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Accordion of 21-st century

Richard Galliano - French touch

Walshe Essential Guide to Accordion and Harmonica Events

«Harmonica forever!»

Modest Mussorgsky «Pictures at an Exhibition»

«Skomorokhi»: Music of the 20'th Century

Richard Galliano - 15 Titres Originaux

Pietro Frosini - Mariposita (Bolero)

Eugeny Derbenko - Cabman

Melodies Which Are Always With You

Concert musette for accordion

Richard Galliano quartet «New Musette»

Astor Piazzolla - Soundtracks

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

Yury Kazakov «The portrait of the great Bayanist»

A Gotan Project DJ set Espiracion

Accordion in Jazz

Astor Piazzolla - Concerto para Quinteto

Accordion in concert - Part I

Accordion Reader Trilogy

L. Desyatnikov - Tracing Astor

Russian music of the 19 - 20-th centuries

Igor Tsvetkov - Two Pieces for Russian Folk Orchestra

Popular Latin American tunes for chromatic or piano accordion

Terem-Quartet meets friends

Richard Galliano - Viaggio

Richard Galliano & Michel Portal – Concerts

Valery Kovtun - «Tango»

Richard Galliano – New York Tango

Friedrich Lips - Pictures at an Exhibition

Astor Piazzolla - Fugata

Dmitry Manchuk & Miroslav Leliukh - Musical Fantasy

Art Van Damme - Deep Purple

Richard Galliano - Fou Rire

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

Andrew Petrov - Marathon in the Fall

Luciano Fancelli - Acquarelli Cubani

Happy Skvett - Kulturprisen

M. Kazhlaev - Scerzo

Michael van Delft - Angel Rocks a Stone Away

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

Richard Galliano - Tango pour Claude

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

Richard Galliano - La Valse a Margaux

Bogdan Precz - Fusion

Jazz Accordion Book - Vol. I

Jazz Theory And Improvisation Studies for Accordion

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

Astor Piazzolla - Tangus Dei

Richard Galliano - Opale Concerto - Score

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

Lithuanian Accordion Quintet "Concertino" (video live concert)

Pablo Ziegler - Bajo Cero

Pavel Smirov Orchestra - Accordion virtuosos from St. Petersburg

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

Pavel Smirov Orchestra - My Saint Petersburg

M. Blanter - In The Gardens

Astor Piazzolla - Yo Soy Maria

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

B. Martjanov - Moldova Fantasy

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

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

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

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

Anatoly Lyadov - Musical Snuffbox

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

Charlie Shavers - Breeze in a Waste

Christine Boll – Partita Piccola

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

Victor Vlasov - Bossa Nova

Pietro Frosini - Carnival of Venice

Victor Vlasov - I Like this Rhythm

Thomas Fundora & Morris Albert - Feelings

Mikis Theodorakis - Quarter of Angels

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

Volodymyr Zubytsky - Omaggio ad Astor Piazzolla

In the Footlights

The Beatles Potpourri

Jacob Gade - Tango Jalousie

Lasse Pihlajamaa - Harmonikkasävellyksiä

Eddy Flecijn – Capriccio

Pascual Marquina - Spanish Gipsy Dance

Popular Waltzes

Libertango tango hits

Moon Serenade

History of Musicals

Astor Piazzolla – 10 tangos

From Bach till Offenbach

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart - Blue Moon

Beny Rehmann - Schiffsfeger-Polka

F. Canaro - Tango

Gerhard Winkler - Toulouse

Albert Vossen - Merry-go-round

Gerhard Winkler - Serenade Napolitano

J. Rid - Last Waltz

Yann Tiersen - Le Moulin

Yann Tiersen - Naomi

Bert Kaempfert - Strangers in The Night

Luiz Bonfa - Manha de Carnival

Cajun of Luisiana State (for banjo and accordions)

