Our October Concert
At our October concert, Bill Agnew started the night with Wheels, Never On A Sunday, Who’s Sorry Now, The Bells Are Ringing and Scotland The Brave. Our next player Steve Heap played You’ve Got A Friend, When Do I Need You Most and The Last Thing On My Mind. It was Colin Ensor’s turn to play. Colin started with Down Forget Me Not Lane, then continued with Million Dollar Baby, Freight Train, La Vie En Rose, Under Paris Skies and Yellow Bird. Harry Davies took to the stage, playing Stranger On The Shore, Jean, Spanish Eyes, Matchstalk Cats & Dogs and Memory. Our next player John Lennox started with Where Do You Go To My Lovely, then continued with Speak Softly Love (from The Godfather) and La Vie En Rose. It was my turn, so I just played two tunes, Oslo Waltz and Black Mask Waltz. After the Break, we started the second section with Basil Berry playing Whispering, Dancing In The Dark, Autumn Leaves, J’Attendrai and A Man And A Woman. Bernard Belshaw was next on to the stage, starting with Blaze Away, then continue with You’re Just In Love, Allo Allo, Radetzky March, Thunderbirds Are Go, Dambusters March, Time After Time, El Cumbanchero And Tico Tico. Our next player, Graham Driver, played Rochdale Coconut Dance, Lovely Nancy, Weasle’s Revenge, Man In The Moon and Staten Island. Colin Ensor then took to the stage for a second time, playing Once In A While, Autumn Leaves, Dancing With Tears In My Eyes, You Are Everywhere, All Of Me and Who’s Taking Me Home Tonight. It was getting near to the end of the night as Bill Agnew started his session with A Wee Dock n Doris, Keep Right On To The End Of The Road, It’s A Long Way To Tipperary, Someone To Watch Over Me, You Belong To Me, Cigarettes And Whiskey, Daisy, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, I’ll Be Your Sweetheart, What Do Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For, Mocking Bird Hill, Blue Danube, Cuckoo Waltz, Peg o’ My Heart and Glencoe. Once again it has been a great night of entertainment from our local players David Batty
I have again decided to keep club membership at £5 per year. This gets you this lovely newsletter delivered through the post every month and also gives you the £1 discount on each concert night. The £5 is just enough to cover stamps and envelopes for the year. You can pay your membership between now and January at any of the club nights, just see Elaine on the door. We gained four new members at our last practice night after finding us on the Internet. It’s nice to see new people discovering the club.
I have sent out newsletters this month to a number of people who have attended the club in the past but who havent been for a while. We normally collect old newsletters for redistributing at the club, they are on the table near to the door, please take some if you know someone that may be interested in seeing them, or, if you are new to the club, you can catch up by reading some old copies.
This Wednesday is our guest artist concert, featuring 3 hours of entertainment and fun with guest Barry Graham supported by local players (don’t forget your accordions). Barry has played for us once before when he made his guest artist debut. He plays a wide variety of music and is a very entertaining player. As usual, the doors open at 7.30 for an 8pm start. Make sure you turn up early for a good seat. Please bring your family and friends. I will see you on Wednesday.
Tom Alexander has just released another new CD, this one is called More Bits And Pieces. The tracks are :
1. Celtic Capers
2. Leaving Lerwick Harbour
3. The Jacqueline Waltz
5. Alpine Express
6. The Isle Of Innisfree
7. The Box And Fiddle Rag
8. Dark Lochnagar
9. Jolly Caballero
10. A Whiter Shade Of Pale
11. Musette Caporilli
12. My Way (Comme D’Habitude)
13. Swedish Rhapsody
14. Leaving Port Askaig Medley
16. Skaters Waltz
17. The Blue Bell Polka
18. Le Manege
20. Barnacle Bill (Blue Peter Theme)
This CD is available from record shops and also from online sources such as Ebay.
Steve Roxton is over in England from now until March 2009. He lives and plays in Jersey for most of the year but returns to England annually. He is booked to play at various accordion clubs including a booking where he is the guest artist on the opening night of a new accordion club at Birmingham. To book Steve ring him on 07797 719614.
