Our January Concert

Our January Concert started with Colin Ensor playing Please, The Maigret Theme, Island Of Dreams and Charmaine. Sara Daly then took to the stage and played Fathers Waltz, Drunken Sailor and Santiagno. It was now time for our guest artist David Vernon to start his first half, his opening number was Romagnola Bella. David continued with some Scottish pieces:- John McDonalds Farewell To Oban, The Breakdown and The Athol Highlanders. The music continued with Reproche which was followed by a Quick Short Story which contained 96 Beatles Titles! Back to playing the accordion David continued with The Godfather Theme and then a self written piece called Terminal 3 (It was given this title because he wrote it in Terminal 3 waiting for a plane). The accordion standard Bourrasque led us to Voi Che Sapete. We returned to Scottish music with The F Set, Wally Wilsons Waltz, John Stephen O Chance Inn, The Wind That Shakes The Piggery, Donald Ian Rankine, Jeans Reel and to take us to the break Jaqueline Waltz. David was chatting with many people in the break and selling his CD’s. After the break I started the second half by playing Oslo Waltz, Barcarole and Sailors Hornpipe. I then left the stage and Bernard Bamber took over playing The Green Hills Of Antrim, Old Flames, Morningtown Ride, Do Ye Ken John Peel, Galway Shawl and Waltzing Matilda. Our next player was Ann Parker playing Chopsticks, Finger Polka and Spanish Eyes. There was just time for Graham Driver to entertain us, Graham played Weasel’s Revenge, Jaqueline Waltz, Upton On Severn Stick Dance and Three Jolly Sheepskins. It was now time for our guest artist David Vernon to finish the night. David started his second half with Jerusalem, he then went in to a Scottish section which included Balmoral Highlanders. David continued with Greenbank Hornpipe (which he wrote himself), Old Cambridge Hornpipe and a Polish Medley. After Farwell To The Fatherland we returned to Scotland with The Dark Island (David informed us that the proper title is Dr McKays Farewell To Craigory). It was now nearing the end of the night and time for some audience favourites to finish. David played Roulette Wheel then the accordion favourites Dancing Fingers, Happy Hour Polka, Bel Viso and to finish the night he played The Flying Scotsman. We enjoyed a great night of entertainment from David who had travelled down from Edinburgh and who travelled back the same night! I have to thank him for making the journey even though we were going through a cold spell that put a few people off coming to the club. We have put two videos on Youtube that were filmed on the night, visit www.youtube.com/accordiontv to see what you missed if you were not there.

David Batty


This Wednesday

This Wednesday is a local players night featuring our home grown talent. Make sure you bring your accordion and make sure you say hello to someone you have not spoken to before. Its great seeing the friendships happen as people chat at the breaks. Remember to bring any friends or family who might like a night out. Doors open at 7.30 for an 8pm start. Make sure you get there early for a good seat and a good chat before the concert starts. See you there.


NAAFC 39th Annual Festival

The NAAFC Annual Festival is held on Saturday 2nd March 2013 starting at 9.00 am. This is held at the Inchyra Grange Hotel, Polmont, FK2 0YB. For Further Details and Entry Forms Contact Lorna Mair, 7 Lathro Lane, Kinross, KY13 8RX. Telephone: 01577 862337, E-mail: lorna.mair@ymail.com. Composer for Open Accordion Championship – Marie Fielding, Composer for Open Fiddle Championship – Ian Powrie, New Section – Accordion Showband. Band competition includes Trophy for Junior Band. Adjudicators: Accordion – Liam Stewart, Alexander Lindsay, Gary Donaldson. Fiddle – Claire Telford, Tom Lapsley, Douglas Lawrence. Classical – Wayne Robertson, Djordje Gajic. Rhythm – Scott Gordon. You can enter online at www.boxandfiddle.com Evening Concert commencing at the conclusion of the Band Competition. Dance to Tom Orr and his Scottish Dance Band Starting at 9pm.

Sharon Shannon on Radio4

Irish folk musician and accordion player Sharon Shannon will be on Womans Hour on Friday 22nd February 2013 on BBC Radio 4 (Sky channel 0104) from 10:00 to 10:45


The Birmingham Accordion Centre

Rob Beecroft has a new website now at www.accordioncentre.com where he lists models for sale and his other services. As many of you know we have plenty of club members who go down to see Rob to get their accordions tuned or fixed. If you do contact Rob then please tell him you found out about him from Leyland Accordion Club newsletter.

Practice/Social Nights

For those who don’t know what these are on the forthcoming dates they are nights where we don’t have performers/audience, we all sit around the room and chat, play, drink coffee, learn from others or just have a relaxing time for a few hours. Why not join us?

