Our December Concert

Our December concert was our Christmas Do and as usual it was a fine feast that we all brought together in a Jacobs Join. The night started as normal with acts on the stage until about 8.45 when the food was ready to be eaten. The stage was then left open and free for anyone to take the ‘next spot’. The night started with Colin Ensor playing Under Paris Skies, Try A Little Tenderness, Reine De Musette and Who’s Taking You Home Tonight. Basil Berry then played Elmers Tune, You’re The Cream In My Coffee, Spanish Eyes and Silent Night. It was now time for the food to be eaten. Phil Sanderson played Christmas carols on the keyboard as we all queued for the massive buffet spread out along the back of the room. After Phil had played it was open stage starting with Tom Bennett and Bob Seed playing Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, From Russia With Love, Nobody Does It Better, Goldfinger and Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Guy Hindley was our next player. Guy started with Cotswold Morris Medley, which included Juilee Dance, Under Old Myrtle Tree, Flowing Bowl. Jean Southern then gave us Marys Boy Child, Winters Tale, White Christmas, Winter Wonderland and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. Eric and Thelma Dabrowski were our next players on accordion and guitar playing Lady Of Spain, Yellow Bird, Don’t Let It Die, Irish Eyes and Summertime. Phil Sanderson and Alan Gelling gave us These Are My Mountains, Let Me Be Your Sweetheart, Swannee River, Little Donkey and Carousel. Ann Parker was our next player, and played Bel Viso, Yodelling Polka and My Florence. Jay and Jean then took to the floor playing Let There Be Love, Down Forget Me Not Lane, What More Can I Say, Georgia and San Antonio Rose. Our final player to end the evening was Rebecca Parker playing Moon River. During the evening the food had been going down well and there was plenty of chat and Christmas card swapping going on. As usual, it had been a great lighthearted Christmas do and a great end to the year. David Batty


Kimmo Pohjonen on TV

On Saturday 9th February 2008, at 14:00 to 15:10, Sky Arts (Satellite TV channel 267) is broadcasting a programme featuring a special collaboration between Kronos Quartet and Kimmo Pohjonen Kluster, comprised of Finnish accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen and sampling artist Samuli Kosminen.


Club Membership

Many thanks to those of you who have paid your £5 club membership. This gets you in to our concerts for £1 discount over non members and it gets you this lovely newsletter sent through your door every month. If you haven’t yet renewed your membership then you can do it on the door at the club on Wednesday.


Catgut and Ivory

The programme Catgut and Ivory is on BBC Radio Scotland on Sky satellite tv on Tuesday 22nd January from 18:05 to 19:00. This 55 minute programme features Gussie Angus and Cecil Hughson turning the spotlight on accordion and fiddle music, with the monthly club news spot giving you news from the accordion clubs around Scotland. I wish we had a similar type of programme for England.


This Wednesday

This Wednesday we have a debut concert from Bernard Belshaw. Bernard will be playing a wide variety of popular, and some lesser known, pieces of music This will be the first guest artist concert in our new concert room and our first of 2008. I look forward to seeing you there for a great night of entertainment. Doors open at 7.30 for an 8pm Start. I will See you on Wednesday…. David Batty


Dorothy Venn

Its sad to report that Dorothy Venn Alan Venns Mother, died recently, her funeral was on 9th January. Our condolences go to Alan. She was a much liked lady and will be sadly missed.


Caribbean Cruises

Two 7-night Caribbean cruises, on board the Costa Mediterranea, are to take place featuring Irish singers, dancers and musicians. The first cruise covers the western Caribbean, from January 26th to February 2nd, and the second sails around the eastern Caribbean, from February 2nd to 9th. These cruises include much accordion entertainment, involving piano accordion players Paddy Noonan, Martin Doyle, and Jimmy McPhail, and button accordionist Fintan Stanley who has played at Leyland Accordion Club. The organiser is the singer Andy Cooney. You can email Andy for further information at andycooney@aol.com.


