Our October Concert

Our October concert started with Bernard Bamber playing We Will Make Love, Travelling Light, Putting On The Style and Lovely Rose Of Clare. Ann Parker was our next player, she played Romanze, Vienna City Of My Dreams and Frog Chorus. Rebecca then took to the stage and played Moon River, Home On The Range and La Valse D’Ameile. It was now time for our guest artists to start their first spot. The John Stuart Scottish Dance Band took to the stage and started with Lady Dorothyea and Stuart Murray. After intrudcucing themselves they continued the music with Wades Welcome To Inverness, Pipe Major W Ross, Doctor Morrison’s Seven Thistles, Lord Huntlys Cave, The Cameron Highlanders, The Bothwick Men, MacFial From Bunessen and Andrew Combe of Kimbton. The entertainment continued with a set of reels which Included Miss Jean Milligan, William Richie esq, The Kettle Drum and Lucy Scaup. John finished his first half with Red River Valley, Coming Round The Mountain, Tavern In The Town, Camp Town Races, Skip To My Lou, Oh Susanna, Stop Your Tiklin’ Jock, Irish Rover, Wild Colonial Boy, Yankee Doodle Dandy Shores Of Tripoli and Lockerbie Lament. After the break I played Triste Sourire and Whispering Hope. Colin Ensor played Maigret, Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain and Charmaine. Sara Daly played Fathers Waltz and Granddaughters Dream. The John Stuart Scottish Dance Band started their second spot with The Duke Of Perth then continued with The Devorn Reel, Babes In The Wood, The Arrans, Roxburgh Castle, Miss Jacqueline Stuart Reel, The New High level, Mrs Mary Printy, Mony Musk, The Fiddlers Joy, Sidlaw Hills, JM Duffy, the slow air Mrs Aileen M Jamieson, and Moving Cloud. This had been a great night of entertainment from John and the band featuring some incredibly accurate playing.

David Batty


This Wednesday

This Wednesday is a Local Players concert with performances from our local players. Please remember to bring along your accordion, or if you don’t play the accordion then bring along yourself instead to support our players. The doors open on Wednesday night at 7.30pm for a prompt 8pm start. Please come along for a night of musical entertainment and socialising. Please bring along your friends and anyone who might be interested in attending. If you see someone you don’t know then please say hello and make them welcome to the club. See you on Wednesday.


Houghton Weavers at Christmas

Darwen Library Theatre presents The Houghton Weavers at Christmas on Friday 27th November 2015 at 7.30pm. The Houghton Weavers guarantee a wonderful evening of song and humour. Their experience in the business together with their style and professionalism ensures that, as their motto says, they will always ‘keep folk smiling’. The Houghton Weavers consist of Tony Berry, the group’s lead singer and front man; David Littler on Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin and Vocals; and Steve Millington who adds Keyboards, Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Accordion and Vocals to the group’s sound. Together they entertain their audiences with humorous jokes and anecdotes, and sing “popular” folk songs from raucous traditional songs to beautiful ballads done in their own inimitable style. Tickets £13 for Adults and £11 for Concessions. Tel: 01254 706006 or visit www.darwenlibrarytheatre.com


John Stuart Clips

We have added a couple of clips to You Tube from our Guest Artist concert with the John Stuart Scottish Dance Band. Visit http://www.youtube.com/accordiontv



We are starting to collect Membership fees for 2016, this is to remain at the same price it has always been which is £5 per year. With inflation you could say that every year its got cheaper to be a member of the club and to attend our concerts because I have kept the fees as low as possible, I try to keep prices down to make the club affordable while helping towards our expenses. You can pay your membership on the door in November, December or January. The proceeds go towards the great artists we have lined up in the coming months, stamps for postage and also an Internet service to send out the newsletters to those who choose to receive the newsletter by email (those who get the newsletter by email get working links they can click on rather than have to type in). If you are paying by cheque please make your cheque payable to “David Batty”.


Gordon Pattullo New CD

Gordon Pattullo has brought out a new CD called “The Accordion” The Tracks on the CD are: Jacqueline Polka, Gillian Irving’s Waltz, Irish Jigs, Moge (French Musette waltz), Le Two Step D’Armand, Caroline’s Dream, Wienerschnitzel Polka (German Polka), Cowboy Lullaby, Black & White Rag, The Chanter, Stubete im Loosmuhle (Swiss Landler), Canadian Two Step, Questa e Napoli (Italian Melody), Leaving Craigearn, Bruremarsjen (Norwegian Wedding March). The price of the CD is £11.99 and can be bought from www.gordonpattullo.co.uk/shop A very nice video preview of the CD has been uploaded to YouTube, it can be viewed at https://youtu.be/yZCOhZmZ_CM


Bavarian Christmas Singalong Night

The Kellermeister Oompah Band featuring Accordionist Steve Roxton, Drums and other instruments are playing at The Bridgewater in Darwen for a Bavarian Christmas Singalong Night on 20th December, 7pm—10pm Entry is Free. Visit the Bridgewater at 9-10 Church Street, Darwen, Lancashire, BB3 2RE where you will probably meet a few people from the club who will be attending.


