Melissa Naschenweng Wins Amadeus Austrian Music Award 2023 - Austria

Video 1: Melissa Naschenweng performing a medley of hits at the 2021 New Year's Eve Show with Jörg Pilawa.
Video 2: Interview in German language with Melissa Naschenweng.

Melissa Naschenweng won the 23rd Amadeus Austrian Music Award 2023. The award ceremony took place on April 28th at the Volkstheater in Vienna and was broadcast by ORF 1. The popular Carinthian Melissa Naschenweng was once again crowned queen in the category "Schlager/folk music".


Melissa Naschenweng

Ishøj Accordion Festival – Denmark

Ishøj Accordion Festival
The annual Ishøj Harmonika Festival (Ishøj Accordion Festival) will be held in Ishøj, Denmark on June 9th and 10th, 2023 organised by the Ishøj Harmonika Klub.

The event will include performances by the Mademoiselle de Paris Trio which features Kristian Rusbjerg (accordion), Duo Jensen & Bugge (Mette Kathrine Jensen on accordion and Kristian Bugge on violin) and the Ishoj Accordion Orchestra among others.


45th Vancouver Folk Music Festival – Canada

45th Vancouver Folk Music Festival
Cedric Watson & Jourdan ThibodeauxRum RaggedThe 45th Vancouver Folk Music Festival will be held in Jericho Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, from July 14th to 16th, 2023.

Accordion performers include Rum Ragged (picture above right), Cedric Watson (accordion) & Jourdan Thibodeaux (violin) pictured above left, and Kalàscima (Italy – picture below).



James Crabb: Performance of “Dragspil” – New Zealand

James CrabbWhen New Zealand composer Lyell Cresswell died last year, the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra decided to perform one of his works. They chose “Dragspil” (the word loosely means accordion in Nordic countries), a concerto for accordion and orchestra.

This was first premiered by accordionist James Crabb in 1995 at the BBC Proms and only performed one other time. Scotsman James Crabb was now found to be living in Sydney, Australia and was agreeable to perform. He had studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen and was a teacher there for some years.

The APO ask soloists to give a talk prior to the concert and this took place in the concert chamber, where many concert goers were introduced to how the accordion works and about the composition “Dragspil” commissioned for Crabb.


NZ Herald review

Storm Duo Performs at Tonehimmel 2023 - Norway

“Storm Duo” consisting of Ásta Soffía Thorgeirsdóttir (Iceland) and Kristina Farstad Bjørdal (Denmark) will perform at the Tonehimmel 2023 contemporary music festival held in Sunnmøre, Norway from June 18th to 25th, 2023. The festival artistic director is Magnar Åm.


Storm Duo

Kevin Friedrich Entertains at "Royal High Tea" - New Zealand

High tea group
High TeaPicture 1: Margaret Tier (event organiser) and Kevin Friedrich.
Picture 2: Full hall for the High Tea.
Picture left: Margaret Tier presenting a prize basket.
Picture lower: Kevin Friedrich playing with the White Cliffs of Dover in the background.

On May 21st, 2023, the Dargaville Lion's Club held a "Royal High Tea" at the Lighthouse Function Centre in Dargaville, New Zealand, to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III.

The afternoon featured a variety of entertainment to an excited full house audience of senior citizens (aged 65 and over).


Kevin - white cliffs

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