Our March Concert
Robert Burton

Robert Burton

Our  March concert started with Sara Daly playing Please Don’t Talk About Me, Envikens Waltz, Fathers Waltz and Out On The Myra. Our next player was Colin Ensor playing Down Forget Me Not Lane, Love Letters In The Sand, Whispering and Charmaine. For a change I went on early and played Triste Sourire. It was time for our guest artist Robert Burton to start his first set of the evening. Robert started with Radeztsky March before moving on to the singalong tunes, everyone in the club had beed provided with a song sheet/leaflet with all the words to the pieces Robert would be playing and singing. Robert  started his singalong session with Macnamara’s Band, Tulips From Amsterdam, Windmill In Old Amsterdam,Wonderful Copenhagen, Que Sera Sera, The Happy Wanderer, Roll Out The Barrel, Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Little Brown Jug, Knees Up Mother Brown, Molly Malone, Those Were The Days, Lilli Marlene, Down Mexico Way, Country Roads, Return To Me, Wooden Heart, Clarinet Polka and Moon River. It was now time for the break. After the break our local players started the second half off, the first player was Ann Parker playing Vienna Forever, Snow Waltz, and Frog Chorus. Ann was followed by  Bernard Bamber played Danny Boy, Old Flames and Isle Of Innisfree Bill Agnew then played Quando Quando, Melancholy Baby, Help Me Make It Thorugh the Night and Honey Honey Don’t Stop. Our final local player was Reuben Hickinbotham playing Kiss Of Fire, Cavatina and How Wonderful To Know. Our guest Robert Burton then started his second half with a German Polka, followed by She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain, I Do like To Be Beside The Seaside, All The Nice Girls Love A Sailor,  I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch Of Coconuts, I’m Henery The Eighth, Edelweiss, Are You Lonesome Tonight, Cock Linnet, Side By Side, You Made Me Love You, Shine On Harvest Moon, Daisy Daisy, Bless em’ All, I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles, Down At The Old Bull And Bush, My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean, Corinne, It’s a Sin To Tell A Lie, You Are My Sunshine, Bye Bye Blackbird, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Hitler, Run Rabbit Run, The White Cliffs Of Dover, It’s A Long Way To Tipperary, Aufwiedersehen, Pack Up Your Troubles, We’ll Meet Again, White Horse Inn and finally as an encore, The Wedding Tarantella.       David Batty


Accordion For Sale

Red Horch 120 Bass Piano Accordion, 12 Right Hand Couplers, 3 Bass Couplers. comes with a good hard case.  £600. Would probably be nearer to £1000 if a dealer was selling it. Telephone David on 01772 454328 or email david@accordionclub.co.uk

This Wednesday

This Wednesday is a  Local Players Concert featuring our local talent. Please bring your accordion along and give us a tune. If you haven’t played at the club before then please bring your accordion along and play something for us, we love to see new players, those who have not plucked up enough courage to play and our regulars too.
The doors open on Wednesday night at 7.30pm for a prompt 8pm start. Arriving earlier than 8 gives you time for a chat.  If you see someone you don’t know then please say hello and make them welcome at the club.  See you on Wednesday.

David Batty

Accordion Duel on the Underground

Accordionist Nathan Carter was traveling on the London Underground last month after performing in St Patrick’s Day Celebrations at Trafalgar Square, when in their carriage another Accordionist was busking, Nathan and the other Accordionist entered into an Accordion Duel which was filmed and uploaded to the internet The pair played and wowed the crowd before receiving a standing ovation for their efforts… Nathan uploaded a video to his facebook page with the caption “That awkward moment when you’re challenged to an accordion duel on London’s underground!” The Video and other Nathan Carter videos can be found on Nathan’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NathanCarterOfficial/videos

Will Pound and Eddy Jay New CD

Harmonica Player Will Pound and Accordionist Eddy Jay  have released a CD together called “Ignite” the duo’s debut CD, is a fast-paced 11-track feel-good album guaranteed to make the gloomiest day a whole lot brighter. From its pyrotechnic packaging to the final arresting notes of the closing track’s Balkan dance it is on an upward trajectory. Track Samples and a video of the duo  can be found on their website along with details of how to buy their CD. www.poundandjay.co.uk


Leyland Festival

The Theme for this years Leyland Festival has been announced as Superhero Themed, This year the Festival promises to be even bigger and better than the last year. Each year the event begins with the traditional vehicle parade through Leyland ending at Worden Park. The popular parade features businesses and local community floats, marching bands, dance troupes and heritage vehicles.  The festival takes place on the 18th June 2016 visit www.leylandfestival.co.uk for more information

Wyre Club

The next meeting of the Wyre Club is on Wednesday 27th April 2016 at The North Euston Hotel on the Esplanade at Fleetwood, FY7 6BN. Further details tel. 01253 883681.

