Our August Concert

Our August night was a departure from our normal concert night, this was because myself and Rebecca were working away so would not be there to organise anything. We were delivering three weeks of training in London and Winchester so were nowhere nearby to return and run the club. Instead we changed the night to a practice night. For those who have not been to our practice nights they not an organise class of accordionists playing one tune. These nights are similar to the breaks we have in the concert nights. People all over the room, talking, drinking coffee (or other beverage from the bar). There are people dotted around the room playing the accordion in various places either solo, in pairs, or congregating around Bob Seen on the drum kit. None of this is organised, it’s a free for all night where people spend the evening however they like. It is not uncommon to see a set of tools out while an accordion is repaired and people comparing notes on playing technique, tunes, sheet music etc. Some people come to these nights without an accordion just to enjoy the social atmosphere at the club. These nights are a chance to talk all night without having to keep quiet. So now when you seen Practice/Social in the list of forthcoming nights in the newsletter or on the website, you will know what we get up to, and hopefully you might like to join us.

David Batty


This Wednesday

This Wednesday we have a Lancashire Night with The Lancashire Fettlers(see story elsewhere in this newsletter), this will be a great night of song, instrumental pieces, jokes and general entertainment. Please tell anyone who you think might be interested in coming along and lets make it a good night for The Lancashire Fettlers. From the requests I had to re book this duo, I am sure that anyone who came to their last concert at Leyland will be doing their best to make sure they don’t miss this concert. See you on Wednesday.


Mundesley Accordion Festival

October 20th—24th Will be the last festival at Mundesley, Guest Artists include the Paris-Moscow Duo, Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, David Vernon & Dick Lee, Harry Hussey, Rosemary Wright, Bert Santilly. Workshops include: Intermediate (Brian Jenkins), Elementary (Rosemary Wright), Scottish (David Vernon), Jazz (Bert Santilly), Vintage Accordions (Heather Smith), Swing Band (Geoff Cook/Heather Smith), Buskers (Bert Santilly), Free & Easy (Adrienne Sharpe). If you would like to book contact Sceptre Productions on 01780 782 093.


Accordion For Sale

Hohner Arietta 1m, 72 Bass for sale, this has three couplers but one is a repeat so it’s a 2 coupler, 2 voice accordion in Black and Gold. This is the accordion that was brought to the last practice night and checked to see that it was in tune etc. It passed our inspection. The accordion belonged to Kathleens late husband and is being sold for £250 ONO. Telephone: Kathleen on 01695 632832.


Chorley Live

Over Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th October 2014 there will be 100 live performances on at: various times which are 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm across 23 Venues in the Chorley area. The Venues are: Applejax, Bubble N Shake, Chorley Library, Chorley Little Theatre, Frederick’s Ice Cream parlour, Goodies Coffee Shop, Havana casa de café, Hyatt Indian Cuisine, Knitty Noras, Last Orders, Leigh Arms/Station Hotel, Prince of Wales, Rose and Crown, Shepherd’s Hall Ale House, St George’s Church, St Laurence’s Church, The Coffee Club, The George, The Imperial, The Railway, Town Hall, White Hart and Woodchats Coffee Shop. Wristbands are on sale for £5 each, purchase of a wristband gets you into all the venues over the 2 days of the event. You can buy wristbands from Chorley council offices on Union Street, or purchase them from any of the venues listed above. For More information on the event contact Creative Network on 07883 181978 or send an email to info@creatives-network.co.uk


Gerard Dawber

One of our former members Gerard Dawber died this week. Gerard used to be a member of Leyland Accordion Club before he had problems with his neck and therefore with and playing. Before his illness he used to play such tunes as Jenny Lind, Star Of County Down, Will Ye No Come Back Again and Loch Lomond on his melodion.


Dickinson’s Real Deal in Fleetwood

On 20th September David Dickinson’s Real Deal will be at the Marine Hall Fleetwood from 9am till 5pm. Why let your antiques collect dust in the attic when you can sell them for cash? Take money on the spot from a dealer OR if you think your item is worth more….take a gamble at auction! Dickinson’s Real Deal is currently one of the most popular daytime show on ITV and is regularly watched by over a million people. As usual David Dickinson will be keeping an eye on the deals and giving advice about whether to take the dealers’ cash OR gamble at auction. But the final decision lies with contributors and it’s up to them to decide which option is the REAL DEAL! Members of the public should bring their antiques & collectables along – a team of independent valuers will be offering free advice on all items brought along on the day. Admission is free & you do not need to book a place or a ticket, however, you do need to bring along ID on the day. Marine Hall, The Esplanade, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 6HF, Tel: 0117 9707618.


