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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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David Vernon @ Stainton Middlesbrough - Frid 2nd May 7.30pm
May, 9, 2008


Concert featuring the Scottish Accordionist
DAVID VERNON
with local group support.


Concert to be held in Stainton Memorial Hall Stainton Village Middlesbrough
 

Concert starts at 7.30pm
Tickets cost £5 and include light refreshments.
 
Tickets available from:Tom Baines (Group Sec) Tel 01642 590781
 
 
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The Accordion Workshop Group will play host to the talented David Vernon - a worldwide entertainer who is expected to attract a large audience. Tickets cost £5 and include light refreshments.

For more information contact Tom Baines on Tel: 01642 590781

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Craven Accordion Orchestra in Concert
May, 9, 2008

Craven Accordion Orchestra are playing in Concert at Settle Parish Church on Saturday 12th April 2008 at 7.30pm. The orchestra will be playing a varied programme of music ranging from well classics such as Granada by Lara to the Theme from Titanic My Heart Will Go On.
 
Settle Parish Church provides the ideal venue for the concert for the second year in this idyllic rural town.

Adults: £6, Concessions £5. Accompanied Children Free. For more information contact Harry on 01535 635074 or by e-mailing: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Karen Street - Gig Guide
May, 9, 2008

Karen Street

May 2 Batcombe Jubilee Hall, nr Shepton Mallet 8.00pm 01749 850311 KAREN STREET TRIO (L'ESPIIT DU JAZZ) with Andy Tweed (sax) and Andrew Barrett (guitar) as part of TakeArt Tours

 

May 10 Westonzoyland Community Centre, nr Bridgewater  8.30 01278 691310 - KAREN STREET TRIO (L'ESPIRT DU JAZZ) with Andy Tweed (sax) and Andrew Barrett (guitar) as part of Take Art Tours

 

May 16 St Clement Dane's Church, The Strand 2.30pm LONDON CONTEMPORARY CHURCH MUSIC FESTIVAL performance of newly arranged hymns for jazz quartetand childrens choir . St Clement Danes C of E school choir plus London College of music Chamber Choir, with KarenStreet (accordion) Paul Clarvis (percussion)Mark Hodgson (bass)John Paricelli - http://www.st-clement-danes.co.uk/frame1.html

 

June 15 Meeting House Arts Centre., Illminster  The Meeting House Arts Centre  East Street, Ilminster, SomersetTA19 0AN8.00pm 01460 55783 KAREN STREET TRIO (L'ESPIRT DU JAZZ) with Andy Tweed (sax) and Andrew Barrett (guitar) as part of Take Art Tours

 

July 10 Frome Festival, Frome Somerset 7.30pm KAREN STREET with FRED BAKER (Guitar) and ANDY TWEEN (percussion)

 

(ESPIRIT DU JAZZ) 
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Paste Promotes the Accordion Revolution
May, 9, 2008
Not sure how I missed this, but the April issue of Paste Magazine has a couple features on the accordion. The first, “Squeezebox Redux: The World’s Dorkiest Instrument Earns Hipster Cred”, notes the accordion’s recent rise to prominence in the indie rock world. One label head suggests that “the more bands that use accordions, the more [new] bands will be inspired to try it themselves.” DeVotchKa’s Tom Hagerman also has a good quote:

“The accordion can quickly color a piece of music into a much darker or even grotesque sort of tune… I think in pop music it tends to make things sound a little anachronistic, in a good way.”

Paste also published their “Ultimate Accordion Playlist”. The list is, again, indie rock-centric, and features a number of the bands we’ve covered here (They Might Be Giants, the Decemberists, Gogol Bordello, Arcade Fire, etc.). Any notable omissions?

Kimmo Pohjonen is One Crazy Dude
May, 9, 2008
As someone who comes from a long line of farmers, I’m no stranger to tractors and farm equipment. But I never thought of using their sounds in music, which is why I’m not a famous avant-garde musician like Finnish accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen. He toured four UK farms and recorded the sounds of tractors, milking machines, threshers, and more, so he could tweak, loop, and sample them with his MIDI accordion for his project, “Earth Machine Music.”

“When you amplify and equalise those sounds, and you have a great PA, you can suddenly hear music and rhythms. I’m sure people who come to the concerts will be surprised at what great sounds they have. These are kind of forgotten sounds. Everybody knows them, and everybody knows accordion sounds, too - but not like this.”

Next month, Pohjonen will revisit those farms for a series of concerts in which he’ll perform new music he has composed specifically for each venue. Local farmers will even “play along” with Pohjonen, firing up their tractors and machinery during the performance. There’s even a documentary film in the works. I wonder if it will spawn a whole new genre of agricultural accordionists…

Update: I found a YouTube clip of Pohjonen discussing the project, as well as a piece in the Telegraph.

