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Accordion of 21-st century

Richard Galliano - French touch

Walshe Essential Guide to Accordion and Harmonica Events

«Harmonica forever!»

Modest Mussorgsky «Pictures at an Exhibition»

«Skomorokhi»: Music of the 20'th Century

Richard Galliano - 15 Titres Originaux

Pietro Frosini - Mariposita (Bolero)

Eugeny Derbenko - Cabman

Melodies Which Are Always With You

Concert musette for accordion

Richard Galliano quartet «New Musette»

Astor Piazzolla - Soundtracks

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

Yury Kazakov «The portrait of the great Bayanist»

A Gotan Project DJ set Espiracion

Accordion in Jazz

Astor Piazzolla - Concerto para Quinteto

Accordion in concert - Part I

Accordion Reader Trilogy

L. Desyatnikov - Tracing Astor

Russian music of the 19 - 20-th centuries

Igor Tsvetkov - Two Pieces for Russian Folk Orchestra

Popular Latin American tunes for chromatic or piano accordion

Terem-Quartet meets friends

Richard Galliano - Viaggio

Richard Galliano & Michel Portal – Concerts

Valery Kovtun - «Tango»

Richard Galliano – New York Tango

Friedrich Lips - Pictures at an Exhibition

Astor Piazzolla - Fugata

Dmitry Manchuk & Miroslav Leliukh - Musical Fantasy

Art Van Damme - Deep Purple

Richard Galliano - Fou Rire

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

Andrew Petrov - Marathon in the Fall

Luciano Fancelli - Acquarelli Cubani

Happy Skvett - Kulturprisen

M. Kazhlaev - Scerzo

Michael van Delft - Angel Rocks a Stone Away

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

Richard Galliano - Tango pour Claude

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

Richard Galliano - La Valse a Margaux

Bogdan Precz - Fusion

Jazz Accordion Book - Vol. I

Jazz Theory And Improvisation Studies for Accordion

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

Astor Piazzolla - Tangus Dei

Richard Galliano - Opale Concerto - Score

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

Lithuanian Accordion Quintet "Concertino" (video live concert)

Pablo Ziegler - Bajo Cero

Pavel Smirov Orchestra - Accordion virtuosos from St. Petersburg

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

Pavel Smirov Orchestra - My Saint Petersburg

M. Blanter - In The Gardens

Astor Piazzolla - Yo Soy Maria

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

B. Martjanov - Moldova Fantasy

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

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

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

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

Anatoly Lyadov - Musical Snuffbox

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

Charlie Shavers - Breeze in a Waste

Christine Boll – Partita Piccola

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

Victor Vlasov - Bossa Nova

Pietro Frosini - Carnival of Venice

Victor Vlasov - I Like this Rhythm

Thomas Fundora & Morris Albert - Feelings

Mikis Theodorakis - Quarter of Angels

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

Volodymyr Zubytsky - Omaggio ad Astor Piazzolla

In the Footlights

The Beatles Potpourri

Jacob Gade - Tango Jalousie

Lasse Pihlajamaa - Harmonikkasävellyksiä

Eddy Flecijn – Capriccio

Pascual Marquina - Spanish Gipsy Dance

Popular Waltzes

Libertango tango hits

Moon Serenade

History of Musicals

Astor Piazzolla – 10 tangos

From Bach till Offenbach

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart - Blue Moon

Beny Rehmann - Schiffsfeger-Polka

Francisco Canaro - Tango

Gerhard Winkler - Toulouse

Albert Vossen - Merry-go-round

Gerhard Winkler - Serenade Napolitano

Les Rid - The Last Waltz

Yann Tiersen - Le Moulin

Yann Tiersen - Naomi

Bert Kaempfert - Strangers in The Night

Luiz Bonfa - Manha de Carnival

Cajun of Luisiana State (for banjo and accordions)

George Boulanger - Da Capo

Eugene Derbenko - Rythm of Time

I. Panitski - Snowball Tree

A. Murena and J. Colombo - Indifference

Hubert Giraud - Sous le Ciel de Paris

Toto Cutugno - Soli

Fermo Marchetti - Fascination

Victor Vlasov - Boogie-Woogie

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

S. Scott - Jungle

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

Paul Norrback - Happy Moments

Charlie Chaplin - Limelight (waltz arranged for accordion)

