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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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Gary Blair - 2008 Gig Guide
Mar., 30, 2008

Gary Blair - International Accordionist

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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

 
Telephone Number is :- 07813 - 712594
Email is :-  gazzapt@yahoo.co.uk
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Gary Blair Photo Album - Click Here!

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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 Viazzani

http://www.ram.ac.uk/events/

Accordion Masterclass

Mika 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

http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk/whats-on/productions/the-derek-butler-21385

2008 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!

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
Click here for prices!Contact John & Jackie Romero on 01323 - 733700Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it St Audries - Booking Form - Please click here!
St Audries - Ballroom
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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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HOUSTON: Friday, March 21st - Johnny "El Brujo" Cruz & The Texas Chain Gang AND Los Cuatro Aces
Mar., 30, 2008
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Grupo Maldad at the Atsrodome on Go Tejano Day
Mar., 30, 2008
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Come help celebrate Bernardo's birthday Saturday, March 8, at Mak's Ice House, McKinney @ Cullen, Houston, 8PM.
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Doncaster Accordion Extravaganza - Report by Rene Mairis and Lilian Scaddan
Mar., 9, 2008
Rosemary Wright - Romano Viazzani - Pearl Fawcett-Adriano
The magnifivent view of Doncaster Racecourse
                                DONCASTER EXTRAVAGANZA  2nd March 2008 This spectacular event certainly lived up to the hype and was indeed a wonderful treat for accordion enthusiasts.  Congratulations and thanks to Harry Kipling who organised the day at the stunning new Exhibition Centre at Doncaster Racecourse which is a superb venue: easy to find, plenty of parking, a huge area for trade stands, bar, catering, central stage for performers and room for a large audience.  The sun shone too and the view of the racecourse added to the happy atmosphere - a perfect scenario to enjoy a full day of great music and the chance to meet up with old friends and make some new ones.
Pearl-Fawcett Adriano
 The stars were out in abundance, a veritable galaxy of them.  The show began at 10.30 am and from then on it was non-stop entertainment all the way for twelve fabulous hours.  The indefatigable Harry Hussey kicked off.  I swear that man runs on super-charged batteries!  He was on top form, as always.   Alan Young amazed us with his seemingly effortless playing.  Like Harry, he is a master of chords and modulates to surprising corners of the musical universe which keeps the audience on their toes!  Often the two were up there together doing ‘their jazz thing’ and having a blast.  Romano Viazzani showed his brilliant technique to the full, performing a variety of music, some very difficult pieces by modern composers, including Piazzola and a few well known standards in a well balanced and well executed performance. Romano gave a demonstration of the Roland accordion and how to make the most of many of its capabilities and sounds. 
Romano Viazzani
Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, a personal favourite, showed us the versatility of her repertoire and her special accordion with an exciting programme which included a number of her own compositions and arrangements.  A later session with Harry was great fun and she almost managed to control him – well done, Pearl!  As they said, those many seconds of practise really paid off.  Girl power was further enhanced when Rosemary Wright took to the stage at extremely short notice, as only a true professional can, (standing in for George Syrett who, unfortunately, was unwell that day, though he did pop in to show his support).  Rosemary gave an exciting performance and showed her extensive range of styles and genres.  The Burton Ensemble provided a lovely contrast and everyone really appreciated their musical ensemble playing.
Sam Pirt & The Hut People
Sam Pirt and the Hut People entertained with their unique style of performing folk music including an unusual and interesting array of percussion.  The presence of a number of ceramic pots and odd looking objects was a little bewildering but such is the world of the percussionist!  The highlight was definitely when Sam danced, wearing tap clogs, whilst seated, and at the same time played a fast and furious Canadian tune.  The audience were supposed to join in with the footwork and failed miserably – but we loved it.