Ollie Collins - Accordionist Entertainer!
Apr., 20, 2008
Ollie Collins Giggleswick School boy Oliver Collins has been entertaining pupils, staff and parents with his Accordion playing. Oliver has recently competed in the Schools’ ‘Young Musician of the Year’ competition where he succeeded in being the first Accordion player to take part in this annual competition. More recently he performed at Giggleswick’s School Chapel for the end of term Easter Service. Olivers teacher, Harry Hinchcliffe is delighted that Oliver is receiving fantastic support, opportunity and recognition for all his hard work and practice.
"Beecham Boys" Charity "213 Mile Bike Ride" gains momentum & support as target is doubled !
Apr., 20, 2008
Ron Beecham - 1936 - 2006Craig and Lloyd Beecham are riding their bikes from London to Paris in the Summer of 2008.The plan is to raise at least £5,000 for the "Everyman Cancer Research Campaign" , in memory of their father Ron Beecham, who sadly passed away in 2006 from cancer. They both miss their dad a great deal, and feel that this is a good way to remember a lovely man, and also to raise money for a worthy cause.  
Bike Ride News Update: March 2008 Between us, we needed to raise £2200 to be able to take part in this challenge. We thought that we would set ourselves the target of £2500 as a very challenging target. We never expected to reach this amount of money in such a short space of time. So, we have decided to try and be very greedy and go for £5000. We know this is a huge amount of money and that we may not make it that far, but it would be an amazing achievement to raise that much money for such a worthy cause.Another huge thank you for all of the sponsorship that we have received so far. The generosity that everyone has demonstrated in giving to the everyman campaign in memory of our Dad is really quite humbling. That, along with the messages left on this site make us both realise what a special man our Dad was, and how he touched the lives of so many people. In terms of training, Lloyd has been having problems with the clip in shoes and pedals that he has purchased. Unfortunately, he is sometimes unable to unclip the correct foot in time, and falls over. He is comfortably above 30 miles in his longest stints, and is now concentrating on hill work in preparation for the longer inclines. He is planning to hit 50 miles next month. Craig has ridden from Reading to Oxford for work (about 30 miles) , but then found himself a bit tired and unable to concentrate properly. The plan by May is to be able to ride home again at the end of the day. Training has focused on developing speed endurance and trying to get average speeds up towards 15 miles an hour..............  Craig & Lloyd Beecham 
Fundraising target: £5,000.00Donations to date: £4,011.48
Celebrating Keith Rogers - His Music - His Instruments - Himself - Sat 19th April @ 7pm
Apr., 20, 2008
Some of you will know that my cousin, Keith Rogers, died earlier this year of pancreatic cancer.  He was a maker of early musical instruments - recorders, serpents, cornetts, oboes d'amore, etc, etc.  The family is arranging a concert to celebrate his life and achievements including music played on instruments he made.  It will include both the biggest and the smallest Serpents in the world.  If you don't know what a Serpent is, the invitation shows him grappling with a medium-sized one (it's made of wood, the two halves channelled out and glued together then covered with a tightly-fitting leather sleeve to hold it all together!)

The concert will be in St Michael and All Angels Church, 1 Pond Road, Blackheath Park, London SE3 9JL, Saturday 19th April '08 at 7.00pm.  I'm told it's a big church, so anyone interested is welcome - no need to have known him - so feel free to circulate this invitation to musical friends.  

We are promised a mixture of music, some he composed, some he loved (no doubt with an early-music bias in view of the instruments).  It should be an unusual chance to see all these ancient instruments, and I'm sure the quality of the music-making will be high (judging from performances at a recent family wedding and Keith's funeral).  The concert is free, with a collection for the Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain. 

Hope to see some of you there!

Best wishes,  Neil Sanders - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it





 

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Groanbox Boys - UK Tour - Gig Guide
Apr., 20, 2008
The Groanbox Boys will soon be touring the UK again!
The Groanbox Boys are the NY/London-based music duo, Cory Seznec and Michael Ward-Bergeman. The two play a highly unique blend of what they call Old Time Mountain Gypsy World Folk Blues Music on accordion, acoustic guitar, banjo, harmonica and odd pieces of percussion, including their self-made "Freedom Boot".
Spring 2008 UK TourMay 2 Man of Kent Rochester, KentMay 3 Sweeps Festival - The Crown Rochester, KentMay 4 Sweeps Festival - Rochester Castle Gardens Concert Marquee with Truckstop Honeymoon Rochester, Kent 2:30 pm startMay 5 Sweeps Festival - Two Brewers Rochester, Kent 12:30 pm startMay 6 The Crooked Billet Henley on Thames, OxfordshireMay 7 Wrotham Arms Broadstairs, KentMay 8 The Royal National Theatre - Music in the Foyer South Bank, London 6:15 pm startMay 9 The Royal Albert Hall - Ignite! Series Kensington, London 12 pm startMay 10 Green Note Camden, LondonMay 11 The Bell Inn Bath, Somerset 1 pm startMay 11 The Royal Portland Arms Portland, Dorset 7 pm startMay 12 The Boot Inn Weymouth, DorsetMay 13 Bom-Bane's BrightonMay 14 Carlyon Arms St Austell, CornwallMay 15 BBC Radio Swindon/Wiltshire The Mark Seaman Show aired on May 18 at 3 pmMay 15 The Beehive Swindon, WiltshireMay 16 The Old Courthouse (In the Dock) Thirsk, North YorkshireMay 17 Bogbain Farm Inshes, Inverness, ScotlandMay 18 Tin Hut, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandMay 19 Inn at Lathones, Largoward, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland Gig infoMay 20 The Old Libary Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, ScotlandMay 21 The Coach House Killin, Perthshire, ScotlandMay 22 Acoustic Music Club Kirkcaldy, Fife, ScotlandMay 23 Greenock Wanderers RFC Club Greenock, Inverclyde, ScotlandMay 24 Selby Town Hall Selby, North YorkshireMay 25 The Tall Ship, Glasgow, ScotlandMay 28 Tolbooth Stirling, ScotlandMay 29 Leith Folk Club at the Village Edinburgh, ScotlandMay 31 String Jam Club Galashiels, Scottish BordersJune 1 City Blues Weekender Festival Leicester 1 pm startJune 7 The Met Arts Centre Bury, LancashireFall 2008 UK TourAugust 27 Blues Cafe Bar Harrogate, North YorkshireAugust 28 Gala Theatre DurhamAugust 30 Burnham On Sea Folk Festival Burnham on Sea, SomersetSeptember 3 Carlyon Arms St Austell, CornwallSeptember 5 Private Concert, Ampleforth, YorkshireSeptember 6 House Concert at Spelman's YorkSeptember 12 The Antic Banquet Festival, DevonSeptember 13 The Square and Compass Worth Matravers, Swanage, DorsetSeptember 14 The Grey Horse Kingston, SurreySeptember 16 Dartford Folk Club Dartford, KentSeptember 17 Royal Brompton Hospital Chelsea, London 12 pm startSeptember 18 Harefield Hospital Harefield, Middlesex 12 pm startSeptember 19 Brook's Blues Bar at the Telegraph, Putney Heath, LondonSeptember 28 The Rose and Crown Charlbury, OxfordshireOctober 1 Burnett's Chapel Narberth, WalesOctober 2 Beaford Arts North DevonOctober 3 Beaford Arts North DevonOctober 4 Beaford Arts North DevonOctober 8 Traveller's Rest Draycott, Darby, DarbyshireOctober 9 The Musician LeicesterOctober 10 Blues in the Schools Keighley, YorkshireOctober 10 Bronte Blues Club Keighley, YorkshireOctober 11 Green Note Camden, London
 