Victor Vlasov - Silent Films

Victor Vlasov - Good Afternoon

Victor Vlasov - Cartoon

20 Tiny Fingers - English folk song

A. Joys - Autumn Dream

Jazz-Legato - Lerov Andersson (for accordion duo)

Vladimir Popolzin - In The Saloon

S. Scott - Ballade

Victor Vlasov – Jazz Miniatures

Victor Vlasov - Disco (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

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

Victor Vlasov - Siamese (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - This Rythm (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - Step (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Unto Jutila - French Visit

Renzo Ruggieri - Carnevale

Jimmy Giordanengo - La Huette

Albert Vossen - Fliegende Blatter

Vittorio Monti - Czardas

Victor Vlasov - Mood (for solo accordion)

Victor Vlasov - Syncopes

Unto Jutila - Samba

Pietro Frosini - Jolly Caballero

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

Valery Kovtun - Brilliant Waltz (for solo accordion)

Pintin Castellanos - La Punalada

Finish Polka

Anne Dudley - Jeeves and Wooster

Astor Piazzolla - Four Seasons in Buenos Aires - Score

Astor Piazzolla - Four Seasons in Buenos Aires - Parts

Luciano Fancelli - 10 km. al Finestrino

Luciano Fancelli - Pupazzetti

Georgy Mushel - Toccata

Albin Repnikov - Capriccio

Paolo Pizzigoni - Light and Shadow

Grigoras Dinicu - Hora Stacatto

Eduardo di Capua - O Sole Mio!

Ernesto Lecuona - Malaguena from «Andalucia» Suite

Andre Astier - Grande Valse De Concert

Andre Astier - Divertissement

Andre Astier - Fantaisie En Mi Mineur

Andre Astier, Marcel Azzola - Systeme «A»

Andre Astier, Maurice Larcange - Accordeon Steeple

Andre Astier, Yvette Horner - Polka Satellite

Volodymyr Zubytsky - Ti Amo, Pesaro

Joaquin Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez, Adagio

Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto f-moll from The Four Seasons

Arnstein Johansen - Cornelli (polka)

Medard Ferrero - Averse

Polka Favorites

Latin Favorites

Joey Miskulin - Accordion Styles and Techniques (DVD)

Paris Musette - Freddy Balta and his Accordion

Teach Yourself To Play Accordion

Waltz Favorites

Metodo Per Fisarmonica (Accordion)