Harry Hussey
 Harry Kipling had promised a surprise during the interval.  This was the Dixieland Jazz Band who were fantastic - clarinet, trumpet, banjo and sousaphone.  The other Harry could not contain himself and it was not long before he was up there too jamming away.  The band were pleasantly surprised themselves when they realized what a fantastic jazz player he is. 
Alan Young
Alan Young joined in as well (he does love a sextet) and the audience loudly showed their appreciation. There were many trade stands and the chance to buy/try music, CDs, accordions both new and used, accessories, posters, old LPs and books, and to consult the experts and the artists for advice and help.  This is always of great value to us amateurs. 
The Dixieland Jazz Band
About 85 people attended this superb event which is such a shame as obviously the high costs involved are nowhere near covered and so this means Harry Kipling has had to sustain a huge financial loss.  All of us who were there would love to see this become an annual event but the chances of this happening are understandably remote.  We live on the Isle of Wight so this meant a ferry, a long car journey and two nights accommodation, but it was well worth the cost and the effort.  We thought there were many accordion enthusiasts up north (north is anywhere beyond Cowes to us), with a large number of accordion clubs and so assumed this would be sold out.  The venue is capable of easily accommodating over 400 people and so Harry must be devastated after all his efforts.  You know how it works – use it or lose it.  You may well have lost it.  Some said, ‘It was Mother’s Day’ as an excuse.  Not good enough.  Rosemary brought her mother who thoroughly enjoyed the day and surely many mums would have been delighted to have such a day out?  Let’s hope Harry will give it one more go so get it touch with him and pledge support for next year.
Rosemary Wright
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Doncaster Accordion Extravaganza - It was brilliant!! Rene Mairis and Lilian Scaddan
Les Blank and the Accordion
Mar., 9, 2008
Documentary filmmaker Les Blank offers glimpses into the lives and music of passionate people on the periphery of American society. Over the past forty years, he’s covered a wide variety of ethnic cultures, from rural Louisiana French musicians to Mexican-Americans in border towns to polka nuts in the Midwest. And these aren’t stilted, Travel Channel-esque accounts; his films are warm and intimate, deftly capturing the context (food, faces, scenery) from which the music originates.Given the subject matter, it’s no surprise his films are a treasure trove for accordion lovers. Several of his films focus on Cajun and Creole musicians in Louisiana, following legends like Bois Sec Ardoin (Dry Wood), Clifton Chenier (Hot Pepper), and the Savoys (Marc & Ann). His 1989 documentary, J’ai t Au Bal / I Went to the Dance is considered the definitive film on the history of dance music in French Southwest Louisiana.Chulas Fronteras was one of the first films to document traditional conjunto music, including rare footage of artists like Lydia Mendoza and Santiago Jimenez Sr. (The film was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important” enough to be included in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.) The clip below comes from his 1984 polka documentary, In Heaven There Is No Beer (1984); it features a colorful performance of “Who Stole the Kiszka?” by Walt Solek and his band.You can easily lose an afternoon watching clips of Blank’s films on YouTube or at UC Berkeley’s Media Resource Center and — my apologies to your boss — I highly recommend it. Or you can order the full-length films directly from Les Blank’s website.
Gary Blair - Verwood Memorial Hall Dorset - Tues 12th Feb 2008
Mar., 9, 2008
Gary Blair "Hans & Helga" plus George Bennett (12yrs)
George - Hans & Helga Von Skrappe
An Evening of Music & Fun! Verwood Memorial Hall - Ringwood Road - Verwood - DorsetBH31  7AA
The Verwood Memorial Hall - See below for Map!

Tuesday 12th February 2008 - 7.30 pm
Tickets  £ 5.00 each - Raffle / Tea & Coffee
Please call Bob Downer for tickets!
 Tel: 01202-885192       Tickets will also be available at the door!All profits from the evening will go to The Southern Area NAO Accordion Festivalat The Allendale Centre in Wimborne Dorset - November 2008
Cymbal Monkey Faux Pas
Mar., 1, 2008
I know how the monkey in this comic feels, showing up with an accordion and having everyone stare at you in horror. A few polkas or a quick rendition of “Rock and Roll All Nite” usually changes the mood, though. (Thanks David!)
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