I have just seen the Houghton Weavers Christmas tour dates and thought I would reproduce them here in case you are interested in visiting one of their concert when they are in your area. I know that in the past I have seen various members of the club at Houghton Weavers concerts so I know that there are quite a few club members who
attend these events.
21st Gracie Fields Theatre, Rochdale 01706 645 522
22nd Congleton High School 01260 273 013
27th Longley Road Club ex Conservative Club, Walkden
28th Longfield Suite, Prestwich 0161 773 2837
4th Library Theatre, Darwen 01254 706 006
6th Civic Hall, Uppermill 01457 872 459
7th Theatre Royal, St. Helens 01744 756 000
13th Victoria Hall, Bolton (with Wingates Band) 01204 595938
14th Monaco Ballroom, Hindley 01942 777 627
16th Floral Hall, Southport 01704 500 036
18th Town Hall, Hyde 01457 872 459
20th Guild Hall, Preston (with Wingates Band) 01772 258858
24th The Forum Theatre, Romiley 0870 777 8731
28th Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight 0151 643 8757
30th Coronation Hall, Ulverston 01229 587 140
18th The Riverside Club, Wooler 01668 283 919
Walter Perrie CD
Walter Perrie has recently issued a new CD with accordionist Tom Cowing and Bill Gillie (drums). This is mainly traditional Scottish music, titled Scotland, My Homeland. It costs £6 + 50p Postage and Packing. You saw this CD on sale when Walter was at the club recently, but I thought I would put this in here in case you want to buy yourself one as a treat for Christmas. Telephone 0151 650 2305 (day) or 07778 488315 (mobile).
Eastbourne Festivals Hotel Change
Eastbourne Festivals are moving hotels. The New hotels are still on the sea front and only a few streets away from The Cumberland Hotel. The Hotel For the February 2009 Festival is The Queens Hotel, the price per person is £199. The Line Up for the February festival is Steve Roxton, Stefan Andrusyschyn, Ian Watson, Julie North, Harry Hussey and Gennaro Fiondella. The October 2009 the festival will be moving to The Eastbourne Centre, this place has been recently refurbished. The price for the October festival is £215. The artists booked so far are Oleg Sharov and David Lukins. For More Details contact John Romero on 01323 733700
Alexander Brothers 50th Anniversary
There is a Gala Dinner Dance at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow
on Saturday 22nd Nov 2008 from 7.30pm to 1am. This is to celebrate 50 years of The Alexander Brothers. Tickets are £45 each and are available now. To book, send a Self Addressed Envelope and a cheque made payable to George McConnell, 69 Annandale Gardens, Glenrothes KY6 1JD.
Sheet Music Book for Sale
I have copies of the Tom Alexander Sheet Music book for sale, priced £10 plus £2.50 postage or pick one up at the club.
Refurbished Accordion for Sale
Recently I had one of my accordions completely tuned and serviced by Birmingham Accordion Centre. This is a Scandalli accordion that you haven’t seen played at the club before. Since having the accordion completely tuned, I have decided to purchase a five voice Bugari! So for that reason, I am selling this one to make room for another accordion in the house, and to contribute to funding my forthcoming purchase. The accordion for sale is a Black Scandalli Custom Built Model. It has 9 treble couplers with 2 repeats, 2 bass couplers, 41 Keys and 120 Bass buttons. The accordion is priced at £450 for a quick sale. Telephone myself David Batty on 01772 454328, or see the accordion at the club on Wendesday. Its probably rare to find an accordion for sale that has just had a complete overhaul and tuning but I didnt know this other one was coming up for sale!
A to Z of The Accordion
If you are looking for a book suitable for a Christmas Present for an accordionist then you might be interested in being reminded that An A to Z of the Accordion is still available, and these are always especially popular as Christmas presents. Each volume costs £15 (special offer: 2 volumes for £25 or all 3 volumes for £35) + £4 p/p. Just give Rob Howard a call on (0161) 480 8858.