George Boulanger - Da Capo

Eugene Derbenko - Rythm of Time

I. Panitski - Snowball Tree

A. Murena and J. Colombo - Indifference

Hubert Giraud - Sous le Ciel de Paris

Toto Cutugno - Soli

Fermo Marchetti - Fascination

Victor Vlasov - Boogie-Woogie

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

S. Scott - Jungle

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

Paul Norrback - Happy Moments

Charlie Chaplin - Limelight (waltz arranged for accordion)

Victor Vlasov - Silent Films

Victor Vlasov - Good Afternoon

Victor Vlasov - Cartoon

20 Tiny Fingers - English folk song

A. Joys - Autumn Dream

Jazz-Legato - Lerov Andersson (for accordion duo)

Vladimir Popolzin - In The Saloon

S. Scott - Ballade

Victor Vlasov – Jazz Miniatures

Victor Vlasov - Disco (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

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

Victor Vlasov - Siamese (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - This Rythm (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - Step (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Unto Jutila - French Visit

Renzo Ruggieri - Carnevale

Jimmy Giordanengo - La Huette (waltz for solo accordion)

Albert Vossen - Fliegende Blatter

Vittorio Monti - Czardas

Victor Vlasov - Mood (for solo accordion)

Victor Vlasov - Syncopes (for solo accordion)

Unto Jutila - Samba

Pietro Frosini - Jolly Caballero

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

Valery Kovtun - Brilliant Waltz (for solo accordion)

Pintin Castellanos - La Punalada

Finish Polka

Anne Dudley - Jeeves and Wooster

Astor Piazzolla - Four Seasons in Buenos Aires - Score

Astor Piazzolla - Four Seasons in Buenos Aires - Parts

Luciano Fancelli - 10 km. al Finestrino

Luciano Fancelli - Pupazzetti

Georgy Mushel - Toccata

Albin Repnikov - Capriccio

Paolo Pizzigoni - Light and Shadow

Grigoras Dinicu - Hora Stacatto

Eduardo di Capua - O Sole Mio!

Ernesto Lecuona - Malaguena from «Andalucia» Suite

Andre Astier - Grande Valse De Concert

Andre Astier - Divertissement

Andre Astier - Fantaisie En Mi Mineur

Andre Astier, Marcel Azzola - Systeme «A»

Andre Astier, Maurice Larcange - Accordeon Steeple

Andre Astier, Yvette Horner - Polka Satellite

Volodymyr Zubytsky - Ti Amo, Pesaro

Joaquin Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez, Adagio

Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto f-moll from The Four Seasons

Arnstein Johansen - Cornelli (polka)

Medard Ferrero - Averse

Polka Favorites

Latin Favorites

Joey Miskulin - Accordion Styles and Techniques (DVD)

Paris Musette - Freddy Balta and his Accordion

Teach Yourself To Play Accordion

Waltz Favorites

Metodo Per Fisarmonica (Accordion)

