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Stockport Accordion Club Newsletter May/June 2018

President: Pearl Fawcett-Adriano Past President: Johnny Coleclough Vice President: Walter Perrie
Stockport Accordion Club meets on Wednesday evenings, 7.30 pm/9.30pm, at Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Woodley, Stockport SK6 1NF (Junction 25 on the M60). New members or visitors are always welcome.
Websites:; Accordions Worldwide

Stockport AC on the road @ North Staffs AC

Stockport Accordion Band’s visit as guests at the North Staffs Accordion Club on March 20th proved to be a really great night out and an enjoyable concert, though not without some hitches beforehand with the unavoidable withdrawal of the ladies quartet Accordion Spice and soloist Helen Rich. The Band’s programme was extended and Rob Howard was drafted in at rather short notice (approximately 60 seconds!) to do a solo spot. The Band (using no less than five conductors – Tony Ainscough, Adrienne Sharpe, Marj Howard, Dennis Pepler and Brennan Wilson – though not all at the same time!) played The Bluebell Polka, Las Chiapanecas, Donauwellan, Myfanwy, Wien bleibt Wien, O’Carolan’s Concerto, After the Ball, Bells Across the Meadow, Simple Gifts, Amapola, Schneewalzer, Barbara Polka, Vienna City of my Dreams, Moonlight Serenade, Accordion Friends, My Way, Liberty Bell, Somewhere My Love, Policeman’s Song (by Gilbert & Sullivan, featuring humorous vocals by Ged Sweeney, appropriately dressed in police uniform – a concert highlight!), and, as an encore, New York, New York. The club’s Scottish Quartet did a bright and lively set of Scottish dance music, and Rob Howard performed a lengthy medley of music from Lionel Bart’s ‘Oliver!’. The programme went down very well with the North Staffs regulars, and the evening was completed with a tasty pie and peas supper plus an accordion sales stall. 

After arriving back in Stockport it transpired that the conductors’ metal stand had been carelessly left on the coach, and the following morning the club learned from Bullocks that the coach had already departed for a week-long tour of Ireland! This unexpected turn of events resulted in many members’ comments, such as “That sounds pretty Irish!!!!”; “Well let’s hope it has a good time and brings back some Guinness 😄😄😄😄”; “God, if I'd have known that I'd have gone with it”; “Hilarious. Lucky music stand. Hope it has a good time. Jealous!”, and “At the risk of insulting people this sounds like a load of Bullocks to me!”.

Members News

Club member Leo Hickey passed away on March 19th, at the age of 81. Leo took up the accordion after retiring from his post of Professor of Spanish at Salford University, though he continued working part-time as an interpreter for Greater Manchester Police. He joined Stockport AC about 15 years ago, and was renowned for his sense of humour that often enlivened band practices. Several club members attended Leo’s funeral on April 16th, about which Adrienne Sharpe says: “Just to tell you a little bit about Leo's funeral - it was a VERY happy affair and typically, Leo had organised it all himself previously! There was a very good crowd from the club - John Jones, Moira, Dennis, Ged, Brennan, John Curvis, Dorothy & Maurice, Bryan Pollard, and me. It was a full Requiem Mass of over an hour, which I personally felt might be rather long! Far from it! It was as if Leo was there and there was continual laughter from the congregation, and applause for his 16 year old grandson who made a delightful tribute full of memories of grandpa. Lovely happy hymns and Brennan was specifically asked by the family to read a piece - which he did so amusingly - it was as if he and Leo were chatting. All in all a very good ‘send-off’ with balloons released by the grandchildren to say goodbye.” R.I P.

Former club member Colin Stacey also passed away recently. Colin was a former policeman, and a police diver when called upon. He had accordion lessons with Peter Whiteley and regularly attended practices, though he never actually joined the band. For many years Colin gave unstintingly of his time to do jobs at our concerts, and his speciality was controlling parking, where no doubt his police background came in handy. Colin’s funeral service took place at St Anthony’s RC Church, Trafford Park, on April 16th. R.I P.

Dennis Pepler, one of our conductors has left the club. Tony Ainscough has stood down as a conductor, but remains as a player. We now have four conductors: Adrienne, Marj, Brennan and John Trigg.

Some happy news is that Anais Morel, who left SAC at Christmas to return to France, gave birth to a baby girl, Elina, on March 21st. Anais and Jeff are delighted, and so are the rest of us at Stockport AC.


Accordion Spice and Helen Rich played in a concert for Christian Aid at Levenshulme Baptist Church, Elmsworth Avenue, Manchester, on Friday May 18th, 7.30pm.

