Our April Concert

Our April concert opened with Tom Bennett and Bob Seed playing Peg o’ My Heart, Peggy O’Neill, Field Of Athenry, Irish Rover, Shillelegh, Killarney, Amapola, Roll Out The Barrel, Quatermasters Stores, Hang Out Your Washing On The Siegfried Line, Tipperary, Kiss Me Goodnight Sergeant Major, Run Rabbit Run, Look For The Silver Lining, Hey Little Hen and There’ll Always Be An England. Colin Ensor then took to the stage and played Down Forget Me Not Lane, What More Can I Say, Pal Of My Cradle Days, It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie, Island Of Dreams by Dusty Springfield, La Vie En Rose, Under Paris Skies, You’ll Never Know, May You Always, Someday, Dancing With Tears In My Eyes and You Are Everywhere. Bernard Bamber played Have You Ever Been Lonely, If I Had My Way, Green Green Grass Of Home, Goodbye Mursheen Durkin and Old Rustic Bridge. After the break, Tom Bennett played Snow Waltz, Tulips From Amsterdam and Edelweiss. Bill Agnew played Inky Pinky Parlez Vous, Blaydon Races, Cuckoo Waltz, My Mothers Eyes, Only You, Spanish Harlem, Spanish Eyes, Begin The Beguine, Braziv, My Blue Heaven, Who’s Sorry Now, Skaters Waltz, On The Sunny Side Of The Street, Aint Misbehaving, Thats Why The Lady Is A Tramp, Blue Tango, Yellow Bird, Down Mexico Way, Scotland The Brave and Marie’s Wedding. Andrew Baker then rocked the place playing That’s Amore, Rocking All Over The World and Never On A Sunday. Graham Driver took to the stage with a button accordion and a melodeon. On the button accordion he played Laird Of Drumblair and Road To The Isles. Then he switched to the melodeon and played Weasles Revenge, Rochdale Coconut Dance, Staten Island, this was followed by his own composition of Carolines Waltz. Graham finished with Jaqueline Waltz. It was my turn to play now and I finished the night playing Snow Waltz, American Patrol and Now Is The Hour.

David Batty


Accordion Jazz Weekend

On 29th till 31st May Bert Santilly will be teaching Accordion Jazz at Knuston Hall in Northamptonshire. Come and enjoy yourself while you gain confidence and experience in playing jazz through practical exploration of some of its more fundamental elements. The course will be centred round a series of teaching/playing sessions in which different aspects of playing jazz will be explored and practised. Examples of jazz standards giving scope for differing aspects of our work will be studied and played by the group during the weekend. Informal playing sessions will follow the evening sessions (for those who have the stamina!) and an informal concert will take place on Saturday evening. The last session of the course will be devoted to recording of some of the pieces worked on by the group during the weekend and a CD of these pieces will be made available to the group at cost. To find out more contact Bert Santilly on 01223 861261


This Wednesday

This Wednesday we have a guest artist night with Julie Best and Jean Corrighan. 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 likeminded folk to enjoy some good music and most importantly some good company. See you there… David Batty


