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Stockport Accordion Club Newsletter,  July-August 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). Website:

Next concert

Our next concert at Woodley Methodist Church is at 7.30pm on Wednesday 18th October 2017, featuring Stockport Accordion Band and its members, with special guests Pearl Fawcett-Adriano and Helen Rich.

Stockport Accordion Band

We are now half way into 2017 and our new Wednesday evening Band practice format is working well. We are currently operating with a rota of conductors: Dennis Pepler, John Trigg, Tony Ainscough, Adrienne Sharpe, Marj Howard and Brennan Wilson.

The evening is split between two conductors, and each conductor selects music from a repertoire of 36 pieces, which currently includes Moonlight Serenade, Donauwellen, Emperor Waltz, Bells Across the Meadow, Sweet Georgia Brown, La Cucaracha, Barbara Polka, Schneewalzer, Liberty Bell, Wien Bleibt Wien, Bluebell Polka, Las Chiapanecas, Cielito Lindo, El Condor Pasa, Amapola, Policeman's Song, New York New York, Skater, Londonderry Air, Myfanwy, Waltz No 2, Accordion Friends, Ciribiribin, Sharpshooters March, My Way, Ashokan Farewell, Colonel Bogey, Highland Cathedral, Somewhere My Love, Skaters' Waltz, Blue Danube, Chorale, After the Ball, Simple Gifts, and In a Monastery Garden.

The practice evenings run from 7.30pm until 9.30pm, which includes a tea break. The previous 7pm until 10.30pm Band and Orchestra rehearsals were really too long for many members, especially those who live a long way away, and the shorter evenings have proved popular. The club recently welcomed a new member, French accordionist Anais Morel, who has quickly settled in to the SAC way of doing things, and if any of you are interested in joining us, feel free to come along, see what we do, and meet us.

The 2017 Line-up . . .

Stockport Accordion Club (2017):

Back row, l to r: Phil Watson, Leo Hickey, Norbert Normile, John Curvis, Bryan Pollard, Dennis Pepler, Tony Ainscough, John Trigg, John Jones, Derek Hodgson, Rob Howard, Tony Wynroe, Brennan Wilson;

Front row, l to r: Diana Tong, Helen Rich, Dorothy Brincat, Chris Green, Marj Howard, Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, Adrienne Sharpe, Betty Molloy, Diana Ainscough, Moira Hague, Rachel White.

Photographer - Mike Ryan

SAC Members out Gigging . . .

Helen Rich recently played in a charity concert in Levenshulme, which raised £500 for Christian Aid. Helen reported: “The opera singer pulled out so there were only 3 of us but the concert went well due to an enthusiastic audience who sang throughout Sous les Ponts and my Italian medley”.

Helen’s pieces included Allegro – Fiocco, Rancherita – Gerald Crossman, Dantesque – Morbidelli, Sous les Ponts de Paris – Vincent Scotto, Italian Medley, and El Relicario – J. Padilla.

Also performing were Andrea Watson – piano and vocals, and Bill Watson – sax, clarinet and piano.

Helen also played solo and with the Manchester Morris Men at John Romero's Accordion Magic event in Middlewich in June in aid of the Winston's Wish charity.

‘Accordion Spice’ – Helen Rich, Diana Tong, Chris Green and Adrienne Sharpe – played a gig at Lymm FoodFest on June 22nd and will perform at an ‘open garden’ in Lymm on Sunday July 2nd.

On pilgrimage to Castelfidardo

Marj & I went on Peter Le Geyt’s excellent group visit to Castelfidardo, Ancona, Italy, May 16th to 20th. This was an accordionist’s equivalent of a pilgrimage to the mecca that is Castelfidardo, epicentre of the world of accordion manufacturing. This trip lived up to all expectations for the party of 40 British, American and Canadian enthusiasts, and was a hugely enjoyable few days. Everything was planned to the last detail, enabling the group members to make the most of this annual accordion holiday.

The party flew from London to Bologna, then by coach to our base at the Hotel Parco in Castelfidardo. The tour began with a group visit to the Accordion Museum, followed by dinner in the hotel, which included entertainment by members of the group on some loaned accordions. 

