Our July Concert

We didn’t have a July concert because the Priory Club took an all day booking on that day

John Robinson

John Robinson

and cancelled our booking. For logistical reasons there is also no concert this month, but we are still meeting on what would have been a concert night, but we have changed it to a practice night instead. So our next meetings will be….
17th August 2016 Practice/Social Night
7th September 2016 Practice/Social Night
Our next guest artist night will be on 21st September – featuring Walter Perrie.

Folk Festival By The Dock

This will be held on Friday 26th August at The Albert Dock Liverpool, This is an all day event and is mostly Free with a few events ticketed. Janice Long from Radio 2 is hosting the folk festival which will see performances by The Lost Brothers, Laura J Martin, Blair Dunlop, The Christians, Henry Priestman, Gilmore & Roberts, Alasdair Roberts Trio, Tom Kitching, John Loomes, Merry Hell, Winter Wilson, ex-Bellowhead member Benji Kirkpatrick, and Sam Winston. The Liverpool Shanty Festival will also form part of the event and will showcase international shanty artists. The event will also include a unique choral event on Sunday 28th August 2016, with a number of established choirs performing alongside a newly formed Albert Dock Community Choir. For More information visit www.albertdock.com/events/event/folk-festival-dock


Chester Accordion Club

Chester Accordion Club’s next meeting is on Tuesday 30th August  at The Groves Club, Chester Road (A5032), Whitby, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. Telephone Lynn McCallum on 0151 339 9850.


Ribble Steam Railway

For more things to do over summer, the Ribble Steam Railway are running the following events which all start at 10.30am.

Diesel Railbus Service Thu Aug 04
Steam Weekend Sat Aug 06
Steam Weekend Sun Aug 07
Diesel Railbus Service Thu Aug 11
Steam Weekend Sat Aug 13
Steam Weekend Sun Aug 14
Diesel Railbus Service Thu Aug 18
Steam Weekend Sat Aug 20
Steam Weekend Sun Aug 21
Diesel Railbus Service Thu Aug 25
Friendly Engines Gala Party Sat Aug 27
Friendly Engines Gala Party Sun Aug 28
Friendly Engines Gala Party Mon Aug 29

Steam Weekend Sat Sep 03
Steam Weekend Sun Sep 04
Industrial Steam Gala Sat Sep 10
Industrial Steam Gala Sun Sep 11
Steam Weekend Sat Sep 17

Ribble Steam Railway are on the docks site at Preston, they have indoor exhibits as well as live steam engines running along the lines in the docks.

They can be found at http://www.ribblesteam.org.uk or you can ring them on 01772 728800


This Wednesday

Please remember that our forthcoming nights are:
17th August  2016 Practice/Social Night
7th September 2016 Practice/Social Night
In September we start our concert nights off again with the welcome return of Walter Perrie on the 21st of September.

Accordion Showcase

Accordion Showcase took place on the 17th July 2016 in Glasgow, the concert featured The Kyiv Duo, Duncan Black Trio and Mario Gatto with Fabrizio Malerba. The concert was a great success and a clip of the evening was posted online you can find the 24 minute video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx3LgdTEGhI&

Heritage Weekend

The Annual Heritage Weekend is coming up on the 8th – 11th September. There are a number of events in this region with tours in windmills, theatres giving guided tours of the backstage goings on etc. This is a chance to see places that are not normally open to the public or which are normally open to the public for an entrance fee, but for this week they are free to attend. All events are free, with some having limited space so you will need to reserve your place on some events. A full list of what’s going on in the area can be found at www.heritageopendays.org.uk

Accordion Magic Weekend

John & Jackie Romero have announced they managed to beat last years total and a further £492.70 has now been added to the amount collected for the Winstons Wish charity. This brings the couples fundraising overall to £12,712. “Considering we lost half a day on Sunday when it rained I was really pleased we beat last years total” said Jackie Romero “I really didn’t think we would manage it. Having the two accordion orchestras helped such a lot and we really need to thank both Weaver Valley and North Staffs Accordion Orchestras. Further thanks need to be paid to Harry Hussey, guitarist Jon Pennie, those that staffed the tea garden and of course those shaking buckets to collect the much needed funds. Clare Richards from Winstons Wish told us “This is gratefully accepted and will help towards bringing another professional grief councillor to the North West region of the charity”. John Romero said “Watch this space and we will do it all over again next year!”

Eastbourne Accordion Festival

Carillon Studios are hosting an Accordion Festival in Eastbourne on the 10th – 13th February 2017 at The Queens Hotel. Artists lined up so far are Harry Hussey, John Romero and Gary Blair, with more artists to be announced nearer the time. As always there will be multiple trade stands and orchestra workshops. The Festival costs £225 per person. To book or for more details tel: 01606 270148


Houghton Weavers Concert

The Houghton Weavers are doing a fundraising concert for the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity Fund on Friday 19th August 2016. Tickets cost £15 and available on 01772 524412. The concert takes place at  The Lancastrian Suite, Park Hall, Charnock Richard, Chorley, Lancs, PR7 5LP.