Accordion CD Boxset

Boxed Set of 4 CD’s each box with a 44 page illustrated booklet. Each CD has approx. 25 tracks all including accordions with some very famous names from the past including Art Van Damme – George Shearing (who played the accordion, believe it or not.) 101 tracks in all from 1920’s to the 60’s. “The booklet is a hive of information (includes photos) and tells you about the tracks and the accordionists as they are played. The price is £15.00 plus £2.00 P&P Please send your cheque (made payable to H. Kipling) to:- Harry Kipling -The Bungalow, Back lane, Holme on Spalding Moor, York YO43 4AU Tel: 01430 860300 Email: henrykipling@fsmail.net Here is the track listing for Disc 1; 1. Angry – Ray Miller And His Orchestra; 2. Terrific Stomp – Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra; 3. Let’s Get It – Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra; 4. Moten Blues – Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra; 5. Barrel House Stomp – Cellar Boys 6. Collegiate Loves – Cornell Smelser And His Orchestra; 7. Accordion Joe – Cornell Smelser And His Orchestra; 8. Double Check Stomp – Jungle Band; 9. Accordion Joe – Jungle Band; 10. Brise Napolitaine – Guerino Et Son Orchestre Musette De La Boite A Matelots; 11. Strange Harmony – Michel Warlop Et Son Orchestre; 12. Serenade – Michel Warlop Et Son Orchestre; 13. Ca Me Tracasse (Double Trouble) – Michel Warlop Et Son Orchestre; 14. Eves La Mas Guapa (Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen) – Emil Hot Five; 15. Choo Choo (Shoo-Shoo Baby) – Kamil Behounek; 16. Moanin’ – Kamil Behounek; 17. Sugesce (Suggestion) – Kamil Behounek; 18. Stuff And Things – Tito & His Swingtette; 19. Unelmissain Oot Mun (You Can’t Stop Me From Dreaming) – Ramblers Orkesteri Klaus Salmen Johdolla; 20. It Had To Be You – Gus Viseur’s Music; 21. Swing Cocktail – Gus Viseur’s Music; 22. Daphne – Gus Viseur’s Music; 23. Whispering – L’accordeoniste Gus Viseur Et L’orchestre Victor; 24. I’ve Got Rhythm – Gus Viseur Et Son Orchestre; 25. Swing Valse – Gus Viseur Et Son Orchestre.


Folkus Summer Events

Friday 22nd – Monday 25th May Chester Folk Festival. Folkus workshops. Telephone: 07005 977045 Saturday 23rd Ireby Folk Festival, Ierby, Wigton, Cumbria Folkus Workshop. Roger Purves-Mandolin Telephone Charles Devlin 0169 737 1645 Sunday 24th Whistle Workshop with Phil Brown 10.30am-12.30pm info Tel: 07005 977045.Saturday 13th June, Folkus is sponsoring an exhibition of clog and step dancing by young people, Wigan Centre 2pm onwards Telephone: Alex Fisher 01257 453185. Friday 19th – Sunday 21st June Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival Folkus Workshops Derek Gifford-Guitar, Fred Rose-Bodhran. Saturday Fred Rose-Whistle, Claire Smith-Fiddle. Sunday. Telephone Tim Turner 01606 835832. Friday 26th – Sunday 28th June Dent Folk Festival- Buck Bank Farm, Sedbergh, Cumbria Folkus Workshops Fiddle, Guitar. Telephone: Alec Lyon 015396 20125 www.dentfolkfestival.co.uk. Friday26th – 28th June Traditions Festival Lostock Hall Community Centre Lostock Hall, Preston, Lancashire Folkus Support of Muldoons Picknick TelephoneAngi Bladen 01257 263678. Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th July Furness Folk Festival Ulverston, Cumbria, Folkus Fiddle Workshop. Saturday 11th July An EFDSS & Folkus special project Alan Bell’s “Cape Famine to Dent”. A Trial Of Songs & Slavery. In the Footsteps of folklorist Anne Gilchrist Telephone 01229 582704 or 01253 872317. Friday 17th – Sunday 19th July Saddleworth Folk Festival Folkus Workshops. Saturday Derek Gifford-Guitar. Fred Rose-Bodhran. Sunday:Roger Prves-Mandolin. Robin Shepherd-Melodeon. Telephone Ali O’Brien 01457 878519 or 01706 844657. Friday17th – Sunday 19th July Brampton Live Festival Folkus Workshops. Saturday Rusty & Stu Wright -Guitars. Phil Brown – Whistle (Beginners Tunes). Sunday Carolyn Francis -Fiddle. Fred Rose-Bodhran Telephone 01228 618700.Saturday 22nd August 2pm-4pm “Lancashire Folk In The Park” A Musical Feast Of Lancashire Songs & Stories, Old and New. The Bandstand, Stanley Park, Blackpool. An EFDSS & Folkus Joint promotion. Featuring Gary & Vera Aspey, Penny Black.
Telephone: Folkus 01253 872317.



