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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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Angie Lukins - Accordion Tuition
Jan., 2, 2012

Angie Lukins 

 "Private Accordion Tuition"
"Weekly (Wednesday) Accordion Band Rehearsals"

  Covering:- 
West London - Middlesex
Berks, Bucks & Surrey Areas.

Information: Tel: 01895 -235601 (Angie)



Accordions at Morley - News!
Jan., 2, 2012

'It's been a great year for "Accordions at Morley", now playing as "Morley Accordion Orchestra".  

22 of us went to the Irish International Accordion Festival in Navan this Spring - our first trip abroad and our first competitive event.  We were thrilled to come second in the Senior Orchestra Class, and our dream now is to compete at the huge triennial festival at Innsbruck in May 2013.  

To start raising funds for this, we've had a professional CD made of our June concert at Morley.  It's a lively and varied programme - including the Suite of Dalmatian Dances by Götz, which we played in Ireland, a James Bond Suite with vocals by Pat Parker, and our leaders playing as Duo Esprit.  
We're backed by two professional percussionists, and it is a first-rate recording.  

Please buy it and take us closer to our Innsbruck Dream! - just £10.50 plus postage from our website www.morleyaccordions.org.uk - where you can also hear some clips.'

Club Accord - Newsletter
Jan., 2, 2012
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In memory of Andy Banks, 1948-2011

 

As you may have heard, we have to announce the very sad news that our chairman and treasurer, Andy Banks, died at his home in Handsworth last week at the age of 63.  Andy’s friend Chas, a Scotsman who had played in a ceilidh band with Andy for fifteen years, discovered that Andy had passed away and is dealing with the arrangements. 

Andy was one of the strongest supporters of the Midlands accordion scene.  He had attended Club Accord since almost the first meeting, and Rob Beecroft’s club nights for many years, and Rob tells me that Andy had not missed a Saturday visit to the Midland Accordion Centre since it opened around 25 years ago.  Andy was a man of strong feelings and loyalties, with a strong sense of tradition, and he had no time for anything he perceived as disrespectful, but at the same time he was always very encouraging to young players and beginners, and had given many of us kind words and little tips over the years.  Above all, his love of music and respect for musicians showed itself at all times, and while in his own playing he stuck steadfastly to his chosen style of music, he appreciated and applauded good musicianship wherever it came from.

Andy was born in Wick, in the far north of Scotland, but his family moved to the Midlands when he was still a small child.  By all accounts Andy was a brilliant engineer who won a scholarship for his work when he was younger, but did not get the chance to use his talents fully in his working life.  Andy had just finished work after a difficult period when his workplace was closing down.  The last few times I saw him, although he was apprehensive about the future, he seemed more relaxed, and it seems cruel that he did not get the chance to make the most of retirement.

Andy’s passion was for Scottish and traditional folk music, which he played on his Shand Morino three-row button accordion, and later also on his top-quality English concertina.  He was mostly self-taught but had had an afternoon of teaching from Sir Jimmy Shand himself!  He tracked Sir Jimmy down to his house in Auchtermuchty by asking at a local petrol station and soon found himself in the middle of a masterclass.  This influence showed in his club accordion playing which had an unmistakeable Scottish intensity and drive, even when he was playing non-Scottish tunes, with no concessions to “entertainment”-style playing.  He played “Dark Island” in a very passionate way, and this softer side of his playing came out when he took up the English concertina.  He joked that he took up the concertina to give himself a chance to

sit down while playing, but his concertina playing was beautiful.  On many nights you could have heard a pin drop as he sat crouched over the concertina piecing together a carefully-chosen traditional melody.  He had a parallel musical life playing in the ceilidh band (Moonstone) and for Blackadder Morris (based in Cotteridge, where he played in an English rather than a Scottish style).  He was also extremely knowledgeable about music: he was like an encyclopedia when it came to Scottish players and folk music in general, but he knew a lot about everything else as well.  Over the last ten years he played a wider and wider range of tunes and got more and more relaxed in his playing.  It will be sad not to hear him any more.  He was a unique part of the Midlands accordion scene, and he will be missed.

Andy’s steady presence on the accordion scene won him an entry in the first volume of Rob Howard’s “A-Z of the Accordion”, and in Rob’s words:

            “Lots of people come and go as members of accordion clubs, but it is

            people such as Andy who are the real backbone.”