The amazing Classic Kyiv Duo are back with us as guests at Stockport AC on Wednesday July 25th, 7.30pm. They are possibly the world’s finest accordion duo, and their classical repertoire sounds like an orchestra in their highly skilled hands.

Seacroft 2018

In late April some of us from the club – Adrienne, Bill & Betty, Chris, John Curvis, Marj & I – went to the Seacroft 2018 accordion festival, organised by Heather Smith, at the newly refurbished Richardson’s Hemsby Beach Resort in Norfolk. The weather suddenly went very wet as we arrived, and though it rained fiercely at times, it failed to put a dampener on the festival’s workshops and concerts, which were all excellent and most enjoyable. The chief guests (right) were Oivind Farmen (5-row bayan with free bass, Norway) & Lars Karlsson (2-row diatonic button accordion, Sweden), two exceptionally talented players and also very friendly personalities. Oivind Farmen’s technique was highly impressive, as was Lars Karlsson’s, who played bass solos – something I’ve never before seen performed on a diatonic bass. Their three concerts featured a fine balance of duets and solos, playing Scandinavian traditional tunes, some classical pieces, and many original compositions by both players. They simply oozed talent, and not surprisingly sold large numbers of CDs and DVDs. Jovan Rnjak, Amaryllis (Tracey Middleton & David Garwood), Rosemary Wright, and Bert & Helen Santilly all contributed excellent supporting concert spots, and the entertainment all in all was really first class. Alan Shute came all the way from Glasgow to set up a fabulous trade stand, presenting an impressive range of new and used accordions. Sadly, the numbers at this festival were low, and it really deserved to have had much better support. The phrase “use it or lose it” springs to mind.
Heather’s next festival at this venue is from Thursday September 13th to Monday 17th, starring the brilliant Roberto Enzo (Italy), twice world champion, who you may recall was our guest on June 7th 1994. What a fantastic night that was! To book phone Sceptre Promotions on 01780 782093 (office hours).

NAO UK Championships

Marj & I went to the NAO UK Championships at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool on April 26th, the day after returning home from the festival in Norfolk. It proved to be an enjoyable visit. I had a trade stand, and flogged a few books, met some friends I haven’t seen for a while such as Mario Conway, Rene Mairis, Ann Parker, Jean Southern, Frances O’Rourke, Karolyn Broadhead, Steve Houghton, Douglas Ward, Alistair Gillespie, and ex-club member Hugh O’Neill. Rachel White, Sarah Hodge and Helen Rich were also there, so there was plenty of good company. It was almost like the old days at Scarborough, meeting up with old friends and making some new ones such as Scottish players Alan Small, Gemma Donald, and Gordon Shand (not related to Jimmy Shand), whose very talented children Clelland, Blythe & Inver (below – look at all those trophies!) are now all UK Champions! This made me remember the UK Championships in Scarborough back in 1989 and watching the very competitive Senior Polka section, when Gordon Shand narrowly edged our own Peter Whiteley into second place to win a section that had no less than 28 players in it! Happy days

The trophies – more cupboard space needed - a visit to IKEA sometime soon perhaps?

Stockport Accordion Club Newsletter March/April 2018

President: Pearl Fawcett-Adriano Past President: Johnny Coleclough Vice President: Walter Perrie Stockport Accordion Club meets on Wednesday evenings, 7.30 pm/9.30pm, at Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Woodley, Stockport SK6 1NF (Junction 25 on the M60). New members or visitors are always welcome. Websites:; Accordions Worldwide


Stockport AC visits North Staffs AC

The Stockport Accordion Club ‘road show’ visits the North Staffs Accordion Club as guests on Tuesday March 20th, 7.30pm. Performing will be the Stockport Accordion Band (with five of our six conductors, though not all at the same time, namely Dennis Pepler, Adrienne Sharpe, Tony Ainscough, Marj Howard and Brennan Wilson), the ladies trio Accordion Spice, and our Scottish Quartet. North Staffs AC meets at the Goldenhill Workingmen’s Club, Kidsgrove Rd, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 5SH. The admission price of £6 includes a 'Pie and Pea Supper', with a vegetarian option. There will also be a 'stall' set up for the evening and anyone with an accordion, or other music related item for sale can bring it along (with a price tag and name label). A small and voluntary donation will go to North Staffs AC, if sold. Tickets for the evening are available from Steve Hughes (email:, or call 01782 787935).