Latin American Dances

Richard Galliano - Opale Concerto - Parts

Vladimir Chernikov - Lonely Harmonica - Yablochko

Niccolo Paganini - Caprice No. 24 in A minor

Andrew Lloyd Webber - Memory

John A. Dallas - Helen Waltz

Maurice Larcange & Michel Mercier - Javaccordeon

Franck Angelis - Valse du Cloun

Franck Angelis - Impasse

Ole Schmidt - Toccata no. 1

Astor Piazzolla - Contrabajissimo - Score

Yann Tiersen - La Noyee

Jack Fina - Bumblebee Boogie

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

Heitor Villa-Lobos - Dance of The White Indian

Filippo Marino - Cristina

Tony Murena & Louis Peguri - Joyeux Vagabond

Pietro Frosini - Spic and Span

Hans Brehme - Divertimento in F

Pietro Frosini - Accordion Jitters

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

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

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

Samuel Barber - Adagio from String Quartet No. 1

Pietro Frosini - Love Smiles

Albin Repnikov - Concertino

Victor Vlasov - The Fest In Moldavanka

Art Van Damme - Boogie-Woogie

Albert Vossen - Brusseles Laces

Yann Tiersen - Les Quatre Pieces

Frank Marocco - Appassionato

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

Astor Piazzolla - Cite Tango

Astor Piazzolla - Meditango

Astor Piazzolla - Un dia de paz

Astor Piazzolla - Libertango

Astor Piazzolla - Tres Tangos

Astor Piazzolla - Ave Maria

Astor Piazzolla - Concierto de Nacar - Score

Astor Piazzolla - Tangata del Alba

Accordion in Concert - Part II

Astor Piazzolla - Double Concerto - Score

Argentinian Tango and Folk Tunes for Accordion: 36 Traditional Pieces

Jean Francaix - Concerto for accordion and orchestra

Isang Yun - Concertino for accordion and string quartet

Darius Milhaud - Suite Anglaise

Astor Piazzolla - Adios Nonino for accordion orchestra and piano

Klezmer and Sephardic Tunes

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

Astor Piazzolla - Cuatro Estaciones Portenas - Score

Astor Piazzolla - Cuatro Estaciones Portenas - Parts

Carlos Gardel - Soledad y Volver - Score

Carlos Gardel - Soledad y Volver - Parts

Angel Villoldo - El Choclo

Mariano Mores - Tanguera

Julian Plaza - Nocturna

Hector Stamponi - Un Momento

Julio Pane - Un vals para Martita

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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 - 2006

Craig 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: 

£5,000.00

Donations 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!

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Groanbox Boys - UK Tour - Gig Guide
Apr., 20, 2008

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 Tour

May 2 Man of Kent Rochester, Kent

May 3 Sweeps Festival - The Crown Rochester, Kent

May 4 Sweeps Festival - Rochester Castle Gardens Concert Marquee with Truckstop Honeymoon Rochester, Kent 2:30 pm start

May 5 Sweeps Festival - Two Brewers Rochester, Kent 12:30 pm start

May 6 The Crooked Billet Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire

May 7 Wrotham Arms Broadstairs, Kent

May 8 The Royal National Theatre - Music in the Foyer South Bank, London 6:15 pm start

May 9 The Royal Albert Hall - Ignite! Series Kensington, London 12 pm start

May 10 Green Note Camden, London

May 11 The Bell Inn Bath, Somerset 1 pm start

May 11 The Royal Portland Arms Portland, Dorset 7 pm start

May 12 The Boot Inn Weymouth, Dorset

May 13 Bom-Bane's Brighton

May 14 Carlyon Arms St Austell, Cornwall

May 15 BBC Radio Swindon/Wiltshire The Mark Seaman Show aired on May 18 at 3 pm

May 15 The Beehive Swindon, Wiltshire

May 16 The Old Courthouse (In the Dock) Thirsk, North Yorkshire

May 17 Bogbain Farm Inshes, Inverness, Scotland

May 18 Tin Hut, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

May 19 Inn at Lathones, Largoward, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland Gig info

May 20 The Old Libary Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, Scotland

May 21 The Coach House Killin, Perthshire, Scotland

May 22 Acoustic Music Club Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland

May 23 Greenock Wanderers RFC Club Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland

May 24 Selby Town Hall Selby, North Yorkshire

May 25 The Tall Ship, Glasgow, Scotland

May 28 Tolbooth Stirling, Scotland

May 29 Leith Folk Club at the Village Edinburgh, Scotland

May 31 String Jam Club Galashiels, Scottish Borders

June 1 City Blues Weekender Festival Leicester 1 pm start

June 7 The Met Arts Centre Bury, Lancashire

Fall 2008 UK Tour

August 27 Blues Cafe Bar Harrogate, North Yorkshire

August 28 Gala Theatre Durham

August 30 Burnham On Sea Folk Festival Burnham on Sea, Somerset

September 3 Carlyon Arms St Austell, Cornwall

September 5 Private Concert, Ampleforth, Yorkshire

September 6 House Concert at Spelman's York

September 12 The Antic Banquet Festival, Devon

September 13 The Square and Compass Worth Matravers, Swanage, Dorset

September 14 The Grey Horse Kingston, Surrey

September 16 Dartford Folk Club Dartford, Kent

September 17 Royal Brompton Hospital Chelsea, London 12 pm start

September 18 Harefield Hospital Harefield, Middlesex 12 pm start

September 19 Brook's Blues Bar at the Telegraph, Putney Heath, London

September 28 The Rose and Crown Charlbury, Oxfordshire

October 1 Burnett's Chapel Narberth, Wales

October 2 Beaford Arts North Devon

October 3 Beaford Arts North Devon

October 4 Beaford Arts North Devon

October 8 Traveller's Rest Draycott, Darby, Darbyshire

October 9 The Musician Leicester

October 10 Blues in the Schools Keighley, Yorkshire

October 10 Bronte Blues Club Keighley, Yorkshire

October 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.
 