 
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Preview Video of "Pennies from Heaven" - featuring accordionist Romano Viazzani - April 18th & 19th!
Apr., 20, 2008
COMING SOON! On April 18 and 19, 2008, The St. Albans Organ Theatre, in St. Albans, Herts, U.K., is pleased to present "Pennies From Heaven, The Life & Songs of Arthur Tracy, 'The Street Singer.'" The biographical and musical show will be performed by international cabaret star, Steve Ross, and popular New York baritone, Gregory Moore, who is also the author and director. The show was premiered at New York's Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts in 2005, to commemorate the generous donation of Tracy materials made to the Library by his family. Tracy, who emigrated to America from Russia, died in 1997 at age 98. Noted New York television host (and friend of Arthur Tracy's), Joe Franklin, acclaimed "Pennies From Heaven" as "...the best show I saw all year...I can't recall the last time I saw such a heartfelt standing ovation!" In February of 2007, Messrs. Ross and Moore (along with London accordion virtuoso, Romano Viazzani) brought their show to London's Jermyn Street Theatre for one memorable, sold-out performance, precipitating their return engagement in October of 2007. One of the most popular American performers in the UK in the years just before World War II, Arthur "The Street Singer" Tracy (1899-1997) is unjustly "under-remembered" today. But in his day, his full-voiced renditions of the great songs of that era were wildly popular with British and American audiences alike. In the words of Michael Darvell, of the classicalsource.com, "[Steve] Ross' narration punctuates the music with memories and tales of the life of Arthur Tracy, a Ukrainian born, naturalised American who was given his western name when he passed through Ellis Island with his family aged seven, into the American dream. Ross brings his natural wit to the fore as he leads his audience through the evening, keeping the performance alive with Tracy's music, heavy on thirties romance and now steeped in nostalgia. Throughout the evening Viazzani's entrancing accordion adds a continental flavour to the music, setting the tone by opening with the emotive gypsy melody "Marta, Rambling Rose of the Wildwood." Moore takes the role of Arthur Tracy's stage persona "The Street Singer" and shares the vocals with Ross, looking every inch as though he's stepped through sixty years into this charming setting, where he beguiles and enchants."
Pennies From Heaven
 St. Albans Organ Theatre - 320 Camp Road - St.Albans AL1 5PE
Friday April 18th @ 7.30 pm
Saturday April 19th @  2.30 & 7.30 pm
Three shows of 'PENNIES FROM HEAVEN'
 The Life and Songs of Arthur Tracy - 'The Street Singer'
Performed by STEVE ROSS - American Cabaret Artist (Storyteller);
 GREG MOORE - American Opera Singer (Arthur Tracy)
& ROMANO VIAZZANI - Piano Accordionist.

Tickets £ 8.00 
 Available only from RON HARTWELL
Tel: 01494-786738
 
 
 
An Evening in the Company of 'The Street Singer'
With Music That Defined Romance
 " From Geoff Ambler's review at Reviewsgate.com"
 
Steve Ross, last in Jermyn Street performing a salute to Stephen Sondheim, is now accompanied by virtuoso accordionist Romano Viazzani and Gregory Moore for a fascinating journey into an era of musical history when “The Street Singer” topped the Palladium’s pre-war billing and starred alongside Bing Crosby in Hollywood, a time remembered in black and white and filled with music that will never be forgotten.

Ross’ narration punctuates the music with memories and tales of the life of Arthur Tracy, a Ukranian born, naturalised American who was given his western name when he passed through Ellis Island with his family aged seven, into the American dream. Ross brings his natural wit to the fore as he leads his audience through the evening, keeping the performance alive with Tracy’s music, heavy on thirties romance and now steeped in nostalgia.

Throughout the evening Viazzani’s entrancing accordion adds a continental flavour to the music, setting the tone by opening with the emotive gypsy melody “Marta, Rambling Rose of the Wildwood”. Moore takes the role of Arthur Tracy’s stage persona “The Street Singer” and shares the vocals with Ross, looking every inch as though he’s stepped through sixty years into this charming setting, where he beguiles and enchants.

An extensive song list, including “East of the Sun, West of the Moon”, propels you straight into the thirties, the melancholy “Danny Boy”, a delightful “The Way You Look Tonight” and “A Foggy Day” evoking a London otherwise known only through monochrome Saturday afternoon movies. Tracy sings of love that is never cynical, and never clouded by realism - something long banished from modern life.