More Forthcoming Events

Blackpool Accordion Festival

John Romero is running a second Blackpool Accordion Festival at The Carousel Hotel, South Shore, Blackpool, from Friday March 9th to 12th. The guests include Julie Best & Jean Corrighan, Rosemary Wright, Gennaro Fiondella, and John Romero. The trade show includes Acorn Accordions, Harry Kipling's ‘Accordion Treasures’, and Carillon Music. To book call 01606 270 148; please note that day passes are not available. Website:

Greater Manchester Police Big Band

The Greater Manchester Police Big Band performs in concert at Woodley Methodist Church on Friday March 23rd, 8pm. Marj & I have seen this swing band play, and they are superb. If big band swing music is your thing, this concert is not one to miss. Tickets cost £8, including refreshments, and are available from Phil on 0161 430 8518.

NAO UK Accordion Championship

The NAO UK Accordion Championships are once again at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool, from April 25th to 27th. The Adelphi is easily reached by road or rail. There is a multi-story car park across the road and Lime Street railway station is a short walk away.

Seacroft Spring Accordion Festival

Seacroft 2018 - the spring accordion festival - is from Monday-Friday, April 23rd to 27th, at the newly refurbished Richardson’s Seacroft Holiday Village, Hemsby, Norfolk. The chief guests are Oivind Farmen (Norway) & Lars Karlsson (Sweden). (Oivind Farmen, CMA World Champion in 1996, was our guest at Stockport AC in 2001 with Jorgen Sundeqvist.) Other guests include Jovan Rnjak, Amaryllis (Tracey Middleton & David Garwood), and Bert & Helen Santilly. To book, call Sceptre Promotions on 01780 782093.

Accordion Charity Day

On Sunday May 13th, 11am to 4pm, there is an Accordion Charity Day at the Marthall Village Hall, Sandlebridge Lane, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 7SB, with the excellent and inspirational accordionists Karen Street & Karen Tweed, organised by our friends at the North Staffs AC. In the morning there is a workshop/rehearsal, and after lunch a concert involving locals doing some singing to accordion accompaniment plus some solo accordion performances from the two Karens and invited guests. Some of us went to a similar day near Burton last year, and it was a most enjoyable day indeed, all very light hearted, and highly recommended. Tickets cost £12 for players, £3 for audience/chorus; for further info/tickets contact Steve Hughes – email 01782 787935. Proceeds from the day will go to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Out and about…

Helen Rich writes: “Well it is 3pm on Friday 16th February and I have just finished work but this time last week we were all just getting started at the Eastbourne Accordion Festival to which I was pleased to have been invited again, as an artiste, by John and Jackie Romero. Other artistes included Marco Valenti, Eddie Jay, Roman Voloshchuk, Stefan Andrusyschyn, Gennaro Fiondella and John Romero himself. It was a privilege to hear Marco Valenti play his own arrangements of pieces, including his variations on The Carnival of Venice, and towards the end of the festival, Marco joined Stefan in some delightful duets. I felt that the music played by the artistes provided quite a contrast and hopefully satisfied a range of tastes. Everyone had a good time amidst a friendly family atmosphere which John & Jackie strive to achieve by including chocolate in welcome packs and organising quizzes and we all spared a thought for Harry Hussey, who was unable to make the event, and we all wish him a speedy recovery. The various accordion festivals held throughout the year around the country really ought to be supported as they not only provide an opportunity to hear some wonderful home and international players but they are there to help all accordion enthusiasts develop. Activities during the daytime provide opportunities to play in orchestras and groups thus giving you a chance to develop sight-reading, counting, listening and group-dynamic skills and if that isn’t enough, there is always a chance to play in the guest concert. The trade stands are also a treat, showing the different makes of instrument from old classics to latest electronics and to find some great sheet music. In Eastbourne, I joined Gennaro’s orchestra playing his own arrangements and Angie Lukins’ Folk Class whilst Marco joined in Sammie Catling’s orchestra where they were brave enough to try Sammie’s arrangement of Come on Eileen and Jean Hanger ran a Vintage Orchestra, so as you can see all tastes are catered for. This year the trade stands included The Accordion Shop, Harry Kipling’s Accordion Treasures and Acorn Instruments who also offered a range of melodeons. It was also nice to know that 2 years ago a new-comer was introduced to the accordion world in Eastbourne and has since had lessons, acquired more than one accordion, joined an orchestra and joined us in Eastbourne again this year. Now I am looking forwards to next Friday when I will be joining Clyde Johnston’s Northern Ireland Accordion Championships and in 3 weeks’ time John and Jackie will be doing it all again in Blackpool!”.

Adrienne Sharpe writes: John Trigg & I (with his granddaughter May on the flute), will be playing at a 50th Wedding Anniversary Party on February 24th. They are friends of mine and very keen Ballroom dancers - we have played for them before and they never leave the floor - just waiting for the next dance! It's very gratifying!”