Latin American Dances

Richard Galliano - Opale Concerto - Parts

Vladimir Chernikov - Lonely Harmonica - Yablochko

Niccolo Paganini - Caprice No. 24 in A minor

Andrew Lloyd Webber - Memory

John A. Dallas - Helen Waltz

Maurice Larcange & Michel Mercier - Javaccordeon

Franck Angelis - Valse du Cloun

Franck Angelis - Impasse

Ole Schmidt - Toccata no. 1

Astor Piazzolla - Contrabajissimo - Score

Yann Tiersen - La Noyee

Jack Fina - Bumblebee Boogie

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

Heitor Villa-Lobos - Dance of The White Indian

Filippo Marino - Cristina

Tony Murena & Louis Peguri - Joyeux Vagabond

Pietro Frosini - Spic and Span

Hans Brehme - Divertimento in F

Pietro Frosini - Accordion Jitters

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

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

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

Samuel Barber - Adagio from String Quartet No. 1

Pietro Frosini - Love Smiles

Albin Repnikov - Concertino

Victor Vlasov - The Fest In Moldavanka

Art Van Damme - Boogie-Woogie

Albert Vossen - Brusseles Laces

Yann Tiersen - Les Quatre Pieces

Frank Marocco - Appassionato

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

Astor Piazzolla - Cite Tango

Astor Piazzolla - Meditango

Astor Piazzolla - Un dia de paz

Astor Piazzolla - Libertango

Astor Piazzolla - Tres Tangos

Astor Piazzolla - Ave Maria

Astor Piazzolla - Concierto de Nacar - Score

Astor Piazzolla - Tangata del Alba

Accordion in Concert - Part II

Astor Piazzolla - Double Concerto - Score

Argentinian Tango and Folk Tunes for Accordion: 36 Traditional Pieces

Jean Francaix - Concerto for accordion and orchestra

Isang Yun - Concertino for accordion and string quartet

Darius Milhaud - Suite Anglaise

Astor Piazzolla - Adios Nonino for accordion orchestra and piano

Klezmer and Sephardic Tunes

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

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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'08

Artists and Teachers
Gary Blair     Pearl Adriano     George Syrett     Harry Hussey     Gennaro Fiondella

     Rosemary Wright    Angie Lukins    John Romero       Alan Young

Organisations 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 - 733700

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St Audries - Booking Form - Please click here!

St Audries - Ballroom

Free map & driving directions below from your home address!

Cockney Capers - Ricky T Sargent
Mar., 30, 2008

Ricky's Great Uncle - Max Miller
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Bookings/Information: Tel : 01444-257084

Complete party packages for all occasions including disco!

Ricky T Sargent is the great nephew of the famous music hall entertainer

Ricky T Sargent - 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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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!)
Gary Blair @ Fairkytes Accordion Club - Wednesday 6th February @ 7.30pm
Mar., 1, 2008
Gary Blair starts his 2008 tour at Fairkytes A/C
Wednesday 6th February 2008 - 7.30pm
Fairkytes Accordion club night with special guest artist Gary Blair.This is Gary's first gig on his 9th "Tour Down South"and will be the first time he has performed at this popular accordion club.

Admission is £4.00 members (£4.50 guests)

(Light refreshments are included in the ticket price.)

Ample car parking nearby - there will also be a club fundraising raffle.

Fairkytes Accordion Club meets on the first wednesday of every month at:-

The Fairkytes Arts Centre,
51-53 Billet Lane,
Hornchurch, Essex
RM11 1AX

Contact:- Johnny or Val on 01708-225313
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Birmingham Accordion Centre - Monthly Club Night Buffet - We meet on the 4th Tuesday!
Mar., 1, 2008
Club meeting this tuesday evening 22nd February 2008.
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131, Midland Street, Birmingham , Warwickshire B94DE
(Set your SatNav to this Postcode or follow the map below)
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We are located on the corner of Midland St and Garland St.
Our meetings start at 8pm and we meet every month on the 4th tuesday with a buffet.
Contact : Rob Beecroft  Tel: 0121 753 3709  -  Fax: 0121 753 3709
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All are very welcolme at our club meetings!
For driving directions please see the map below:- (click read more)
 
