Louisiana — and plays accordion in her own Cajun-Creole band, Sauce Piquante.The book details Kilpatrick’s pursuit of her unlikely obsession with Cajun culture and the accordion, from the Chicago’s Cajun dance scene to a folk music camp in West Virginia and trips to Louisiana and even France. But it’s really about embracing new experiences and how you can chase your dreams at any age.“… I moved the bellows just a little, my finger depressing a single white button, one of the low notes on the treble side. I bent my ear close. There—I heard it! A throaty whisper that promised to turn into the real thing once I really let go. I could already picture it, and I could practically feel it: bellows pumping, air rushing, all four reeds vibrating in the thrilling growl and wail of a Cajun accordion in full voice. The accordion of my dreams.”If you live in the Bay Area, there’ll be a release/dance party for the book on February 10th at Ashkenaz in Berkeley. The event will include a reading, book signing, and a performance by Sauce Piquante.
Black Country Accordion Club - Monday 26th January 2009 - Steve Roxton
Jan., 20, 2009
A brand new accordion club, the Black Country Accordion and Music Club, based at the Rowley Regis Disability Centre, Rowley Village, Rowley Regis, Birmingham B65 9AT, opens on January 26th with a concert featuring Steve Roxton

The organiser is professional accordionist Barry Smith, and meetings will be held on the fourth Monday of the month. The guest artistes booked to date include:

January 26th – Steve Roxton
February 23rd – Alan Young
March 23rd – North Staffs Accordion Band
April 27th – Pearl Fawcett-Adriano

For further information email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Dear UKAO, I have been told to write to you by Mr Rob Howard who as you know writes some very good books on the accordion. We are starting a new Black Country Accordion and Music Club and our meetings will normally be held at Rowley Regis Disability Centre, Rowley Village, Rowley Regis, B65 9AT. on the fourth Monday of the Month. Our opening night will be Monday 26th January 2009 when we shall have the Mayor of Sandwell opening our club, entertaining will be Mr Steve Roxton from Jersey and the well known Black country comedian Mr Tommy Mundon.Monday January 26th we have Steve Roxton from Jersey.Monday February 23rd we have Alan Young entertaining from the Isle of Wight.Monday March 23rd March we have the North Staffs Accordion BandMonday April 27th Pearl Fawcett - Adriano will be entertaining us. We are trying to get a cross section of players to please all musical tastes and to try to encourage youngsters to take up the accordion, any help that you can give us to publicise the club would be very much appreciated. Very Many Thanks for your help! Yours faithfully ,  Barry Smith - Chairman
Gary Blair - Internet Accordion Lessons
Jan., 20, 2009
Gary Blair - International performer, adjudicator & teacherGary Blair is now teaching student's in America and the UK via the internet using the latest webcam technology.For information about "internet accordion lessons"  - plse contact Gary on This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   Tel: 07813 - 712594
An Historic Free-Reeds Collection
Jan., 14, 2009
It’s been awhile since we’ve mentioned it, but if you’re into the history of free-reed instruments, concertina.com is a treasure trove of research, photos, sheet music, and much more. A perfect example is Stephen Chambers’ excellent “Annotated Catalogue of Historic European Free-Reed lnstruments from my Private Collection.” From olinas and mouth organs to the earliest accordions and concertinas, the collection includes fascinating photos and descriptions of these instruments that paved the way for the accordions we play today.
The Crawley Accordion Orchestra - Newletter
Jan., 14, 2009
The Crawley Accordion Orchestra is looking for new band members!
CRAWLEY ACCORDION ORCHESTRA
 
2008 has been one of the best years in recent times with performances being highly acclaimed. The year commenced with a concert at Cranleigh in the village hall a new venue for the Orchestra since the Arts Centre was no longer a viable place to perform.
 
Through the summer months CAO played at three different bandstands and also at the Guildford Accordion Club.
 
The autumn was the busy time that included three new venues. The highlight was performing at the Eastbourne music festival organised by John Romeo for three evenings. It was good to be with so many other accordionists and to receive such pleasant comments. The usual Cranleigh concert was well attended and it is good to have so many local people returning to hear us.
 
Elmbridge village organised an event for the local community to whom we played our two hour program. As a new venue it was very pleasant at the end of the show for the organiser to say how much everyone had enjoyed it and they would want us back next year. Another successful new venture was playing at the Horley Theatre near Gatwick organised by Ruth Matthews. This was a new experience for CAO and we look forward to playing there again in the near future.
 
The CRAWLEY ACCORDION ORCHESTRA now look to 2009 and the future.
 
The orchestra has been awarded a grant to buy new music over a three year period. This is under way with 16 pieces just purchased, many from Germany. This will greatly enhance our already extensive repertoire. We are searching through catalogues with the involvement of all the orchestra to locate suitable music around grade 4 level that can readily be achieved to be played to appreciative audiences this year.
 
However, we are now at a cross roads needing new members due to several players retiring or suffering with problems that are keeping them away. Bill and Ruth Booth who have given considerable time and effort over many years are leaving due to health problems. We are very grateful for the tremendous effort they have made especially Bill as Music Director enhancing our standard that is widely appreciated by so many and organising the successful Cranleigh Concerts.
 
This year will see us developing brand new programs with the first performance due to be played at the Horsham Bandstand on the 27th June. Several other commitments have been made with the highlight this year being a trip to France to play with the French orchestra, Accordeon Club des Flandres, at their 20 year celebration together with the German Orchestra, Villakkordeon Hobby Orchestra of Wuppertal, in October.
 
To meet our commitments we need new members now and would invite interested players to make contact. Practices are held every Thursday 7.45 pm at Ockham Village hall near Junction 10 on the M25. This is an orchestra with a good standard attracting players from as far away as Southampton and Orpington.
 
For more information please contact: - Terry Rayfield 01689 825894   This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
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New Bigger Venue for the Eastbourne Accordion Festival - Friday February 20th - Monday February 23rd
Jan., 14, 2009
The Queens Hotel Eastbourne
This magnificent Victorian hotel is situated in an outstanding position overlooking the pier, with sea views from many of its 125 centrally heated bedrooms all of which have bath and/or shower and WC, hair dryer, TV, radio, intercom and tea/coffee making facilities. Spacious public rooms include a cocktail bar, snooker room, impressive restaurant and several function rooms including the Princes Suite with its own bar .Two lifts serve all floors. 
The Queens Hotel has its own spacious carpark!
 Eastbourne Winter Accordion Weekend 2009 at The Queens Hotel 20th - 23rd February 2009 Featuring:- Steve Roxton, Richard Adey, Stefan Andrusyschyn, Ian Watson, Julie North, Harry Hussey & Gennaro Fiondella(Cost £199.00 per person)
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