Gregory Moore's tribute closes with the two most famous melodies “When You Wish Upon A Star”, adopted by Disney, and “Pennies From Heaven”, which drew Tracy back into the limelight in the eighties via a Steve Martin movie, giving his music a last chance to shine, fifty years on in a century that had forgotten how much it had benefited from his life, his music and spirit - things these three masters in Jermyn Street have now re-ignited.

Narrator/ Piano/Vocals: Steve Ross.
The Street Singer: Gregory Moore.
Accordion: Roman Viazzani.

Director: Gregory Moore.
 
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Arthur Tracy - The Street Singer
 
 
One of the most popular American performers in the UK in the years just before World War II, Arthur "The Street Singer" Tracy (1899-1997) is  unjustly "under-remembered" today.  But in his day, his full-voiced renditions of the great songs of that era were wildly popular with British and American audiences alike.
 
In 2005, Arthur Tracy's family commissioned a tribute to him, upon the occasion of their donation of Arthur's personal papers and effects to the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts (New York).  International cabaret star, Steve Ross, and popular New York baritone, Gregory Moore, created the show Pennies From Heaven:  The Life and Songs of Arthur Tracy, 'The Street Singer'.  The show was much acclaimed by the capacity audience at Lincoln Center.  Noted New York television host (and friend of Arthur Tracy's), Joe Franklin, acclaimed it as "...the best show I saw all year...I can't recall the last time I saw such a heartfelt standing ovation!"  In February of 2007, Messrs. Ross and Moore (along with London accordion virtuoso, Romano Viazzani) brought their show to London's Jermyn Street Theatre for one memorable, sold-out performance, precipitating their return engagement in October of 2007 (see reviews, below).  The beautiful and utterly unique St. Albans Organ Theatre is pleased to present the return to the U.K. of Pennies From Heaven on 18th and 19th, April, 2008.  With their world-class collection of antique mechanical musical instruments and wonderfully nostalgic atmosphere, The St. Albans Organ Theatre should prove the perfect setting for this musical bit of "time travel," as the clock is rolled backward and we revisit the glorious songs and wonderful life of "The Street Singer".
 
 
Tickets may be purchased in advance from Ron Hartwell. 
Please send a stamped, addressed envelope to: 
16, Ridgeway Road, Chesham, Bucks. HP5 2EG.
 
 For reservations please call Ron Hartwell on 01484 786738
 
 
 
 
 
REVIEWS from the Jermyn St. Theatre performances of
"Pennies From Heaven" - October 2007.
 
From Paul Vale's review from THE STAGE, London, U.K.
Arthur Tracy achieved huge popular acclaim in the early thirties as the Street Singer, a mysterious vocalist of indeterminate origin who wandered the CBS airwaves.With a strong classical training, his forte was the sentimental ballads such as Danny Boy, Just a Gigolo and the number that became his theme tune, Marta, Rambling Rose of the Wildwood.Tracy moved to the UK and was an instant hit on these shores recording such classics as Cocktails for Two, Keep the Homefires Burning, If You Were the Only Girl in The World and the immensely popular Pennies From Heaven.Providing the musical accompaniment and narrative for the evening is internationally acclaimed cabaret performer Steve Ross. Ross makes an engaging and entertaining storyteller, particularly describing the moment when he finally met Tracy in the early eighties. But it is through the piano his fondness for the Street Singer shines through and at a emotional level, September Song struck a deeply poignant chord for a worldwide legend who is now largely forgotten. This evident affection for Tracy is matched only by singer Gregory Moore whose voice has a distinctive timbre that lends itself perfectly to this style, with particular highlights being The Way You Look Tonight and the Kern/Hammerstein classic, Ol’ Man River. Complimenting this duo is virtuoso accordionist Romano Viazzani. Although often portrayed as a skilled accordionist himself, Tracy never actually learned to play one.
 
