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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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Stockport Accordion Club - Wednesday January 14th - The Bon Accords
Jan., 14, 2009

 

.Stockport Accordion Club’s first concert of 2009 takes place on Wednesday January 14th, with The Bon Accords, from Dumfries, Scotland, as our guest artistes. The Bon Accords are husband and wife Robin and Deryn Waitt, who play Shand Morino button accordion and piano accordion respectively. They are very experienced accordion entertainers, and well known around the Box & Fiddle clubs.

The venue is Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel Street/A560 Hyde Road,
Woodley, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 1ND (J25/M60).
Admission is £5, and we begin at 8pm, and all are welcome – especially support players.
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"Peter Paul Assembly of Accordionists" - 24th - 30th April 2009 - St. Petersburg Russia
Jan., 14, 2009
24th - 30th April 2009
"Peter Paul Assembly of Accordionists"
St. Petersburg, Russia. 
This festival is a gigantic competition for all ages. 
 Foreign visitors can also compete in the Foreign section. 
Or simply listen to the extremely high standard of playing. 
During the week the foreign visitors will be taken sight seeing,
and also be taken out at night (eg. ballet).
Oleg Sharov
 
Please contact Oleg Sharov for details: 
Tel/Fax: 007 812 351 4304
Please Note:
 Oleg Sharov will be touring the UK in October 2009 and will be attending the 
Eastbourne Autumn Accordion Weekend (16th-19th October '09).
If any accordion clubs are interested in booking him, please send an email to :-
Oleg Sharov c/o This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
When Oleg Sharov was last visiting, he told us that there was to be a big Festival in St Petersburg in Spring 2009.

I have now received some details which I am circulating to my accordion contacts. 

It is to be called the Peter Paul Assembly of Accordionists (after Peter the Great's famous fortress in the River Neva opposite the Summer Palace).  It will be a gigantic competition for all ages, which will include a Foreign Section (for foreign visitors).  During the week the foreign visitors will be taken sight-seeing and will also be taken out at night (e.g. to the ballet).  

For further details, contact Oleg Sharov:
tel/fax: 007 812 351 4304

I am not going to be able to attend as I am already committed to being away elsewhere for those dates, but I would be happy to pass on any tips I can to anyone who is thinking of going.  Viv and I went to one of these festivals (possibly the first) in May 1994, and had a wonderful time.  No doubt St Petersburg has changed a lot since then, and foreigners are much less of a novelty, but I'm sure the great tradition of Russian hospitality won't have changed.  We were taken to the Hermitage, the Summer and Winter Palaces, the Peter Paul Fortress, and a much more special museum of historical beautifully decorated weapons;  we heard Shostakovich's grandson conduct Shostakovich and we went to an incredible ballet performance - revival of Fokine's productions of Firebird, etc (and I'm not even a ballet person).  We were lavishly entertained by an elderly gentleman who was a pupil of Russia's first bayanist (i.e. button- as opposed to piano- accordionist) and was living in extremely modest circumstances.  In short, we were treated like royalty!

The great majority of the competitions were for players from the former Soviet bloc - and I presume that's what the "non-foreign" part of the competitions will be this time.  I think I was the only player in the foreign section in 1994 - I must have played my Grade 5 pieces (which I'd just done), with my customary nerves, but was given an enthusiastic reception, certificate, medal etc!!  There were, however, two foreign adjudicators, one from Barcelona, with whom we're still in regular touch.  We also keep in touch with the interpreter who was assigned to us.  She was a piano student at the St Petersburg Conservatory, who went on to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and married a Scottish violinist.  The standard of the Russian players was, of course, fantastic, and Viv and I both enjoyed listening to some of the competitions.  We only heard a small fraction of what was on offer and indeed we would have had to miss some of the sight-seeing programme to hear it all.  The music was just part of an amazing experience.
 