If you know of anyone looking for Adobe Photoshop training where they will learn how to work with digital images and repair old photos then ask them to visit www.skillsacademy.co.uk or telephone David on 01772 454328 as I have a series of such classes starting very soon.


Accordion A to Z of the Accordion Volume 4

Just released is the new ‘An A to the Z of the Accordion, Volume 4’, this is the latest in a long running series of books dedicated to the accordion and its players. Some of the entries in Volume 4 are extensions of topics covered in the earlier books, presenting additional aspects and information. Volume 4 follows the usual formula of biographies and articles, with the players and topics representing different genres and eras, including the present time. This book includes several extended articles, with excellent and contrasting contributions from some guest writers. For example, in ‘International Stars of the Accordion’, the book contains a review of present day accordion ‘greats’ such as Carl Fortina, Alexander Dmitriev, Dick Contino, Peter Soave, Art Van Damme, Frank Marocco, and others. Tony Compton has written a brilliant article, ‘Don Destefano Remembered’, recalling his lessons and long term relationship with one of the great accordion professionals of the pre- and post-war years. Caroline Hunt, owner of a large collection of antique accordions, tells about the accordion museum she founded last year in the Scottish Highlands. Frances O’Rourke, an accomplished dance accordionist based in Manchester, gives her thoughts in ‘Irish Traditional Playing’. Ingrid Gould, from Birmingham, writes on the topic of ‘The accordion with other instruments’.’ Getting to grips with the Roland Virtual Accordion’ is my account of discovering what the Roland FR7 has to offer, written from the perspective of one who is keen to learn but not technically minded. I began playing the FR7 in September, and the article tells of my early progress in figuring out what this amazing digital instrument has to offer. Other lengthy articles include ‘Accordion in Retrospect’, ‘The Anglo-Italian Connection’, ‘The Jazz Accordionists’, and ‘The Double Acts’. These are largely historical type articles, with the latter looking at the careers of Foster & Allen, The Alexander Brothers, Jack Emblow/Tony Compton, The Bon Accords, Aly Bain/Phil Cunningham, and ‘The Sultans of Squeeze’ – John Kirkpatrick/Chris Parkinson. Also included are some superb evergreen musical articles: ‘The Serious Performer’, by Douglas Ward, ‘Playing From Piano Music’ and ‘Tips for Practising and Playing Solos’, by Gerald Crossman, ‘Memorising’, by Conway Graves, and ‘Scales in the Balance’, by Ken Hacking. These articles have all previously appeared in accordion magazines, and the intention here is to make them available for present day readers to appreciate. Those particularly interested in diatonic accordions are well catered for with an extended, in-depth article, ‘Diatonic Musings’, in which George Garside discusses the merits of the various ‘push/pull’ button accordions, and ‘Shand Morino’, by enthusiast Roy Magna – tracing the history of this iconic instrument. The biographies include Elaine Beecham, the D’Ambrosio family, the D’Arcy family, Eddy Jay, Roger Letley, Owen Murray, Martin O’Connor, Sean Quinn, Donal Ring, Pete Shutler (of Yetties fame), Romano Viazzani, Douglas Ward, harmonica wizard Brendan Power, and yesteryear names Billy Reid, Emilio, T.W. Thurban, Leslie Law, Don and Rico Destefano. Ron Hodgson writes at length about his own long running involvement with the accordion, as does leading Scottish bandleader James Coutts. A biographical article about Valentino, one of the accordion world’s most colourful, yet enigmatic, performers is partially told in his own words. There are also extensive tribute articles to Emile Vacher, the founder of French musette, Scotland’s Will Starr, and Ireland’s Dermot O’Brien – all legends in their respective spheres and eras. ‘An A to the Z of the Accordion, Volume 4’ took a great deal of effort and research to put together, and will hopefully entertain its readers for some time to come. telephone Rob Howard on 0161 480 8858.