There is no better way to mark this sad news than for us to keep on playing.  By way of a small tribute, we have asked Andy’s friend Chas to come to Club Accord for our next club night, on MONDAY 8th AUGUST, and play through “Dark Island” (in G) with anyone who would like to join in.  For the rest of the evening, we will carry on the tradition of making good music on the accordion.  I hope you can be there.

Karen Tweed - Gigs
Oct., 14, 2011
Stratford upon Avon Folk Festival (3.30pm – 5.15pm). -Stratford upon Avon Folk Festival
FINAL LINE UP ‘Accordions International - 10th Anniversary Bumper Edition’
Oct., 14, 2011
Jack Emblow & Tony Compton

‘Accordions Internationalnr Gt Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK)
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The organizer is Heather Smith 

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Roman Pechmann (Austria) - Classical Concert at Old Harlow Essex.
Oct., 14, 2011

"Music for an Autumn's Evening"

Roman Pechmann - Classical Accordion(click for details).
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The Sawbridgeworth Accordion Band

Sunday 9th October at 
Guildford Accordion Club - John Adams - Friday 17th June 2011
Oct., 14, 2011
                   GUILDFORD ACCORDION CLUB           FRIDAY 17th JUNE, 2011
         WE ARE DELIGHTED TO PRESENT JOHN ADAMS  
     "EXCITING YOUNG ACCORDIONIST FROM BRIGHTON"  
Talented and enthusiastic young player John Adams began learning the accordion at age 13 with Brighton Tutor,Teresa Hayward.Now a member of Horsham Accordion Band,  John also plays regularly for social & charity events.  
In 2010 he featured in several solo spots at the Brighton Dome, in a concert given by well known organist John Mann.  
John’s musical repertoire is wide and varied with favourites including composers as diverse as Winifred Atwell and the accordion virtuoso,Pietro Frosini.
When not playing the accordion, John is training for a career in pipe-organ         and keyboard restoration with Sussex based specialist,David Houlgate. 
Ripley Village Hall - click here for driving directions!
 

Ripley Village Hall - Ripley, Surrey. GU23 6AF (Close to A3 from Junction 10 of M25). 
Doors open at 7.00pm - Interval Tea & Coffee plus biscuits - Club Raffle.
Please bring along your accordions for our popular play along sessions.
Web:  http://guildford-accordion-club.org.uk/
See video clip below:-.
 
‘Piaf: The Songs’ On Tour – UK
Oct., 14, 2011
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‘Piaf: The Songs’ On Tour – UKContributed by Rob Howard‘Piaf: The Songs’ is a concert starring vocalist Eve Loiseau, whose lustrous French tone captures the essence of the Piaf performance in a dramatic musical tribute to the ‘Little Sparrow’, also featuring accordionist Eddy Jay and violinist Fiona Barrow.
 
Edward Jay

Edith Piaf’s life was the stuff of legend, from Paris street urchin to international star, she has become synonymous with French Cabaret of the 1940s and 50s. Her life, however, was anything but ‘La Vie en Rose’, and perhaps more ‘Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien’.Tour dates:May 27th – The Met, Bury, Lancashire 28th - Playhouse, Norwich 30th – Playhouse, Nottingham 31st - International Arts Festival, SalisburyJune 2nd - New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth 3rd - St Donat’s Arts Centre, Llantwit Major 5th - Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry 16th - Borough Theatre, Abergavenny 17th - Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-On-Avon, Wiltshire 18th - Number 8, Pershore 19th, 8pm – Macclesfield Town Hall  30th – Ashbourne Town HallJuly 1st and 2nd - Tobacco Factory Theatre,Bristol  6th - Henley FestivalSeptember 2nd - The Brewery, Mintfest, Kendal 15th - Terry O’Toole Theatre, North Hykeham, Lincoln  17th - Old Town Hall Theatre, Hemel Hempstead 29th - Falkirk Town HallOctober 19th and 20th - Strode Theatre, Street, Glastonbury, Somerset 21st - The Mill, Banbury 28 - King’s School, Canterbury Festival 29th - Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth WellsNovember 9th - South Holland Centre, Spalding, Lincs 11th - The Courthouse, Otley 25th - Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven 26th - The Rose Theatre, OrmskirkDecember 8th - The Apex, Bury St Edmunds 17th - Civic Hall, BarnsleyDates continue into 2012 and 2013, with many more to follow.For further information email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Accordionists - Charity Cycle Ride in memory of the late Ron Beecham.
Oct., 14, 2011
Craig & Lloyd Beecham - please click here!


