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Stockport Accordion Club Newsletter November/December 2017

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

Stockport AC’s annual concert in aid of the East Cheshire Hospice at Broken Cross 

Stockport Accordion Club’s big annual charity fund raising concert, organised by John Jones MBE, takes place on Friday December 8th, 7.45pm, at the Broken Cross Club, Fallibroome Rd, Broken Cross, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 8TU. This year’s line-up includes the Stockport AC Band, Accordion Spice, Scottish Quartet, Helen Rich, and the fabulous and inimitable Pearl Fawcett-Adriano. The Broken Cross evening has become a sort of Wembley FA Cup Final occasion for us, and is an event we make a special effort for. We have been doing this concert since 1999 and it’s always a lot of fun for us and our audiences. Yet another brilliant evening of accordion music is in prospect, finishing with a grand Christmas finale. All the proceeds are in aid of the East Cheshire Hospice, and if you can make it you will be supporting a very worthy cause. The tickets are £8 each, and available from John Jones on 07871 767708. All are welcome.

Diary Dates for November/December

 John Kirkpatrick is the guest at the North Staffs AC on Tuesday November 21st, 7.30pm, at the Goldenhill Working Men’s Club, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 5SH. John K’s two-handed skills on the 3-row British chromatic button accordion, melodeon and Anglo concertina are unbelievable. He is also a fine singer and a prolific composer, and a great ambassador for the diatonic instruments. He was our guest in 1998 and 2006, the first time as a soloist and in 2006 as a duo (The Sultans of Squeeze) with Chris Parkinson.

 The trio Lady Maisery perform in concert on Saturday November 18th, 7pm, St George’s Parish Church, Church Lane, New Mills, Derbyshire SK22 4NP; tickets from

 John Jones & Rob Howard will be back once again playing in the Stockport Air Raid Shelters on Chestergate, Stockport SK1 1NE, on Monday December 11th and Thursday 14th. The evening includes an interesting guided tour at 7pm, refreshments, and a jolly singsong of war songs and carols; booking is essential - to book call (0161) 474 1940.

 Adrienne Sharpe tells me that she is playing Steel Drums with her band on Saturday December 16th,

 12-2pm at Sainsburys/John Lewis (Cheadle Royal).

October Club Night

Our 30th and 80th Anniversaries Club Night concert on October 18th was a great success. Thanks to all who played their hearts out and also to those who did the behind the scenes stuff (Joan Campbell i/c door admissions, Sue Wynroe i/c raffle tickets, Adrienne i/c playing order organisation and raffle prizes, Betty Molloy i/c the kitchen). We had a full and varied programme that went down very well with our audience. Brian Jenkins was present, as were Anita Basic, Anna Leskela and Pete Jebb from the Bradford Accordion Band, and I hope they enjoyed the evening. It was also great to see Martina Hall, who played in the club’s band in the late 1980s/90s, in the audience. For the record, the programme featured Rob Howard – Oliver Selection: Consider Yourself/Food/Got to Pick a Pocket or Two/I’d Do Anything/Be Back Soon/Oompah-pah/As Long as he Needs me/Who Will Buy?/Reviewing the Situation; SAC Band – Liberty Bell, Amapola, My Way; Dorothy Brincat – Scottish Waltzes; Accordion Spice – Harmonica, Amazing Grace, Katyusha; Adrienne Sharpe/John Curvis – Scottish Reels; Chris Green/Helen Rich – Frances MacDonald, Ashokan Farewell; Helen Rich - Trieste Overture, Bourrasque, All Hands For'ard; Interval – entertainment by John Jones; Pearl Fawcett-Adriano – Comedian’s Gallop, Mariana, Quick Silver, Happy Birthday - a hilarious spot of fun played as a cha-cha/waltz/funeral march/Argentine tango/tarantella); Dennis Pepler – Gourmand Polka; Chris Green/Betty Molloy – Unity March, Granada; Scottish Quartet - Set 1: (Reels) Mairi's Wedding/Wish We Were Married/Happy We've Been Together, Set2: (Strathspeys) Orange and Blue/Loudon’s Bonnie Woods, Set 3: (Polka) I Have Bonnet Trimmed With Blue, Set 4 (Gay Gordons Marches) Scotland the Brave/100,000 Welcomes/Thistle of Scotland; SAC Band – Wien bleibt Wien, Simple Gifts, Las Chiapanecas.

John & Rob @ Sale Sharks home game

On Friday October 13th, 5pm to 8pm, John Jones & I did a gig at the AJ Bell Stadium prior to the Sale Sharks v Toulouse European Championship match. Our brief from the agent was supposedly to make the Toulouse fans feel at home, hence the striped tee shirts look. We were set up in the large beer tent marquee next to the stadium, miked up through their system and speakers, and began our set with some French music. It soon dawned up on us that the French fans were all elsewhere, and as the beer tent was filled only with Sharks fans, abandoned the French theme and played Elvis, Cliff, Tom Jones, Beatles, Abba, Everly Brothers, Sinatra, etc. The place was crowded and noisy, but we were able to be heard, went down well and received some very nice comments and even had a £4 tip! The game itself ended in a 20-20 draw.

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 a 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, 42 Avondale Rd, Edgeley, Stockport, Cheshire SK3 9NY. 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:

Gordon Pattullo CD ‘The Accordion at Christmas’

‘The Accordion at Christmas’ is the first Christmas music CD from the brilliant and popular Scottish accordionist Gordon Pattullo. This is an excellent solo recording, with Gordon multi-tracking melody, harmony and bass accordion parts to create the effect of a small accordion ensemble, and is a departure from his usual style. The CD is available via
Track List: Frosty the Snowman/Jingle Bells; Winter Wonderland; Deck the Halls/Ding Dong Merrily On High/Good King Wenceslas; Fairytale of New York; Away In a Manger/Silent Night; Here Comes Santa Claus/A Holly Jolly Christmas; Mary's Boy Child; Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer/Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town; In The Bleak Midwinter/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/O Come All Ye Faithfull; The Christmas Song/Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas; O Little Town Of Bethlehem/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; White Christmas; Happy Xmas (War Is Over); The First Noel/O Christmas Tree/We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everybody!!

This newsletter is published at the beginning of November, so I might well be the first to wish you all a very merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Okay, it feels just a bit surreal at the time of writing, but never mind. Incidentally, if you are looking for ideas for Christmas presents for accordion enthusiasts, there are some ideas in this newsletter for you to consider. Enjoy the season of goodwill, and I’ll hope to see you around.

Squeezings greetings to you and yours,

                                              Rob (0161) 480 8858; email:

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


Stockport Accordion Club Newsletter September/October 2017

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

Stockport Accordion Club meets on Wednesday evenings, 7.30pm until 9.30pm, at Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Woodley, Stockport SK6 1NF (Junction 25 on the M60).


Anniversary Club Night Concert, October 18th

This year Stockport Accordion Club celebrates 30 years of squeezing with a Club Night members’ concert on Wednesday October 18th. We begin at 7.30pm, admission is £5, and the venue is Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Woodley, Stockport SK6 1NF. Our Band and various soloists and groups will entertain in style, including spots featuring Helen Rich and our President Pearl Fawcett-Adriano. We are changing the style of the raffle for this concert, so please do not bring along any raffle prizes. It was on Tuesday June 2nd 1987 that Clifford Wood called a public meeting at the Hollywood Hotel in Edgeley with the intention of reforming his band (disbanded in 1974), attended by a motley assortment of players. Adrienne Sharpe, John Curvis and I are the only present day members who came on that first night. Cliff handed out some music that we all attempted to play together, and undeterred by the unedifying noise we made, Cliff persevered with us lot and we gradually became an accordion band - the new Clifford Wood Accordion Orchestra. By a happy coincidence October 2017 also marks 80 years since the original Stockport Accordion Club was formed in Offerton by Jack Ridings, with the assistance of Ethel Ludlow, who became the club’s first Musical Director. Our concert on October 18th is therefore a double celebration, and it would be great if anybody connected in any way with SAC at any time in our long history could attend.

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.

Time To Sing

Four Stockport Accordion Club members – Adrienne Sharpe, John Jones, Rob and Marj Howard plus our President Pearl Fawcett-Adriano and her cousin Philip Watson – all attended a one day workshop, ‘Time to Sing’, expertly organised and led by accordionists Karen Street and Karen Tweed at the Rolleston Club near Burton-on-Trent, Derbyshire. In the morning there was a rehearsal of some well-known songs, such as Bring me Sunshine, Strangers in the Night, Somewhere, Moon River, Goodnight Irene, Over the Rainbow, etc, plus an arrangement of the tango Por Una Cabeza, by Carlos Gardel. The two Karens offered playing tips, and the rehearsal was lighthearted yet very productive for the 20 accordionists involved. After lunch the afternoon performance for an audience of locals went very well, with lots of enthusiastic singing and spirited playing from our impromptu accordion ensemble. The concert was topped off by brilliant short performances by Karen Street and Karen Tweed, Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, and the Classic Kyiv Duo, the latter on tour from the Ukraine. The two Karens played a brilliant set of Irish reels as a duet. Pearl’s pieces included The Dance of the Comedians, O Sole Mio, La Vie Pariesienne, and Granada. The Classic Kyiv Duo performed Toccata in D (JS Bach), selections from Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky), and Oblivion and Libertango (Piazzolla). The event ended with a collection for the Alzheimer’s Society and families still suffering from the Chernobyl disaster. The two Karens have produced a spiral bound songbook + accompanying CD, which sold well. It’s fair comment to say that we all left in a happy mood, and of the opinion that we could do with more days out like this one

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.

Forthcoming Concert

On Saturday October 28th, 8pm, the Budapest Café Orchestra, featuring former All Britain Virtuoso Champion Eddie Hession on accordion, perform in concert at the Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre, Selkirk Drive, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire CW4 7DZ. The Budapest Café Orchestra combines violin, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz and balalaika, and they perform traditional folk and gypsy flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, plus Klezmer, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czadas and beautiful ballads - enough to make you want to book that holiday down the Danube!

Forthcoming Accordion Festivals

There are three accordion festivals on the horizon this autumn – Seacroft (Norfolk), Bournemouth (Hampshire), and Dudley (West Midlands).

The Seacroft Accordion Festival, organised by Heather Smith, takes place from September 18th to 22nd in Hemsby, Norfolk. The guests include Lars Ek (Sweden), Denise Leigh & Stefan Andrusyschyn, Harry Hussey, Jovan Rnjak, Rosemary Wright, and Bert Santilly. To book call Sceptre Promotions (during office hours Monday to Friday) on 01780 782093; for further information contact Heather on 01482 805 387; email

The Bournemouth Accordion Festival, which has an Oktoberfest German/Austrian theme, takes place at The Ocean Beach Hotel and Spa, October 20th-23rd. Guest artistes include Hans Fingers, Heir Dryer, Harry Hussey, Alan Young, Rosemary Wright, Barry Smith, and John Romero; contact John Romero on 01606 270148 for further information; website

The Midland Accordion Festival takes place over the weekend of November 3rd to 6th at The Quality Hotel, Dudley DY1 4RN. Guests include Valerio Russo (Italy), Nigel Pasby & Helen Newton, Jovan Rnjak, Helen Rich, Harry Hussey, Alan Young, Rosemary Wright, Malachy Cairns, and Sue Bennett. For more details contact the organiser Barry Smith on 0121 559 4620; email

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 (including electronic or MIDI), tunings, conversions, etc. tel Cheshire-based Roy Whiteley on 01565 723 080; website:

Our concert on October 18th will be a special event, celebrating the anniversaries of 1987 and 1937 in the long and chequered history of Stockport Accordion Club, including the years when we were better known as the Clifford Wood Accordion Orchestra. I hope you will put this date on your calendars and in your diaries, and come along to support what will be a feast of accordion music in various styles.

Keep squeezin’,

Rob (0161) 480 8858; email:


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