The following days involved visits to the Beltuna, Pigini, Scandalli, Bugari and Zero Sette factories to see at first hand all the various stages of accordion manufacturing. Apart from seeing all the skills that go into producing accordions, these visits made one just why accordions are not cheap instruments.

At the Bugari and Zero Sette factory we were treated to a demonstration of the new Bugari Evo digital accordion by Sergio Scappini, Professor of Accordion at the Milan Conservatory

There were also visits to the Victoria showroom, which included lots of photos taken with the world’s largest playable accordion plus the world’s largest melodeon, the Galassi Bellows and Binci reeds factories, and to the new and much enlarged Carini spare parts showroom (also known, of course, as Tesconi’s to Stockport AC members - thanks to Brian Jenkins), where many purchases were made.

Marj and I pretended to have a go on the giant accordion!

Each evening was spent convivially in a different restaurant, and the loaned accordions went with us, played by group members including Sue Coppard, Newby Park, Brenda Webster, John Plumb, Peter Le Geyt, Alex Govier, Carlo Pesticcio, Tony Tucker, Rob Howard, and Bonnie Birch, who is a restaurant entertainer in Seattle, USA. 

Rob trying out a Zero Sette

Mario Campanale, a UK-based Italian piano tuner, sang many Italian songs, accompanied by Bonnie Birch.

Dinner on the last night, left to right: Susanna Brooking, Ted Brooking, Margaret Buckingham, Jayne Buckingham, Rob Howard, Marj Howard.

The visit ended all too soon, and the group members took home many happy memories.


KevinMunster (1924-2017)

On Friday June 2nd I attended the funeral of Kevin Munster, my accordion teacher in the 1970s, at Peel Green Cemetery.

Born in 1924, Kevin came to England from Drogheda, Ireland, in 1942 looking for work and settled in Oswestry, Shropshire.

He married Betty, and then joined the Merchant Navy, serving on the Convoy ships in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

After the war he worked as a welder, but also played the accordion in dance bands.

Kevin had played the accordion from about the age of 4 and as a teenager played in an accordion band in Drogheda. In the late 1950s he joined the Clifford Wood Accordion Orchestra, often competed in local NAO festivals and the All Britain Championships, both in the band and as a soloist, winning many prizes.

Peter Whiteley considered Kevin to be the best player in the CWAO.

He also gave private tuition, and in the 1970s taught the accordion at the Manchester School of Music.

For about forty years Kevin was the organist at St Gilbert's RC Church in Eccles.

I kept in contact with Kevin, and in the early 1990s persuaded him to re-join the CWAO, playing the keyboard as by then heart trouble caused him to give up the accordion.

Health issues and travelling difficulties forced him to give up after a while, though he continued to occasionally attend our Club Night concerts.


Piaf @ Stockport Garrick

I’ve been playing the accordion as part of the band in Piaf at the Stockport Garrick theatre, June 17th to 24th. This show tells the story of the legendary French songstress Edith Piaf, whose turbulent life included an ill-fated romance with world middleweight boxing champion Marcel Cerdan, and featuring many of her famous songs such as La Vie En Rose, Hymme L’Amour, Milord, Non Je Ne Regrette Rien, and L’Accordéoniste. The rehearsals were long and rather time consuming, but the cast were great to get on with, and Rhiannon Parker was especially good as Piaf.

The show took place during the June heatwave, and it was rather hot in the theatre, especially on stage under the lights. 

My ‘new’ (2nd hand, actually) very compact Vignoni 96 bass (purchased from Harry Kipling at the Blackpool Accordion Festival), with its gorgeous French musette voicing, proved to be perfect for the Piaf songs. If you're reading this, cheers, Harry!


Accordion Anthology

My books Vintage Accordions and Accordion: A Pictorial History have recently both sold out, and reprints will only be envisaged if there is enough interest. Still available are Accordion Anthology (published in May last year), and the earlier four volume series of An A to Z of the Accordion. I have very nearly finished work on an updated, revised and expanded edition of the 2009 book Stockport Accordion Club through the years, which will have lots of new articles, information, stories and photos. The book is a celebration of our club’s history, whose lineage can be traced all the way back to 1937, when the original club was formed in Offerton by Jack Ridings. The plan is to publish in time for our anniversary concert evening on October 18th, when Stockport Accordion Club celebrates the 30th year since Clifford Wood re-formed his band in 1987 and also 80 years since the original club began in 1937.

