Our June Concert

Our June Concert Started with John Robinson playing By The Tokens, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, the well known Proclaimers tune 500 Miles, Just Another Guy and Rare Old Mountain Dew. Our next player was David Rigby playing In The Good Old Summertime, Irish Eyes, Daisy, The Spinning Wheel, The Mountains Of Mourne, My Bonny, Snow Waltz, Amazing Grace and Highland Cathedral. Next up was Patrick Halpin played Galway Bay, Dark Island, Go Lassie Go and Spancil Hill. Our next player was John Lennox, John started with Cabaret then continued with Two Ladies, If You Could See Her, La Vie-En-Rose, Padam Padam and Shine Another Glass. It was now break time, and chance for people to take a look through and choose pieces from the free sheet music which had been donated to the club by Albert Drapers daughter. After the break Ann Parker started the next session with My Treasure and Beautiful Days, then finished with Waves Of The Danube. It was time for Colin Ensor to play, Colin gave us Any Old Time Footsteps Of a Fool, My Irish Molly, My Sweet Liverpool and Sweetheart Of All My Dreams. I then took my turn playing Whispering Hope, American Patrol, Red White and Blue, Can’t Help Falling In Love, Cruising Down The River, I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles, Down At The Old Bull and Bush, She’s A Lassie From Lancashire, A Yorkshire Girl, A Gordon For Me, I Belong To Glasgow and Keep Right On To The End Of The Road. Bernard Belshaw was our next player, he played Jambalaya, We Shall Not Be Moved, Country Roads, Island Or Dreams, Morning Town Ride and This Land Is Your Land. It was getting close to the end of the night now, time for Sara Daly to take to the stage, Sara entertained us with Dashing Away With The Smoothing Iron, Ilkley Moor, BahT’at, I’m Going To Marry A Far Nicer Boy, Dixie and Envikens Waltz. To finish the night Rebecca Parker took to the stage and played us out with Moon River and Home on the Range. Thanks to all the players who played, it was a great night. Its nice to see all the talent developing, its no surprise that the more you have a go the better you get at it, and its showing.

David Batty


This Wednesday

This Wednesday is a Local Players Night featuring our own local talent, please remember to bring any friends or family who might like a night out and if you have an accordion then please bring that along too. The doors are 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. If you see someone you don’t normally talk to then please introduce yourself, you might make a new friend.


George Formby Day

A George Formby Day at being held at The Winter Gardens in Morecambe on 27 July 2013. Celebrating the music and talents of this actor, singer-songwriter and comedian. For more information Telephone 01524 422180


Sheet Music

For the past few practice nights and concert nights we have been putting out Sheet Music that belonged to Albert Draper, The club was given his sheet music to pass on to others at the club. The pile has reduced in size and there is still hundreds of pieces left to look through and take if you see something you’d like to play. The Sheet music will also be out on a table or two at the next local players night on the 17th.


Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

The Programme that we were filmed for was repeated on Wednesday 19th June, I only found out when I was receiving messages online from people saying they had just seen the club on BBC 1.


Barter Kings

7th August at 6:30pm on the Bio Channel. The guys get one week to trade an accordion up to a dream holiday home. But just when they think they have a deal, they get a nasty surprise.


Midland Accordion Festival

The Artists booked for this festival are Steve Roxton, Harry Hussey, Alan Young, Roy Hendrie, Pearl Fawcett and Malachy Cairns. The Trade Stands attending are The Birmingham Accordion Centre, Limex Midi Systems, Rob Howard publications, Alan Shute Accordina, and Pearl Fawcett Adriano with Music and CDs. The seminars will be Vintage Band Jean Hanger. and Elementary Band Rosemary Wright. Day tickets are available for a modest fee. There are a number of restaurants in the area if you are a day visitor. To Book contact Barry Smith on 0121 559 4620 or 07831 354863.


Lytham Proms

Lytham Proms is from the 2nd – 4th August The Friday 2nd will 80’s Concert featuring Tony Hadley, Jason Donovan, Marc Almond, Heaven 17, Odyssey, Altered Images and Sonya. The Saturday 3rd will be a ‘Last Night of The Proms’ style concert with Russell Watson taking to the stage to perform alongside his special guest, and a 32 piece orchestra. Jonathan and Charlotte, the classical singing sensations who shot to fame in 2012’s Britain’s Got Talent, will delight the crowds on the Saturday evening alongside Russell Watson. Sunday 4th is a concert featuring modern artists, Rita Ora, Conor Maynard and Stooshe. To Book tickets for any of these concerts visit www.ticketline.co.uk/venue/lytham-green or Telephone 0844 888 9991 For more information visit www.lythamproms.co.uk


