Our October Concert

Our November concert started with David Rigby playing The Spinning Wheel, Snow Waltz, In The Good Old Summertime, Highland Cathedral and Loveliest Night Of The Year. Our next play er was Bernard Belshaw who played Just The Way You Look Tonight, So In Love With You, Thank You For The Music, Lets Face The Music and Dance, Thunderbirds Are Go, Ecstasy, Jealousy and The Dambusters Theme. Our last player before our guest artist was Colin Ensor who played Down Forge Me Not Lane, At The Balaiaika, Domino and Getting Sentimental Over You. It was now time for our guest artist Julie Best to take to the stage. Julie has played at Leyland a few times as a duet but tonight shewas playing solo. Julie started her first spot with Jaqueline Waltz and Accordion Polka. Now she was well warmed up, Julie went on to play The Worlds Fair March, Charmaine, Croq Musette, Magic Fingers, Margaret’s Polka, Banjo Breakdown, Troy’s Wedding, Rapide Digitale, Cubanola, Cherry Pink and finally, to lead us up to the break, she played Cuckoo Waltz. After the break we started the second half with Bernard Bamber playing I Love You Because, I can’t Stop Loving You, Paper Roses, He’ll Have to Go, Have You Ever Been Lonely and If I Had My Way. Our next player Ann Parker gave us The Harry Lime Theme and Frog Chorus. I then played Oslo Waltz and left the stage to Graham Driver who played Carolines Waltz, Lovely Nancy and Weasels Revenge. Julue returned to the stage for her second half and started with an impressive rendition of Triumph March, this was followed by Beautiful Days, Biddy Of Sligo, If You’re Rich, With A Shillelegh Under My Arm, Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms, Black Velvet Band, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, Cockles And Mussels, Gin And It, Dont Dilly Dally, Pack Up Your Troubles, Sinonetta, Flashing Fingers, Furrows End By Gordon Patullo, The Flying Scotsman, Twelfth Street Rag, Highland Cathedral, Natinale Balade and Les Triolets. As you can see from this list of tunes, we were thoroughly entertained with a wide selection of music from Julie. We look forward to seeing her at the club again in future.

David Batty


This Wednesday

This Wednesday is our annual christmas party where we have a jacobs join, for those who are not familiar with the term, this is where we each bring some food along, then we all tuck in to a combined feast. People normally bring along some pork pies, sandwiches, crisps, cakes or other kinds of nibbles to contribute to the feast. The food will be placed on the tables at the back of the club while we get the concert started. Once the food is uncovered and ready to eat we just tuck in. Once food is out the normal format is that you DO NOT have to keep quiet while people are playing, please chat and socialise. Some people are relying on you not looking at them while they play so please do walk round and socialise. Our Christmas do is a special event in that other instruments are welcome on stage, if you play something else then consider bringing that along. Doors open at 7.30 for an 8pm start.


Stockport Air Raid Shelter

John Jones & Rob Howard will be playing a mixture of war songs, Christmas songs and carols in the Stockport Air Raid Shelters on Monday December 13th and Thursday 16th. On each evening there is a guided tour of the Shelters at 7pm, followed by mince pies, wine and music at 8pm. This year marks 70 years since the Blitz on Greater Manchester by the Luftwaffe, which began on December 22nd 1940 and lasted until May 1941. Should anyone be interested, the contact number is 0161 474 1940.

Come Clog Dancing

BBC Four at 7.00pm on Saturday 11th December There is a program about Clog Dancing the Description from the BBC is: For Charles Hazlewood, clog dance has become an obsession and he plans to put it firmly back on the map by staging a mass flashmob clog dance.Helped by a team of local enthusiasts led by expert clog dancer Laura Connolly, Charles recruits and trains 140 men and women from across the north east, and one sunny Saturday in a busy square in central Newcastle they ambush the public with a six-minute performance.Along the way, Charles delves into the history of this fascinating folk dance, learns and performs a few steps himself, and meets and works with some of the key characters keeping this ancient dance alive. The program will be on BBC Iplayer shortly after it’s aired on BBC Four.