LarsEk @ Seacroft

The next Seacroft Accordion Festival in Hemsby, Norfolk, organised by Heather Smith, takes place from September 18th to 22nd.

The guests include Lars Ek (Sweden, far right), Denise Leigh & Stefan Andrusyschyn, Jovan Rnjak (near right), Rosemary WrightHarry Hussey, and Bert Santilly.

In November 1986 Lars Ek was the chief supporting guest to the legendary Toralf Tollefsen at Malcolm Gee's first Caister Autumn Accordion Festival.

Although Tollefsen was the main attraction, and revered by the masses who attended, I thought Lars Ek was the real star of the festival, and his lengthy performances of accordion classics, jazz and Swedish traditional folk dance music were just superb. His overseas appearances are rare, so I'm really looking forward to seeing him again at Seacroft.

To book call Sceptre Promotions (during office hours Monday to Friday) on 01780 782093

For more information contact Heather on 01482 805 387; email


John Jones MBE collects two more awards

The beginning of June was eventful for John Jones MBE, our well-known and highly prolific charity fund raiser, as he not only collected two unconnected awards but also celebrated his 75th birthday on June 2nd (coincidentally also the date in 1987 when Clifford Wood re-formed his band at The Hollywood in Edgeley). The East Cheshire Hospice made a presentation to John for reaching £75,000 on their behalf, plus a birthday cake.

The other award is the Paul Harris Fellowship, inferred by Ray Kramer, President of the Rotary Club of Macclesfield for the commitment that John has shown over the last 27 years in raising funds for many local organisations. Having taken early retirement, John decided to put his skills as an accordionist to good use, starting in 1991 by raising money for the MAST Appeal at Macclesfield Hospital. The Paul Harris award was established 60 years ago in 1957 in honour of the Founder of Rotary, so as to express appreciation and recognition of an outstanding commitment to Rotary or to the Community. Other recipients of this award include Mother Teresa, US President Jimmy Carter, Astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and the American actress and singer Pearl Bailey. John is somewhat bemused by comparisons with Mother Teresa!


Accordion teachers: Craig Bradley (Sale) – chromatic button, piano accordion or piano, 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, 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 email; tel 01744 894752.

If you know of other accordion teachers in our area, will you 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:

For sale: 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).

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:


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;



Enjoy the summer, but keep squeezing!

Rob (0161) 480 8858; email:



Accordionists Karen Street and Karen Tweed have jointly organised two events in July in aid of the Altzheimers's Society.

They have produced a book of sing-along tunes, which will be available at and for these events.

Please note that the amazing Kyiv Duo, on tour from the Ukraine, will perform on both dates.

Marj & I will be going to the event in Burton-on-Trent.


Join us in an afternoon of song accompanied by the accordion.

 Top accordionists Karen Street and Karen Tweed invite you to join them in a wonderful array of sing-along favourites. It promises to be a great free family event, so please come along to sing, to dance, to watch and listen to a grand celebration of this extraordinary instrument.

If you play the accordion we need you to help us accompany the singing!

On July 22nd at Weoley Village Hall, Weoley Hill, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 4AR 2pm - 4.30pm,

And July 23rd at Rolleston Club, Burnside, Rolleston-on-Dove, Burton-on-Trent DE13 9DN 2.00pm - 4.30pm.

Both days includes a short performance by the KYIV Classic Accordion Duo

Any accordionists keen to play need to register to participate.

The registration fee is £10.00 and will include an additional morning session from 10.00am- 1.00pm to rehearse the tunes along with tips for improving your playing.

This is open to all standards, play as little or as much as you can.

We can send the music in advance but mainly we want you to enjoy yourselves!

For more information and to register please email or call 01749 673936 or Mobile 07973 692497.

There will be a collection on the day for Alzheimer's Society and families still suffering from the Chernobyl  disaster.