Dear friends and family,

It's been 3 years since Lloyd and I cycled from London to Paris in memory of our Dad.

Ron Beecham


We felt that to earn some more charitable pennies this year we would raise the stakes a bit. 
So, this summer, we, along with 2 friends, Ian Hanley and Andy Sims, are going to attempt to ride the length and breadth of the country in aid of the Everyman Campaign to stamp out male cancer. 

One man dies every hour from prostate cancer in the UK and testicular cancer is now the most common cancer in men between the ages of 15-44. Despite these alarming figures, awareness among men remains low and research in this area is severely under-funded. Everyman works to raise awareness and fund research into testicular and prostate cancer. 
In May, we will be cycling from Lowestoft (the UK’s most easterly point) to St David's in Wales - the widest part of the UK. The aim is to complete the ride in four days, covering a total of 400 miles. However, the challenge doesn’t end there. 

Five weeks later, we will take on the legendary Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle in eleven days, a ride totalling approx 1000 miles. We will be completing the two rides with little more than a van and a driver coming along for moral support. 

We are looking to raise as much money as possible for a charity that is close to all of our hearts for intensely personal reasons. 

If you would like to sponsor us, please visit: http://www.justgiving.com/foursorecorners
If you would like any further information, such as routes, bikes, profiles and other geeky stuff, we have a (very) basic website: www.foursorecorners.co.uk

Many thanks for taking the time to read this.

Craig Beecham




Dear Accordion Friends,

It has been 3 years since my sons Craig and Lloyd cycled from London to Paris in memory of their Dad - Ron Beecham and raised money for the charity EVERYMAN CANCER.
Now they are at it again!

"Coast to Coast" on the 28th May 2011 they will leave Lowestoft (The UK's most Easterly point) and 5 days later on the 1st June (hopefully)
 they will arrive in St.David's Bay in Wales (the widest part of the UK) - cycling some 400 miles.

"South to North" on the 7th July 2011 they will leave Land's End and cycle the 1000 miles to John O'Groats, arriving some 11 days later.

They will complete the 2 rides with little more than a driver and a van carrying spares for their bikes and a change of clothes. 
They are again riding in memory of their Dad who died in 2006 of Cancer and are looking to raise as much money as possible for a charity that is close to their hearts for intensely personal reasons.
The charity "Everyman Cancer" aims to stamp out male cancer. One man dies every hour from prostate cancer in the UK and testicular cancer is now the most common cancer in men between the ages of 15-44.
Despite these alarming figures, awareness among men remains low and research in this area is severley  under-funded. "Everyman" works to raise awareness and fund research into testicular and prostate cancer.

If you would like to sponsor Craig & Lloyd, please visit http://www.justgiving.com/foursorecorners where you can leave a donation and a message. 

Alternatively, if you would like to send or give me a cheque or cash, I will see that it is put on the website with your message.

Many Thanks,

Elaine Beecham
136, St. Andrews Avenue,
Colchester,
Essex
CO4 3AQ

Tel:  01206 - 866615
Mobile:  07787-121325


Romano Viazzani - News Update!
Sep., 12, 2011
Hi Everyone
 
Just a note to let you know that my email address has changed to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Please amend your records asap.
 
Further to my last email concerning the show I'm currently in, The Accordionist opens at the New End Theatre Hampstead on April 5th and runs till 24th April (easter Sunday).  That's 7 performances per week for 3 weeks.  Thats quite a lot of tickets to sell in that time period so please try to come and see it.  Happily we got some excellent reviews in Exeter so I hope it will be worth seeing it.  Here's a recap to whet your appetites.  (Don't tell me what night you're coming on as being a bit new to acting it will only make me nervous!)  I have included some of the reviews too for you to read.  I hope to see you all after the shows.  Do cheer and clap enthusiastically during the show especially after every song and of course at my full-frontal nudity scene (only kidding, just checking to see that you're still concentrating!). You can book tickets from: http://www.offwestendtheatres.co.uk/index.php?where=new_end&showid=555
 
The Accordionist is the story of talented Piaf tribute act Jacqueline Lacroix (Bethany Jameson) who returns to performing after years of enforced silence. An unexpected encounter with an enigmatic accordionist (Romano Viazzani) brings a mysterious past to bear on the uncertain present. But what secrets do the two artists share?
 