All the best
SOAR VALLEY ACCORDION CLUB - Harry Hussey - Saturday 10th January 2009
Jan., 14, 2009
 
SOAR VALLEY ACCORDION CLUB
 
Saturday 10th January 2009
 
 
Harry Hussey

Guest Artiste is Harry Hussey
supported by Club Members

Doors open @ 7.15pm
(Click above address for driving directions!)
 
Entrance £6.00  Bar/Raffle/Trade Stand

Info. Contact: : 0116 286 -7548 (David Price)
 
 
All are welcome at this friendly Accordion Club!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tony Compton at Fairkytes Accordion Club - Wednesday November 5th 2008 - 7.30pm
Jan., 14, 2009

Jazz Accordionist - Tony Compton

Wednesday 5th November 2008 - 7.30pm

 Fairkytes Accordion Club night with special guest artist :-

Tony Compton

Admission is £4.00 members (£4.50 guests)

(Light refreshments are included in the ticket price.)

Ample car parking nearby - there will also be a club fundraising raffle.

Fairkytes Accordion Club meets on the first wednesday of every month at:-

The Fairkytes Arts Centre,
51-53 Billet Lane,
Hornchurch, Essex
RM11 1AX

Contact:- Johnny or Val on 01708-225313
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All are welcome at this friendly Accordion Club!

Click "Read More" below for a map & directions to this venue:-

NAO Southern Area Accordion Festival - Saturday November 22nd 2008 from 9.30am
Jan., 14, 2009
 
NAO Southern Area Accordion Festival
Saturday November 22nd 2008 - from 9.30am
Ample Car Parking/Refreshments/Raffle
 
Accordionists of all ages (Solos - Duets - Groups - Bands)
will be competing for trophies and qualification
 for the National NAO Championship Finals in Blackpool 2009.
 
 
Organiser - Bob Downer
 
Information from organiserBob Downer Tel: 01202 - 885192

NAO Southern Area Festival
Allendale Centre
Hanham Road, Wimborne, Dorset
 
Saturday 22nd November

Adjudicators will be:- Douglas Ward & Colin Whitfield
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All are welcome to attend, for a great day of listening to many styles of Accordion Music!

Phil & Aly Scottish Tour!
Jan., 3, 2009
Phil Cunningham
http://www.philcunningham.com/gigs/  
Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham Scottish Tour Dates
Box office details are as below and some tickets are also available
for selected venues at www.thebooth.co.uk
Tickets are not available from Firefly Productions direct.