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


 Rob Howard has written a series of hard-back books about all things related to the accordion, called "A to Z of the Accordion" (Four volumes);  a book about Stockport Accordion Club (no longer available); and two about vintage accordions. 

This is his latest one . . .

Accordion: A Pictorial History

Accordion: A Pictorial History tells the story of the accordion, from its origins in the early 1800s right up to the present time. The book is fully illustrated throughout with over 300 colour photographs of many types of accordions, each with informative notes, plus there are several articles. The articles include: What’s in a name?Busson – first of the great accordion buildersSignificant developments in the 19th CenturyConcertinasPietro Frosini, Guido and Pietro Deiro – the Big Three of their eraThe 1930s – The era of the accordion bands beginsThe 1940s – Revisiting the Uniform keyboardItaly, Hohner, and East Germany – the post-war eraSyd Lewis...and the end of an era (written by Steve Roxton); Recent TimesHelmi Harrington’s ‘A World of Accordions’ museum. Most of the accordions come from the huge Ken Hopkins collection in Northern Ireland, with others contributed by The Accordion Shop, Ron Bennett, Gary Blair, Tony Compton, Colin Ensor, Edwin Erickson (Canada), Skyler Fell (USA), Jean Hanger, Helmi Harrington (USA), Reza Hasani (Iran), Caroline Hunt, Roy Magna, Gordon Pattullo, Danielle Pauly (France), Barry Smith, Heather Smith, Bernard Wrigley (concertinas), Alan Young, etc. This book is a sequel to Vintage Accordions (2011), but with much new information and has completely different articles and photographs. 

Accordion: A Pictorial History is a high quality production, an A4 sized hardback, and makes the ideal present for any accordion enthusiast!

For further information contact Rob Howard on (0161) 480 8858; email

All the books cost £10 + £2p/p (£4 EU, £7 USA, etc), from Rob Howard.

 I can do Paypal (use my email address Return of post service.




Stockport Accordion Club Newsletter,  May/June 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).

(See maps on Page 2).


Looking back to June 2nd 1987, and even earlier. . . .

2007 marks two anniversaries in the long history of Stockport Accordion Club. It was on June 2nd 1987 that local accordion teacher Cliff Wood, prompted by Betty Pollard, reformed his Clifford Wood Accordion Orchestra, which morphed into the present club in 1994. On that first evening at The Hollywood (right), in the upstairs function room, on Bloom St in Edgeley, Adrienne Sharpe, John Curvis and I (the only ones still in the current club from 2/6/87) met each other for the first time, and Cliff outlined his plans for forming a band from the motley assortment of players assembled in front of him.

What we sounded like when we attempted to play together I can’t imagine, but undeterred, Cliff proceeded to work with us, and just six weeks later the new CWAO played our first public gig - a warts and all performance - at a summer fair in Hazel Grove (left). Within a year the CWAO was organizing the NAO North West & North Central Area Festival at Stockport Town Hall, which proved to be a hugely popular and successful event, and the first of many annual festivals.

Further back in time, in October 1937 Offerton-based accordion teacher Jack Ridings formed the first Stockport Accordion Club, which must have contained some very good players as in just over a year its band – conducted by Mrs Ethel Ludlow (right) - achieved a highly creditable second place in the Advanced Bands section at the All Britain Championships in London in November 1938. The original club went through various stages until it closed down in the early 1950s, and was replaced in 1956 by the first CWAO formed by Cliff Wood.

The original

CWAO (left, a 1960 line up with Cliff Wood at the back, in the centre) lasted until 1974. With all of this Stockport Accordion Club heritage in mind at our AGM in February we decided to hold an anniversary concert on June 28th, though a few unforeseen problems have caused a postponement until Wednesday October 18th. Thus it is that we are in effect celebrating the anniversaries of 1987 and 1937 on this evening.

More details to follow in due course.

With these anniversaries in mind, I have been recently working hard on an updated, revised and considerably expanded edition of the 2009 book ‘Stockport Accordion Club through the years’, which will have lots of new articles, memories, information, stories and photos. If any former members of the CWAO/SAC would like to contribute their memories, please let me know ASAP. The plan is to publish in time for our anniversary concert evening in October.


