Our December Concert
Our December Concert was full of festive cheer and food, thank you everyone who brought something for the Jacob Join. Before the food was served Colin Ensor started the night off playing Try A Little Tenderness, I’ll String Along With You, O Sole Mio, Little Old Wine Drinker Me, If I Had My Way, Happy Days and Lonely Nights and All Of Me. We then had David Rigby doing a Monologue titled Sam’s Medal. It was now time for the food to be served. Guy Hindley was our first player to play while the rest of us started on the buffet at the back of the room. Guy played Winster Gallop, Dorset 4 Hard Reel, Yorkshire Girl, Daisy Bell, Libertan Pipe Band and Oyster Girl. Our next player was Ann Parker playing Snow Waltz, Lady Of Spain, Isle Of Capri, Beer Barrel Polka, Beautiful Days, Yodelling Polka and Jack Allen Jive. Sara Daly took to the stage and played Frosty The Snowman, Rocking Around The Christmas Tree and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. Bernard Bamber played next, starting on the Harmonica he played Silent Night then reverted to the accordion for Jingle Bells, Little Drummer boy, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer and White Christmas. Andrew Baker then took to the stage and played Marys Boy Child, Mistletoe and Wine, Walking In A Winter Wonderland and Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. I noticed a gap in the playing so I played Oslo Waltz, Black Mask Waltz, Whipering Hope and Sailors Hornpipe/Magic Roundabout. I should explain that once the food was out I left it up to people to take to the stage in their own time and order. Bernard Belshaw played White Christmas, Merry Little Christmas, I’m so In Love With You, Sleigh Ride, Funicule Funicula, Overhead The Moon Is Shining, Blaze Away, How Wonderful To Know and Malaguena. Our next player was Andrew Baker playing a Banjo, he started with Home On The Range, Eidelweis, Amazing Grace, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, South Of The Border, Red Sails In The Sunset and Duelling Banjos. Myself and Rebecca Parker then played Plaisir D’Amour as a duet before I left the stage for Rebecca to continue with Moon River and Home On The Range. Graham Driver then finished the night off with Carolines Waltz, Vannitairse, Weasels Revenge, Lily Balero, Much Wenlock and The Man In The Moon.
This Wednesday is our Guest Artist Night featuring Steve Roxton. As those of you who have seen Steve before will know, this will be a great night with a wide variety of music, instumentals, vocals, English, Irish, Italian, Russian, Classical, Musette and many other types of accordion music from around the world. Please remember to bring your singing voice and dancing feet should you feel so inclined. Prepare yourself for an entertaining night, Remember to bring any friends or family to this entertaining night. Doors open at 7.30 for an 8pm start. Make sure you get there early for a good seat. See you there.
Future Guest Artists
Are there any guest artists you would like to see at the club? Let us know who they are, maybe we will be able to get them playing at the club one night.
Sharon Shannon on Accordion
BBC 4 Transatlantic Sessions programme where folk musicians come together. The show includes Sharon Shannon on accordion. See SKY channel 161 on Friday 21st January 2011 from 20:30 to 21:00
How Stuffs Made
The documentary programme How Stuff’s Made is on Discovery Science (SKY Channel 524). On Saturday 5th February 2011 they are looking at How can a metal clip save a life? Why do you need a racecar driver to make a racecar seat? And for us accordionists, What goes in an accordion to make its sound? As well as Can you make a sock from one strand of yarn? The programme starts at midnight and is repeated on the 8th and 11th of February.
Joel Guzman on Accordion
The Garrison Keillor’s Radio Show on BBC Radio 7 (Sky Channel 0131) on Friday 28th January 2011 features Chicano band iMas, accordionist Joel Guzman and singer Andra Suchy. The programme starts at 2pm and is one hour long.