JULY 2008
DATE
AREA
VENUE
BOX OFFICE Wednesday 30
Orkney
Orkney Arts Theatre
01856 850 773
Thursday 31
Orkney
Stromness Town Hall
01856 850 773 AUGUST 2008Friday 1
Banchory
Banchory Lodge Hotel
web link
07515 562 920
01330 822 625
Saturday 2
Cramond Kirk
Cramond Kirk
0131 336 2036
Friday 8
Stirling
Albert Halls
01786 274 000
Saturday 9
Dumfries
DG ONE
01387 267894
Wednesday 13
Dundonald
Dundonald Hall
01770 600 219 Thursday 14
Arran
Lamlash High School 01770 600 219 Friday 15
Berwick
The Maltings
01289 330 999
Saturday 16
Innerleithen
Memorial Hall
01721 725 777
Web Link
Sunday 17
Langholm
Buccleugh Centre
01387 381 196
Monday 18
Crawford John
Public Hall
01864 504 265
Friday 22
Dunoon
Queens Hall
01369 702 800
Saturday 23
Greenock
Arts Guild Theatre
01475 805 220
Wednesday 27
Portree
Aros Centre
01478 613 750
Thursday 28
Sleat, Skye
Sabhal Mor Ostaig01471 844 207
Friday 29
Ullapool
MacPhail Centre
01854 613 336
Saturday 30
Inverness
Eden Court Theatre
01463 234 234
Sunday 31
Pitlochry
Pitlochry Festival Theatre
01796 484 626
SEPTEMBER
DATE
AREA
VENUE
BOX OFFICE
Tuesday 2
Mull
An Tobar
01688 302211
Wednesday 3
Iona
Village Hall
01688 302211
Friday 5
Fochabers
Public Institute
01343 820 870
Saturday 6
Turriff
Turriff Academy
01888 563 261
Sunday 7
Old Meldrum
Meldrum Academy
01651 872 571
Monday 8
Portmahomack
The Carnegie Hall
Blas Festival 2008
01862 871 434
Web Link
Tuesday 9
Strathy
Strathy Village Hall
Blas Festival 2008
01641 541 275
Web LinkFriday 12
Oban
Corran Halls01631 567 333
Saturday 13
Glasgow
ABC
(400 unserved seat available
please arrive early if you need seating)
0844 847 2363
Web Link
Sunday 14
Bathgate
Regal Theatre
01506 433 634
Tickets available from 15 July
Wednesday 17
Strontian
The Sunart Centre
01397 709 228
Thursday 18
Glenurquhart
Craigmonie Centre
01453 459 224
Friday 19
Stornoway
An Lanntair
01851 703 307
Saturday 20
Clashmore
The Carnegie Hall
07789 394 355
Sunday 21
Brechin
Arts Festival
Web Link
Thursday 25
Cumbernauld
Cumbernauld Theatre
01236 732 887Friday 26
Edinburgh
Queens Hall
0131 668 2019
Saturday 27
Strichen
Ritchie Hall
01771 637 344
Sunday 28
Aberdeen
Music Hall
01224 641 122
Accordions at Morley - Free Lunchtime Concert - at 1 pm on Tuesday 16th December (finishing by 2pm)
Dec., 15, 2008
Just to remind you that "Accordions at Morley" are providing a FREE 
lunchtime concert in the Holst Room at Morley College (61 Westminster 
Bridge Road - near Waterloo - opposite side of the road from Lambeth 
North Tube Station) at 1 pm on Tuesday 16th December (finishing by 2pm).

Our orchestra - now about 20 accordions - will be playing a mixture 
of popular and classical music, and our leaders Ian and Julie, the 
fabulous "Duo Esprit" will be playing duets.

Do come if you can.  If you can't, Happy Christmas and come and join 
us some time in 2009!

