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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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Accordion of 21-st century

Richard Galliano - French touch

Walshe Essential Guide to Accordion and Harmonica Events

«Harmonica forever!»

Modest Mussorgsky «Pictures at an Exhibition»

«Skomorokhi»: Music of the 20'th Century

Richard Galliano - 15 Titres Originaux

Pietro Frosini - Mariposita (Bolero)

Eugeny Derbenko - Cabman

Melodies Which Are Always With You

Concert musette for accordion

Richard Galliano quartet «New Musette»

Astor Piazzolla - Soundtracks

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

Yury Kazakov «The portrait of the great Bayanist»

A Gotan Project DJ set Espiracion

Accordion in Jazz

Astor Piazzolla - Concerto para Quinteto

Accordion in concert - Part I

Accordion Reader Trilogy

L. Desyatnikov - Tracing Astor

Russian music of the 19 - 20-th centuries

Igor Tsvetkov - Two Pieces for Russian Folk Orchestra

Popular Latin American tunes for chromatic or piano accordion

Terem-Quartet meets friends

Richard Galliano - Viaggio

Richard Galliano & Michel Portal – Concerts

Valery Kovtun - «Tango»

Richard Galliano – New York Tango

Friedrich Lips - Pictures at an Exhibition

Astor Piazzolla - Fugata

Dmitry Manchuk & Miroslav Leliukh - Musical Fantasy

Art Van Damme - Deep Purple

Richard Galliano - Fou Rire

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

Andrew Petrov - Marathon in the Fall

Luciano Fancelli - Acquarelli Cubani

Happy Skvett - Kulturprisen

M. Kazhlaev - Scerzo

Michael van Delft - Angel Rocks a Stone Away

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

Richard Galliano - Tango pour Claude

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

Richard Galliano - La Valse a Margaux

Bogdan Precz - Fusion

Jazz Accordion Book - Vol. I

Jazz Theory And Improvisation Studies for Accordion

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

Astor Piazzolla - Tangus Dei

Richard Galliano - Opale Concerto - Score

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

Lithuanian Accordion Quintet "Concertino" (video live concert)

Pablo Ziegler - Bajo Cero

Pavel Smirov Orchestra - Accordion virtuosos from St. Petersburg

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

Pavel Smirov Orchestra - My Saint Petersburg

M. Blanter - In The Gardens

Astor Piazzolla - Yo Soy Maria

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

B. Martjanov - Moldova Fantasy

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

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

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

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

Anatoly Lyadov - Musical Snuffbox

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

Charlie Shavers - Breeze in a Waste

Christine Boll – Partita Piccola

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

Victor Vlasov - Bossa Nova

Pietro Frosini - Carnival of Venice

Victor Vlasov - I Like this Rhythm

Thomas Fundora & Morris Albert - Feelings

Mikis Theodorakis - Quarter of Angels

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

Volodymyr Zubytsky - Omaggio ad Astor Piazzolla

In the Footlights

The Beatles Potpourri

Jacob Gade - Tango Jalousie

Lasse Pihlajamaa - Harmonikkasävellyksiä

Eddy Flecijn – Capriccio

Pascual Marquina - Spanish Gipsy Dance

Popular Waltzes

Libertango tango hits

Moon Serenade

History of Musicals

Astor Piazzolla – 10 tangos

From Bach till Offenbach

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart - Blue Moon

Beny Rehmann - Schiffsfeger-Polka

F. Canaro - Tango

Gerhard Winkler - Toulouse

Albert Vossen - Merry-go-round

Gerhard Winkler - Serenade Napolitano

J. Rid - Last Waltz

Yann Tiersen - Le Moulin

Yann Tiersen - Naomi

Bert Kaempfert - Strangers in The Night

Luiz Bonfa - Manha de Carnival

Cajun of Luisiana State (for banjo and accordions)

George Boulanger - Da Capo

Eugene Derbenko - Rythm of Time

I. Panitski - Snowball Tree

A. Murena and J. Colombo - Indifference

Hubert Giraud - Sous le Ciel de Paris

Toto Cutugno - Soli

Fermo Marchetti - Fascination

Victor Vlasov - Boogie-Woogie

J McHugh - Black Birds (Black spiritual arranged for accordion)