Eastbourne - amazing list of performers!
Mar., 1, 2008
The Cumberland Hotel Eastbourne Friday Feb 15th - Monday Feb 18th 2008Artists
Harry Hussey    Cafe Noir Jazz (Hove)    Gary Blair (Scotland)   &  Gary Blair Junior     Johnny Lee Leslie (Switzerland)    Alan Young (Isle of Wight)Romeo Achino (Italy)     Giuseppe Grosso (Italy)    Charlie Watkins     Gennaro Fiondella  (Worthing)     Romano Viazzani     John RomeroTeachers
Sue Bennett     Gary Blair     Gennaro Fiondella     Harry Hussey     Angie Lukins     TrevaniOrganisations and Traders
The Accordion Shop     Carillon Studios      Birmingham Accordions     WEM    Stan Mayhew     Trevani Music & Gifts     UKAOFestival ProgrammeFriday 15th February2.00 Arrival and check in.
3.00 Welcome cup of tea in the Upstairs Bar
4.00 Alan Young (Ballroom)
4.30 Romano Viazzani (Ballroom)
6.00 - 7.30 Dinner
8.00 Gennaro Fiondella (Ballroom)
8.45 Break
9.00 Cafe Noir (Ballroom)
9.45 Break (Ballroom)
10.00 Gary Blair (Ballroom)
10.00 Break
11.00 Johnny Lee Leslie (Ballroom)
11.30 Guest Busking session led by Harry Hussey (Ballroom)Saturday 16th February8.00 - 9.30 Breakfast
9.00   Seminar - Gennaro Fiondella - Orchestra (Ballroom)
10.00  Seminar - Trevani - The Blues (Ballroom)          10.00   Seminar - Sue Bennett -  Absolute Beginners (1st floor lobby)
11.00   Seminar - Angie Lukins - Folk and Barn Dance (Ballroom)          11.00   Seminar - Harry Hussey - Jazz  (1st floor lobby)
12.00 Seminar - Gary Blair  (Ballroom)
1.00   Lunchtime - Alan Young (Upstairs Bar)
2.00  Charlie Watkins in Concert (Ballroom)
3.00  Guests Concert - Hosted by Gennaro Fiondella (Ballroom)
4.00   Complimentary cup of tea in the Ballroom accompanied with music with George Bennett (Ballroom)
6.00 - 7.30 Dinner
7.45 Harry Hussey (Ballroom)
8.15 Johnny Lee Leslie (Ballroom)
8.45   Break
9.00 Gary Blair junior  (Ballroom)
9.30 Romeo Achino and Giuseppe Grosso (Ballroom)
10.00   Break
10.15 Gary Blair - Ceilidh - (Ballroom)
11.45 Gennaro Fiondella (Upstairs Bar)Sunday 17th February8.00 - 9.30 Breakfast
9.00   Seminar - Gennaro Fiondella - Orchestra (Ballroom)
10.00  Seminar - Trevani - Tango Rhythms (Ballroom)          10.00   Seminar - Sue Bennett -  Absolute Beginners (1st floor lobby)
11.00   Seminar - Angie Lukins - Folk and Barn Dance (Ballroom)          11.00   Seminar - Harry Hussey - Jazz (1st floor lobby)
12.00 Seminar - Johnny Lee Leslie (Ballroom)
1.00   Lunchtime - Alan Young (Upstairs Bar)
2.00   Orchestra and Seminar Concert (Ballroom) - Hosted by Gennaro Fiondella (Ballroom)
3.00   Harry and Guests - hosted by Harry Hussey (Ballroom)
4.00   Complimentary cup of tea in the Ballroom accompanied with music with George Bennett (Ballroom)
6.00 - 7.30 Dinner
7.45  Johnny Lee Leslie (Ballroom)
8.15  Romeo Achino and Giuseppe Grosso (Ballroom)
8.45 Break
9.00  Cafe Noir (Ballroom)
10.00 Charity Raffle (Ballroom)
10.30   Gary Blair (Ballroom)
11.00 Party time Pro Jam Session  (Ballroom)
11.30 Party time Guest Jam Session led by Harry Hussey (Ballroom)Monday 18th February8.00 - 9.30 Breakfast
10.00 - 11.00   Farewell Concert and Goodbye. (Ballroom)Additional Notes
Please note that should guests wish to practice in their rooms they are welcome to at any time between 9.00a.m. and 4.00p.m.Stan Mayhew will be available for advice on accordion tuning during both Saturday and Sunday afternoon's between 2 and 4 p.m. Please ask at the Carillon stand.Last Minute Hotline - 01323 - 733 700This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it www.carillonstudios.co.uk
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Mar., 1, 2008
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The island roads were deserted!
Feb., 23, 2008
Much Travelled accordion case- but who's?
The Cooperativa gang at Eastbourne!
'Eastbourne Accordion Festival Feb. 2008 - Review'The island roads were deserted when we left home at a most ungodly hour to catch the 5.30 am ferry.  This early start was to avoid the extortionate charges and saved £15 (Lilian said she would happily pay the extra and stay in bed).  The other advantage was that we avoided the rush hour traffic and arrived in Eastbourne at 8.30 am - in time for breakfast!  It was good to have some time for a walk along the seafront and a look at Eastbourne before making our way to the Cumberland Hotel as we know from experience that once the fun starts there is no time for anything else! By 3 pm the Cumberland was buzzing with friendly banter as accordion friends old and new were welcomed.  The serious playing was soon off to a fine start with the one and only Alan Young, another ‘caulkhead’ (Isle of Wight native).  The sounds of the jazz harmonies soon allured Harry Hussey who sidled over, ‘Baloo-like’, and joined in.  