Cheers
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Bruce Millers European Accordion Festival 2008 - Report & Photos
Dec., 15, 2008
Ksenija Sidorova
Bruce Millers European Accordion Festival 2008 All of those who were lucky enough to be part of the audience for the Bruce Millers European Accordion Festival at Aberdeen Arts Centre will, I am sure, join me in congratulating the talented performers who gave us their all on Sunday 19th October.
Romano Viazzani
 Norman English’s opening performance was well received and he ably demonstrated his musical talents on both a Roland FR7 accordion and an acoustic accordion. Norman delighted us with his own interpretation of “El` Compancheros” and a beautiful rendition of Phil Cunningham’s “A Bright Star in Cepheus”. These were quickly followed by “Norwegian Wood” and “Summer Time”, as well as bringing smiles of amazement with the unique sounds of “scat voices” used to set off “Sweet Georgia Brown” Norman magically brought forth wind instruments from the digital Roland, for good measure, Norman gave us a moving rendition of “Highland Cathedral” starting off on his Guerrrini accordion and finishing on a Tyros keyboard, using a Bolero accompaniment. As well as solo performing, Norman English provided the audience with a warm and friendly introduction to each subsequent performer. He brought laughter from the audience when he announced he and three of the star performers had suffered a three car pile-up on the way to the theatre. Norman explained that Romano’s “bellows shake” was not all down to skill! In fact it was no joke, all four performers had been in a traffic collision but were determined, with true performers’ spirit that, “the show must go on”. The show went on indeed and Craig Paton, with Anne Nicol on her fiddle and their friends had our feet tapping to fast moving sets of Jigs and Reels. The enthusiasm for their performance was equally matched by the enjoyment of their audience. Tom Orr, Gordon and Ian Middler and Duncan Christie, gave the audience a taste of traditional songs and exhilarating marches which further lifted the spirits of the audience. The intimate atmosphere of the Aberdeen Arts Centre meant the audience enjoyed the easygoing style of these musicians – we felt almost part of the performance, taking pleasure from the obvious enjoyment of the musicians. Lauren Hart, sensitively accompanied by Ben Sinkie on piano, gave a powerful and professional rendition of a selection of blues and jazz numbers. Lauren’s slight frame conceals a big, beautiful voice; she captivated the audience with a selection of numbers including You Go to My Head”, “Girl From Ipanema”, and “River” by Joni Mitchell. Lauren also ensured we “heard music” when she treated us to the well loved “I Hear Music”. During the interval Stuart Hannabus continued the high standard of the on stage performers, with some lovely piano pieces.  The second half saw an audience, full of anticipation, back in their seats and wondering how the festival could better the wonderful variety of part one! However there was no need to make comparisons. The international talent that had flown in from London especially to take part, impressed from the first note.Romano Viazzani filled the whole auditorium with his beautiful music. He introduced many of us to a style and quality of playing that was both unfamiliar and fascinating. Romano’s repertoire included: Antonio Vivaldi (1675-1741)            Winter – Movement I from Concerto No.4 in F minor (op8, no.4 RV297) The Four Seasons  J.S.Bach (1685-1750)            Prelude and Fugue in C minor  (Book I from the Well-Tempered Clavier, 48 Preludes and Fugues Paul Weller (1958-)                         Party Chambers Richard Galliano (1950-)                        Tango Pour Claude  Jacob Gade (1869-1963)                        Jealousy                      Joseph Colombo (1900-1973)/  Tony Murena (1916-1970)              Indifference Il Silenzio Fuori Ordinaza                                G.Stok (1920-2003)/                         Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840)            Variazioni su Il Carnevale Di Venezia Romano’s years of experience, both as a soloist and an orchestral player, meant Romano moved from Vivaldi to Tangos with such ease and the informal style of his performance drew the audience towards the music. Romano admirably demonstrated the versatility of the accordion as an instrument and when he handed the stage over to Ksenija Sidorova, it was obvious that we again were about to be taken to another dimension. Ksenija, from Latvia, proved to be not only young and beautiful but all ready a mature, impressive and talented accordionist. Ksenija had explained to me that she came to the accordion through her grandmother’s enthusiasm for the instrument. Unlike many accordionists, Ksenija’s first instrument is the accordion having started playing about eight years of age. Ksenija Sidorova enthralled the audience with a programme including: J. S. Bach, French Suite N5 in G major (Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gavotte, Bourree, Loure, Gigue)  W. A. Mozart- 12 Variations on a theme "Ah, vous dirai- je, Maman"  P. I. Tchaikovsky - October from "The Seasons"  Visually, Ksenija’s performance was like a graceful dance, with she and the accordion becoming one instrument.Her rendition of Artem Vassiliev’s, "Who’s the Puppet?" was written in 2007 and dedicated to Ksenija, first performed in February this year, it made a fascinating showcase for Ksenija’s talent.   The finale with Romano joining Ksenija in an amusing musical conversation, performing “Klarinet Polka” (arranged by Lars Holm), gave the audience a lovely, light hearted end to what had been a truly exhilarating evening. Thanks were given to the sponsors, Bruce Millers, Rolland UK and The Redgarth Hotel and the lucky winner of an acoustic accordion donated by sponsor, Steve Clinkscale Music, went away clutching a voucher for their prize.  Immediately following the Bruce Miller European Accordion Festival, requests were coming in for information on next years show. Can Norman English better this year's offering? We will let you know.  Sylvia Wilson  - October 2008
Job Opportunity at Accordions of London - New Shop!
Dec., 15, 2008
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We have a vacancy for a shop assistant,
the applicant must have a general knowledge
 of music & musical instruments, and accordions in particular. 