S. Scott - Jungle

Tikhon Khrennikov - Moscow Windows (jazz song arranged for accordion duo)

Paul Norrback - Happy Moments

Charlie Chaplin - Limelight (waltz arranged for accordion)

Victor Vlasov - Silent Films

Victor Vlasov - Good Afternoon

Victor Vlasov - Cartoon

20 Tiny Fingers - English folk song

A. Joys - Autumn Dream

Jazz-Legato - Lerov Andersson (for accordion duo)

Vladimir Popolzin - In The Saloon

S. Scott - Ballade

Victor Vlasov – Jazz Miniatures

Victor Vlasov - Disco (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

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

Victor Vlasov - Siamese (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - This Rythm (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - Step (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Unto Jutila - French Visit

Renzo Ruggieri - Carnevale

Jimmy Giordanengo - La Huette (waltz for solo accordion)

Albert Vossen - Fliegende Blatter

Vittorio Monti - Czardas

Victor Vlasov - Mood (for solo accordion)

Victor Vlasov - Syncopes (for solo accordion)

Unto Jutila - Samba

Pietro Frosini - Jolly Caballero

Karl Noack - Parade of Dwarves (for ensemble or orchestra)

Valery Kovtun - Brilliant Waltz (for solo accordion)

Pintin Castellanos - La Punalada

Finish Polka

Anne Dudley - Jeeves and Wooster

Astor Piazzolla - Four Seasons in Buenos Aires - Score

Astor Piazzolla - Four Seasons in Buenos Aires - Parts

Luciano Fancelli - 10 km. al Finestrino

Luciano Fancelli - Pupazzetti

Georgy Mushel - Toccata

Albin Repnikov - Capriccio

Paolo Pizzigoni - Light and Shadow

Grigoras Dinicu - Hora Stacatto

Eduardo di Capua - O Sole Mio!

Ernesto Lecuona - Malaguena from «Andalucia» Suite

Andre Astier - Grande Valse De Concert

Andre Astier - Divertissement

Andre Astier - Fantaisie En Mi Mineur

Andre Astier, Marcel Azzola - Systeme «A»

Andre Astier, Maurice Larcange - Accordeon Steeple

Andre Astier, Yvette Horner - Polka Satellite

Volodymyr Zubytsky - Ti Amo, Pesaro

Joaquin Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez, Adagio

Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto f-moll from The Four Seasons

Arnstein Johansen - Cornelli (polka)

Medard Ferrero - Averse

Polka Favorites

Latin Favorites

Joey Miskulin - Accordion Styles and Techniques (DVD)

Paris Musette - Freddy Balta and his Accordion

Teach Yourself To Play Accordion

Waltz Favorites

Metodo Per Fisarmonica (Accordion)

Latin American Dances

Richard Galliano - Opale Concerto - Parts

Vladimir Chernikov - Lonely Harmonica - Yablochko

Niccolo Paganini - Caprice No. 24 in A minor

Andrew Lloyd Webber - Memory

John A. Dallas - Helen Waltz

Maurice Larcange & Michel Mercier - Javaccordeon

Franck Angelis - Valse du Cloun

Franck Angelis - Impasse

Ole Schmidt - Toccata no. 1

Astor Piazzolla - Contrabajissimo - Score

Yann Tiersen - La Noyee

Jack Fina - Bumblebee Boogie

Vl. Zolotarev - Conteplating The Dionisian Frescoes of St. Ferapontov Monastery

Heitor Villa-Lobos - Dance of The White Indian

Filippo Marino - Cristina

Tony Murena & Louis Peguri - Joyeux Vagabond

Pietro Frosini - Spic and Span

Hans Brehme - Divertimento in F

Pietro Frosini - Accordion Jitters

Astor Piazzolla - Concerto Aconcagua for bandoneon, chamber orchestra and percussions - Score