’Allo ’Allo

In March I spent a wonderful week playing in The 19th Hole Theatre Company’s production of ’Allo ’Allo, staged at Deane Golf Club in Bolton. This was a lot of fun and involved playing French style music for half an hour before the show and also during the interval, and playing the bits that link the scenes. I’ve done ’Allo ’Allo before, at Altrincham Garrick and Romiley Little Theatre, and never tire of the non-stop gags and silly storyline. It gives me an opportunity to play in public lots of the French tunes I know, and to appreciative audiences. The cast also loved the music as they told me it gave an ambience to the scenario and their roles.


Julie Best

We were looking forward to the return of Oleg Sharov as our Club Night guest on March 29th, but his tour was cancelled due to visa problems. Instead we booked Julie Best, from Carlisle, as a replacement, and what a fantastic concert this proved to be. Julie’s stylish and highly polished playing of Carte Postale, Blaze Away, Hot Points (Frosini), Magic Fingers (Camilleri), Irish jigs, and lots more went down a treat with our audience. Julie must have played at least 30 pieces, covering a wide range of music, and all played with her light touch that is great to listen to. The Stockport Accordion Band, Helen Rich, and the all-female quartet Accordion Spice contributed excellent supporting spots. If you weren't there, you missed a treat!


Blackpool and Seacroft festivals

Helen Rich, John Jones, Marj & I attended John Romero’s first festival in Blackpool, held at the Carousel Hotel, on the South Shore. The chief guests were Gary Blair, Thom Hardacre and Caroline Hussey, three excellent yet contrasting players whose sets were very much appreciated by all present. Gary was much troubled by sciatica throughout the weekend, but carried on brilliantly like the trouper he is, entertaining in fine style. Thom showed us all what superb technical skills he possesses, and also that he has a lot of variety in his sets, and all presented in a cheery and engaging manner. Caroline – talented accordion playing daughter of Harry Hussey, but definitely not a ‘chip off the old block’ – presented lively Balkan type music and led the orchestra.

Adrienne Sharpe, Chris Green, Betty & Bill Molloy all attended Heather Smith’s Seacroft festival in Norfolk, and very much enjoyed their time there. The guests included the ensemble Jenny’s Accordionists, Amaryllis, Denise Leigh & Stefan Andrusyschyn, Norvic Concordia, Bert Santilly, and Jovan Rnjak, who were all in fine form, I am reliably informed. The great Harry Hussey, doyen of festival accordionists, performed as only he can at both Blackpool and Seacroft, which followed on from each other.


Helen Rich CD

All hands for'ard

Helen Rich has now released an excellent solo accordion CD, All hands for'ard, featuring 18 of the varied compositions of Gerald Crossman.

Some are played on a Cooperativa double cassotto 120 bass accordion, and others on a Paolo Soprani 96 bass musette accordion.

The tracks include: All hands for'ard, El Pico, BAA March, Annette, Granada Mia, Rancherita, Bohemian Polka, Marcha Espanol, A Night in Montmartre, Dancing Clown, Las Fallas, Brasileira, Fortitude, La Vida Latina, Jolly Jack, Valse Acrobatique, El Valiente, and Gay Time

I have some copies, which cost £10 each (plus £1p/p), from Rob Howard, 42 Avondale Rd, Edgeley, Stockport, Cheshire SK3 9NY. Gerald Crossman (1920-2015) – accordionist, pianist, organist, bandleader, composer, arranger, adjudicator, writer, and a former NAO Vice President - was one of the most accomplished and significant figures of the post-war accordion movement in this country. I now have in my possession most of his many compositions and arrangements for accordion and piano, which are available free on request by email.


Diary Dates

The brilliant accordion/harmonica duo Eddy Jay & Will Pound are in concert on Saturday May 6th(World Accordion Day), 8.15pm, at the Bury Met, Market St, Bury BL9 0BW. Tickets £10. The publicity says “The musical synchronicity of this revered pairing cannot be described as anything other than spectacular”. Earlier in the day, 3pm at the Bury Met, Will Pound leads a harmonica workshop, suitable for all playing levels - £8 admission. For tickets, phone (0161) 761 2216.