Pixies Acoustic Performance At Newport Folk Festival
The Pixies Acoustic is a performance by the American band who created the blueprint for alternative rock. After 10 years apart, the group reformed to play at the Newport Folk Festival. This 1 hour and 25 minutes long programme is on Sky Arts 1 (Channel 243) on Thursday 27th January 2011 starting at 11:05 to 12:30
Houghton Weavers New DVD and CD
The Houghton Weavers have brought out a new DVD that gives you an insight into their lives: “For the last 35 years, The Houghton Weavers have been a landmark on the music scene in the North West and beyond. Now on film The Weavers tell the story of how it all started and reveal some unique insights into their lives off stage. Featuring concert footage from their 35th Anniversary weekend in Blackpool.” Tracks on the DVD 1. Wild Colonial Boy 2. A Bunch Of Thyme 3. Poverty Knock 4. Holy Ground 5. Calico Printer’s Clerk 6. Galway Bay 7. The Spaniard Who Blighted My Life 8. The Leaving Of Liverpool. They have also brought out a New CD called Lancashire Leads The Way, which contains 20 songs over 2 CDs, the tracks include: Lancashire Leads The Way, Mon Like Thee, Maggie May, Our Sarah’s Geet A Chap, Blackpool Belle, Seth Davey, Tek Me On’T’Fair, Mist Over The Mersey any many more. The Houghton weavers are also running another ‘Keep Folk Smiling’ Weekend the event they did last year at Norbreck CastleHotel, Blackpool was a great success that they are doing another this year on 4th to the 6th March 2011 at Norbreck Castle Hotel. For more information about the DVD, CD or Weekend away. Visit their website at www.houghtonweavers.com or Telephone:01942 813 033
New Roland Accordion Hot Off the Press
On 13th January Roland Announced their New Digital Accordion Product, The Worlds first diatonic digital accordion, With the same level of sound quality and natural, dynamic response asits V-Accordion predecessors, The FR-18 diatonic features a brand new sound set that allows you to choose instantly from a line-up of 12 virtual diatonic accordions as well as a variety of orchestral instruments, percussion, Virtual Tone Wheel organs on-board with slow and fast rotary, Four user program registrations, Programmable keyboard and bass button layout and Drum function for manual percussion via bass & chord buttons. On the Right hand it has 37 buttons, velocity sensitive, selectable tablature and key. On the Left hand it has 18 bass buttons, velocity sensitive, selectable tablature and key (same as for right hand), selectable button chord behavior (full chord or omitted third) Real pneumatic detection of bellows pressure (high resolution pressure sensor), high-resolution bellows resistance regulator. The Sounds Generator has: Max polyphony- 128 voices, Wave ROM – 64 MB of waveforms (8+8 MB expansion sounds), Tones – 12 accordion Sets, each including: 8 treble registers, 8 orchestral sounds, 4 organ sounds (slow/fast Rotary settings for each), 3 bass & chord registers, 3 Orchestra Bass registers, 3 Orchestra Chord registers. Treble reed footages – 5, Bass reed footages – 3, Chord reed footages – 2. The Mussette Tuning is Micro tuning presets 15 (Dry, Classic, F-Folk, American L/H, North Europe, German L/H, D-Folk L/H, Alpine, Italian L/H, French, Scottish). The Operation modes of the Accordion are: ORCHESTRA/ORGAN modes Solo, Dual. Key 12 possible keys (C, C#, D, Eb, E, F, F#, G, Ab, A, Bb, B). Tablatures 12 types, Bass & Chord with drum/percussion sounds On/Off Octave Down, 0, Up (for Treble and Orchestra/Organ), 4 User Program memories Power supply AC adaptor, Batteries (AA, HR6 Rechargeable Ni-MH x 8), Current draw 500 mA, Expected battery life under continuous use (using Ni-MH 2000 mAh batteries) ±5.5 hours *Actual battery life varies according to usage conditions, the quality of the batteries and the number of charging cycles. Be sure to use only rechargeable Ni-MH batteries. Connectors OUTPUT jacks (L/Mono, R/Mono): 1/4″ phone type PHONES jack: stereo 1/4″ phone type USB MIDI connector (computer connection) USB MEMORY connector (storage devices) MIDI OUT/IN connector (function adjustable via parameter) DC IN jack. AccessoriesAC adaptor, Owner’s Manual, Straps, 1/4″—1/4″ phone (guitar) cable, Earphones (with 1/8″—1/4″ adaptor plug), Strip for securing the adaptor, MIDI and/or audio cables, Hexagonal wrench, Replaceable “traforo” inlay sheets. Switches 4 treble registers + ORCHESTRA/ORGAN button, SET/FUNCTION register, 3 bass registers, ORCH. BASS button, ORCH. CHORD button, LEFT REGISTER button, KEY/DEMO button, USER PROGRAMbutton, DRUMS button, TABLATURE button, POWER button The Size of the Accordion: Width 14 inches, Depth 8 inches, Height 15 inches, Weight 5.3 kg