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Please write to:-
 Accordions of London,
92, Loveridge Road,
London,
  NW6 2DT
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Accommodation may be available.
A review by Bert Santilly of the new CD - "Simply Accordion" by Norvic Concordia
Dec., 15, 2008
Simply Accordion - Light Music by Norvic Concordia DJC Records DJC030 £10 + £1 for UK postage & packing from:- Peter Ayers, 40, St Michaels Way, Brundall, NORWICH, NR13 5PFIt can also be ordered by sending an e-mail request to:-Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  Web:http://www.norvicconcordia.co.uk/.UKAO says - "This CD will make an excellent Christmas Gift to all accordionists & enthusiasts"
Norvic Concordia is the name of a Norfolk, England, based accordion quintet, led by Peter Ayers, who also arranges their music and plays bass accordion within the group. The quintet’s new CD ‘Simply Accordion’ contains a varied selection of light music. A review by UK accordionist Bert Santilly comments: “The result is a quite remarkable CD that has an entertaining and varied programme of music. The music is very well arranged and the playing is of a very high order. It should be part of any serious
accordionist`s library”.

The tracks include: ‘Old Comrades’, ‘In Party Mood’, ‘Chanson de Matin’, ‘The Phantom Melody’, ‘Tanguisimo’, ‘Chiquilin de Bachin’, ‘Extasis’, ‘Misty’, ‘Canadian Capers’, ‘Longing’, ‘Heart of Paris’, ‘Spring in Tuscany’, ‘Evensong’, ‘Standchen’, ‘March From A Little Suite’, ‘The Grasshoppers` Dance’, ‘Manha do Carnaval’, and ‘Lazzarella’.