Jimmy Shands’ Collection Of Music Conserved

Rare music books collected by accordion player and band leader Sir Jimmy Shand are to be conserved for future generations of musicians. The collection, dating back to the 1700s, was bought at auction by the Friends of Dundee’s Wighton Heritage Centre in 2013. Many of the books are in such poor condition that they are unusable, so a fundraising campaign was launched to raise the thousands of pounds needed to restore them, the campaign closed on the 11th October 2015 with a total of £2,002 donated by 51 people. Singer Sheena Wellington, a Friend of Wighton, said: “What we have are things that are rare, unusual and nowhere else. “Once we have them conserved then they’re available for scholars, for musicians, for use by the community and we’re intending that as each one is done to have a concert, ceilidh and set of workshops. “Jimmy didn’t pick them up because they were going to look bonny on his shelves. He picked them up because what was in them mattered and that’s what we think as well.” To watch a video about the above article visit http://news.stv.tv/tayside/1331031-jimmy-shands-collection-of-rare-music-books-conserved-in-dundee/


Lancashire Day

Lancashire Day is the county day of historic Lancashire in England. It is held on 27 November to commemorate the day in 1295 when Lancashire first sent representatives to Parliament, to attend the Model Parliament of King Edward I. Lancashire Day was first held in 1996. Curated by the Friends of Real Lancashire, it is observed with the loyal toast to “The Queen, Duke of Lancaster”, and is celebrated from everywhere within the county palatine. The day is marked throughout the historic county by town criers announcing the Lancashire Day proclamation which declares the historic regions boundaries of the county, and finishes with “God bless Lancashire, and God save the Queen, Duke of Lancaster” There are a number of events happening for Lancashire and can be viewed at http://www.visitlancashire.com/whats-on/happy-lancashire-day


New Rope String Band Call It A Day (For Now)

The New Rope String Band have called time on the band for now, Their website Reads “The New Rope String Band have come to the end of their tether. The sheer strain of spreading joy around the world for more than 25 years as Old and New Rope has proved too much. Audiences’ laughter muscles have been stretched and twanged and they, too, need a rest. But, before these ageing folk-cabaret artistes go their separate ways, heading for new and exciting theatrical and musical horizons, they decided to do a farewell lap of honour, a celebratory extravaganza of their finest routines with some specially-created final flourishes of fish tanks, boiled eggs, fiddles, banjos, cardboard guitars, theremins, explosions, interactive films, drainpipes, mermaids, pink y-fronts, thrills, spills, tears and hilarity. For diehard audiences it was a chance to go along, laugh once more and say goodbye.” Their last concert was on the 30th October 2015 at The Tyne Theatre and Opera House which sold out. If you’ve never seen or heard of the New Rope String Band they are a group of three musician playing Accordion, Violin and other instruments. A Youtube search for “New Rope Sting Band” will bring up many clips of their act.


Midland Accordion Festival

The Midland Accordion Festival took place this month on the weekend of 6th November, a good time was had by all. Dates for the next festival are 4th—7th November 2016 at the Quality Hotel, Dudley. The cost is £215 for Bed, Breakfast, Evening Meal, Entrance to all daytime activities, Trade Stands and Evening Concerts. To Book and for more information contact Barry Smith Email accordions2010@hotmail.co.uk Tel: 0121 559 4620 or 07831 354863


Leyland Christmas Lights

Leyland Town Team (A Group of Leyland Businesses and Individuals who have got together to promote Leyland) have been raising money to light up Leyland this Christmas with spectacular festive lights and a light switch on. They have been raising money by selling a 2016 Calendar containing then and now pictures and packing bags at a number of supermarkets. On 28th November there will be a Christmas Festival and light switch on with Santa’s Grotto, Stalls, Entertainment and Activities throughout the day from 11:30am on Hough Lane and Leyland Market with the light switch on happening around 5pm.


John Stuart Scottish Dance Band New CD

The John Stuart Scottish Dance Band had their new cd at our last concert night, if you missed buying it, it is available on Amazon. The CD is called North of the Grampians Vol. 1 by John Stuart Scottish Dance Band and can be bought for £10.99 on Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B015OIWEZQ


Wem Midi Partner For Sale

Forty six pre-set sounds and left hand manual percussion instantly available, no complex multi-layered menus, just press and play. The Control panel is divided into 4 sections as indicated by the similarly coloured rows of buttons, corresponding to 4 possible sections of a midi accordion – Bass, Chords and 2 Right Hand Selections Which may be used together as ‘layered’ Sounds i.e. 2 sounds on at the same time, one from each section. Any button can be controlled with a foot-switch – up to 4 foot switches can be used. £175 contact David Batty email: david@accordionclub.co.uk Tel: 01772 454328