The Story of Music

Howard Goodall’s Story of Music is on BBC 2 North West (Sky channel 102) on Saturday 23rd February at 21:30 to 22:30 In this programme composer Howard Goodall looks at the period when modernism in music arrived and when the birth of recorded sound changed the way music was heard, played, and sold, forever.


Sharon Shannon’s Tour of the UK

Sharon Shannon is celebrating 21 Years of her solo career and the first dates outside of Ireland as part of the celebration are in the UK, here is a list of the nearest concerts. After touring the UK Sharon moves on to the US. A full list of date can be found on her website at www.sharonshannon.com
20th – Bromsgrove Artrix, Slideslow Drive Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B61 1AX 01527 572730 www.artrix.co.uk
21st – Sheffield Memorial Hall, Barkers Pool , Sheffield S1 2JA telephone 01142 789 789 www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk www.thegigcartel.com
22nd – Bury Met, Market Street, Bury, Lancashire BL9 0BW 0161 761 2216 www.themet.biz/timetable
27th – Durham Gala, Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA 0191 332 4041 www.galadurham.co.uk
1st – Leeds City Varieties, Swan Street, Leeds LS1 6LW. Telephone 0113 243 0808 www.cityvarieties.co.uk/Online
2nd – Kendal Brewery Arts Centre, Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4HE 01539 725 133 www.breweryarts.co.uk


Accordion World Magazine

At our last practice night in October I had a copy of the latest Accordion World magazine which featured Steve Roxton and Jean Dauvin on the cover, but I did not have it at the end of the night. I normally bring in old magazines for people to read and I leave them on the table for people to take away. I think that someone must have thought this magazine was one of those and taken it to read. Its normal for old magazines to be brought to the club for others to look at or take away and read so I can see how someone would not have a clue it was not one of those. If you are reading the magazine could you please bring it back so I can read it too, thanks.


The Black Country Accordion Club

I know it’s a little south of Leyland but The Black Country Accordion Club have new website where you can read their past newsletters and see what they get up to, you can find the website at www.theblackcountryaccordionclub.com. You might find some ideas for new tunes or something else on there, why not take a look.


Fylde Folk Festival 2013

The 41st Fylde Folk Festival takes place from Friday 30th August until Sunday 1st September 2013 at various venues Fleetwood, Fylde, Lancashire and promises to be a celebration of Folk Music Song and Dance. The Fylde Folk Festival attracts around 3000 people every year including festival & club organisers, agents, concert promoters, arts organisations etc who go to enjoy the music and the friendly atmosphere in the various hotels, pubs and outdoor events. The dates for 2013 are the 30th and 31st of August and the 1st of September. If you book your tickets between now and the 31st of March you get a discount and only have to pay £65. If you book up to 30th of June tickets are £70 from the 1st July onwards tickets are £75. Camp Permits OR Caravan Permits are still only £10 per person for the full weekend. Telephone the Box Office on 01253 887693.



NAO Festival

The NAO UK Championships & Festival 2013 is to be held at The Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool from the 26th to the 28th of April 2013. You can find more information about the festival and download an entry form if you want to enter a competition by visiting www.accordions.com/nao You don’t need to be a player to visit the competition, you can just turn up and watch the competitors.


Blackpool Accordion Festival

The Blackpool Accordion Festival is to be held from the 12th to the 17th of May 2013. To book or for further details ring Sceptre Promotions on 01780 782093


Tram Sunday

The Fleetwood festival of Transport (otherwise known as Tram Sunday) is to be held on July 21st 2013. You can put this date in your diary if you like a good day out with music, old vehicles, fairground rides and other forms of entertainment. Fleetwood Festival of Transport is one of the oldest and biggest free family days out in the North West of England. The event regularly attracts well over two hundred different vehicles – from stream trucks and fire engines to vintage cars and bicycles. The event is held in the streets of Fleetwood so no walking round fields. I will post further details nearer the time but for now you can mark it on your calendar so you don’t miss it.


Club Membership

Thanks to all those who paid your club membership for 2013, as you know the membership runs from January to December. Being a member gets you in to concert nights cheaper than non members and helps support the cost of guest artists, room hire, paper, stamps, email newsletter posting service subscription and any other costs associated with running the club. I hope we can gain a few new members this year then we can afford more guest artists etc. If you know of anyone who might like to attend the club then please bring them down. I often get told by people who have heard of us that it was assumed that you have to be an accordion player to attend the club. By bringing people along we can dispel that myth and hopefully get a few new members in the process.


Accordion Radio

On the Internet you can listen to accordion music by visiting www.accordionradio.co.uk which is broadcasting 24 hours a day. If you have two browser windows open or two tabs in one browser then you can listen to the music while you browse the internet, you don’t need to stop the music to look at other pages on the Internet.


Club Stickers

We have stickers (available for free on any club night) for accordion cases and also ones that go in the back windows of cars that publicise the club and the fact that you are an accordionist. Just ask for one.