I recently played a spot at the 80th birthday party at Denton Golf Club for Roy Bate, who played the accordion and organ under the name Roy Duval for many years. I was supposed to be a surprise, arranged by Roy’s daughter Carrol, until he spotted my accordion, though he was delighted and filmed my spot on his phone. The party was great, and Marj & I danced the night away after I’d done my playing. I told Roy about our club, and hopefully we will see him sometime at one of our concerts.


Our AGM on February 21st saw the Committee re-elected. Walter Perrie stood down as Concert Secretary, was thanked for his services, and I have been re-elected to the position. Tony Ainscough has resigned as Band Conductor, and our panel now has five conductors. The Officers and Committee for 2018 now reads: President - Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, Vice President - Walter Perrie, Chairman - Brennan Wilson, Secretary - Adrienne Sharpe, Concert Secretary - Rob Howard, Treasurers - Marj Howard & Diana Tonge, Committee - Betty Molloy, Rachel White, John Jones; Non-Executive members - (MDs) John Trigg, Dennis Pepler, Tony Ainscough. At the AGM I introduced a new poster, advertising for new players for the Stockport Accordion Band. It is A5 sized, printable, and I will email it to anyone who has a use for it.

Accordion wanted…

John Curvis is looking for a good quality 72 bass accordion, preferably Italian. Cash waiting. Contact John on 0161 442 6754; email

In conclusion

There are many good things to look forward to, with the Blackpool Accordion Festival taking place from March 9th to 12th, there’s our club visit to North Staffs AC happening on Tuesday March 20th, the Seacroft accordion festival April 23rd-27th, a really splendid accordion day out open to everybody in Knutsford on Sunday May 13th with the brilliant Karen Street & Karen Tweed, and the welcome return here of the amazing Classic Kyiv Duo (on tour from the Ukraine) on Wednesday July 25th. Further details will follow in due course. Keep squeezin’,

                                               Rob (0161) 480 8858; email:


Stockport Accordion Club Newsletter January/February 2018

President: Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, Past President: Johnny Coleclough, Vice President: Walter Perrie

Stockport Accordion Club meets on Wednesday evenings, 7.30pm to 9.30pm,

at Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Woodley, Stockport SK6 1NF (Junction 25 on the M60).

New members or visitors are always welcome.
Websites:; Accordions Worldwide

Another Broken Cross Success!!

Our annual charity fund raising concert, organised by John Jones MBE, took place on Friday December 8th at the Broken Cross Club in Macclesfield. This year’s line-up included the Stockport Accordion Band (with no less than six conductors – John Trigg, Dennis Pepler, Adrienne Sharpe, Tony Ainscough, Marj Howard, Brennan Wilson – (though not all at the same time!), Helen Rich, the quartet Accordion Spice, our Scottish Quartet, and our President, the fabulous and inimitable Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, plus a couple of duets with her cousin Phil Watson. The concert began with The Bluebell Polka, conducted by John Trigg. John is proud that he once met Jimmy Shand up in Auchtermuchty, and I couldn’t resist announcing that we would be “conducted by the hand that shook the hand”! Ged Sweeney sang The Policeman’s Song from Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, backed by our band (conducted by Brennan Wilson), which proved to be a highly amusing concert highlight. We have been doing this concert since 1999 and this year’s concert raised £1,120 for the East Cheshire Hospice, so well done to all who supported this event. I sent out a group email the day after, which read: “I've just listened to the 2002 concert on CD, and on it was an instrumental version of the Policeman's Song - okay, but nowhere near as entertaining as Ged's hilarious performance last night, which for me was the highlight of an excellent Band programme. All in all, the concert was a great advert for the accordion and for us as a club. Helen wasn't feeling well, but rallied and did her usual spot, adding a touch of class to the proceedings. A special thanks goes to Pearl and Philip for coming all the way over the hills to play so brilliantly – cheers”.


Club News

December was not plain sailing for everybody in our club. John Jones’ wife June has been very poorly, and after Broken Cross John had to cancel all his gigs, etc., including our shows at the Stockport Air Raid Shelters, which I did on my own. John Curvis has had a very nasty fall, which has left him with broken ribs and collar bone plus a lot of bruising, and unable to drive or play his accordion. Marj’s sister Pam passed away from cancer in St Ann’s Hospice on December 16th, which has, to say the least, cast a long shadow over Christmas for us.

I have just heard (from Roy Hamlet) that John Sworack died during Christmas. John, a Frenchman of Ukrainian heritage (right), was a loyal club member from about 1996 to 2009 when he and Monique returned to Normandy in France. R.I.P.