The hilarious and hugely entertaining ‘Bolton Bullfrog’ Bernard Wrigley is the guest at the Midway Folk Club on Monday May 8th, 8pm; website; admission £9. The club meets at The Midway, 263 Newbridge Lane, Stockport SK1 2NX (straight down the road from Woodley Methodist Church). The Midway Folk Club organisers can be contacted via

Pearl Fawcett-Adriano is the special guest in a concert by The Mapplewell Singers on Friday May 19th, 7pm, at Staincross Methodist Church, Blacker Road, Staincross, Barnsley S75 6BP; admission £6.50 (pay at the door).

Pearl Fawcett-Adriano is the guest at the White Rose Organ & Keyboard Society on Tuesday afternoon June 6th, 2pm, at the Dodworth Central Social Club, 5 Station Road, Dodworth, Barnsley S75 3JA. Admission: £7.50 (pay at the door). (Enquiries: 01709 368976)

I will be playing the accordion in Piaf at Stockport Garrick, (Saturday to Saturday) June 17th to 24th, 7.30pm.

This show tells the story of the legendary Edith Piaf (1915-63).

It includes many of her famous songs such as La Vie En Rose, Milord, Non Je Ne Regrette Rien, and L’Accordéoniste. The theatre is situated on the corner of Exchange St and Wellington Rd South (A6), SK3 0EJ

Tel 0161 480 5866.

The brilliant duo Julie Best & Jean Corrighan are the guests at Leyland Accordion Club, The Priory Club, Broadfield Drive, Leyland, Lancashire PR25 1QN, on Wednesday June 21st, 8pm.

Proposed group visit to the International Accordion Festival in Castelfidardo

Peter Le Geyt is proposing to organise a group visit from London to the annual International Accordion Festival, Castelfidardo, Italy, from September 10th to 17th. The group will need a minimum of 20 people to be viable. Players from all over the world congregate for this amazing event, where music is everywhere during the festival week, and one can see top professional players and watch the competitions taking place. 

Visitors can enjoy the many different styles of music by soloists, duets, ensembles and orchestras. There are new events planned for the 2017 festival. Check out the website for all festival information. The group departure would be on September 12th returning September 16th (5 days/4nights). For further information telephone Peter Le Geyt on 0208 977 6680 or email:


Accordion Teachers

Craig Bradley (Sale) – chromatic button, piano accordion or piano, 0161 9720248; email:;

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, email; tel 01744 894752. If you know of other locally based accordion teachers please let me know.

Accordion repairs, tuning, MIDI, etc

For any kind of accordion, melodeon or concertina repairs (including electronic or MIDI), tunings, conversions, etc, tel Roy Whiteley on 01565 723 080; website:

Local accordion dealer

Our local accordion dealer is The Accordion Shop, 54 Drake Street, Rochdale OL16 1NZ (now can be reached directly by Metrolink). The manager is Peter McCoye, and the shop offers a wide range of new and pre-owned 120, 48, 72 and 96 accordions of various makes, plus organs and pianos. The Accordion Shop is closed on Tuesdays and Sundays; tel: 01706 658 283; email:; website:

Accordions for sale

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:

For sale: Sonola R460, 120 bass, 9 treble/3 bass couplers, black, handmade reeds, straight tuned,made in the 1950s, recently overhauled by Roy Whiteley.

£1000. Contact Ken Astin (Blackpool) tel 01253751 206; email

For sale: Kevin Munster, my accordion teacher way back in the early 1970s and also a former Clifford Wood Accordion Orchestra/Stockport Accordion Club member, is selling his 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.

Reflecting on recent events..

Our March Club Night starring Julie Best saw a really great performance from our guest, a concert to rival anything, anywhere. Those present will surely endorse that opinion. All it needed was a few more people as we only just about broke even thanks to the raffle and refreshments.

The attendances at the Blackpool and Seacroft festivals also needed more support than they received, yet the entertainment was first class at both events.

I know of other accordion clubs who are these days bedevilled by low attendances.

Stating the obvious, those who organise concerts and festivals will need - and surely deserve - your support and encouragement if these events are to continue into the future.

Enjoy your summer,

Rob (0161) 480 8858; email: