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 "My life with the Accordion" by Ronald E. Hodgson - Chapters 1,2 & 3

"My Life With The Accordion" by Ronald E. Hodgson Ron Hodgson - 1958 Ron Hodgson - 2008I began playing the accordion when I was seven years old. I received an accordion for Christmas 1935.

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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

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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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Barnsley A/C Christmas Party with Pearl Fawcett-Adriano - Wed December 5th
Jan., 3, 2008

December 5th at 8 pm

Guest Artiste is Pearl Fawcett-Adriano
BARNSLEY ACCORDION CLUB
Christmas Party
Concert Room,
Barnsley & District Trades Council Club,
33 Racecommon Road,
BARNSLEY,South Yorkshire
S70 6AA

The Fantastic Pearl Fawcett-Adriano

Emily Smith - Songs of Praise - Sunday 25th November BBC 1 @ 5.15pm
Jan., 3, 2008

Emily Smith

Hello folks,
Just a wee reminder that Jamie McClennan and I will be on the programme 'Songs of Praise' this coming Sunday 25th November on BBC1 at 5:15pm. We will also be performing that evening at Walthamstow Folk down in London in the first of three duo gigs we have over the coming week. Check out the tour dates page for full details. Keep warm! Emily x   

Click here for Tour Dates!

 

Sunday 25th November
(if you don't watch Songs of Praise)
Walthamstow Folk
The Plough Inn
LONDON E17

UKAO 460,000 Visitors & 688 members
Jan., 3, 2008

 

We are proud in continuing to provide a service to "All Accordionists"

 via our unique online  "Accordionists information website" and are so pleased to have attracted an impressive number of daily viewers to our site.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our many news contributors,because without your help it would not have been possible - thank you so much!The new look UKAO website is updated daily by members,readers and administrators.Seasons Greetings from all at UKAO!UKAO was designed by accordionist and computer expert/web designer Richard Smith  from Keighley in Yorkshire England.This new website was launched on 05/02/2006 and has todate  been visited on approx. 460,000 occassions -An average of  over 1,000  visitors per DAY !-Click here to register as a free member of UKAO!

   

Richard Smith

Luttbeg Double Keyboard Accordions
Jan., 3, 2008
Many years ago when Ebay was in its infancy I remember seeing an accordion with a piano keyboard on each side. I saved the picture somewhere, but can't reach it at the moment and may have lost it.

I've never seen another one of these oddities until today. Here on Ebay in the UK is a Soprani Luttbeg.

As far as I can make out these accordions don't have a real name - so I propose that these are called Luttbeg Accordions after the inventor Max B. Luttbeg.

Max B. Luttbeg arrived in New York from Russia in the early 1900s. He was a famous wrestler and this picture of him is in the Library of Congress. Max is the one kneeling.

After he retired from wrestling he went on the vaudeville circuit playing accordion and also made his own improvements to accordions.

The patent for the 'Luttbeg Accordion' was filed in January 1931 in the US, and a further patent improving the system was submitted in January 1932.

As well as Soprani at least one other manufacturer made Luttbeg accordions as John Gaunt's site has pictures of two types of Soprani and also a Bertini. The site also claims that only 12 Luttbegs were ever made.

The reason that these accordions never caught on will be clear to anyone that plays the piano accordion. It's very hard to push the bellows at the same time as holding your hand in the right position to play a piano style keyboard.

It seems that Max Luttbeg himself recognised these problems and submitted another patent in 1939 - this time for a 36 button layout. Each button sounded a single note and complex chords could be played by pressing combinations of buttons. Sadly I don't know if any of these accordions were ever built.

If anybody has any further information on the Luttbeg accordions then please leave a comment.

Link: Soprani Luttbeg on Ebay
Link: Luttbeg Accordions on John Gault's site
Link: Max Luttbeg's Patents

Friday 21st December - Guildford Accordion Club Christmas Party
Dec., 24, 2007
 
Friday 21st December 2007
The Guildford Accordion Club
Christmas Party Night

All are welcome!

The Guildford Accordion Club
The Ripley Village Hall
Ripley
Nr. Guildford
Woking
Surrey
GU23 6AJ
John Cumiskey Tel: 0208 546 1767


Doors Open at 7pm
Skate along to The Ripley Village Hall on Frid 21st!
 

Please bring along your accordions for our popular musical "playalong" sessions.
Rare Pasquale Ficosecco Accordion 1930
Dec., 15, 2007
 
Tony Gilbert with Freddie Gibbons Accordion
This Accordion was originally owned by a Freddie Gibbons. A professional entertainer, who for many years performed on stage at the famous Windmill Theatre, here he entertained using this accordion also at other Moss Empire circuit Theatres.For the above reasons, we refer to it as our “Bums and Boobs box”
Reconditioned by Tony with loving care!
Freddie was a wonderful character on stage, in later life he moved to Norfolk becoming the owner of two Public houses; very soon they became popular venues for all music lovers.He also became a regular player on Radio Norfolk.
Rare Pasquale Ficosecco Accordion 1930
 Sadly now passed on, Freddie leaves his wife living local to us, who has given the above information, and of the colourful lifestyle concerning this accordion, also on Freddie’s career midst the scenes of the London Windmill.We became the owners 5 years ago; it then needed certain attention, which we lovingly gave it ourselves. It has been a privilege to play it at various festivals, usually joining the Vintage Accordion Orchestra’s.4/5 voiced it is Musette tuned, with a powerful volume in very good playing condition.Tony & Phyl Gilbert. Upton, NorfolkThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Dougie Inkpen - Canterbury Accordionist
Dec., 15, 2007
Have you heard from Dougie Inkpen regarding his claim to fame?
I'll take the opportunity and forward his picture to you as his poster
appears in a bus shelter on Herne Bay seafront.
Bye for now.
Tony Gilbert
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Also do you know that accordion I'm currently playing, spent many years at the London Windmill and other Moss Empire Theatres. It was then owned by a professional entertainer by name of Freddie Gibbons, who in later life moved to Norfolk, becoming the owner of two local Pubs.Due to Freddie's ability in entertaining, this created very successful drinking places near Gt.Yarmouth. He also became a regular on Radio Norfolk.   (Accordion name is Pasqualy Ficosseco)  - Best Rgds, Tony Gilbert
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Doug Inkpen is a member of The Canterbury Accordion Club:-
Cranleigh Surrey - Accordion Variety Show
Dec., 15, 2007
Friday28th March 2008-7.30pmCranleigh Village HallHigh Street
Cranleigh
Surrey
GU6 8AT
Car park in Village Way
Cranleigh Village Hall - Surrey
 
Accordion Variety Show:-
Crawley Accordion Orchestra - Conductor - Sean Hunter
Rosemary Wright & Harry Hussey
Plus an incredible mystery guest artiste???
Raffle/Refreshments
 
Box Office: 01483-274951 (Bill)
Tickets are £7.00 (available January 2008)
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"Sibelius & Beyond"
Dec., 15, 2007
Niko Kumpuvaara Accordion


Sampo Haapamäki: Power
Lauri Kilpiö: New Work WORLD PREMIERE
Jukka Tiensuu: Zolo
Jouni Kaipainen: Gena
Kalevi Aho: Sonata No. 2, ‘Black Birds’
Olli Virtaperko: Devil’s Lungs

Tickets: £5
St. George's Hanover Square, London
Tel: +44 (0)20 7222 1061Tuesday 27th November 2007 @ 7.30pmClick here for Box Office
Niko Kumpuvaara is a rising star on the accordion, a rarely heard solo instrument, and brings an all-Finnish programme to the festival of Finnish music, "Sibelius & Beyond".

Kalevi Aho and Jouni Kaipainen are two well-known composers who have created works for the unusual sounds of the instrument, and Kumpuvaara mixes in newer pieces, including a world premiere performance, to his programme.
 
+44 (0)20 7222 1061
 
 
NAO North West Area Championships
Dec., 15, 2007
'NAO NORTH WEST AREA CHAMPIONSHIPS'
The Marine Hall Fleetwood
Annual event 2007 25th November,
at the Marine Hall,
The Esplanade,
Fleetwood,
Lancashire.


64 sections.

Festival is combined with the "Blackpool and Wyre Accordion Festival", established 1988 .
From 9am to 9 pm competitionsAll day, trade show and prize presentations!
All Enquiries via the organiser Gina Brannelli,
01253 778764
01253 822046
Location Web: http://www.marinehall.co.uk/map.php
St . Andrew’s CEILIDH DANCE
Dec., 15, 2007
Dancing to The Vatersay Boys with Linn Phipps (Gaelic Singer)
Jim MacKay & Donald McRury (Pipers) Nathalie MacKinnon (Highland Dancer)
Saturday 24th November 2007 at Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent’s Park Road, London NW1 7AY
Tel: 020 7485 2206 E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Nearest Tube station - Camden Town (Northern Line)
7.30pm – 11.30pm
Licensed Bar - Food available - Raffle
Admission by ticket: £15
For tickets and further information e-mail us at
This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Eddie MacRae on 07990 586191Website: www.hisl.org
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Saturday 24th November 2007

St. Andrew's Ceilidh and Dance

This Ceilidh Dance will feature the Vatersay Boys, making their first appearance in London. It will also feature Gaelic singer Linn Phipps. Jim MacKay and Donald McRury will pipe for us and Nathalie MacKinnon will be Highland dancing so it promises to be a great night.

We anticipate that demand for this Ceilidh Dance will be very high so we have decided to make it a ticket-only event to ensure that members and friends have a chance to secure their places before we offer the tickets for general sale. On that basis, I would urge people to apply for tickets as soon as possible to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 07990 586191. Tickets will be at £15 each and further details appear in the latest newsletter.

Download flier: HISL-November-2007-flier.pdf 
 



Saturday 19th January 2008

"A Taste of Burns" Burns Supper and Ceilidh Dance

More details to follow...

Please note this is a ticket only ceilidh dance as we need to know numbers in advance for the haggis, neeps and tatties. This event has traditionally been over subscribed so we suggest orders for tickets should be made sooner rather than later. Prices are £20 non-members, £18 members and £15 concessions (students and OAP's). Can you please give us a mailing address to send the tickets and also indicate if any of your party prefers to have vegetarian rather that traditional haggis. We will also reserve tables for larger parties to ensure you can sit together.
Market Weighton - New accordion club in Yorkshire
Dec., 15, 2007
Dear UKAO, Since the close of the Hull accordion club  Its left a big area with no club, I am putting in an advert in the local papers to see if there is enough interest in starting a new club at my daughters wine bar in MARKET WEIGHTON  North Yorkshire.
Welcome to the new Market Weighton Accordion Club!
This new accordion club would cover from York to Hull North Yokshire and the East Riding  .
If anybody is interested , please get in touch with me, I am prepared to organise it, you can call me on Tel: 01430 860300 - I am looking forward to hearing from you!
Best Wishes,  ............................................Harry Kipling - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Ricky T Sargent & Shaz - Accordionist Entertainment
Dec., 15, 2007
Ricky T Sargent - Accordionist Entertainer
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  Bookings/Information: Tel : 01444-257084Ricky T Sargent is the great nephew of the famous music hall entertainer " Max Miller - 1895-1963"  please note the amazing facial resemblance.Recent Testimonial's. “It was an excellent night of fun and laughter, and I highly recommend them to any centre of a similar nature to ours”Ainsley Kennett  ENTERTAINMENTS MANAGER FOR JUBILEELODGE,PART OF THE WINGED FELLOWSHIP TRUST WHO PROVIDE HOLIDAYS & RESPITE CARE FOR THE DISABLED“Ricky T Sargent has been booked on two previous occasions to entertain our residents who have mild to severe learning disabilities and he is returning a gain at Christmas for our party,I would recommend Ricky T Sargent wholeheartedly:as he seems to know the type of entertainment our residents will get pleasure from,and even the carers!Sue Duree BEECH HOUSE CRAWLEY SUSSEX WEALD &DOWNS NHS TRUST 
Ricky & Shaz in Party Mood!
“RICKY T SARGENT & SHAZ have entertained at this centre recently and was a great success .He and his wife provide a very versatile act involve the audience with there hilariously funny original audience participation .They get everyone “going “from the beginning & work extremely hard. The clients at this centre look forward very much to there return.Christine Jenner CENTRE MANAGER FOR COX LANE DAY CENTRE WEST EWELL SURREY Dear Ricky & ShazJust a quick note to thank you for a great night on September 20th.Members are still talking about it!I am sure ,we at Southey will be meeting you both again in the not distant future.,Once again many thanks.Ian Birnie ENTERTAINMENTS SECRETARY SOUTHEY BOWLING CLUB LONDON“I’VE BEEN A MEMBER AND USING THIS CLUB FOR 18 YEARS, AND THAT’S THE FUNNIEST AND GREATEST ATMOSPHERE  WE’VE  HAD .YOU WAS FANTASTIC , BLOODY BRILLIANT! ENTERTAINMENTS SECRETARY TRACTION CLUB ALDERSHOT SURREYDear Ricky and Sharon
Brenda and I would like to thank you both very much for making our 60th
birthday party such a memorable occasion. We have had letters and messages from virtually everyone who attended full of praise for the way you managed the evening, getting everyone involved and generally giving us all a fun evening. We are both very happy for you to use this message to advertise your show and wish you every success for the future. It would not surprise us if some of the people there noted your name and will be in contact for future events.PAUL THOMAS ,  RETIRED SURGEON , WOODFORD GREEN , LONDON
Ricky T Sargent & Shaz - Brilliant Entertainers for all occasions!
Johnny Coleclough and his music
Dec., 15, 2007
Johnny Coleclough - Accordionist Entertainer
 Please check out Johnny Coleclough's new website and listen to samples of his music - Click Here! 
Beltrami Accordion Festival - Report
Dec., 15, 2007
Beltrami Accordion Festival - Sunday 21st October 2007 - ReportNorman English, Manager of Pianos and Keyboards at Bruce Millers Music store Aberdeen, visited the Aberdeen Arts Centre earlier this year. Nothing strange about that you may think! However Norman’s attention was less focused on the stage and more on the great acoustics and ambience of this intimate theatre. Norman EnglishNorman said, “It struck me immediately that it would make a great venue for an accordion festival” and within two weeks of that visit he had booked the theatre, confirmed local artists and set about obtaining the services of two 1st class, international accordionists, Mauro Carra from Italy who has released 5 albums, recorded several sound tracks and performed all over the world and Emir Bosnjak a Bosnian artist who is in great demand for recitals and concerts through out the world. Mauro Carra & Romano ViazzaniHaving previously hosted a performance by Mauro within Bruce Millers that was very warmly received, Norman felt strongly that the public would again welcome an opportunity to experience accordion playing taken to a new dimension. On that occasion the audience was delighted by the quality sounds from the hand made Beltrami accordion that Mauro was demonstrating. Norman, himself compered the Arts Centre event and delighted the crowd with his own interpretation of “Dark Island” and “Nut Rocker”.Sadly Emir’s performance at the festival was called off at the last minute due to ill health. However Mauro’s talent and wonderful choice of music brought gasps from the audience and tumultuous applause. He again held the enthralled audience in the palm of his hand. Lauren HuntOn the bill alongside the international performers were local talent Gordon Middler, Tom Orr and Lauren Hart. Lauren is a talented singer and this year performed at the Edinburgh Festival. Her choice of Italian Arias and traditional Burns songs was very well received and she was ably accompanied by Anne Deans. Craig Patton - Under 16 Scottish ChampionRepresenting up and coming young musicians was Craig Patton. Craig is under 16 Scottish champion and Craig has performed all over the UK including the Scottish Parliament. Craig demonstrated his accordion skills admirably and his personality also shone through. The audience were also privileged to have Ian Middler, accompanied by His son Gordon, Tom Orr and Duncan Christie. Ian sang a selection of Scottish songs and contributed to the variety in the show. The packed evening demonstrated the versatility of accordions with a mixture of traditional Scottish, popular and classical pieces.The program of singing and playing had something to offer amateur and professional musicians alike and those who simply appreciate others talent and enjoy family entertainment in comfortable surroundings. The impromptu rendition of “O Sole Mio” By Lorenzo, one of the group of Italian visitors over for the festival, was a perfect finale.
Ksenija Sidorova does us proud and comes 4th in the Premio di Castelfidardo
Dec., 15, 2007
Ksenija SidorovaKsenija Sidorova does us proud in the Premio di Castelfidardo.I have just returned from adjudicating at the Premio di Castelfidardo accordion competition in Castelfidardo the hub of accordion manufacturing in Italy and possibly the world.  The competition is now being amplified into a festival with lots of post competition concerts throughout the town. . It was a very interesting experience seeing it from an adjudicator’s view point.  There were two high points for me.  The first being a wonderful evening concert that was part of a European tour given by Frank Marocco and Simone Zanchini, following the success of their latest album Be-Bop Buffet, a collaboration that was born from their first meeting at the London Accordion Festival back in 2001.  The concert was even better than the excellent CD.  The second high point which unfortunately I wasn’t a witness to as I was adjudicating a different category was the knowledge that Latvian-born Ksenija Sidorova who is now in her 3rd year of studies at the Royal Academy of Music London and therefore representing the UK came a very respectable 4th in the most prestigious of categories the “Premio” itself.  This is one of the highest placings achieved for a British-based player in a long time and all credit must go to her and her teacher Owen Murray for giving the UK much needed presence and representation on the International Competition circuit.  Ksenija who flew the flag for us last year too came 3rd in category C last year because she was only 18.  She is a great ambassador and role model for young accordionists in the UK being a brilliant young musician, charming, intelligent and beautiful.  I inevitably asked myself why we seem to be unable as a nation to field a more consistent flow of competitors internationally.  Our national competitions are very well attended and well-organised but the standard of competitor falls woefully short of the kind of international level across all categories I have witnessed both in Castelfidardo and Klingenthal in the past.  We certainly have produced in the last twenty or so years and still produce excellent accordionists that today work at the highest level comparable with many players abroad but why is there a now, save for the handful of student at the Royal Academy a gaping void of young accordionists?Perhaps it’s time we try to push our young students towards a further education in music especially now that we have the Trinity Guildhall Syllabus which ties into the National Curriculum.  The demand for accordionists (in the south-east at least) is on the increase but the type of work offered does require a very high standard of skills. At the moment, save for a handful of accordionists nationally the only other accordionists who can are trained to meet the requirements set by the market are students like Ksenija and her predecessors.  This is a reality we cannot ignore.  We must aim to educate young accordionists so that the demands are met otherwise we risk that the modern composers who keenly write for accordion lose interest completely whilst we all run off and complain that there is no work for accordionists.In the vast majority of the categories I adjudicated in the jury were very serious and diligent with their task.  After all these competitors study incredibly hard to reach the standard needed compete seriously and it’s only right that the judges acknowledge this by paying attention and marking fairly in order to maintain standards.  If it is felt that no competitor has achieved a high enough standard it is not unknown for the prizes not to awarded. I have always felt ambivalent towards competitions.  I competed in a few piano competitions in my teens having achieved 1st and 2nd placings.  It doesn’t make me a fantastic pianist.  As much as I love the piano I barely get time to play it these days.  Many of the world’s foremost exponents of the accordion have never won a competition, yet they thrive.  More importantly accordionists has been doing well in important national competitions open to all instrumentalists recently which exposes the accordion to a wider audience as well as pitting it against other instruments thereby raising the standard yet again in order to match and better these other musicians.  In other words an accordionist playing Bluebell Polka cannot compete with a pianist playing Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude.  It’s not just about how many notes and how quickly but about the depth of emotion and musicality involved. Of all the nationalities involved in the Festival, and there were many, the Serbs for me seem to be emerging as a force to reckon with both in numbers, technical standard and musical and emotional maturity.  The countries of former Soviet Union of course figure strongly too.  The French, not surprisingly do well but mostly in the Varietè categories. I would encourage many teachers in the UK to try attend these important international competitions (and any other event national or international especially in a context where the accordion is a newly emerging instrument such as Jazz festivals or Classical Music Festivals) if only to see the kind of standard that is required these days and to let promoters know that there is a demand for this instrument.  It’s not all work but fun too.  If we can transmit to our students that the accordion is worth learning properly, fun to play and can, by following the proper channels offer a number of career opportunities we may tear them away from their Gameboys, Megadrives,  Football practice and all the other trappings the Western World distracts them with, so we can nurture a new generation of British Accordionists fit for purpose.Report by Romano Viazzani
New Marathon Accordion World Record
Dec., 9, 2007
We’ve seen people attempt to break world records for the fastest accordion player and largest accordion band, so it’s only natural someone would go after the record for marathon accordion playing.Last week in Bochingen, Germany, Thomas Schmelzle set out to break the record of 28 straight hours of accordion playing set by Dutchman Hennie Hulk in 2002. Under the rules set forth by Guinness, Thomas could take a five minute break each hour, but could not repeat a tune within four hours. In the end, Thomas smashed the old record with a performance lasting 29 hours and 16 minutes. Of course, he won’t be able to feel his fingers for a few weeks, but it’s a small price to pay for enshrinement in the Guinness Book of World Records. At least, until the next marathoner comes along…
Flickr Find: Accordion vs. Boy
Dec., 9, 2007

Boy with Accordion
uploaded by Brann
Ever have one of those days? The kind where everything drags, just getting out of bed is a chore, and when you pick up your accordion, it feels like a ton of bricks. Well, imagine how this poor kid feels. First, Mom makes him wear a tie and a pair of knickers. Then he has to stand out in the sun and pose for a photo with an accordion that’s nearly as big as he is. The grimace on his face says it all: “Hurry up and take the picture… I can’t hold this much longer…”
How to Build a Hohner Corona
Dec., 9, 2007
Over on the Reyes Accordions forum, I found some excellent photos taken by Peter Unbehauen during a recent trip to the Hohner accordion factory in Trossingen, Germany. (Some readers may remember his photo tour of the Hohner factory from last year.) Among his latest photos are shots of the building and assembly of Hohner Corona accordions. It’s fascinating to see that the process is still done almost completely by hand — from molding the celluloid to assembling the reed blocks to the final tuning.Peter has also scanned the entire Hohner spare parts catalog. While you can only get instruments from a dealer, you can order nearly any spare/replacement part imaginable directly from the Hohner factory in Germany. So next time you need a pair of accordion bellow nail pliers, you know where to go.
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