An intimate portrayal of love and loss, the unique sound of the accordion embodies both passion and pain in a highly-charged new text. The score features original arrangements of Piaf classics such as MILORD, LA FOULE and PADAM PADAM as well as new songs by Jameson and Viazzani.
 It’s a short show, 7 pm to 8.10 pm, and you can make it a night out with a drink or a meal afterwards in Hampstead.  Or you could see both the shows on that night. The second show is called ‘Double Bass’, about a double bass player, written by Philip Suskind who also wrote ‘Perfume’.    Great reviews from the tour so far:   ‘The show provides a rare chance to enjoy the wonderfully evocative sound of the accordion, and played by such a virtuoso. Viazzani has an impressive pedigree, and in his hands the instrument becomes a third cast member - sighing its disappointment at thwarted romance; threatening menace with sinister discordance. Jameson's voice has an authenticity that perfectly complements the emotive qualities of the music. The intimate staging recreates the atmosphere of a tiny cafe bar, the performers so close you can see every emotion as it passes across their faces.’ (Devon Life 1st March 2011)  ‘The accordion playing is deliciously moving throughout, from the set pieces to Romano's improvisations.  The opening number is played on the 1955 'Fisarmoniche Maga Ercole' accordion of Romano's father, while all the other pieces are played on the much bigger and very impressive 'Beltrami'. Bethany's singing is sensuously erotic with gorgeous French diction and a subtle overlay of romantic tragedy.  Close your eyes and the sultry voice performing the original French numbers could really be Edith herself - filtered through the fictional character of Jacqueline Lacroix.  The final numbers, with Bethany sheathed in gold lamé … complete the 'French cabaret' feel of the show.’  (Phonic FM)  We are also recording the songs from the show onto CD, both our arrangements of the Piaf songs and our own songs, so do let us know if you would like a copy.   Hoping to see you at the show and for a drink afterwards at the pub next door.  Romano 
Karen Street’s Diary Dates, Bracknell, Exeter, London
Sep., 12, 2011

Accordionist Karen Street has the following engagements pending:

March 19th, 8pm - ‘Piaf: Celebrating a legend’, starring actress/singer Tina May, South Hill Park, Bracknell, Berkshire
March 24th, 8pm - Mike Westwood, South West Big Band, Vibraphonic Festival, Exeter
March 27th, 8pm – ‘Piaf: Celebrating a legend’, Greenwich Theatre, London
April 2nd - Mike Westbrook marks his 75th birthday year. This concert focuses on works for small ensembles performed by different permutations of a six-piece ensemble, Serpent Hit King’s Place, London.
  
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Sep., 12, 2011
We’re no strangers to accordion concerts, festivals, or even hootenannys. But a symposium? Indeed, the first-ever “Thinking Outside the Squeeze Box” Accordion Symposium will take place this September 23-25 in Cedar Rapids, IA.The symposium will celebrate the way accordionists have been mixing traditional music with new approaches. There will be jam sessions, dance parties, and workshops on topics ranging from “Techniques of Rock Accordion” to “Stretching the Horizons of the Button Box”. Presenters and performers are coming from across the country and include Paul Rogers (of Those Darn Accordions), Maggie Martin, Renee de la Prade, Roxanne Oliva, Ron Borelli, and more.Why Cedar Rapids? Cedar Rapids is home to the Czech and Slovak National Museum and Library and has a long tradition of accordion music. Leo Greco, who passed away this week, was one example — he played accordion for years and led his own band (Leo and the Pioneers) in the 50s and 60s.Can’t make it to Iowa? If you still want to support the symposium, consider backing their Kickstarter campaign and help offset the cost of hosting the event.
Harlow Accordion Club - June Concert.
Sep., 12, 2011

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At our June 23rd concert we are running a special raffle for
 
Craig & Lloyd  Beecham and their charity cycle ride for Everyman Cancer.
 
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St Audries Bay Accordion Week - July 16th - 23rd 2011
Jul., 17, 2011
St Audries Bay Accordion Week - Saturday 16th - 23rd July 2011.

St Audries is always one of the highlights of the year for Chris and I and it takes me a few months to prepare for it - practicing for solo playing and getting the music together for the Elementary Orchestra. 