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Review follows by UK Accordionist - Bert Santilly.
 Norvic ConcordiaBut what sort of CD is it? Well the track list promised an interesting hour or so; from marches to waltzes; tangos to swing; T.V. theme music to Parisian Bal Musette; it is certainly not short on variety!There is a degree of accuracy that tells you a lot about the preparation that must have gone into this CD. Their use of expression is subtle, Don`t go looking for overstated crescendi, diminuendi etc, you won`t find them. Instead you will hear well modulated phrasing, careful articulation, good balance between the various sections of the pieces and impressive contrast between one track and another as the CD takes you through its programme.From this we move into “Party Mood” a radio theme tune from the 40s and 50s. The mood is easy, you almost feel you could play along with it yourself; but don`t be fooled, the easy flowing melody is the result of some very nifty playing . There is good dynamic balance between the parts and the coda is very well executed.The next three pieces are from the pen of the great Piazzolla.  This is not easy music to play! You must know your notes well enough get beyond them and into the character of each piece. The ensemble has done really well, in my view, to feel this music in the way that they clearly demonstrate.The third is “Extasis”. This is a more “normal” tango rhythm but with some lovely harmonies under a deceptively simple melody. The balance of parts and melody is very good with a clear attacking rhythm in the opening sequence of the tune.The next track takes us into a completely different genre of music with “Longing”; a lyrical piece that is well played with some excellent trills very cleanly executed. You know they`re good because you hardly notice them first time round. The part playing is very clear with a good balance between melody and accompaniment. The piece concludes with a lovely rallentando and pause just before the end. “Evensong” has a reflective balladic style about it evocative (to me) of a Victorian soirée. There is some very sensitive phrasing, and great care has been taken with the interpretation of the piece. Again there is excellent balance within the ensemble leading to a very gentle finish.“The Grasshopper” is by way of contrast, light, almost quirky; with some lovely staccato playing, a wide range of dynamic control, and a good, precise ending. There is excellent balance between the parts – indeed a very enjoyable performance, they have really captured the spirit of the piece.So to summarise; this is an unusual CD, there are very few British accordion quintets that perform concert programmes on a regular basis. Peter Ayers has done a huge amount of work to arrange the music; and the ensemble must have worked their socks off to learn, rehearse and finally record all eighteen tracks. When you listen to it, it is very easy to forget that this is an amateur ensemble. The result is a quite remarkable CD that has an entertaining and varied programme of music. The music is very well arranged and the playing is of a very high order. It should be part of any serious accordionist`s library.1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8.9.10.11.12.13.14.15.16.17.18. 
The Yetties - Gig Listings
Dec., 15, 2008
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    Wednesday, 20th August -MOTCOMBEGillingham & Shaftesbury Show. Sets through the day in the entertainment marquee This is the biggest and best one day show in Britain. Don't miss it.Monday, 25th August -MILTON ABBASConcert in the Theatre at Milton Abbey School, 7.30p.m. Part of Milton Abbey Music Festival. Contact Vic Myers, 29 Binghams Road, Crossways, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8BW. Tel. 01305 852763Saturday, 6th September - SWANAGEConcert at The Mowlem Theatre, 7.30p.m. Box Office Tel. 01929 422239 (10a.m.-1p.m. except Sundays)Friday, 19th September - DURWESTONVillage Hall Concert, 7.30p.m. Contact Mrs. E. Smith, 11 Water Lane, Durweston, Blandford, Dorset, DT11 0QB. Tel. 01258 488670 Wednesday, 24th September - BOGNOR REGISConcert at The RAFA Club, 7.45p.m. Contact Mr. D. Batcock, RAFA 381, Waterloo Square, Bognor Regis, W. Sussex, PO21 1TE. Tel. 01243 823007.Friday, 26th September - WINCANTONConcert at King Arthur's School. Contact Iris and Derek Heald, 2 Rose Cottage, Balsam Lane, Wincanton, Somerset, BA9 9HZ. Tel. 01963 33803 Saturday, 27th September - SWAYVillage Hall Concert. Contact Tony Blakeley, 1 Middle Road, Sway, Lymington, Hants., SO41 6AT. Tel. 01590 683421. Or ring Pat Fleat on 01590 682533Saturday, 4th October - PUDDLETOWNVillage Hall Concert, 7.30p.m. Contact Mrs. G. Antell, 4 Bellbury Close, Puddletown, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8SG. Tel. 01305 848646
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Saturday, 25th October - HINCKLEYTea Dance 3p.m.- 5.20p.m. with caller Hugh Rippon. Concert 7.30p.m. at Hinckley Methodist Hall. Contact Janet Wood, 5 Lyneham Close, Hinckley, Leics., LE10 0XY. Tel. 01455 613889Friday, 31st October - SOUTH PERROTTVillage Hall Concert. Contact Mr. M. Stevenette, Threshers Barn, Hill Farm, South Perrott, Dorset, DT8 3HS. Tel. 01935 891890 Thursday 4th December - HAYWARDS HEATH8 p.m. at Clair Hall, Perrymount Road,Haywards Heath, West Sussex , RH16 3DN Tel: 01444 455440  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it http://www.theyetties.co.uk/
2008 Accordion Gift Guide
Dec., 15, 2008
Still looking for that perfect holiday gift? Want to help our nation’s beleaguered retailers and stimulate the economy? Never fear: Let’s Polka’s 2008 Accordion Gift Guide is here! We’ve got music, books, DVDs, and more for the accordion aficionados on your list — and for those folks you’re looking to convert to the squeezin’ side.
