Our December Concert
Our December concert started with David Rigby playing Loveliest Night, Snow Waltz, Que Sera Que Sera, Good Old Summertime and Highland Cathedral. Our next act was a quartet with Patrick Halpin on Accordion. Bernard Bamber on Accordion, John Robinson on Keyboard and Harvey Seager on Banjolele, they gave us a selection of tunes including Wild Rover, Black Velvet Band, These are My Mountains, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, Fourty Shades Of Green, Isle Of Innisfree, Oh Come All Ye Faithful, 12 Days Of Christmas, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, White Christmas, Aint She Sweet, Putting On The Style and Anybody Seen My Gal. The food was then served and while we tucked in the entertainment continued, first we had Bill Agnew on Accordion playing That’s Amore, What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For, Cuckoo Waltz, I Don’t Know Why, You Made Me Love You, Swannee, Jimmy Brown Song, Oh Jonny, Down On The Farm, Pretty Baby, Hey Jude, Roll Out The Barrel and many more that I didn’t know the title of. Our next player was Arthur Frankland playing the Bagpipes. Arthur gave us Whisky In The Jar, Amazing Grace, Flower Of Scotland, Happy Birthday, Arthur’s Own Composition, Rowan Tree, Scotland The Brave, Will Ye No Come Back and Coming Home. John Robinson (Keyboard) and Harvey Seager (Trumpet) played Something In The Air, Silent Night and Jingle Bells. Gordon Priestly was our next player, he played Bianca Capana, Loveliest Night, La Noyee, Weasel’s Revenge and Vienna Forever. Ann Parker then took to the stage and played Snow Waltz, Frog Chorus and Memories Are Made Of This. For my turn I played American Patrol and Jaqueline Waltz. The music continued with Sara Daly playing Envikens Waltz, Once Upon A December, Sailing Through The Narrows, Genevieve’s Waltz, and Emma & Jamie’s Wedding. Our next act was Andrew Baker on the Flute playing Once In Royal David’s City, Good Kingwensles, While Shepherds Watched, Come All Ye Faithfull and Jingle Bells. Andrew then switched to the Banjo and played Down Mexico Way and Amazing Grace. To finish the night we had Bill Agnew on the Keyboard playing Send Me The Pillow You Dream On, The Sheikh Of Araby, Beautiful Dreamer, White Christmas. As everyone was leaving they were piped out by Arthur playing Auld Lang Syne.
This Wednesday is a guest artist concert featuring a night with Harry Hussey. Harry doesn’t come with a programme, instead he waits to see what requests the audience call out, and, as long as the tunes are pre 1960’s he can normally play any requests he receives. Before Wednesday, try to think of any tunes from yesteryear that you would like to hear again. The doors open on Wednesday night at 7.30pm for a prompt 8pm start. 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.
The North West Area Festival to qualify for the National Accordion Championships is being held on the 28th February 2016 organised by Marika Pronyszyn for more information telephone 0161 881 6763. The National Championships at the Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool are being held on 22nd—25th April 2016 for more information and hotel price visit www.accordions.com/nao/competitions/ukchampionships.html
Accordion For Sale
Ladies Sonola 120/41 black piano accordion recently serviced for £300 and now worth £750 on sale for £600 o.n.o. 5 treble couplers, 1 base coupler, hand-made reeds, fully air-tight in original case. Contact by email or land line 01492-876537 to arrange viewing. Brian Ashton (llandudno)
Held in Glasgow on Sunday 13th March 2016 Accordion Showcase is a biannual event to promote the accordion, spotlight home grown talent and inspire and motivate accordionists. These events are for all accordionists, the concerts and workshops will feature music from many genres. For more information visit www.accordionshowcase.com
Looking for 72 or 96 Bass Accordion
We have been asked to look out for a 72 or 96 Bass Accordion for a member at the club, if you have one for sale or know of one for sale, please contact us and we will pass on the information. firstname.lastname@example.org Tel:01772 454328
Brendan Shine Concerts
8th March 2016 – Brendan will be performing at The Empire Theatre, Aqueduct Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 4HT Tickets cost £17 to book visit www.thwaitesempiretheatre.co.uk/event/brendan-shine-live or Telephone 01254 685 500.
10th March 2016 – Brendan Shine and his band will be playing at The Bridge Hotel and Restaurant, Prestbury, Cheshire, SK10 4DQ To celebrate the start of St. Patrick’s Day Week, the night will consist of a 3 course dinner with a show from Brendan and his band. Tickets cost £65.00 per person for more information visit www.bridge-hotel.co.uk or Telephone 01625 829326
Manchester Irish Festival
The annual Manchester Irish Festival in it’s 21st year is to be held on Friday 4th March – Friday 18th March 2016 with the St. Patrick’s Parade held on Sunday 13th March 2016. The Organisers are planning to stage 100 events to mark 100 years since Ireland became Independent, they are also looking for 1,000 Dancers to get involved in the events. For more information visit www.manchesteririshfestival.co.uk
Christmas Party pictures
We have uploaded some pictures from our christmas party night to our facebook page, visit https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153851186454346.1073741827.10597719345&type=3 to view the pictures