Dennis Pepler played for about 5 hours at a Christmas Gift Sale at Toft Church Hall, near Knutsford in Cheshire. Amongst those who came by was former SAC member Lorna Gibbons, who was taught the accordion by Clifford Wood. Lorna was a club member in the early 1990s CWAO era, had a video camera and I remember her filming our 1992 Club Night concert starring Jorgen Sundeqvist, from Sweden. I still have a VHS copy of this concert. During the 5 hours Dennis only repeated himself three times, and one of those was unintentional (same piece in two books).

Anais Morel, who joined our club earlier this year, has returned to France as her partner has taken a research position at the university in Grenoble. Anais played in the SAC Band at our Broken Cross concert, and has since written “I am not fond of good-byes so I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone for welcoming me so warmly at the club. I really enjoyed playing with you all and I am not sure I will ever find such a friendly accordion club! We are planning to come back on a short visit over the summer so we will make sure to visit the club, with the new member of our family of course! If you happen to be around Grenoble, or want to plan a trip to the Alps, don't hesitate to contact me. You will be more than welcome in our new house. Merry Christmas to all and keep playing!!”

I recently had a surprise phone call from former club President Johnny Coleclough, who left us six years ago in late 2011 to live in northern Spain. We had a lot of catching up to do, and chatted for over two hours. Johnny tells me that his family have had enough of Spain, probably influenced by concerns over Brexit and Catalonian independence, and will be returning to live in Manchester in the New Year. We hope to see you again at the club before long, Johnny.

I also had a surprise phone call from John Murtagh, former proprietor of the Manchester shops ‘Accordion Land’ and ‘Accordion World’, active in the 1980s and 1990s. John wants to give away free the large sheet music collection owned by his late father Dick Murtagh, who some of you will recall was a brilliant professional accordionist and also the owner of accordion shops from the 1950s until the 80s. If interested, contact me on 0161 480 8858 or email and I will put you in touch.

Forthcoming Events

Our AGM is on February 21st, 7.30pm. There is no Band practice that night.

We have much to look forward to in the first half of 2018, beginning with a club visit to the North Staffs AC on Tuesday March 20th, starting at 7.30pm. The address is Goldenhill Workingmen's Club, Kidsgrove Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 5SH.

The Seacroft Spring Festival takes place from Monday 23rd until Friday 27th April, starring the brilliant duo Oivind Farmen (Norway) & Lars Karlsson (Sweden). To book, phone Sceptre Promotions on 01780 782093; details published in Accordion Profile - contact Heather Smith on 01482 805387 or email

There is a splendid accordion day out at the Marthall Village Hall, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 7SB, on Sunday May 13th with the wonderful Karen Street & Karen Tweed.


Bobby Crowe

I was interested to learn that the late Bobby Crowe (1933-2014), one of the great Scottish dance band accordionists and characters, has been inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. I got to know Bobby Crowe after meeting him at one of Heather Smith’s festivals, and recall that in 2008 he turned up at Stockport AC the last time we had Jack Emblow & Tony Compton as guests. Bobby was a huge Jack Emblow fan, and drove all the way there and back from his home in Fife, with an hour’s breakdown stop coming down, when he needed to call out the RAC. I was the compere, and before he left for home, Bobby told me, “At first I thought you were going to be a right pain in the a***, but actually you were all right”. I’ve never forgotten that compliment! 

Accordion Anthology

I wrote Accordion Anthology last year as a belated sequel to the earlier ‘An A to Z of the Accordion’ series. The Accordion Anthology is similar in writing style and content, but is near A4 page sized, most of the 320 photographs are in colour, and this book includes some unique autobiographical articles. The articles include Getting to Know the Accordion, Making a start, Accordion Tips and Hints (Steve Roxton), Be a Better Player (Rosemary Wright), Use of the Couplers (James Sexton), Playing For Others (Rosemary Wright), The Ken Hopkins Collection, Evolution of the Accordion, Manfrini Accordions, The Accordion Concerto, The Accordion and Pop Music, Accordion Dynasties, Tales & Trivia, Polka and the Accordion, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, etc. The autobiographical contributions are from Jack Emblow, David Vernon, Freeland Barbour, Gordon Pattullo, John Jones MBE, Paul Chamberlain, Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, Stewart Walker, and myself. Biographies include André Verchuren, Brandon McPhee, Classic Kyiv Duo, Ksenija Sidorova, Martynas Levickis, Gervasio Marcosignori, John Leslie, Eddie Hession, Amanda Robinson, Dawn Loombe, Helen Maher, Helen Rich, Malachy Cairns, Michael Coyne, Joe Cooley, William Hannah, and more. Accordion Anthology is a high quality hardback - the ideal Christmas or birthday present for any accordion enthusiast!
The book costs £15 + £3p/p (UK), from Rob Howard. (Total overseas prices: EU – 27 Euro, USA/Canada - $37). Paypal accepted, and is especially preferred for overseas transactions as it obviates high bank charges. For further details contact me on (0161) 480 8858; email:


Stockport Accordion Club through the years

2017 is the 30th year since Clifford Wood reformed his band in 1987 that evolved into the present club, and the 80th year since the original club was formed in October 1937. To celebrate these anniversaries a brand new version of Stockport Accordion Club through the years has been published. This is an expanded, revised and updated version that supersedes the book that was published nine years ago. I have written the main text, and there are also interesting contributions from Pearl Fawcett-Adriano (Preface), Adrienne Sharpe (Adrienne meets up with Roy & Dot Hamlet, That first night at the Hollywood, Playing on Club Night), Dorothy Brincat (Alternative Talents), Graham Bullough (Memories of SAC), John Curvis (It’s in the blood), Chris Green (Looking back…), Rob Howard (Clifford Wood 1921-2002, Stuart Thomas Remembered, Some memories of the CWAO, Rob looks back at the Club Nights, The French Connection), John Jones MBE (The Accordion and Me, John Jones tells about the day he went to Buckingham Palace), Tony Marchell (Memories of Cliff Wood), Kevin Munster (Remembering the 1950s), John Nixon (John Nixon reflects…), Derek Pritchard (Derek Pritchard’s Accordion Origins), Wendy Ryan (The Ryan Family), John Trigg (Trip Down Memory Lane, Christmas Party Time Again!), and Brennan Wilson (Performance nerves). The book includes articles about the club’s recent Musical Directors Clifford Wood, Peter Whiteley, Brian Jenkins and Derek Stubbs, President Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, Vice Presidents John Nixon and Walter Perrie, and former President Johnny Coleclough.

Published as a near A4 sized hardback, it costs £15 + £3p/p from Rob Howard, email This limited edition souvenir book, a high quality hardback, includes over 200 photographs, including several accordion band line-up photos from the 1950s to 2017.

Jack Emblow comments: “You don’t have to live in the Stockport area to appreciate Rob Howard’s ‘Stockport Accordion Club through the years’. Packed with interesting and entertaining features, it will be enjoyed by accordion enthusiasts everywhere. Written in Rob’s amusing and readable style, and with lots of fine quality pictures, it is a worthy addition to his excellent series of accordion related books. Well done Rob!”


Accordion teachers

Accordion teachers: Craig Bradley (Sale) – chromatic button, piano accordion or piano, 0161 972 0248; Tony Watterson (Didsbury) – piano accordion, keyboard and guitar; telephone 0161 434 1933; email:; Stefan Andrusyschyn (Alsager) – button/piano accordion or piano, 07958261024; George Garside (Anglesey) – melodeons, 2-row BC button, chromatic button and piano accordion, 01248 852 506; Pauline Hardwick (Staffs) 01782 397248 – piano accordion & piano; Damian Kujawski (Rochdale) – B system button or piano accordion, mobile: 7517 479473 or email:; Helen Maher (Liverpool) – piano and piano accordion 07974 426909; email; Marina Berg (Ormskirk) – piano accordion; tel 01744 894752. If you know of other accordion teachers in our area please will you let me know. The accordion needs more teachers.

Our Local Accordion Dealer

     Our local accordion dealer is The Accordion Shop, 54 Drake Street, Rochdale OL16 1NZ (now can be reached directly by Metrolink, closed on Tuesday & Sunday). The manager is Pete McCoye, and the shop offers a wide range of new and pre-owned accordions of various makes, plus pianos and electronic organs. New instruments in stock include the recently introduced Roland FR4, Paolo Soprani Super double cassotto, and a Cooperativa 96 bass in a 72 bass body model. Also available are new Paolo Soprani models in 96, 72 and 60 bass configurations. Tel 01706 658283; website

 Accordion Technician

For any kind of accordion, melodeon or concertina repairs or restorations (including electronic or MIDI), tunings, conversions, etc, telephone Cheshire-based Roy Whiteley on 01565 723 080 or email; website:

Pearl Fawcett-Adriano CDs

Rob now has a small stock of Pearl’s CDs. These cost £10 + £1p/p (UK) each. Those of you who have seen Pearl in concert will not need telling what a brilliant and highly individual accordionist she is, and those who haven’t yet heard Pearl are surely in for a rare treat. There is also a compilation double CD of archive recordings by the late, great Gervasio Marcosignori.