The Houghton Weavers are also playing on the 10th September at Whittles Farm, 94 Church Road, Tarleton, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 6UP. Tickets Cost £25 tel: 01772 817435 or visit www.whittlesfarm.com/events


Lytham 1940’s Wartime Festival

The 1940’s brought to life with a bang! From the dark days of Dunkirk, through the blitz and hard times on the home front to D-Day and victory in Europe and Asia, join in the atmosphere and immerse yourself in a weekend of entertainment, re-enactment and have-a-go fun! Historic Vehicles, music and dance, memorabilia, thrilling battles, educational talks and demonstrations plus living history camp!
Why not pick up the latest war winning gardening and food tips or join the Home Guard? Taking place on the 13th & 14th August at The Green, Lytham, Lancashire, FY8 5LB for more information tel:01253 658443


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.


Darwen 1940’s Day

 From 10 am to 4pm in Darwen Market Square on the 20th August a 1940’s Day will be held.  There will be the Lytham St Annes replica Spitfire on display, Home Guard display, 1940 Food Demo, Tea Dances and others to be announced. The day is Free, simply turn up at Darwen Market Square, Darwen, Lancashire, BB3 3BU.


Canal Fest

To celebrate 200 years of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Botany Bay are holding their first annual event “Canal Fest”. On Sunday 28th and Bank Holiday Monday 29th August, featuring boat rides with Boatel Party Cruises and Ellerbeck Narrowboats, a narrow boat flotilla, classic car display, swing boat rides, Punch and Judy, Lancashire hawks and owls, hook a duck and bumper boats. Plus, local musicians and artists display their talent. The Mayor of Chorley will be in attendance to perform the official cake cutting ceremony and judging the best dressed boat competition. There will be free entry and free parking, plus free entry for all narrow boats. Visit Botany Bay, Canal Mill, Botany Brow, Chorley, Lancashire, PR6 9AF. For More information tel: 01257 261220 or visit their website at  www.botanybay.co.uk/botany-bay-canal-fest


Accordion Music Radio Show

 BBC Radio Nan Gàidheal have been broadcasting an Accordion Music Programme, the presenter speaks Scottish Gaelic in between tunes but for those that don’t speak Gaelic, you can still enjoy the music and possibly pick some new tunes as there is a list of tunes played on the programme below the player on the BBC Website. The name of the Radio Programme is “Tiugainn a Dhannsa” which translates to “Hello World”  the Music they play is heavily Scottish dance music, jigs, reels etc. We know that some of you love this type of music, they play a variety of music by Brandon Mcphee, Jimmy Shand, Robert MacLeod, Blair Douglas, Tom Alexander, Andrew Rankine and more. Each show is an hour long, if Scottish music is one of your interests you can listen to the radio show at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03lzyk6/episodes


Garstang Arts and Music Festival

The 22nd to the 29th August sees a wide range of events of art, music, shows, heritage, culture, crafts, workshops and local produce. During the evening there are performances of opera, poetry, traditional songs, popular music, historical lecture, and choir recital. For more information Tel. 01995 602125 or for a programme of events visit www.garstangartssociety.org.uk/event/garstang-arts-festival-2/


Vintage By The Sea

On the 3rd and 4th of September Vintage by the Sea is returning to Morecambe for the fourth season to celebrate the brilliance of 20th century design, fashion, vehicles and entertainment with a special focus on the British seaside. This is a free, family friendly festival that saw over 40,000 visitors attend in 2015.  There will be a RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Bradford to Morecambe Vintage and Classic Car Rally, Torch Club, Vintage Marketplace, Design, Craft and Makers Market, Vintage Bike Ride, Heritage Bus Rides, Classic Car Show, Food Festival, Fairground Rides and Workshops for all the family.  For More Information visit www.vintagefestival.co.uk/events/vintage-sea-3rd-4th-september-2016-morecambe/


Just So Festival

This is to be held from the 19th to the 21st August at Rode Hall in Cheshire. This is a family orientated festival with musical, theatrical, and visual performances, workshops and installations. It is run as a not-for-profit community interest company, any profit goes back into their arts programmes. Their programmes have been developed to support emerging artists, create pioneering schemes for volunteers, and to take families of all shapes and sizes on creative adventures. Ticket Prices vary visit www.justsofestival.org.uk for prices and more information.


Wyre Club

 The next meeting of the Wyre Club is on Wednesday 24th August 2016 at The North Euston Hotel on the Esplanade at Fleetwood, FY7 6BN. Further details tel. 01253 883681.