From Michael Darvell's review at Theclassicalsource.com                       
Ten years ago this week the singer Arthur Tracy (aka “The Street Singer”) died in New York aged 98. He had come a long way in nearly a full century. Born Abba Avron Tracovutsky in the Ukraine, he emigrated to the US at age six with his family who settled in Philadelphia. After graduating in 1917 he studied to be an architect but soon left to take up singing. Moving to New York he appeared in vaudeville and was seen by a talent-scout and given a radio programme. He assumed his sobriquet of “The Street Singer” to avoid embarrassing his family. By the early-thirties he had appeared in a film with Bing Crosby, “The Big Broadcast of 1932”, and went on to make five more. He became a phenomenally successful singer in concerts and on record, selling some six million discs and just as many copies of the sheet music of his songs. He was a ‘bari-tenor’ who specialised in performing a repertoire of popular love songs and ballads of the day, material that would now be considered cheesy. But in 1930s’ America and for five years in Great Britain where he topped the bill at the London Palladium, these were the songs that audiences loved to hear.
His signature song was ‘Marta, rambling rose of the wildwood’ which he sang as he stepped on to the stage, as “The Street Singer” seemingly playing the accordion, an instrument which Tracy never actually learned to play. His material was unashamedly romantic but he sang some of the best popular songs ever written, from Romberg and Hammerstein’s ‘One alone’ and ‘Softly, as in a morning sunrise’ to Duke Ellington’s ‘Solitude’ through the Gershwins, Harry Warren and Al Dubin, Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields and Otto Harbach to Noel Coward and Kurt Weill. He sang the material in a strong, earnest voice that was obviously very appealing to a lot of people.
Performing the songs here are writer and director Gregory Moore, an opera singer now concentrating on cabaret and concert work. He has a stentorian voice, much like Tracy and he puts across the material with warmth and feeling for the sentiments expressed in these numbers. He shares the singing with pianist and vocalist Steve Ross, an old hand at this sort of material. Far from being “The Street Singer” Steve Ross is more the sleek or chic singer and he puts a different spin on the numbers that is his familiar trademark. The accordion accompaniment by Romano Viazzani provides a neat background to the period in this most charming and civilised of entertainments. It’s not often you have the chance to enjoy these sorts of songs and here they are presented with passion and delight.
Tracy’s main period of popularity was during the 1930s and ’40s but, when Swing came in, his sort of songs went out of fashion. He toured here and in the US but eventually the work dried up and he made his money out of ‘real estate’ instead. However, many years later his 1937 recording of ‘Pennies from heaven’ was used in the 1981 US film of the same name (based on the Dennis Potter play) with Steve Martin and suddenly audiences wanted to know him again. The following year he appeared in cabaret in New York where Steve Ross saw him. Later on Tracy appeared in a Broadway show, “Social security”, and had a bit part in the film “Crossing Delancey”. When Tracy’s papers were filed at Lincoln Center, Ross was asked if there was a show in his story. The result is two hours of very best kind of musical nostalgia.
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UK Accordion Championships Blackpool - Friday 25th - Sunday 27th April 2008
Apr., 20, 2008
Friday 25th - Sunday 27th April 2008
We are set up to hold the 2008 Annual Competition at the North Pier and Metropole Hotel in Blackpool. This is the most exciting Accordion event in the Annual Calendar and will be held in the heart of the town.
In addition to the Competitions, the event will feature Concerts,
Workshops and the traditional Saturday night Ceilidh with Gary Blair.
Click here to visit The Blackpool Tourist Website Click here for Train Tickets to Blackpool!Click here to book accomodation in Blackpool!Click here for The Queens Hotel Blackpool - an accordionist's friendly hotel!Click here for Flights to Blackpool!Click here for Coach Tickets to Blackpool!Gary Blair Ceilidh Band - UK Accordion Championships - Saturday Night Fun!
Lindum Accordion Club
Apr., 20, 2008
Dear UKAO,........ I would just like to give our club a plug , we don't hear about the LINDUM ACCORDION CLUB at Wragby near LINCOLN ,very much, We have about 54 members from all over Lincoln and over the Humber bridge in Hull and area,  About 5 of us joined from Hull club when it closed last year and we were all made very welcome . 
Harry says all are welcome at The Lindum Accordion Club!
 The club has a very friendly atmosphere , the band lets anyone play, readers and nonreaders ,and being a non reader ,it really helps to gain confidence, and now I've got the courage to play in front ,after the tea break   ,Another thing the club is good at ,is raising funds for charity . Lindum club supports and raises money for LINCOLN ST.BARNABAS HOSPISE. In the last 8months ,up to January 08 ,a staggering £1124 has been donated to the Hospise ,, FANTASTIC .. This was made up from members playing at functions, £100 from raffles ,and would you believe , £24 selling doggy bags of food left over from our christmas dinner, also, selling an accordion that a member donated £85. Thanks to Wendy ,the treasurer ,for the figures .. What a nice club . We have a good time every 3rd wed of the month from 8.00pm.Do join us if you are near ! ...Best Wishes from ....Harry Kipling  On wednesday 19th March 2008 our very special guest artiste will be Pearl-Fawcett Adriano - doors open at 7.45pm and this will be a fantastic evening of entertainment!Lindum Accordion Club
Wragby Town Hall
Louth Road
Wragby
Lincolnshire
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All are welcome!

The Lindum Accordion Club meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Wragby Town Hall, which is on the A157 Louth Road, Wragby, just 100 metres or so from the junction with the A158 Skegness/Lincoln road.

The venue offers ample accommodation and on-site car parking, with convenient access to both the main hall and the annex. Kitchen facilities are available, and refreshments are served during a break in the evening's proceedings.
 
The Club Chairman, Geoff Brown,This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   is pleased to report that the Club continues to go from strength to strength and meetings are very well attended. But there is always room new faces, and anyone with an interest in the accordion will find themself amongst friends.
Map & Directions to our club are below:-
La India Canela on NPR
Apr., 20, 2008
There was a great interview on NPR today with Dominican accordionist La India Canela. She has twice won the Cassandra award for her hit songs and is now releasing an album in the United States, Merengue Tipico from the Dominican Republic.She had a tough start; her father didn’t want her to play the accordion, so she had to hide to practice. Then, after she was discovered, she had to convince him to let her play in the city. Overcoming the social stigma of the accordion being a man’s instrument was a challenge, but her love for the music was deep and she was determined to stick with it.“Accordion is very profound, and you feel it probably from the moment you are in your mother’s womb.”Now she’s one of The Dominican Republic’s most famous musicians. You can listen to the NPR interview as well as some clips of her playing here.
Duo Esprit @ Guildford A/C - Good Friday 21st March
Apr., 13, 2008
Duo Esprit - Ian Watson & Julie North - will be special guests at The Guildford Accordion Club on 21st March (Good Friday).
Meets at The Village Hall Ripley.
Doors Open @ 7pm
Ian Watson & Julie North


Duo Esprit are the very special guest artists at
The Guildford Accordion Club
Friday 21st March 2008
Doors Open at 7pm
Ripley Village Hall - Ripley
Near Guildford - Surrey - GU23 6AF
M25-J10/A3