This year for once I'm ahead with the orchestra music and have it ready.

There will be a couple of changes with orchestra leaders this year.

Harvie Sharpe will be taking over form Alistair Cameron with the Scottish Band and Adrienne Griffiths will lead the Intermediate Orchestra,
I will lead the Elementary Orchestra including Beginners.

For accordionists who have never attended St Audries, it's a week of total accordion indulgence, with workshops and orchestra's covering all abilities from beginners to advanced players, taking place throughout the day.

You will also hear accordions playing from morning till the early hours and anyone can join in.

See you all at St Audries Bay!

Brenda (and Chris) Webster - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Club Accord - July Newsletter
Jul., 17, 2011
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Club Accord
Newsletter - July 2011

Our very enjoyable 13th June club night was well attended, busy and varied.  I enjoy the variety.  At a club night, I’m paying to hear local musicians do their thing, try out tunes and styles, each in their own individual way.  If I don’t like one song, I’ll like the next.  What I don’t like, someone else will.  Nervous players grow and develop, and amongst the old favourites I’m happy to hear something new mixed in.  So come and play a short selection of what they play, doesn’t matter if you aren’t the best player in the room or what style you prefer, welcome to Catshill.  We’re getting some quality contributions at the moment, with no trouble filling the evening.  June was no exception. The night started in a traditional and perfect way with TONY TRENTHAM and another sophisticated seamless medley including jazzy numbers, old time favourites and Carpenters tunes.  JOHN SHELLEY from Walsall is obviously building up his repertoire all the time and came up with mellow versions of Scarborough Fair, Fascination, The Skye Boat Song, Moulin Rouge and Dark Island.  CONNOR BAINES is also getting increasingly confident and played two short waltzes followed by two King’s Norton tunes.  It’s good to see young players making progress. Next we heard an unusual high-speed arpeggio on a banjo.  But never fear, it was RAY IZOD’s midi expander, and he soon brought it into line with country and western backing for a few songs, some foxtrots, a bit of a shuffle, Amarillo, a musette, and some rumbas (including the great Perfidia and Bye Bye Blackbird), with all manner of instrumental sounds.  Finally technology let us down. The backing cut out during Tie a Yellow Ribbon and then a massive hip hop beat came out of nowhere, bringing Ray’s very enjoyable and contrasting set to an unexpected close.  To everyone’s surprise, LYNDON BAINES whipped out a full sized set of Highland pipes.  These were phenomenally loud even with the bass drone missing and a member who works in audiology clapped her hands to her ears immediately.  But it was powerful and stirring stuff.  Lyndon started with Dark Island and then as Scotland the Brave switched from a reel to a march, Lyndon marched around the room, then back to his post, some American tunes, and a flourish on the chanter as the sound died away.  HARRY FLOYD played emotional versions on songs about shadows and dreaming, the last one decorated with vibratos and glissandos to add to the atmosphere.  Guitarist and singer PETE JAMES sang two songs very convincingly including Peaceful Easy Feeling.  It turns out he’s also a very talented artist and I was lucky enough to win his pastel drawing in the raffle, which is now on my shelf.  SIMON GARDNER is getting more and more expressive in his playing and he gave us another edge of the seat experience when he launched into Furious Polka as we wondered if he would make it to the end in one piece.  (He did.)  MERVYN PRICE keeps coming out with new numbers which he plays with great verve and always gets the audience going.  After four new ones, he finished with his signature tune Lady of Spain (aka Whole Lotta Shaking) and a big swell on Waves of the Danube.  NEIL LAUDER was inspired by the Trooping of the Colour into a series of marches (The British Grenadiers, Flowers of the Forest) and finished on his gospel roots with When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.  The evening finished with a busking session led by a returner from the past, IVAN, who had come prepared with the notes for a set of short tunes for members to join in with.  This was a nice touch and got everyone together to round off the evening. Don’t forget our next club night on 11th JULY when we have a guest artist, ROSEMARY WRIGHT, and you can expect a feast of entertaining and skillfully played accordion classics, popular classical tunes and well-known songs.  Something to look forward to: I hope you’ll be there.  For more information, contact Poppy Middleton on (0121) 743 6637. CLUB ACCORD: Catshill Social Club, 13a Meadow Road, Catshill, nr. Bromsgrove, B61 0JJ: 2nd Monday of the month: 7.30pm for 8pm
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