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10-Nov-2017

Midland Accordion Festival, Dudley – UK

Last nights guests
PosterHelen Rich, Alan ShutePicture above: Dudley guests on last night.

The 5th Midland Accordion Festival, organised by Barry Smith, was held at The Quality Hotel, Dudley, November 3rd to 5th. This weekend festival was a great success, with the hotel completely full plus many day visitors. Attending this year was Tom Luxton, who in 1984 set a Guinness World Record by playing the accordion solo for an incredible 84 hours.

This year’s guests were Valerio Russo (Italy), Amaryllis (Tracey Middleton and David Garwood), Jovan Rnjak, Helen Rich, Rosemary Wright, Nigel Pasby & Helen Newton, Alan Young, Harry Hussey, Malachy Cairns, Roy Hendrie, and the Master Butchers Band. There were many highlights, such as Valerio Russo’s brilliant performances, Sue Bennett’s hilarious bells performances, accompanied by Harry Hussey and Alan Young on accordions, and Alan Young’s dance music session on keyboard and vocals.

The festival workshops included: Rosemary Wright - Intermediate Orchestra, Elementary Orchestra – Jean Hanger, Vintage Orchestra – Jean Hanger, Scottish Orchestra – Tracey Middleton, and Sue Bennett and Harry Hussey - One to one tuition. The weekend orchestras performed on Sunday afternoon, all achieving good results from limited rehearsal time.

The trade show includes the Birmingham Accordion Centre, Rob Howard Publications, Alan Shute –accordions, accordinas and extras, Roy Hendrie – Limex MIDI, and Harry Kipling’s used accordions and souvenirs. Trade was brisk, and many sales deals were done.

The Midland Accordion Festival this weekend raised £587.75 for C.R.Y. cardiac risk in the young.
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