Andre Verchuren

Andre Verchuren renowned accordionist and France’s King Of The Accordion passed away on the 10th July 2013 at the age of 92. Andre’s Father and Grandfather Played the accordion. Andre’s Father was a professional Musician who taught Andre to play the Accordion the age of 4, by the age of six gave his first public performance. At the age of 12 Andre joined his fathers Accordion School and began to teach the accordion, the school had 180 students. By 1935 after studying music theory and harmony Andre began to take part in competitions winning first prize in Brussels, a year later winning first prize in Paris and was named world champion. During World War II Andre joined the resistance and helped American Paratroopers to hide, in 1944 Andre was arrested by the Gestapo , tortured and sent to the camp at Dachau on the “death train” convoy No. 7909, on 2 July 1944. After 13 months of captivity in August 1945, Andre was liberated and had to start from scratch. Andre spent hours studying and working on getting his Accordion skills back. In 1948 Andre takes part in his first film with François Perier called “La Vie en Rose” In 1958 he celebrated his first gold record for the first million records sold. November 2006 Andre was made Commander National Order Of Merit by the President of the French Republic, Jacques Chirac, for acts of resistance and excellent career. In his Career Andre has danced more than 40 Million people and sold more than 60 million Albums. Andre was still playing for gala events at age of 91.


Castlefidardo Italy Visit

Peter Le Geyt (A Member of Guildford Accordion Club) is organising a trip to Castlefidardo, For those of you who many not know, Castlefidardo is the Accordion Capital of the world where there are going on for 30 Accordion factories. The Trip is from the 6th – 10th May 2014 5 Days(4 Nights) The Proposed Itinerary for the Trip includes Flights, Hotel Accommodation with Breakfast, Coach Transport Throughout, Factory visits, Places Of Interest, Group Dinner with Drinks, Entertainment and Accordions to play throughout the stay. Tuesday 6th May – Depart London Heathrow 8:40am Arrive Bologna 11:45am. Private Coach travel to Castlefidardo, Check in at Hotel Parco. Time Afterwards For Those Interested to Visit the Accordion Museum. Wednesday 7th May – Morning Factory Visit (Split Between Scandalli/Paolo Soprani and Beltuna) Afternoon Free with Optional Visit in the Afternoon to see the Worlds’ Largest Working Accordion. Thursday 8th May – Depart 9am For Roland Factory to see Digital Accordions being made and an Opportunity to try out the latest models including the new Dallape-Roland. Free Afternoon Friday 9th May – Free Day with Optional Visits to Alessandrini Accordions, Binci Reeds, Zero Sette/Bugari (Same Factory) For Those Interested other smaller factories and music shops are within walking distance of the hotel. Group Dinner. Saturday 10th May – Depart for Bologna 9:30am Free time in Bologna for around 5 hours before Flight at 6:55pm arriving 7:55pm at Heathrow. Prices Per Person Between: Sharing Double/Twin Room £560-£595 Single (Limited Single Rooms) £595-£628 Double for Single Use £635-£669 (Based On minimum of 20 Persons) Final Price will depend on Flight Situation Once Minimum Numbers are Achieved. No Payments will be processed until a minimum of 20 confirmed bookings. Deposits are Due by 31st July 2013 Balance Due by 5th March 2014. If you would like more information or to book contact Peter on 020 8977 6680 (Daytime) 020 8977 2250 (Evenings and Weekends) or Email plg@plgmarketing.com We will have leaflets about the trip at the club for anyone to take.


Lytham 1940’s Festival

This Free event is now in its third year and takes place on Lytham Green on the 17th and 18th August. There’s so much to see and do and take part in. The aim of this Festival is to bridge the gap between the generation that fought the Second World War who want the younger generation to understand how hard and trying these times were. Things to do and see at the Festival are: Wartime memorabilia Fair, Historic Vehicles, 1940s Music and Dance, GI Jive, Cottontown Hot Club, Katie Spitfire, Heather Marie, Lilli de Carlo, Red Rosettes (Barbershop Singers), Thrilling Battles, Educational talks and demonstrations, Living History Camp, Replica Spitfires, Vehicle Procession, 1940s Re-enactors, Fashion Show, Ribble Vehicle Preservation Group 1940s Buses, Vintage Tea Room located in the old RNLI Museum (adjacent to Lytham Windmill), Homefront display and Rolls Royce Engine. Persons dressed in Allgemeine SS uniforms are not welcome at this event. For more information visit www.lytham1940s.co.uk or Telephone 01253 658436