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Phil & Aly Scottish Tour!
Jan., 3, 2009
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.
BOX OFFICE Wednesday 30
Orkney Arts Theatre
01856 850 773
Stromness Town Hall
01856 850 773 AUGUST 2008
Banchory Lodge Hotelweb link
07515 562 920
01330 822 625
0131 336 2036
01786 274 000
01770 600 219 Thursday 14
Lamlash High School 01770 600 219 Friday 15
01289 330 999
01721 725 777Web Link
01387 381 196
01864 504 265
01369 702 800
Arts Guild Theatre
01475 805 220
01478 613 750
Sabhal Mor Ostaig01471 844 207
01854 613 336
Eden Court Theatre
01463 234 234
Pitlochry Festival Theatre
01796 484 626SEPTEMBER
01343 820 870
01888 563 261
01651 872 571
The Carnegie Hall
Blas Festival 2008
01862 871 434Web Link
Strathy Village Hall
Blas Festival 2008
01641 541 275Web Link
Corran Halls01631 567 333
(400 unserved seat available
please arrive early if you need seating)
0844 847 2363Web Link
01506 433 634
Tickets available from 15 July
The Sunart Centre
01397 709 228
01453 459 224
01851 703 307
The Carnegie Hall
07789 394 355
Arts FestivalWeb Link
01236 732 887Friday 26
0131 668 2019
01771 637 344
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!
Bruce Millers European Accordion Festival 2008 - Report & Photos
Dec., 15, 2008
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.
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
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
******BAY AREA TARDEADA SUNDAY NOV,23 ******
Dec., 1, 2008
BAY AREA TARDEADA NOV 23, 2008 3-6 PM!!
BAY AREA TARDEADA DOMINGO NOVIEMBRE 23 2008 3 PM - 6 PM
NO FALTES A LA 3RA TARDEADA EN BERKELEY CALIFAS
TODOS ESTAN INVITADOS, PRINCIPIANTES, AVANZADOS, GUITARREROS,BASSISTAS,ACORDEONEROS,BAJOSEXTEROS,TO LOLOCHEROS BATERISTAS, ETC,ETC,ETC
And don't forget, for those of you who are thirsty or hungry, Cafe Valparaiso has all you need and it's right in the same room!! Beer, sodas, Jarritos, and great Chilean comida - try the chicken sandwich or empanadas!
Sunday Gathering/Jam Session
- NOVEMBER 23RD, 2008 3pm - 6 pm
La Pena Multi-Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, Ca 94705
KEDA Radio Tejano Conjunto Festival- Nov 23
Dec., 1, 2008
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Make it puro conjunto carnal!
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Accordionist Gift Idea for Christmas @ £10 + P&P - ‘Stockport Accordion Club through the years’
Nov., 16, 2008
The book will be officially launched on Wednesday November 12th, 8pm, at Stockport Accordion Club’s Club Night concert featuring the ever popular Jack Emblow and Tony Compton.
‘Stockport Accordion Club through the years’ is a limited edition book that traces the story of Stockport Accordion Club all the way back to its origins in 1937, when the very first club was formed by local accordion teacher Jack Ridings. The book is illustrated by a wide variety of pictures that includes band photographs and most of the club’s guest artistes. The main text was written by Rob Howard
, plus anecdotal contributions from playing members Graham Bullough, Christine Green, John Jones, Tony Marchell, Kevin Munster, John Nixon, Derek Pritchard, Adrienne Sharpe, John Trigg, Peter Whiteley and Dr Brennan Wilson.
Front Cover: ‘Stockport Accordion Club through the years’
This book provides a look back at organised accordion activity in Stockport since the 1930s, and is intended as the present club’s celebration of 21 years since Betty Pollard persuaded the late Clifford Wood to reform his band in June 1987.
The book will soon be available direct from Rob at £10 + £2p/p.
Cheques should be made payable to Stockport Accordion Club.
Miloš Milivojevic - Classical Accordion - Thursday 9 October, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Nov., 16, 2008
Feb., 25, 2019
Dear collegues, see our latest updates: Hector Villa-Lobos, Samuel Barber, Astor Piazzolla, Pietro Frosini, Hans Brehme, Oscar Peterson, Art Van Damme, Jack Fina, Luiz Bonfa, Yann Tiersen etc. Accordionist.Net is extending its special offer “50+” until end of the spring.
Besides some very special tango arrangements for bandoneon (accordion) and strings published:
A. Piazzolla - Cuatro estaciones portenas →
C. Gardel - Volver y Soledad →
M. Mores - Tanguera →
H. Stamponi - Un Momento →
J. Plaza - Nocturna →
A. Villoldo - El Choclo →
J. Pane - Un vals para Martita →
Feb., 22, 2018
see our latest updates on Accordionist.Net: H. Villa-Lobos, Samuel Barber, Astor Piazzolla, Pietro Frosini, Hans Brehme, A. Piazzolla, Oscar Peterson etc.