Contact Info:
John Cumiskey Tel ; 0208 546 1767
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Web:  http://guildford-accordion-club.org.uk/ 
John Kirkpatrick - Gig Listings
Apr., 13, 2008
John Kirkpatrick
 
 
 
 
Sat 8 Mar 2008 Loughborough Folk Festival, Leicestershire Mon 10 Mar 2008 The Town Hall, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire JK adjudicating the Folk Section of the Chipping Norton Music Festival. Brace yourselves!Thu 27 Mar 2008
to Sun 30 Mar 2008 Chantmarle, near Yeovil, Dorset Folk South West's Residential Easter SchoolSun 30 Mar 2008 Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX CLOSE OF PLAY - the final event in Shirley Collins' 'Folk Roots, New Routes' concert series on the South Bank. JK one of a huge cast this evening, including Linda Thompson, Martyn Wyndham Read, Hot Vultures, and Rattle on the Stovepipe. STARTS 7.30 p.m.
www.southbankcentre.co.uk | 0871 663 2500
Sat 5 Apr 2008 Ryburn 3 Step Folk Emporium, The Alma Inn, Cottonstones, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX6 4NS SPRING SING - Starts at noon - afternoon sessions with a talk, and an evening folk club performance.
www.ryburn3step.org.uk | 01422 822569
Sat 12 Apr 2008 The Plough Arts Centre, Fore Street, Great Torrington, Devon, EX38 8HQ ROY BAILEY & JOHN KIRKPATRICK
www.plough-arts.org | 01805 624624
Sun 13 Apr 2008 Oxford Folk Festival BRASS MONKEYFri 18 Apr 2008 The Half Moon, 93 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London SW15 1EU ROY BAILEY & JOHN KIRKPATRICK
www.halfmoon.co.uk | 020 8780 9383
Sat 19 Apr 2008 The Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3QA ROY BAILEY & JOHN KIRKPATRICK
marinetheatre.com | 01297 442138
Sun 20 Apr 2008 Hitchin Folk Club, The Sun Hotel, Sun Street, Hitchin, Herts, SG5 1AF 
www.hitchinfolkclub.co.uk | 01462 812391
Mon 21 Apr 2008 Nettlebed Village Club, High Street, Nettlebed, Oxfordshire, RG9 5DD ROY BAILEY & JOHN KIRKPATRICK
www.nettlebedfolkclub.co.uk | 01628 636620
Thu 24 Apr 2008 Huntingdon Hall, Crowngate, Worcester, WR1 3LD ROY BAILEY & JOHN KIRKPATRICK
www.huntingdonhall.com | 01905 611427
Fri 25 Apr 2008 East Dulwich Tavern, South East London 
0207 252 2742
Sat 26 Apr 2008 Bridgwater Arts Centre, Castle Street, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3DD. ROY BAILEY & JOHN KIRKPATRICKFri 2 May 2008 The Guildhall, Bore Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire ROY BAILEY & JOHN KIRKPATRICK
www.lichfieldarts.org.uk | 01543 262223
Fri 9 May 2008 Folk at The Grove, The Grove Inn, Back Row, David St, Holbeck, Leeds, L11 5PL 
www.grovefolkclub.org.uk | 01977 685122
Mon 12 May 2008 The Griffin, Yoxford, East Suffolk 
01728 668327
Wed 14 May 2008 Otley Folk Club, Korks Wine Bar, 40 Bondgate, Otley, West Yorkshire 
www.otleyfolkclub.org.uk | 01943 467189
Sat 17 May 2008 Rhos-Y-Gilwen, North Pembrokshire, SA43 2TW Concert & Workshop
www.rhosygilwen.co.uk | 01239 841387
Sun 18 May 2008 Shepley Spring Festival, near Huddersfield, Yorkshire ROY BAILEY & JOHN KIRKPATRICK. Closing spot of the Sunday evening concert.Fri 23 May 2008 Cleethorpes Folk Festival, Lincolnshire Sat 31 May 2008 Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peter's Hill, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6PZ THE SULTANS OF SQUEEZE - John Kirkpatrick & Chris Parkinson. Concert spot and workshops as part of a new Folk Weekend.
www.guildhallartscentre.com | 01476 406158
Sat 7 Jun 2008 The Temple Methodist Church, Upper High Street, Taunton, Somerset John Kirkpatrick in concert with The Stanchester Quire. Charity concert for The Meningitis Trust. No alcohol! STARTS 7.30 p.m.Sun 8 Jun 2008 Horsham Folk Club, Normandy Centre, Denne Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1JF 
www.horshamfolkclub.co.uk | 01403 251188
Sat 14 Jun 2008 Gower Folk Festival, Gower Heritage Centre, Parkmill, Gower, Swansea, SA3 2EH THE SULTANS OF SQUEEZE - John Kirkpatrick & Chris ParkinsonSat 28 Jun 2008 Shammicks Acoustic Sessions, Combe Martin, Devon Daytime Workshop on Song Accompaniment + Evening Concert SpotsSat 5 Jul 2008 Davy Lamp Folk Club, The Arts Centre, Washington, Tyne & Wear, NE38 8AB THE SULTANS OF SQUEEZE - John Kirkpatrick & Chris ParkinsonSun 20 Jul 2008 Bothy Folk Song Club, The Park Golf Club, Park Road West, Southport, Lancashire, PR9 0JS 