Accordion Extravaganza

On Sunday March 2nd, an all-day Accordion Extravaganza takes place at Doncaster Racecourse, 10.30am till 10.30pm, organised by enthusiast Harry Kipling. There is a continuous day/evening programme of concert performances from a guest list that includes Pearl Fawcett Adriano, Romano Viazzani, Harry Hussey, George Syrett, Alan Young, Sam Pirt & The Hut People, Bill Sables (banjo), and the Burton Ensemble. There will also be workshops, a Roland V Accordion demo, refreshments, plus a trade show. Anyone who puts on an event like this surely deserves support. Contact Harry Kipling on 01430 860300 or you can email henrykipling@fsmail.net.


Richard Galliano

A forthcoming broadcast of the programme Jazz on 3 on BBC Radio Three (Sky 0103) features well known accordionist Richard Galliano and Michel Portal. Kevin LeGendre presents a gig by the French duo of accordion virtuoso Richard Galliano and clarinetist Michel Portal which was recorded as part of the 2007 London Jazz Festival at London’s Wigmore Hall. The duo’s intimate music is characterised by intricate counterpoint combined with expansive improvisation. This is broadcast on Friday 18th January from 23:30 to 01:00


Alan Venn 20th Year Celebration Event

Alan Venn is holding two events in 2008 (his 20th year of organising such events). The first one is on 22nd to 25th of April 2008, featuring Andrew Seddon and Alan Venn on keyboard with Harry Hussey on Accordion. The second event is from the 30th of September to the 3rd of October 2008, featuring Norman Scott and Andrew Seddon on Organ and Harry Hussy on Accordion. You can telephone Alan Venn on 01204 840279 for further details of either of these events that are held at The Annan Hotel, Llandudno.


Computer Training

If you know of any company looking for computer training in the local area then please tell them to take a look at my website www.skillsacademy.co.uk as a source of computer training. I have business cards promoting the site, and would be grateful if you could pick one up at the club if you know of companies looking to train staff. Thanks.


American Idol

The tv series American Idol is a spin off from our own Pop Idol programme. This normally features singers or people who think they can sing. So far the programme has always allowed unaccompanied singers but the next series due out soon will be a departure from this format when they allow people to accompany themselves on a musical instrument for the first time. This should be interesting to watch and although most people will choose a guitar to play if then can play anything, I hope a few accordionists get onto the programme. Hopefully the same format will come over here to our own Pop Idol (not that many accordionists sing in relation to the number of players out there).


Tom Alexander

Bits and Pieces is the name of this new CD from Tom Alexander, which features Highland Cathedral, The Oil Rigger, El Relicario, Isle of My Heart, The Flowers of Edinburgh, Petite Waltz, Skye At Last, Lady of Spain, The Dark Island, Whistling Rufus, Eilean Gorm Mhuile, Dance of the Hours, Tom’s Medley, Tristesse, March Strathspey & Reel, Piper’s Waltz, Jealousy, Farewell to Kintail, The Furrow’s End, and Under the Double Eagle. The CD is £6.99 from The Music Box. Telephone 01250 875424. Tom was telling me that there is a second CD on its way out with more instrumentals from him. I willl let you have details when I have them.


Fylde Folk Festival

Dates for the Fylde Folk Festival for your 2008 diary are 29th, 30th & 31st August 2008. The venue is the whole of fleetwood.

Houghton Weavers Tour

The Houghton Weavers are playing at the following venues..

8th Feb Southlands High School 01257 414455
9th Feb. Parish Hall, Holme 01524 781977
18th Feb. Village Hall, Pilling. 01253 790739
29th Feb. St. Josephs, Leigh (folk club) 01924 604603
1st March Town Hall, Biddulph 01782 516324
29th March Platform Theatre, Morecambe 01524 582803


Saturday Tuition Days

I have been asked if I am organising some Saturday tuition days like we have held in the past. If you are interested in details of one of these events then please let me know so I know the level of interest. We have held these events before hosted by past guest artists such as Steve Roxton, Johnny Coleclough, Walter Perrie, George Syrett etc. and they have been a great success. If you are interested then please also let me have your suggestions for people you would like to see teaching at any planned events.


Our New Concert Room

The tables were a little spread out and thinned a little for our concert night, this was a great improvement on when the room was first refurbished. There used to be too many tables and it was difficult to navigate across the room. But our last concert night went well with plenty of room and good working lights on the stage. Players seem to like the overhead lights which light up your music as you play.