Our March Concert

For some reason we found out that The Priory Club had booked another group in to the function room, even though our booking had been in the diary since last September/October. We resolved this issue by taking the bar area as our concert room, Alex knocked the TV off and the fruit machines so they would not bother us and he got his regulars to move into the back bar. Once this had been sorted out, we managed to redirect most people through to the bar as soon as they came through the door. We started the evening off with Colin Ensor playing Reine De Musette, I’ll String Along With You, Maigret, At The Balalaika, I Love You Because and Getting Sentimental Over You. Our next player was now lined up to play. It was Ann Parker, who performed Bel Viso, Under Paris Skies and Yodelling Polka. It was now time for our guest artist Stefan Andrusyschyn to take his place in the corner of the bar where we decided was the best spot for the performer. Stefan started his first spot with Bach Prelude and Fugue, followed by Jolly Caballero and Rachmanninovs Vocalese. Stefan continued with Yes My Darling and Dora’s Mazurka. Stefan introduced each piece with a narrative about where he had heard the piece or what the piece was about. He continued with Tango Sentiduneco, Oblivion, Romance – with extras and finally finished his first session with Hungarian Dance No 5. After the break and the raffle, we entered our second session with Ann Parker playing Beautiful Days and The Harry Lime Theme. Our next players were Bernard Bamber and Jaqueline who were making their debut at the club playing With A Banjo On My Knee, Galway Bay and 40 Shades Of Green. Before the return of our guest artist, we had Bernard Belshaw playing Where Or When and myself playing Oslo Waltz. Then it was time for Stefan to finish the night. Stefan played Monti’s Czardas, Londonderry Air, Olive Blossom, Russian Folk Tunes, Indifference, Cordove, Spanish Gypsy Dance, Figaro’s Aria – also know as Largo Al Factotum, Elvira by Petro Deiro, La Campanella Variations. Although it was just after 11pm we still wanted another one and there was a call for an encore, so Stefan finished the night playing Under A Parisian Moon.

David Batty


A to Z Of The Accordion Volume 4

Soon to be released is Rob Howards An A to Z of the Accordion Volume 4. This is the 4th and latest in Rob Howard’s popular series of ‘An A to Z of the Accordion’ books. Rob said that he wasnt going to write another book when he released Volume 3, but with so many people writting to him with articles, stories etc there was enough material for another one. I should have details and prices in next months newsletter.


This Wednesday

This Wednesday we have a local players’ night which WILL be in the concert room. The nights are getting lighter and the weather warmer, so this makes it easier for people to make it to the club. If you have not played at the club for a while, or played at the club before, then please do make sure you bring your accordion along to give us a tune. We all love to see players progressing and we can only do that if they allow us to hear them play. Doors open at 7.30 for an 8pm start. Please let your friends know about this event if you think they might be interested in having a good social night out. Although the club is based on the Accordion, it is also primarily a social event for like minded folk to enjoy some good music and most importantly some good company. See you there… David Batty


Craven Accordion Orchestra Concert

The Craven Accordion Orchestra will be playing at The Parish Church of the Ascension in Settle, North Yorkshire on Saturday 18th April at 7.30pm till 10.30pm. This is the third year the Orchestra has been invited to play at the picturesque Church.Settle is a thriving country market town surrounded by the breathtaking Dales scenery. There are many good pubs and cafes providing a wide range of menus. Why not come for the day, or afternoon and round off your visit with a concert in the Church. The Church is easily accessible and is opposite a large car park (free after 6pm). Admission is £6 and £5 concessions with FREE entry for children. Refreshments will be provided and there will be a raffle. For further details tel: 01729 840137.


Over 400 Entries for NAO 60th Anniversary

Over 400 entries have been received for the NAO UK Championships 2009, Metropole Hotel, North Pier, Blackpool, where the NAO will celebrate its 60th Anniversary. The NAO UK Championships, for the first time, incorporates the NAO Composers’ Competition, a very important opportunity for the promotion of new music and composers for our instrument. The National Finals of the Roland V Competition, in conjunction with Roland UK and also featuring popular guest artist, CIA & CMA Junior Variety Champion, Mario D’Amario from Italy.
The event is also featuring traditional favorites like the Celidh on Saturday night and the Trade show in the Metropole Hotel. Among those serving on the international jury are Djorge Gajic, Mirco Patarini and Romano Viazzani. For further information, view the NAO website www. email: naouk@btinternet.com