www.bothyfolkclub.co.uk | 0151 924 5078
Fri 15 Aug 2008
to Sun 17 Aug 2008 Bideford Folk Festival, North Devon Tue 2 Sep 2008 The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club, The Ship Hotel, Leigh on Sea, Essex Replacement for previous gig cancelled through illness.
01702 715111
Tue 16 Sep 2008 Great Knight Folk Club, The Old Black Lion, Marefair, Northampton 
01604 766154
Thu 18 Sep 2008 Lymm Folk Club, The Spread Eagle Hotel, Eagle Brow, Lymm, Cheshire 
07919 270916
Fri 19 Sep 2008
to Sat 20 Sep 2008 Deal Maritime Festival, Kent. 25th Anniversary. Friday evening concert spot, Saturday lunchtime workshop.
01304 239765
Sat 11 Oct 2008 The Red Lion, Kings Heath, Birmingham ROY BAILEY & JOHN KIRKPATRICK
0121 472 4253
Sat 18 Oct 2008 The Kennedy Hall, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, Camden Town, London, NW1 7AY. CEILIDH with MR GUBBINS' BICYCLE. Part of The Big National Ceilidh.
www.bignationalceilidh.co.uk | 020 7485 2206
Sat 25 Oct 2008 The Lewes Arms Folk Club, Lewes, Sussex Daytime workshops on modes, and accompaniments for both songs and tunes. Evening folk club performance.
Fri 7 Nov 2008 The Musical Traditions Club, The King and Queen, 1 Foley Street, London W1 6DL 
0208 340 6530
Sat 8 Nov 2008
to Sun 9 Nov 2008 Folk South West West Country Carols Weekend, Sidmouth, Devon 
www.folksw.org.uk | 01935 822911
Fri 14 Nov 2008 Phoenix Ceilidhs, St Mary's Catholic Club, Horwich, Lancashire, BL6 5QS. CEILIDH with MR GUBBINS' BICYCLESat 22 Nov 2008 The Kennedy Hall, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Rd, Camden Town, London NW1 7AY CEILIDH with MR GUBBINS' BICYCLE. Folk Camps Society 40th Birthday Party
020 7485 2206
Fri 28 Nov 2008 The Rising Sun, Ermin Street, Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 8LG CAROLLING & CRUMPETS - Solo Christmas Show
01488 608131
Fri 5 Dec 2008 The Queens Head Folk Club, Monmouth Finally - a replacement date for the gig that got lost in the floods!
01291 641369
Fri 12 Dec 2008 The Floor, St Michael's Village Hall, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire 
Sun 14 Dec 2008 The Church Hall, Sproughton, Ipswich, Suffolk. CAROLLING & CRUMPETS - Solo Christmas Show.
01473 742334
Thu 8 Jan 2009 The Royal Oak, Station Street, Lewes, Sussex THE SULTANS OF SQUEEZE - John Kirkpatrick & Chris ParkinsonSun 5 Jul 2009 The Fox & Goose, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 6AZ JK performing at 3.00 p.m.
01422 842649
Gary Blair - 2008 Gig Guide
Mar., 30, 2008
Gary Blair - International Accordionist
.http://www.cooperfisa.com/The Accordion Shop  Sunningdale & Rochdale for Cooperativa Accordion's!.Gary Blair & Gary James Blair - Eastbourne UK - Feb '08
March:
28th Shotts Bowling club
29th Moorpark House hotel ( wedding)
April:
5th April  St Andrews parish church  Cambuslang
11th April  Lodge on the loch, Loch Lomond
12th Dumbarton Masonic
13th Bearsden Parish Church
18th Glasgow University
19th Private Function
25-26th  UK Accordion Championships, Blackpool
May:
3rd May  - Private
9th -13th May  "Accordions International"  Pontins  Blackpool
17th May - Devonshire Gardens
24th  May - Bridge of Weir
31st May  - Bargarren Community Centre
June:
June 8th - Accordionists Picnic, Vacaville..California - USA
11th  - Good Time Accordion Club, Escalon, California - USA
15th   - Bay Area Accordion Club  San Francisco, California - USA
16th   - Accordion club of the Redwoods, California - USA
18th-27th  - Leavenworth Intl.Accordion Celebration, Washington - USA
         "Gary Blair & Gary James Blair - Star Billing at Leavenworth 2008!"
July:
5th July - Alloa
11th Private function
12th  Gartocharn Village Hall
18th Private
19th Private
25th-26th  Barga, Italy
August:
2nd August Private
8-9th Private
September:
7th -9th September, St Audries Bay Somerset
      "Roland V Accordion Weekend & Accordion Tuition Week"
13th Beardmore Hotel
20th Paisley Town Hall, 
25th Caledonian University
October:
11 October -Cartland Bridge Hotel, Lanark
25th October -Coupe Mondial  Renfrew Scotland