WEBSITE LINKS:
 
 
 
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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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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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!
Squeezin’ at SXSW 2008
Mar., 30, 2008
The South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival kicked off in Austin today and, with hundreds of artists performing at over eighty venues, there are plenty of accordions in the mix. As we’ve done in previousyears, here’s a quick look at some performers that may have flown under your radar:Dusty Rhodes and the River Band
Not your typical West Coast indie rock band, this Orange County six piece blends a love for 70’s era classic rock with folk and bluegrass, ensuring that the guitars are never far from the accordion, violin, and banjo.
Dusty Rhodes and the River Band: Dear Honeymp3Rupa and The April Fishes
Hailing from our backyard — the San Francisco Bay Area — Rupa and the April Fishes mix sounds from the Far East, Europe, Latin America and the US, with multilingual performances in French, Spanish, English, Hindi and Roma. The band features Isabel Douglass on the accordion.
Rupa and The April Fishes: Une Americaine a Parismp3Rana Santacruz
Born in Mexico City and heavily influenced by both folk and alternative music, Santacruz’s music has been labeled by some as “Irish mariachi”, favoring acoustic instruments like the guitar, accordion, and guitarrone.
Rana Santacruz: Cajita de Barromp31001 Nights Orchestra
Austin’s longest running Middle Eastern music group has a repertoire that stretches from Southwest Asia and the Caucuses in the East to the shores of the Mediterranean in the West, as well as many original compositions.
1001 Nights Orchestra: Neda Voda Nali Valamp3There’ll also be a number of accordion-toting bands performing that we’ve covered here before, including DeVotchKa, Pistolera, Bowerbirds, Great Lakes Myth Society, The Felice Brothers and many others.There are few places where you can hear so many excellent artists in one place, so if you’re anywhere near Austin this week — on your way to the National Accordion Association convention in Richardson, perhaps? — stop in, have a drink, and meet your new favorite band.
Accordion Clubs Charity Night - Tuesday 15th April from 4pm
Mar., 30, 2008
Harry Hussey
Pearl - Fawcett Adriano
Sam Pirt & The Hut People with Bill Sables on Banjo
MC is George Syrett
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Also featuring : Brians Ceilidh Band - Ray Gallagher & The Hayriders
 
Accordion Clubs Charity Night - Tuesday 15th April
The Shire Hall - Howden - DN14 7BJ
 
This is the second annual charity concert in aid of "Cancer Research UK" http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/
 
Last year this event raised £365 for "Cancer Research UK". We did call it the "Five Accordion Clubs Charity Get Together", but since the closure of the Hull A/C the event name has been changed to
 "Accordion Clubs Charity Night"
Last year we expected 100 people to turn up, but on the night 200 came!
As the room holds 200 people it is suggested that you arrive early this year.
 
The stars perfoming at this year's event will be:-
Harry Hussey
Pearl - Fawcett Adriano
Sam Pirt & The Hut People
with Bill Sables on Banjo
Brians Ceilidh Band
Ray Gallagher & The Hayriders
MC is George Syrett
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Doors open at 4pm to have a get together and a natter!
 
The event is organised once more by Harry Kipling 01430 860300 - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
The Shire Hall is in The Howden Centre near to junction 37 of the M62
and the postcode is DN14 7BJ
 