Stolen Accordion Found

A few months ago we told you about an Accordion that had been stolen in Evesham, The Accordion was found last week, by an eagle-eyed member of the public finding it for sale on Ebay and alerted police. The instrument was then recovered from Skintone tattoo shop in Pershore, where it had been left as part payment for an unfinished tattoo. Richard Adey thanked police for their help and the people of Evesham for the messages of support he received, including the offer of an accordion from an anonymous townsperson. Police are now trying to trace the man who left the instrument behind under a false name. He is described as white, aged between 25 and 35, thin, taller than 6ft and with a local accent. His incomplete tattoo features two wolves, a larger one on the upper arm and a smaller one going down the arm to below the elbow. Anyone who believes they can help identify the man should call police on 0300 3333000, quoting incident number 204S/090710.


Tom Alexander New CD

In January we told you that Tom Alexander would be releasing a New CD in the next few months, well now we can tell you that the CD was released last month. The Tracks are Auld Alliance Polka , Gaelic Waltz (Medley) , Marching With Andy (Medley), Barcarolle, The Clarinet Polka, Irish Waltz (Medley), William Tell Overture, The Rose, Hoots Mon, Roses In Bloom, Take The Floor, Lonely Scapa Flow, Shuffling Sam, Chorus Of The Hebrew Slaves, Salute To Felix Burns, The March Hare, Morino Polka, Tritsch Tratsch Polka, Storming The Ceilidh, Hits From The Blitz. We have looked on the Internet and Tom’s New CD can be purchased from HMV for £2.99


Review Of Accordion International 2010

Rob Howard: Accordions International 2010, held at Seacroft Holiday Village, Hemsby, Norfolk, November 12th/15th, was a great success. There were superb concert performances from guest artists Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, Gennaro Ruffolo (Italy), David Vernon & Dick Lee (Scotland), Gianni Mirizzi (Italy), Rosemary Wright, Wayne Robertson, Simone Mannarino (Italy), Bert Santilly, and accordion quintet Norvic Concordia. The amazing Harry Hussey, as usual, was on hand to play informally during the day and evening, including meal times. Wayne Robertson played for Scottish dancing.The workshops included ‘Beginners’ – Jean Hanger, ‘Elementary Orchestra’ – Rosemary Wright, ‘Intermediate Orchestra’ – Brian Jenkins, ‘Scottish Orchestra’ – Wayne Robertson, ‘Jazz Group’ – Bert Santilly, ‘Vintage Orchestra’ – Jean Hanger, ‘Buskers Band’ – Bert Santilly. All the workshops were well subscribed, and excellent performances were given by each in the final concert. The last night began with ‘Songs of Praise’, then a concert featuring many of the guest artists, followed by a ceilidh led by Wayne Robertson, that went on into the wee small hours.

Accordion Orchestral Course

Bellows and Waves Accordion Week 2011 is a is an accordion orchestral course, involving 4 days of intensive rehearsals, leading to a public performance in a long established concert series in Emmanuel Church, Ilfracombe on Wednesday 1st June at 8pm. The cost of the course will be £130 per person. This includes tuition, hire of music and tea/coffee/ biscuits /soft drinks at break. The fee also includes a Welcome Meal and party, none of the other meals are included. All members of the course will have to find their own accommodation. Ilfracombe is a picturesque coastal town and there are many B&Bs, hotels, holiday parks and camp sites within a short drive of the rehearsal venue. If you are attending the course on your own and would like to be put in touch with others in a similar position in order to share accommodation and transport, please let us know at the time of booking.there will be an optional, informal playalong session to finish the week on the morning of Thursday 2nd June.Should you require any further information Telephone: 020 8547 0515
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The Big Squeeze

On BBC Radio Four OnTuesday 14th December 2010 at 13:30 there is a 30 minutes long program about the Accordion Classical accordionist James Crabb asks Is it time to give the accordion a break? In search for an answer he ditches the oom-pah and sets off to discover what this mechanical marvel is really capable of. The show is repeated on Saturday if you miss it on Tuesday, It will also be on The BBC Iplayer Until 21st December.


World Accordion Day

6th May 2011 will be the 3rd World Accordion Day, The Annual Event started in 2009 It’s a day when the whole world celebrates the accordion and varies events or partys are organised by indivuals around the world.