 
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Email is :-  gazzapt@yahoo.co.uk
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Mika Vayrynen at the RAM - Mon 14th April
Mar., 30, 2008
Mika Vayrynen
Hi Fellow Accordionists!
Just to let you know that Mika Vayrynen is doing a concert at the Royal
Academy of Music on monday April 14th .  He's an incredible player
of the highest international calibre and has played with Orchestras
everywhere and made recordings that can be bought in record shops all over
the world.  This is his London debut so it would be good to show him the
accordion is alive and well in the UK by supporting the event.
Have a great Easter...................................Romano Viazzanihttp://www.ram.ac.uk/events/Accordion MasterclassMika Väyrynen, professor at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, works with students.Repertoire to include:
Magnus Lindberg Jeux d'Anches
Schnittke Revis Fairytale
JS Bach Prelude and Fugue no.24 in B minor
Belositsky Sonata no.1
The Derek Butler London Prize - Mon 24th March @ 7.30pm
Mar., 30, 2008
The Derek Butler London Prize - Mon 24th March @ 7.30pm
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk/whats-on/productions/the-derek-butler-213852008 will be the second year of the Derek Butler London Prize awarded to the best first-year postgraduate candidate from the four leading London music colleges. The competitors this year –  Bartholomew LaFollette (GSMD), Dunja Lavrova (RCM), Miloš Milivojević(RAM), Alissa Tavdidishvili (TCM) –  include not only a wide range of instruments, but also a varied and stimulating programme. It will be an opportunity to hear performances by these promising young musicians who are on their way to establishing themselves as leaders in their fields.Supported by the Derek Butler Trust
The Brooklyn Rebirth of Chicha
Mar., 30, 2008
Olivier Conan didn’t go to Peru to find chicha; it found him. Conan was introduced to chicha — a style of Peruvian pop music derived from Colombian cumbias — by street vendors in Lima and was immediately hooked. Ignored by critics, art students, and the middle class, chicha was music for the poor and, as such, was largely ignored outside of Peru.That is, until Conan returned to Brooklyn and formed Chicha Libre, whose debut album Sonido Amazonico! was released today. The group plays a mixture of latin rhythms, surf music and psychedelic pop inspired by the chicha bands of the 1960s that borrowed sounds from rock and roll (electric guitars, organs) and combined them both with cumbia and traditional Amazonian music. In an interview, Conan describes how Chicha Libre pays homage to those progenitors:“We imitated the sounds but took liberties. It has since evolved into a band with its own identity and borrowings from everywhere — in a way, it is faithful to the spirit of Chicha, which itself borrowed from all corners of the world. We’re just as syncretic and trying to be just as much fun.”The band mixes covers of forgotten Chicha classics with French-tinged originals, re-interpretations of 70s pop classics as well as cumbia versions of pieces by Satie and Ravel. You can catch the six-piece group — which includes Joshua Camp (of One Ring Zero) on the Hohner Electravox — every Monday night in April at Olivier’s Brooklyn club, Barbs.Chicha Libre: Primavera en la Selvamp3
Five Questions: Tom Torriglia
Mar., 30, 2008
We’re launching a new feature today called “Five Questions” — a series of brief interviews with notable personalities in the accordion world.Our first subject is San Francisco accordionist Tom Torriglia. Tom has been in the music business since the late 1960s and has been an incredible accordion promoter over the years. He was an original member of Those Darn Accordions, is responsible for making June “National Accordion Awareness Month,” and campaigned to make the accordion San Francisco’s official instrument. Today, you can catch him playing a variety of gigs around the Bay Area, often with his retro-Italiano band, Bella Ciao.When and why did you start playing the accordion?I started taking lessons in 1962 at Theodore’s (Pezzolo) House of Music on Union St. in San Francisco. This was at the famous “accordion house.” My teacher was Theodore Pezzolo and I was his last student. I studied there for about eight years. When I left, he gave me all his original hand-written sheets of music, which I still have.Before starting with the accordion, I had taken a year of piano but that didn’t work out and then one day, an accordion player came to the house to rehearse with my father who played sax and clarinet, and I was very taken with the instrument — with all the buttons and bellows and such — and I asked my parents if I could give it a try. Also, I think I was fated to play the accordion because, as everyone knows, there has to be one accordion player in each Italian-American household. And since I was the youngest child…Well, you’ve stayed true to your Italian roots — starting Bella Ciao, playing at Italian-themed events, and making pilgrimages to the Italian accordion mecca, Castelfidardo. What was it like going there for the first time?Going to Castelfidardo for the first time was really exciting. I went with Those Darn Accordions to perform at the International Accordion Competition in 1990. We competed in the Rock category. Even though there were only two bands in that category, the judges didn’t award either band first or second place and we ended up coming in 4th.Also, it was at that competition where we met accordion impresario Ulrich Schmlling, who came up to the girls and said, “I didn’t see you perform, but I like your outfits. Would you like to come to Lithuania and perform?” …which we did two years later.How did you get involved with Those Darn Accordions?I was freelancing as an on-air entertainment reporter for a local radio station (KNBR) and a large part of my job was reviewing live entertainment. I went to the old Vis on Divisadero St. to review Asleep at the Wheel and one of the bands on the bill was called Thee Hellhounds, which included Big Lou. After the set, I went backstage to say hi and Lou saw the accordion pin I had on my jacket. She asked if I played and I said yes and she said she was putting together an ensemble of accordionists to perform one night at the Paradise Lounge and would I like to be part of the ensemble. I said sure and the rest is history.How did you make the case to get the piano accordion named the official instrument of San Francisco?In 1989, I met San Francisco Supervisor Willie Kennedy at an event, told her of my intent to make the accordion the official instrument and asked her how to go about that and would she help me.She guided me through the process. The first step was to write a support paper talking about the history of the accordion in San Francisco and how the piano accordion got its start here and why it should be the city’s official instrument. After reading the piece I wrote, she felt my request had merit and she then introduced a measure to the full Board of Supervisors asking that the accordion be named the city’s official instrument. The supervisors then held a public hearing on the issue. A lot of people showed up to City Hall to speak for and against.The Board of Supervisors passed the measure and the measure then went to the mayor’s office for his signature. Realizing what a hot-button issue this was, the mayor, Art Agnos, decided not to act and the measure became officially approved by default.A hot-button issue, indeed! Finally, what advice do you have for someone just starting to play the accordion?The only advice I have for someone starting out is, the only thing that matters is that you always have fun.A big thanks to Tom for taking the time to answer our questions. Watch this space for more interviews soon!
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