The CDs are:

Pearl – The Jewel of the Accordion – tracks: Granada, O Sole Mio, Ciribiribin – Variations, Caravan, Carmen, Autumn Leaves, Fossettes, Begin the Beguine, Hejre Kati, Lambeth Polka, Sleepy Blues, Tico Tico

Accordion Tapestry – tracks: Marriage of Figaro Overture (Mozart), Badinerie (JS Bach), William Tell Overture (Rossini), Minuet From Berenice (Handel), Hungarian Dance No. 5 (Brahms), Scherzetto (Thomas Pitfield), Dance Of The Comedians (Smetana), Durand's First Waltz, Allegro (JH Fiocco), Dance Of The Hours (Ponchielli), Turkish March (Mozart), Prelude (Handel) Musette Parisienne – tracks: Caravelle, Piccolina Polka, Le Poussin, Tinarella, Douce Souvenance, Perlina, Musette Parisienne, Clockwork Polka, Letizia, Tippi, Silhouettes De Paris, Geraldina

Allegria Continentale – tracks: Musette Parisienne (A. Dante), The Barber of Seville (Rossini), Toledo Adios (Beltrami Wolmer), Frosinetta (Pearl Fawcett), Dantesque (C. Morbidelli), Caravelle (A. Dante), Baroque Italienne (Pearl Adriano), Tarantella Boogie (Kramer & Wolmer), A Thousand And One Nights (J. Strauss), Paso Doble in A (A. Franceschini), Piccolina Polka (A. Dante)

Ettore Fantasia – tracks: Musette Polka, Tarantella Abruzzese, Amelia, Schools Out, Bambi Samba, Spanish Holiday, Bass'n Boogie, Polketta, Butterfly Fantasy, Samba Polka, Junos, Fuggi Polka, La Rondinella, Ettore's Etude (All tracks composed by Eugene Ettore)

Music on the Move – tracks: Tarantella, Slow, Tango, Slow, Mazurka, Medium, Blues, Quick ¾, Smooth, Boogie

Viva Frosini – tracks: Bel Viso, Cubanola, Bats at Sunset, Trix, Hungarian Fantasy, Bel Fiore, Panama Exposition, Golden Slippers, Robins at Sunrise, Flirtation, E Pur Ti Amo, Spic and Span

Pearl Adriano – tracks: Restless Fingers, Accordion Merry-Go-Round, Tea for Two, El Choclo Fantasia, Nocturne of Love, Romeo & Juliet Overture, Granada, Quick Silver, Romanza Bella, La Donna E Mobile Variations, Meadowlands, Legend of the Glass Mountain

Virtuosissimi – tracks by Pearl: The Thieving Magpie Overture, La Cumparsita, Carnival of Venice Variations, Drigo's Serenade, Spic and Span; tracks by Yuri Kazakov: Toccata & Fugue in D minor, Ukrainian Folk Song, The Musical Box, Russian Comic Dancing Song, Ballet of the Chicks in their Shells, Northern Folk Tunes

Viva Marcosignori - a double CD compilation of archive recordings by Gervasio Marcosignori

Disc 1: Tapestry, Migliavacca, Preludio, Carnival of Venice, Bel Viso, Czardas, Mannequins, Babo, Irish Medley, Hawaiian Lullaby, Mosaico Espanol, Musetta, Dizzy Fingers, Mascherata, Corale, Strauss Medley, Notturno Blu, French Medley

Disc 2: Tamboo, Soir de Paris, Acquarelli Cubani, Italian Medley, Dark Eyes, El Caballero, Fileuse, Pupazetti, Scottish Medley, Danza Orientale, Flight of the Bumble Bee, Moine, Dantesque, Souvenir D’Hawaii, Balletomania, Safari Fiesta, Carillon, Somersault Polka


Accordion Teachers

Craig Bradley (Sale) – chromatic button, piano accordion or piano, telephone 0161 972 0248; email: 

Tony Watterson (Didsbury) – piano accordion, keyboard and guitar; telephone 0161 434 1933; email:

Stefan Andrusyschyn (Alsager) – button/piano accordion or piano, telephone 07958261024

George Garside (Anglesey) – melodeons, 2row BC button, chromatic button and piano accordion, telephone 01248 852 506

Pauline Hardwick (Staffs) tel: 01782 397248 – piano accordion & piano

Damian Kujawski (Rochdale) – B system button or piano accordion, mobile: 7517 479473 or email:

Helen Maher (Liverpool) – piano and piano accordion 07974 426909; email

Marina Berg (Ormskirk)  – piano accordion, email; tel: 01744 894752

If you know of other accordion teachers in our area, please let me know.