Eastbourne Accordion Festival Cancelled

The October 2014 Eastbourne Accordion Festival has been cancelled. Carillon Studios have been contacting anyone that has already booked for the weekend. The February festival is still being held from the 13th to the 16th of February 2015 at The Queens Hotel (The cost is £210.00 per person). The Artistes booked for the February festival are: Harry Hussey, Angie Lukins, Sue Bennett, Jean Hanger, and John Romero. Traders there will be The Accordion Shop, Birmingham Accordion Centre, Harry Kipling’s “Accordion Treasures” & Carillon Studios. Visit www.carillonstudios.com or Telephone 01606 270148


Foster and Allen at the Guild Hall

Tuesday 18th November 2014 at 7:30pm Foster and Allen are at the Charter Theatre in Preston Guild Hall. In late October and throughout the majority of November 2014, FOSTER & ALLEN will be touring the UK, performing all their hits including ‘Bunch of Thyme’, ‘Maggie’, ‘After All These Years’, ‘I Will Love You All My Life’…and many more, the list is endless. Mick & Tony are currently recording a brand new album for UK release in early autumn. They will also have their own TV series – ‘The Foster & Allen Show’ back on Showcase TV Sky Channel 191 at the end of September. Tickets are £20.00 and can be bought online at www.prestonguildhall.com or by telephoning 0844 844 7710.


Bedroom Programmer

As many of you know, I have been teaching computer based subjects for a long time and writing computer software for even longer. I have been teaching computer subjects for 23 years and writing software for 32 years! I have recently created a new website to teach computer games programming in a video based course that can be used by anyone from aged 8 upwards. This site is aimed at children or young people who would love to write their own games, or to adults who would like to make a second income. No previous programming experience is needed and no graphics skills are needed. I have designed the course so anyone can follow the videos to make professional looking computer games in no time at all. I tested the course over summer on 150 children aged 8 to 17, and all of them could follow the course with no help at all. The course teaches you to write computer games by using visual based drag and drop commands that don’t need you to write lines of code. The course is a bargain at £40 and could be the start of a childs or even an adults new career selling their own computer game creations. If you know of any parents looking for a useful gift for a child who would like to learn to make their own games then please tell them to go to www.BedroomProgrammer.com Filming and creating the course was a big task, but I now have the even harder task of finding the parents, children or adults who would like this training. A rival is charging $197 for a similar course, so mine is a bargain 🙂


Blackpool’s World Fireworks Compeition

Blackpool’s Fireworks Championships where the skies above Blackpool will once again light up this September as the fireworks competition returns to the resort. The event will gather together the crème de la crème of the world’s firework elite and promises an amazing series of shows with jaw-dropping entertainment for all the family. All displays subject to suitable weather conditions. Tower Festival Headland, Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 4BJ Tel: 01253 478222 5th September – Sweden, 12th September – Austria, 19th September – Canada, 26th September – Celebration Display from UK team Titanium and Winner Announcement.


Lancashire Night With The Lancashire Fettlers

This Wednesday sees The Lancashire Fettlers making a welcome return to the club. We last saw Michael and Jonty early last year when they entertained us with such tunes as Happy Hours, Reine De Musette, Wonder Hornpipe, Reels, Blue Bell Polka, Alpine Slopes, The Morino Waltz, Snow In Summer and St Annes’ Reel. There were also lots of well known songs such as Dirty Old Town, The Leaving Of Liverpool, Blackpool Belle, The Fields Of Athenry, Mon like Thee, Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls, Manchester Rambler, and many more. I can’t guarantee how many of the above tunes they will play for us on Wednesday but I can guarantee it will be a very entertaining night. Please tell your friends and try to bring someone new along to the club for a great night out. Lancashire nights are often quite popular in non accordion circles so the night will appeal to many non accordionists.