Oscar Peterson - Laurentide Waltz (from The “Canadiana” suite)

Con Conrad & Herb Magidson - Midnight in Paris (bolero)

Samuel Barber - Adagio from String Quartet No. 1

Pietro Frosini - Love Smiles

Albin Repnikov - Concertino

Victor Vlasov - The Fest In Moldavanka

Art Van Damme - Boogie-Woogie

Albert Vossen - Brusseles Laces

Yann Tiersen - Les Quatre Pieces

Frank Marocco - Appassionato

Che, bandoneon - 10 essential tango arrangements - Vol. 2

Astor Piazzolla - Cite Tango

Astor Piazzolla - Meditango

Astor Piazzolla - Un dia de paz

Astor Piazzolla - Libertango

Astor Piazzolla - Tres Tangos

Astor Piazzolla - Ave Maria

Astor Piazzolla - Concierto de Nacar - Score

Astor Piazzolla - Tangata del Alba

Accordion in Concert - Part II

Astor Piazzolla - Double Concerto - Score

Argentinian Tango and Folk Tunes for Accordion: 36 Traditional Pieces

Jean Francaix - Concerto for accordion and orchestra

Isang Yun - Concertino for accordion and string quartet

Darius Milhaud - Suite Anglaise

Astor Piazzolla - Adios Nonino for accordion orchestra and piano

Klezmer and Sephardic Tunes

Astor Piazzolla - Concerto Aconcagua for bandoneon, chamber orchestra and percussions - Parts

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Lars Hollmer Passes Away
Jan., 3, 2009
Some sad holiday news to share: Swedish accordionist and Accordion Tribe member Lars Hollmer passed away on Christmas Day. I know he had been sick for some time; earlier this year, Seattle accordionist Amy Denio took Hollmer’s place on Accordion Tribe’s European tour.

Known for his improvisational and avant-garde work on accordion and keyboards, Hollmer was part of the pioneering Swedish prog rock group Samla Mammas Manna (and its subsequent offshoots) and collaborated with numerous artists over the course of his 40 years in music. Most of his recordings were made at his unique home and studio outside Uppsala, Sweden, called “The Chickenhouse.” One of my favorite Hollmer songs is “Boeves Psalm,” written around 1977 and dedicated to an uncle of Hollmer’s who had just passed away. There’s an all-accordion version on the first Accordion Tribe album, but I just can’t resist this beautiful orchestral arrangement.

Lars Hollmer: Boeves Psalmmp3

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(Thanks to Lauralee for passing the news along.)

ZUM - January CD Madness!
Jan., 3, 2009
JANUARY CD MADNESS!
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To welcome in 2009 and all the credit crunch-ness that will come with it, we thought we'd give you an offer you couldn't refuse. It's our amazing January 3 for 2 offer. Simply buy any two ZUM CDs and we'll give you a third entirely for free.

Go on to our web site and choose your CDs. When you get to the checkout page, simply type in "piazzolla" to the discounts and coupons box and your discount will be applied to your total.

This offer ends on January 5th, so get ordering!


Click here to buy on-line


Keep up to date with all our concerts at:
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Watford Accordion School - Charity Success!
Jan., 3, 2009
Shona Holmes
Dear UKAO,
 
Just to let you know Watford Accordion School raised £459.59 at our performance on Friday 12th December2008 which brings the grand total raised for Aspire in December to £991.03.
Best Wishes for 2009 !! 
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Telephone - 01923 236880 - Daytime - 07966 281970 - Evening
Harry Hussey - 2008 Gig Listings
Jan., 3, 2009

