XXIX “Arrasate Hiria” International Accordion Competition - Spain

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The XXIX “Arrasate Hiria” International Accordion Competition will be held in Arrasate-Mondragón, Basque Country, Spain from December 2nd to 4th, 2022, organised by “Hauspoz” Euskal Herriko Akordeoi Elkartea, the Town Hall of Arrasate and the County Council of Gipuzkoa.

The competition is open to soloists of any age and nationality.


10th International Accordion Festival 2023 - Netherlands

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The 10th International Accordion Festival will be held at the Geert Teis Theater in Stadskanaal, Netherlands on April 16th, 2023.

Entertainment will be provided by Pietro Adragna (Italy), Marieke Kroes (Netherlands), René Trok (Netherlands) and Jonny Kerry (accordion) & Harry Diplock (guitar) (Great Britain).

For details email: info@accordeonfestival.nl


XXXIV International Festival "Bayan and Bayanists", Moscow - Russia

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Friedrich LipsAlexander Selivanov, Maria VlasovaThe 2022 XXXIV International Festival "Bayan and Bayanists" will be held at the Concert Hall of the Gnesin Russian Academy of Music RAM in Moscow, Russia from December 14th to 18th, 2022. Download program poster: 2022MoscowPoster.pdf

Prof. Friedrich Lips (picture left) is the Artistic Director of the festival and Alexander Gataullin is the Festival Director.


Viennese Accordion Chamber Ensemble Perform at Perchtoldsdorf Castle - Austria

New Castle Hall of Perchtoldsdorf CastleThe Viennese Accordion Ensemble (Das Wiener Akkordeon-Kammer-Ensemble – WAKE) will perform at the New Castle Hall of the Perchtoldsdorf Castle (picture left) in Austria on December 4th, 2022.


Accordionists Entertain at New Year Highland Hogmany – Scotland

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Brandon McPheeAccordionists will provide evening entertainment at the four-day New Year Highland Hogmany held at Jury’s Inn in Inverness, Scotland from December 30th, 2022 to January 2nd, 2023.

Performers include Brandon McPhee Trio (picture left), Manson Grant & the Dynamos and the Kirkjuvagr Ceilidh Band (picture below).

See poster for details.


Kirkjuvagr Ceilidh Band

1st International Festival Da Gaita – Brazil

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The 1st International Festival Da Gaita will be held in Barra do Ribeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil from December 9th to 11th, 2022.

The event, which is organised by the Rio Grande do Sul Secretary of Culture, will include Brazilian accordionist Fofa Nobre and 40 artists in total.

See poster for details.


New and Updated Sites

Updated Site: Marie Evelyn Jones (93), Passed Away (1928 to 2022) - New Zealand

Jones/Masefield Family generations
Marie JonesMarie Jones pictured above at 90 years of age with family.

Shortly before her 94th birthday, Marie Evelyn Jones passed away at the Lady Allum Care Suites. Having recently suffered Covid, a broken leg and two strokes, she is now at peace.

There was a private cremation, and a Celebration of Life held on November 13th, to honor a life dedicated to the accordion and family, that was long and well lived.

Marie Jones was the much loved mother of accordionists Harley Jones, Maurice Jones and Heather Masefield and loved grandmother of Amber Masefield, Grayson Masefield and Alanah Jones. She is survived by her sister Nita Rotherham, the last of her 6 siblings.


Marie Jones at 2011 Coupe Mondiale

CNIMA: Ludovic Beier 2022 Gypsy Jazz Masterclass - France

Ludovic BeierThe course will cover all Gypsy Jazz music secrets: How to improvise, accompany, and develop your repertoire.

Trainer Ludovic Beier is a well-known jazz accordionist. He has played with Stochelo Rosenberg, Angelo Debarre, Dorado Schmitt, San Severino, Thomas Dutronc and Guy Marchand to name a few and has a PHD in Gypsy Jazz.


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