Coupe Mondiale in New Zealand

Although its far away from us, this is a worldwide event so I thought you would like to know where the 2009 championships are being held. From 25th – 29th August 2009…..Takapuna, Auckland will become the “World Accordion Capital” as accordionists and enthusiasts from all over the world converge upon Takapuna to attend the 2009 Coupe Mondiale – the “World Cup” of accordion championships – from 25th to 30th August 2009 at the Bruce Mason Theatre, Takapuna City.The CIA Coupe Mondiale, recognised as the most prestigious annual accordion competition of international scope, takes place in a different country every year, under the auspices of the Confederation International des Accordeonistes, which is currently celebrating its 62nd anniversary since the first such event, in 1938 in Paris. The Confederation is affiliated with the International Music Council and UNESCO. This will be the second time that this most prestigious accordion competition has been held in New Zealand. Previously held in Auckland in 1980, hosted by the New Zealand Accordion Association, the Coupe Mondiale then was the first ever international music competition to be held in New Zealand and the event was opened by then New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon in front of a capacity crowd at the Auckland Town Hall.”The Coupe Mondiale attracts accordionists and accordion music lovers from all over the world because the instrument is particularly significant to so many cultures and music styles,” says New Zealand Accordion Association (NZAA) President John Statham. “We are pleased to have this awesome array of accordion talent return to New Zealand and to again host the Coupe Mondiale after so many years.” Highlights of the Coupe Mondiale whirlwind week include: Four daytime and evenings of accordion entertainment and concerts at the world class Bruce Mason Center The World Accordion Orchestra III Series of gala social receptions with endless entertainment and late-evening performances in a lounge setting with open mike for participating accordionists. For more information Contact New Zealand Accordion Association Secretary – Heather Masefield: nzaasecretary@yahoo.com or visit www.coupemondiale.org


Steve Roxton Wows the French

The following is a review we found on the Internet about Steve Roxton and his appearance at an exclusive event featuring the cream of French musette accordionists…
“British accordionist and vocalist Steve Roxton impressed French devotees of the instrument at the first ‘Festval d’Accordeon’, held in Avranches, Normandy, with his performances on both nights of the event. The week-end of March 14th and 15th attracted over 1,000 visitors to the Salle Victor Hugo, keen to listen and dance to the elite of the French accordion scene. The festival, featuring Jean Dauvin, Jean-Marc Torchy, Jocelyne Daniel and Michel Lemenager, was headed by non other than the legendary king of “bal musette” himself, Andre Verchuren. At 88 years of age he gave an outstanding concert on the final night. As he sang and played his hits to an audience, many of whom gathered around the stage, the organiser, Daniel Dolley, invited Steve Roxton on to the stage to perform with the master himself. Steve, who has followed Andre Vercheren’s career was overjoyed at this opportunity to meet his idol.”Whilst we were shaking hands the microphone was thrust in front of me to say something” said Steve, “For everyone in life special moments arrive, and for me this is one of them” he said, (in French, of course). They then went on to play three well known musette pieces together, to the delight of the assembled crowd. Steve’s rise to prominence in France was brought about through a chance meeting with ex-World and European champion Jean Dauvin during a twinning association event in St Helier, Jersey, with the Normandy town of Avranches. Steve was booked to play French accordion music and during his performance he was suddenly surprised to hear the sound of another accordion behind him, duetting perfectly with him. Steve and his wife Margaret ran the accordion club ‘Les Amis de l’Accordeon de Jersey’ at that time, and immediately booked Jean Dauvin for a concert the following month. Since that time Jean and Steve have appeared at venues and festivals both in the UK and France and have recorded a CD together, ‘Entente Accordiale’. Asked by Andre Verchuren how he had obtained such a high degree of technique with musette music he confessed to having listened to Andre’s LPs at half speed to capture the intricacies of his style. During the meal after the concert Steve was greatly honoured to be formally dubbed “The English Verchuren” by those present. After some 21 years in Jersey, Steve and his wife Margaret are now back home in Middlesbrough in the North East of England, where he presents his one man show, which covers Irish, Scottish, German Bier Keller, Country & Rock ‘n Roll along with Old time sing-alongs and ballads. For further information email: steve@steveroxton.co.uk”


Oleg Sharov Tour Dates

Oleg Sharov is touring the UK from 10th/25th October 2009. Monday 12th – Club Accord – Birmingham, Wednesday 14th – Stockport A/C, Thursday 15th – Howden Yorkshire, Friday 16th/19th – Eastbourne, Wednesday 21st – Uxbridge Accordion Club, Thursday 22nd – Harlow Accordion Club, Friday 23rd he is at Guildford Accordion Club.


The Late Session

Tuen in to RTÉ Radio 1 on FM or Sky TV Channel 0160 on Sunday 26th April 2009 at 22:02 to 23:00. This 58 minute long programme features Concertina player and harpist Holly Geraghty and accordion player Jonathan Roche are Áine Hensey’s guests tonight, discussing their new duet CD, ‘Ceolmhar.