There will be a free buffet (with a donation)and Tea & Coffee will be on sale plus a licensed bar.
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The price this year for admission is £8.00.
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Lets raise a liitle more than last year!
‘Accordions International 2008’, Blackpool – May 9th/13th
Mar., 30, 2008
Heather Smith
‘Accordions International 2008’, Blackpool – May 9th/13th ‘Accordions International 2008’ takes place from May 9th to 13th at the Dunes Conference Complex, Pontins Holiday Centre, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire.  The guest artistes at this new festival include Domi Emorine & Roman Jbanov (France/Russia), Giancarlo Caporilli (Italy), Stefan Andrusyschyn, Gary Blair, Harry Hussey, Bert Santilly, and Romano Viazzani.   This new accordion festival, organised by Heather Smith, uniquely shares the site with a well-established organ & keyboard festival, and the two festivals will have some overlapping features.  For the accordion enthusiasts, there are concerts, workshops, master classes, dancing, jam sessions, demonstrations, plus a trade show that includes Geoff Holter Accordions, the Accordion Shop (EA Ltd), John Douglas Music, and Rob Howard's ‘An A to Z of the Accordion’ series of books.   
For further information email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; telephone 01482 805 387; for booking telephone 01780 782 093
Lars Holm (Sweden) at The RAM - Report by Romano Viazzani
Mar., 30, 2008
Lars Holm & Nikolai Ryskov at The RAM
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I am with the Swedish Accordion teacher Lars Holm.
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Best Rgds, Nikolai
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Event report & more photos by Romano Viazzani  below:

Lars Holm Teachers & Students Workshop - 9th March'08.
Lars Holm at the RAM
About 10 teachers attended this terrific workshop by the internationally recognised pedagogical expert Lars Holm.  They came from the length and breadth of the country as far north as Scotland and Northern Ireland to the south coast and from Essex to the West Midlands.  There were young students from 4 years old right up to university age. There were also a handful of mature adult students at varying stages of their musical development as well as other people just taking a keen interest.  The aim of the workshop was to help teachers in the UK with keeping their student’s interest so that they don’t get bored and hopefully become the next generation of professional UK-reared accordionists. 
Owen Murray in conversation with Lars Holm
Owen Murray, professor of accordion at the Royal Academy began the day by welcoming all the teachers and students to the workshop.  He explained that Lars Holm had been a teacher of pedagogy at the Royal Danish Conservatoire when he himself was studying there and had published lots of interesting music for accordion students several of which are used in the Trinity Guildhall Accordion Syllabus. With the government accredited syllabus now in its fourth year and the accordion department now in its 22nd year, the professor said that he felt the structures were all in place for an accordion student to flourish from the beginners stages all the way to professional status.  The nature of accordion work available has changed somewhat in the years that I have been a professional.  When I started out semi-professionally in 1981 I got a fair bit of “stereotypical” accordion work; walking around dressed as a french onion-seller playing french musette, or a gondolier in a boater playing italian serenades, parties, weddings and Bar Mitzfahs with my band, always wondering whether anyone was actually listening to the background accordion “wallpaper” I was churning out from the corner of a restaurant - and occasionally someone would say “that was nice”.  Not much reward for the many hours of practising spent each day either financially or morally. All the time, I was hungry for more; to make my mark, to say something new with my instrument that someone would actually listen to. What is great about the type of work today is that there is a lot of really interesting and challenging work available.  Work where people do want to listen to the music and not just to leap around the dance floor to it doing a mock-tango, or the kind of work where one is told to play quietly because they can’t hear themselves talk.   Now people want to listen to Jazz accordion, to Classical Accordion, to World Music, to Folk Music, they want to hear the accordion as part of a symphony orchestra, a chamber orchestra, in the orchestra pit of our theatres and even on stage in our theatres.  It’s even getting a “quietly cool” reputation in pop bands. Composers want to write for it as a solo instrument, as part of a larger ensemble and for incidental music in films and television. This new kind of work was around years ago but it was in the minority and usually one or two good players got the bulk of it. Today there is much more of it but the level of performance is also on the rise and the challenges set by it are greater.  For this it is important to hold our students’ interest and make them realise that a good career is now feasible.  If the only work they will most likely get is sitting in the corner of a restaurant they are not likely to be very inspired. It’s vital then for teachers not only keep their students’ interest by offering new and different repertoire but also for them to keep abreast with the many wonderful and original new artists who finding success in areas where the accordion was previously hardly ever seen. This means seeking out new artists, ensembles, going to concerts and festivals of all descriptions.  This is made easy by the internet today.
John Leslie & Carole Flack at the RAM
The workshop suggested many ways of making interesting music on standard or free-bass accordions, playing solo and as part of a group even before a student can actually read music properly.  Much of the music that Holm used was either his own material or arrangements of well-known pieces and despite being very apologetic about the standard of his English he enthralled his workshop audience all day long making fewer grammatical errors than many natives I could think of.  Particularly entertaining was an example of an exercise he does with some of his intermediate to advanced students of a simple Finnish polka played in first a Swedish style, then in a Russian Style, then Brazilian, Tex Mex, Balkan and finally in a Bulgarian style with a tricky time signature where 15 beats are divided at the halfway point of 7 and a half.  The latter two raised a laugh particularly from the students studying at the Academy of Balkan origin!After a brief history of free-bass accordion recordings going back to the 1910s and a history of Sweden’s contribution to accordion music, Holm worked with the youngest students who study with Elaine Beecham and Ingrid Gould.  They played a few pieces each to demonstrate their level and then Holm got them playing together as an ensemble. They were an absolute credit to their teachers in the way they participated in both morning and afternoon sessions and waited patiently and without getting frustrated or bored in the interim period.  Then Holm worked with adult students.  It’s a shame that some adults brought their accordions but didn’t feel brave enough to play them because Holm has a wonderful way of making people feel at ease on stage.
Lars Holm pictured with 3 of the young students
After lunch there was a brief recital by three of the six students at the Academy.  It was a great opportunity to see the entry level that is now required to study there.  Rafal Luc, only 18 years of age and in his second term at the RAM gave an extremely mature performance of Prelude and Fugue No.24 from (48 Preludes and Fugues –J.S. Bach) and a sensitive yet exhilarating performance of Interieur (Angelis).  This was followed by a beautifully expressive May (Tchaikovsky) and the subtly virtuosic Revis Fairy Tale (Schnittke) by Ksenija Sidorova. The finale was by 2nd Year Post-Grad student Franko Bozac accompanied by Makiko Sada on Piano and Calum Gourlay on Double Bass with a blistering performance of Le Grand Tango (Piazzolla).After these amazing performances Holm demonstrated ideas for advanced students and for these he used some of the Academy’s own students Ksenija Sidorova, Trang Nguyen, Rafal Luc and one of Elaine Beecham’s advanced students, Sam Davis who is currently studying music at Canterbury University majoring in Accordion.  Here music was used so reading skills were required, ensemble playing also develops the ear, rhythm and timing and other devices such as bellow shakes and left hand chord substitutions were explored.There was then a chance for Holm to play excerpts from some of his albums of compositions.  Thankfully Holm had brought a few copies for teachers to view and buy if they wished as there have been problems obtaining accordion music from small publishers both for individuals and music stockists in the UK.  The publishers should wise up to this as the current expiry date on the current syllabus is 2010.  There was another chance for the adult students to play where the morning session’s themes were expanded into playing in canon. The youngsters too finally got another chance to play and demonstrated that they had absorbed fully what had been taught that morning so all credit to the youngest students Kieran and Kristian Kanapathy, Darius Lau and Liam Rice.To finish Holm touched on the pieces of his and his colleagues such as Tom Pedersen that are included in the Trinity Guildhall Syllabus.  I know that many teachers would have liked to have discussed this topic more but the time flew and the Academy closes at 5.30 on Sundays.  Based on the success of this workshop Owen Murray would very much like to invite Lars Holm back next year and this being the case and the participation being similar there ought to be I would hope, another opportunity for eager teachers to ask questions and seek advice regarding the syllabus and further education in the UK again and for those teachers and students who didn’t make it this year to experience a really enjoyable and informative day.Romano Viazzani
Lisa Lee Leslie in the touring production "Spies" by Michael Frayn
Mar., 30, 2008
Lisa-Lee Leslie
Lisa-Lee Leslie will be touring with the play "Spies" by Michael Fraynfrom March 11th - May 31st '08  and will be visiting the following towns:-Greenwich - Huddersfield - Southampton - IpswichCheltenham - Exeter - Guildford - Salford - Basingstoke - PoolePlease support Lisa when she visits your area with this excellent production!(Booking links and contact details are listed below - please click "read more")*****************************************Hello all at UKAO,                 Just a quick home stop along my tour, I wanted to let youknow where we are and when.......Best Wishes -  Lisa*****************************************"Spies" by Michael Frayn - a Theatre Alibi and Oxford Playhouse co-production.