An Evening with Pam Ayres

On the 10th May 2016 Pam Ayres brings her current show to the Lowther Pavilion after the recent publication of her latest book, You Made Me Late Again! Pam Ayres has been making the nation laugh for over 40 years. Her hair-trigger timing, her eye for the detail of everyday life, and for the absurdity therein, makes for an art that hides art. All tickets £21.50 held at Lowther Pavilion, West Beach, Lytham St. Annes, FY8 5QQ for more information visit www.lowtherpavilion.co.uk or telephone: 01253 794 221

Wirral Accordion club

This club is on every Tuesday at The Place In The Park, 109 Liscard Road, Wallasey CH44 9AE. The night starts at 7pm.

The Fureys At Blackpool

On 24th April The Fureys will be at The Grand Theatre, Blackpool they have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 36 years. They are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Legends of Irish music and song The Fureys, renowned for their hit songs I Will Love You, When You Were Sweet 16, The Green Fields Of France, The Old Man, Red Rose Café, Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway, Leaving Nancy and Steal Away. Their folk/middle-of-the-road based songs and music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls in the world. Tickets Cost £22.50 To book visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk  or Tel: 01253 290 190.


Chester Accordion Club

Chester Accordion Club’s next meeting is on Tuesday 26th April  at The Groves Club, Chester Road (A5032), Whitby, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. Telephone Lynn McCallum on 0151 339 9850.

New Accordion Announced

Bugari have announced a new type of Digital Accordion called Bugari Evo. There are two types of Accordion a Piano Accordion (Haria P41) and Button Accordion (Haria B55). The Brochure description reads “The on-board speakers (two woofers plus two tweeters) are driven by a high-quality amplification system. The wooden cabinet provides an excellent acoustic response and produces a warm, clear sound. The internal batteries provide 8 hours of operation and can be recharged simply by connecting the supplied AC adaptor to the instrument. All required connectors-including MIDI, USB, and audio are conveniently located on the instrument itself. The onboard looper provides the ability to record and overdub accordion performances, which can be used as accompaniments for your improvisations and solos. The WAV player allows you to play along to your favourite music using an optional USB storage device. Accordion performances can be recorded directly to USB memory as well. Take advantage of a rich selection of traditional accordion sounds from around the world; over 180 orchestral and percussion sounds; plus world-class Virtual Tone Wheel organs. Four powerful multi-effects engines (MFX) are provided to add the finishing touch to the glorious sounds produced by the Accordion, Orchestra 1, Orchestra 2, and Orchestra Chord/Orchestra Free Bass sections respectively. The Natural Air Flow System accurately simulates the bellows response of an acoustic accordion. It works the same for keys and buttons: when a key is pressed, a lever system lifts a pallet, allowing the air to flow to the hole. The result: perfectly natural movements of the bellows. The digital sounds and the underlying technology are supplied by Roland. BUGARI and Roland have teamed up to satisfy even the most exacting requirements of accordion players. Haria is the perfect combination of Bugari’s enviable acoustic accordion experience with Roland’s unsurpassed sound generation technology.” The Bugari Evo was on display at the Musikmesse Exhibition in Frankfurt from 7th – 10th April. The Accordion will be available from June 2016 for more information visit www.bugarievo.com

Britain’s Got Talent Accordionist

Saturday 9th April saw the return of Britain’s Got Talent to TV Screens. In it’s 10th year the first episode of the audition stage started with 25 year old Belarusian Accordionist Vitaly Voronko. Vitaly was dressed in a Yellow Lycra superhero outfit with red boots and a red cape. There seemed to be a communication issue when Vitaly started his Audition as the judges repeatedly asked his name with no response from Vitaly… he then started playing a Disney classic “Under The Sea” from the 1989 film The Little Mermaid, Vitaly also played Michael Jacksons They Don’t Care About Us. The Audience loved Vitaly and gave him a standing ovation. He received two buzzes one from Simon Cowell and the other from Alysia Dixon who later retracted her buzz. Vitaly went on to get 3 Yes’s and is now through to the next round. This is not the first Televised competition Vitaly has appeared on, he has also been on The Voice Poland, The Voice Russia and has attempted to represent Belarus in the Eurovision song contest once in 2013 and again in 2015. Watch Vitaly’s BGT Audition below

Audition on The Voice Poland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibB58vQJ19I
Audition on The Voice Russia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S42jhfGqu44
Searching YouTube for “Vitaly Voronko” will bring up many other videos of him playing the accordion.Look out for John Romero playing the accordion on Britain’s Got Talent this Saturday 23rd April.