Harry Hussey Gigs -2008
 
30th August/5th September - St Audries Bay Folk Week 
Tel: 01984-632515 (Mary)
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September 6th/7th - Roland UK Accordion Championships Weekend
Tel: 01323-733700 (John & Jackie)
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September 8th/13th - St Audries Bay Holiday Club - Accordion Tuition Week
Gary Blair,Harry Hussey, Rosemary Wright, Pearl Fawcett-Adriano
Tel: 01323-733700 (John & Jackie)
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September 14th - La Tosca - Paignton Cornwall
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September 18th/22nd - Italy
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1st/2nd/3rd October - Llandudno - Alan Venn Music Event featuring Harry Hussey
Tel: 01204-840279 (Alan Venn Dip L.C.M. Organist - Tutor - Consultant)
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October 10th/13th - Eastbourne Accordion Weekend
 Pearl Fawcett-Adriano  - Marco Valenti, The Crawley Accordion Orchestra
  Tel: 01323-733700 (John & Jackie)
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October 15th - Kings Lynn Organ Club - St Faith's Church Rooms
Gayton Road, Gaywood
 Tel: 01553-840649 (Arthur)
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October 18th/19th - Private Event - East Sussex 
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24th October - Cranleigh Village Hall - Harry Hussey, Crawley Accordion Orchestra & John Romero
Tel: 01483-274951 (Bill Booth)
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5th November - Cwmbran Accordion Club
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16th December - Stratford on Avon Accordion Club -Xmas Party
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
http://www.theyetties.co.uk/
    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
http://www.theyetties.co.uk/
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
Polka Haunt Us Makes Every Day Halloween
Dec., 1, 2008
Let’s face it: there’s a frightful shortage of good Halloween music. (I swear, if I hear “Monster Mash” one more time…) Veronique Chevalier agrees, which is why she’s put together Polka Haunt Us, a “spook-tacular” compilation of 13 songs based on famous ghostly legends from around the world. The album combines various polka styles with world music genres and then layers spooky/goofy lyrics on top to create what Veronique dubs “World Gothic Polka.”The album’s opener, “The Beer Hall in Hell,” parodies the classic beer-glorification polkas, but “there’s no last call in Hell and this polka never stops.” “After Wife Polka Tango” recalls the ghost of Eva Peron, while “White Witch of Jamaica” is based on the tale of 18th century serial killer Annie Palmer. Accordionists Alex Meixner (a Grammy nominee last year), Mike Surratt, and Gee Rabe all contribute to the bubbling musical brew.If you’re in Southern California, there’s a Polka Haunt Us release party tonight at Club Good Hurt in Santa Monica. In addition to performances by Veronique, Count Smokula, The Rhythm Coffin, and others, the first 100 paid guests will receive a free copy of the CD. Trick or treat!Alex Meixner and Lili Haydn: Full Moon Face Offmp3
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Best Foot Forward.
Nov., 16, 2008
Best Foot Forward?
Sue Trevani & Pearl-Fawcett Adriano
Pictured at the recent Eastbourne Accordion Festival.
 
 
Zum - Redefining World Music - Sunday 7th December 2008
Nov., 16, 2008
Zumm featuring accordionist Eddie Hession
ZUM will be performing at the Southbank Centre on Sunday 7 December @ 3pm & 7.45pm launching their brand new album and DVD, "The Helsinki Sessions"
New CD - Zum Plays Piazzolla
Accordionist Gift Idea for Christmas - Click here to purchase a Zum CDVideo -    ZUM - Michaelangelo 70 (Piazzolla) Southbank Centre - Purcell RoomZum - Redefining World MusicSunday 7 December 2008  - 3.00 pm & 7.45 pmFrom the diasporan melting pot of cosmopolitan London, ZUM's ground-breaking world fusion weaves melodies from around the globe into an exhilarating musical journey. From heart-stopping beauty to unbuttoned passion and explosive rhythmic power - sophisticated jazz magically glides in to wild gypsy fiddling; Celtic lament to hot-blooded Arabic melody.Delving deep in to their own roots, the band creates an inspirational fusion of music from around the world as they continue their mission to redefine world music. Toe-tapping virtuosity, intoxicating harmonies and awesome rhythmic power, ZUM creates an acoustic meltdown - a cultural alchemy, where the world's music collides.'Fiery, passionate and intriguingly beautiful. A delight to hear and a treat to watch' (BBC).Book Tickets:Select your preferred date and time below. If a performance is no longer available it will not be clickable.
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