Sometimes I think he and that Borsini are joined at the hip.  Next, a demonstration of the Roland accordion given by the entertaining and capable Romano Viazzani. He certainly put the Roland through its paces and showed us a number of accordion sounds including Italian folk, French musette, diatonic accordion, classical, Scottish, bandoneon and Alpine, plus many styles: jazz, scat voice, various wind instrument sounds and combinations, more than I can remember. Gennaro Fiondella took the stage after dinner and showed what a versatile player he is with a varied programme on both piano and button accordion.  He has not been playing the button instrument for long and is already an impressive performer.  Makes you sick! At 9 pm a new sound for Eastbourne – Café Noir.  This quartet consists of Mike Piggott – violin, Mils Solberg – guitar, Gerry Higgins – bass and Harry Hussey – accordion.  A real treat for the jazz fans; four amazing musicians who stunned the audience with their technique and ensemble.  Then the ‘Flying Scotsman’ himself, Gary Blair, accordion steaming, fingers a blur, but where was the kilt?  All the girls were disappointed, Gary.  Make sure you dress up ‘proper’ next time.  Young Gary joined in and proved he is a real threat to the Blair throne.  Accordion dynasties were well represented this evening as next up was the fabulous Johnny Lee Leslie who held us all spellbound with his intelligent and sensitive playing.  The guest busking session followed for those with stamina, lasting well into the small hours while us weaker mortals went to bed. Saturday proved to be an 18 hour marathon starting with various seminars and workshops all morning.  There was orchestra with Gennaro, Sue Bennett took the absolute beginners, folk and barn dance with Angie Lukins, seminars on blues with Trevani and jazz with Harry and finally tips and tricks from Gary.  Alan entertained at lunchtime, Charlie Watkins joked and sang as only Charlie can though his support from the Eastbourne Voices could have been stronger!  It’s all very well, Charlie, but some of us are too young to know the words!  The guest concert was over-subscribed but provided an enjoyable variety from many brave players.  Gorgeous Georgeous (George Bennett) entertained us through teatime and then, at last, an hour off to get ready for dinner. The evening concert featured Harry, Johnny Lee, Gary Junior and two fabulous Italian stars – Romeo Achino and Guiseppe Grosso – two very contrasting styles, superb mastery of the instrument and a huge wow factor.  Just one request for next time, boys – please announce the titles and composers of pieces to avoid frustration.  Did recognise Rossini’s ‘Thieving Magpie’ overture to which Guiseppe received a well-deserved standing ovation.  Gary Senior led a ceilidh for those who still had some energy and Gennaro led the merry making into the small hours. Sunday morning was filled with yet more workshops and seminars and the afternoon concert sessions gave everyone the opportunity to show off in their groups as well as with various solos or ensemble items.  There were more fantastic performances from the quest artists throughout the evening (it would make this report pages long if details were given) and the party mood prevailed.  The charity raffle for Winston’s Wish, a charity for bereaved children, was very well supported.  John and Jackie have now raised well over £5,000 for this deserving cause – and they thanked everyone for donating many excellent prizes and buying plenty of tickets. Mention must be made of the quality trade stands.  Charlie Watkins had a fine display of accordions, music, CDs, DVDs and electronic gizmos, Trevani had a phantasmagoria of music and The Accordion Shop ensured Cooperativa accordions were well to the fore – many of the performers played Cooperativas and a suspicious number of Cooperativa t-shirts were being worn all weekend!  It was really good to see Rob Howard down south with his Accordion A-Z books.                    
Romeo Aichino & friends at Eastbourne Accordion Festival Feb'08
 As always, guests were well catered for, the food was excellent and hopefully, by now, the accordion fraternity realise they need to book early for these very popular events.  See you at St Audries in September and back in Eastbourne in October.  Can’t wait.  Another huge success John and Jackie – as always your organisational skills have been superb and your choice of artists and teachers excellent – these events just get better and better.   ****************
[A second accordion part to The Teddy Bears' Picnic was found so if you did buy that, please check that you have both parts and if you are the person missing a second part, please contact me (01983 861322) so I can post it to you.]
 