March 11 - 15  Greenwich Theatre   0208 858 7755March 18 - 20  Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield  01484 430 528

April 1 - 5       The Nuffield Southampton  0238 067 1771

April 8 - 12   New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich  01473 295 900

April 15 - 19  Everyman Theatre Cheltenham  01242 572 573

April 22 - 26  Exeter Northcott  01392 493 493

April 29 - May 3  Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford  01483 440 000

May 6 - 10  The Lowry Salford Quays  0870 787 5790

May 13 - 17  Haymarket Theatre Basingstoke   01256 844 244

May 27 - 31 Lighthouse Poole  08700 668 701*********************************************************************************************************** 
"Spies" - Lyn Gardner - Wednesday February 27, 2008  - The Guardian  It is wartime Britain,Stephen and his friend and neighbour Keith Hayward have a summer to fill. Excitement and the stakes rise when Keith announces that his mother is a German spy. They decide to watch her every move. Michael Frayn's novel of adult secrets and childhood mysteries is lush with the remembrance of things past. Any stage adaptation requires the theatre to be thick with the fragrance of privet hedges as the elderly Stefan sets off on a journey into the past and suburban Surrey in search of his boyhood self, Stephen. However, Theatre Alibi's attempt does not quite make the nostrils flare.
It is a quietly entertaining evening, although the first half moves slower than a snail over a well-manicured lawn. The design is ingenious but too busy, with corrugated iron rather than hedges. Only Mr Hayward's sharpening of his garden shears and whistling offer the understated menace of quiet cul-de-sacs, where hidden emotional bombs could be detonated at any time. Theatre Alibi have a reputation as terrific storytellers and it is the narrative that carries them through here, with neat touches such as the live cello and accordion accompaniment. The show is at its best when at its quietest: Stefan peering puzzled at his younger self as if faced with a complete stranger. The piece feels as if it needs a smaller, more intimate staging to show both Frayn's novel and the company to best advantage. But there are some fine performances here, most notably from Benjamin Warren as Stephen and John-Paul Macleod as Keith, a boy who will grow up to be just like his father.***********************************************************************************************************

St. Audries Accordion Teaching Week 8th - 13th September 2008
Mar., 30, 2008
St Audries Bay with its beautiful seaview panoramic views!
St Audries Bay Holiday Club,
West Quantoxhead,
Nr Minehead,
Somerset TA4 4DY

Click here for full details of this "New Accordion Event"Click here for"The Roland V Accordion Weekend"-St Audries Bay 6th&7th Sep'08Artists and Teachers
Gary Blair     Pearl Adriano     George Syrett     Harry Hussey     Gennaro Fiondella     Rosemary Wright    Angie Lukins    John Romero       Alan YoungOrganisations and Traders
The Accordion Shop     Roland UK     Carillon Studios    UKAO    Trevani Music & Gifts
Jackie Romero - Angie Lukins - John Romero
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Cockney Capers - Ricky T Sargent
Mar., 30, 2008
Ricky's Great Uncle - Max Miller
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Bookings/Information: Tel : 01444-257084Complete party packages for all occasions including disco!Ricky T Sargent is the great nephew of the famous music hall entertainer
Ricky T Sargent - Entertainer
" Max Miller - 1895-1963"  please note the amazing facial resemblance.
Squeezytunes is Three Years Old
Mar., 30, 2008
Well, well, three years on and Squeezytunes is still going.Here's a funky little track from Basement Jaxx to celebrate.
Basement Jaxx - Hey U
Black Luttbeg-Soprani
Mar., 30, 2008
Another Luttbeg accordion has surfaced. This one is black, and is for sale on Ebay in the USA. The current owner has sent me these pictures, and a video.Another little snippet of information is that, in a November 1933 advert for Soprani accordions, these had a list price of $450 which was a huge price back then.Here's the video:Link: Black Luttbeg on Ebay 
Los Cuatro Rosas- Houston Mar 30
Mar., 30, 2008
Mak's Ice House
Cullen @ McKinney
Houston
713-227-5405

Sunday tardeada, March 30, 5-10PM

Los Cuatro Rosas (alumni of Tony de La Rosa)



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