For Sale

Hohner Musette IV, 120 bass, 11 treble/3 bass couplers, black, excellent condition; has a solid case. £400. Tel: Jenny Roscoe (Sandbach) 07980 921366; email:

Corelli 41 treble/120 bass piano accordion, red, musette tuned, 9 treble/3 bass couplers, internal mikes fitted, excellent condition, £600 o.n.o.; contact Sean Munster on 07807 179721.

Our local accordion dealer is The Accordion Shop, 54 Drake Street, Rochdale OL16 1NZ (now can be reached directly by Metrolink); telephone 01706 658283. The manager is Pete McCoye, and the shop offers a wide range of new and pre-owned 120, 96, 72, and 48 bass accordions of various makes and types, plus organs and pianos. Check out their website:

Repairs etc

For any kind of accordion, melodeon or concertina repairs or restorations (including electronic or MIDI), tunings, conversions, etc., telephone Cheshire-based Roy Whiteley on 01565 723 080 or email; website:

New Souvenir Book

To help celebrate our 30th and 80th anniversaries a new limited edition version of the book 'Stockport Accordion Club through the years' will be published in September. This is an expanded, revised and updated version that supersedes the book that was published nine years ago, telling the story of our club whose origins go back to 1937, with many new articles and memories written by current and past members, plus lots of photos. It is – if I say so myself – a most interesting, fascinating and humorous read. Published as a hardback, it costs £15 + £3p/p from Rob Howard, 42 Avondale Rd, Edgeley, Stockport, Cheshire SK3 9NY. It will be available at our concert on October 18th or any Wednesday evening at our band practices. Still available are my books Accordion Anthology and the earlier four volume series of An A to Z of the Accordion. The Accordion Anthology costs £15 + £3p/p, and the A to Z books cost £10 each, post free in the UK. Vintage Accordions and Accordion: A Pictorial History are now both sold out.

Next Trip To Castelfidardo

Peter Le Geyt’s next group visit to Castelfidardo, Ancona, Italy, is set for May 22nd to 26th 2018. Marj & I went this year, and I can thoroughly recommend this few days of accordion nirvana. Included are visits to some of the main accordion factories, the fascinating accordion museum, local places of interest, evenings out in restaurants, and much accordion playing and socialising. On the way home there is a visit to San Marino, a tax haven that attracts shoppers from far and wide. Everything was planned to the last detail, enabling the group members to make the most of this very enjoyable annual accordion holiday. For further details contact Peter Le Geyt: email; tel: 020 8977 6680.


Stockport Accordion Club's President, Pearl Fawcett-Adriano

This track is from a CD of accordion music played the Stockport Accordion Club's President, Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, called "Accordion Tapestry".

Brahms Hungarian Dance number 5.mp3


Stockport AC President Pearl Fawcett-Adriano is a virtuoso accordionist of international renown.

After becoming the CMA World Junior Champion and CMA World Champion, Pearl went on to become one of the world’s foremost professional accordionists, and was the very first accordionist from any Western country to appear on concert stages in the USSR. Pearl has appeared on radio and TV many times, and has numerous compositions and recordings to her credit. 

All CDs and MAP Editions music are available via Trevani:


Accordion Tapestry – popular classics

Musette Parisienne – Continental music in the musette style

Virtuosissimi solo performances by Pearl and Russia’s Yuri Kazakov

Music on the Move strict tempo dance music on accordion and piano

Les Mélodies ContinentalesContinental-style music

Viva Frosini! - the compositions of Pietro Frosini  

The Two Great Pietros - the compositions of Pietro Deiro and Pietro Frosini

Pearl Adriano - International Musician – selections on piano and accordion 

Ettore Fantasia - the compositions of Eugene Ettore 

Allegria Continentale - a mixture of Continental and classics


Pearl – The Jewel of the Accordion - her most recent CD - includes GranadaO Sole MioCiribiribinCaravanCarmen SelectionAutumn LeavesFossettesBegin the BeguineHejre KatiLambeth PolkaSleepy Blues and Tico Tico. As with all of Pearl’s recordings, her playing is brilliant and meticulous, and this recording is further enhanced by crystal clear studio sound quality.

MAP Editions

 Trevani ( has sole distribution rights to the MAP Editions sheet music catalogue, which includes a large number of pieces for solo and duet accordion, ensemble arrangements, and some music albums. Contact Trevani on 020 8656 1450; email