See you all again at the next one.
Rene Mairis and Lilian Scaddan 
Editors Note: The much travelled accordion case pictured above belongs to Gary Blair who flew from Eastbourne via Gatwick & Glasgow to a weekend festival on The Shetland Isles.
David Keen
Feb., 23, 2008
David Keen - 1955 - 2008
We are sad to announce the passing of David Keen (ABCA (TD); LBCA) accordionist & accordion teacher,adjudicator and editor of the popular magazine " Accordion World". David (52) passed away on the 9th February at The Michael Sobell House, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, Middlesex after a long battle with cancer.

Funeral Announcement:
David Keen's funeral will take place on Thursday 21st February - 1.30pm at:
The Breakspear Crematorium, The East Chapel, Breakspear Road, Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 7SJ
Reception afterwards at: The Breakspear Arms, Breakspear Road South, Harefield, Uxbridge UB9 6LT
Tel: 01895 632239 .....After the service at The Breakspear Crematorium, Elsie Keen would like people to go back to the Breakspear Arms . Family Flowers only and traditional black to be worn please.
To get to the Breakspear Arms from the Crematorium exit to the right and proceed to the end of this road. The pub may be seen at the end on the right, where the car park may be accessed by turning right at this T junction and right again. If you are walking to the pub from the Crematorium it will take about 10 minutes, walk up on the left hand side of the road where there is a pavement............

Donations in David's Memory.. to:-
Hillingdon Funeral Service 1, Whitley Parade. Uxbridge Road, Hillingdon, Middlesex -
 or to the following nominated charities:- 
1. http://www.michaelsobellhouse.co.uk/
2. www.justgiving.com/davidkeen
3. Everyman Cancer Research 
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Feb., 23, 2008
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Ace Your Test With Accordion Flashcards
Feb., 23, 2008
Like many accordion players, Bill Funkhouser came to the accordion from the piano and figured, “It has a piano keyboard… how hard could it be?” And then, like many accordion players, he struggled to master the layout of buttons on the bass side of his accordion.So to help others making the same transition from piano to accordion, Bill came up with a novel study aid: Accordion Flashcards. Much like those old cards you used to cram for finals, these cards quiz you on the layout of basses and chords in the Stradella bass button system. The cards currently come in two varieties: a 12 bass set ($7.95) and a standard set ($12.95). Check out this sample card and start studying:Sample Accordion Flashcard (PDF download)
Our New Little Squeeze!
Feb., 23, 2008
If things have seemed a little slow around here lately, we (for once) have a good reason. Last Friday night, Anna gave birth to the newest member of the Let’s Polka team — a bouncing baby girl named Sarah Rose. Weighing in at 8 pounds, 14 ounces, she’s everything we dreamed and more. And we’re already planning a trip to the local accordion shops so she can pick out her first box. Gotta start ‘em young, I always say.As you can imagine, our updates (and email response times) will be inconsistent over the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you have any recommendations for soothing accordion music that a baby might enjoy during a feeding or changing, leave us a comment.
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