MusicAt Let’s Polka, we’re always hesitant to play favorites (because we have so many), but we’ll heartily endorse some of our favorite records of 2008, as well as some nifty gift sets:A Mad and Faithful Telling by DeVotchKa
Denver-based DeVotchKa broke big with their work on the Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack and their latest record is another winner. Check out our review for more info and an MP3 sample.Hearts and Daggers by Miss Murgatroid and Petra Haden
A beautiful, almost otherworldly, collaboration of accordion, strings, and voices. (An excellent recommendation from our pals at Accordion Noir.)En Este Camino by Pistolera
Recently showcased on our accordion advent calendar, Pistolera’s new album ups the ante from their already impressive debut, Siempre Hay Salida.Pushing Daisies (Soundtrack) by James Dooley
The show may be teetering on the verge of cancellation, but if you enjoyed Yann Tiersen’s Amelie soundtrack, you’ll love the whimsical (and accordion-laden) score to this quirky TV show.MTV Unplugged by Julieta Venegas
Recorded in Mexico City earlier this year, this intimate show is a mix of Venegas’ new material and reworking of older songs, with help from guests like two-time Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla.Squeeze Me: The Jazz and Swing Accordion Story
This was actually released in 2006, but it took me until this year to get through all four discs and 101 tracks covering the accordion’s contributions to the history of jazz. George Shearing, Art Van Damme, Gus Viseur, and many more are represented.Ayombe!: The Heart of Colombia’s Msica Vallenata
Smithsonian Folkways has more than forty titles featuring the accordion in its extensive catalog, going back to 1948. Ayombe! is a collection of two dozen seasoned vallenato performers spanning three generations, playing the paseos, merengues, sones, and puyas of their homeland.Those Darn Accordions Gift Sets
America’s top accordion rock band is offering a few holiday gift sets this year, including a CD+t-shirt pack and a buy 1 CD, get 1 free deal. A great way to introduce a loved one to TDA.They Might Be Giants Really Happy Child Bundle
They Might Be Giants also have a number of gift sets, but we’re partial to this bundle aimed at the little squeezer in your family. It includes their CD/DVDs Here Come the ABCs and Here Come the 123s, as well as their bedtime book, Bed, Bed, Bed.Of course, it can be tough to gauge someone’s musical tastes. In that case, try a gift card from somewhere like Calabash Music, PolkaMart, or iTunes.DVDsFilms of Les Blank
Documentarian Les Blank has been making films about American roots music and culture for more than forty years. From J’ai Ete au Bal to Chulas Fronteras to In Heaven There Is No Beer, his work is treasure trove for accordion lovers.Polka Time
A heartwarming look at Midwestern polka culture through the eyes of attendees of the Gibbon Polka Fest in tiny Gibbon, Minnesota.Charles Magnante DVD
A rare film of legendary American accordionist Charles Magnante and his trio in 1946 studio session. Magnante was (pardon the pun) instrumental in getting the accordion taken seriously as a concert instrument in the US.BooksCajun and Zydeco Dance Music in Northern California by Mark DeWitt
With dozens of bands and weekly dances at Eagle’s Hall, Ashkenaz, and other venues, the Bay Area has long had a thriving Cajun/Zydeco dance scene. From Queen Ida to Danny Poullard, Mark DeWitt’s book examines how this region became the west coast’s answer to the bayou.Grandpa’s Magical Accordion by Jessica Cherie Errico
This charming book (and accompanying CD) tells the story of two children who, as their grandfather plays his accordion, are magically transported to the countries mentioned in the songs he plays.The Giulietti Sound by Sander Neijnens
Beautiful hardcover book from the Netherlands (but written in English) on the history and performers of Giulietti accordions. It includes a CD with performances by Guy Klucevsek, William Cosby, Karen Street, and others.Golden Age of the Accordion by Ronald Flynn
This book isn’t new, but it’s the authoritative resource on U.S. accordion history from 1900 to the 1950s. Full of rare photographs, it includes histories of accordion manufacturers, schools, and service centers from across the country. (Check out the table of contents to get an idea of its coverage.)Accordion Man: The Legendary Dick Contino by Bob Bove
Another book that isn’t new, but new to me (I received it for my birthday). If you didn’t live through the “Contino era” and wondered what all the fuss is about, this book is a great primer on the rise and fall (and rebirth!) of Mr. “Lady of Spain” himself.Etcetera2009 Bay Area Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar
A beautiful, accordion-toting babe for every month of the year, plus an accompanying CD? Sign me up!Accordion Hero T-Shirt
Rock Band? Guitar Hero? Bah. Real musicians do it with their lederhosen on.Main Squeeze Tote Bag
Like us, do you live in a town where “paper or plastic?” has been replaced by “why didn’t you bring your own bag?” Save the environment and ward off stern looks from the bag boy with this accordion-emblazoned tote bag.Julius and Friends Slippers
Anna has a pair of these fuzzy slippers, which feature Paul Frank’s Julius the Monkey playing the accordion in Oktoberfest garb.Accordion Jewelry
For that special someone. Nothing says “I love you” like a pair of gold-plated accordion earrings.For more accordion gift ideas, check out our 2006 Accordion Gift Guide, visit our Amazon store, or read our other shopping-related posts. Happy shopping… and pick up something for yourself while you’re at it!
Ricky T. Sargent - "Cockney Capers" - Brilliant Accordionist Party Entertainer!
Dec., 1, 2008
Max Miller - Ricky's Great Uncle
                   
Bookings/Information: Tel : 01444-257084
Complete party packages for all occasions including disco!Ricky T Sargent is the great nephew of the famous music hall entertainer
Ricky T. Sargent from West Sussex
" Max Miller - 1895-1963"  please note the amazing facial resemblance between Ricky and his famous "Great Uncle Max".
How Much Is My Accordion Worth?
Dec., 1, 2008
Far and away, the most common email we receive is from someone who’s found or inherited an old accordion — often stashed away in a closet or garage — who wants to know how much it’s worth. I’ve probably answered this question a hundred times, a hundred different ways. But now I save myself the trouble and refer them to this handy guide on Jeroen Nijhof’s excellent Accordion Links site. Jeroen’s guide covers the basics (condition, brand, size) along with two pieces of advice I often give: that “vintage” doesn’t mean much unless it’s playable (or festooned with diamonds) and it’s only worth what someone will pay for it.With that in mind, I should really ask: “Why sell this accordion when you can learn to play it?” Instead of dumping it at a garage sale for a few bucks, you could have countless hours of enjoyment by playing cumbias or mazurkas on your porch. Maybe the next time someone inquires about their grandfather’s old accordion, I’ll just reply with a list of accordion teachers in their area…
Accordions Are Sexy (and We Have Proof)
Dec., 1, 2008
Trying to fight that tired old stereotype that accordions are just for old men with lederhosen? The 2009 Bay Area Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar should do a thing or two to change that perception. This glossy, full-color calendar features stylized pin-up shots of 15 local accordion babes including Tara Linda, (Mad) Maggie Martin, Skyler Fell, and more. The calendar will sell for $20 and includes a companion CD with tracks by many of the ladies featured in the calendar. It’s the perfect holiday stocking stuffer.You can order the calendar directly from one of the Accordion Babes’ sites listed below, or from Smythe’s Accordion Center:Big LouAmber LeeTara LindaYou can get your first glimpse of the calendar this Thursday at the Wild Women of the Accordion show at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco. Pin-up girls Big Lou (with her Polka Casserole), Isabel Douglass (with Kugelplex), and Renee de la Prade (who organized the calendar) will all be performing. For those who can’t make it, here are some photos to whet your appetite:    
Look Ma, No Hands!
Dec., 1, 2008
From Sly and the Family Stone to Tower of Power, the San Francisco Bay Area has a rich history of funk music. I’m willing to bet, however, that Sex With No Hands is the first Bay Area funk band to feature dueling accordions. Nevertheless, this six-piece party band is making a name for itself from China Basin to the Marina with sweaty, high-energy shows and accordion-driven homages to the late 1970s.Their recent EP, Squeeze This, showcases the band’s eclecticism, echoing the sounds of Parliament, Billy Idol, and a cheesy conjunto in the span of just four tracks. In between the accordions, you’ll hear plenty of keytar, synthesizer, cowbell, and Frampton-inspired talkbox. You can download the full EP for free from their site.Like any good party band, however, Sex With No Hands is best experienced live. (It’s tough to convey the power of a truly awesome laser light show through an mp3.) Fortunately, you can catch their Halloween bash next Friday night at Ireland’s 32 in San Francisco. Tickets are limited, but you can buy them online.Sex With No Hands: Pogo Stickmp3
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