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17-Mar-2017

20th Northern Ireland Open Accordion Championships, Carrickfergus – UK

Clyde JohnstonThe 20th Northern Ireland Open Accordion Championships took place at the Loughshore Hotel, Carrickfergus, on February 25th. This festival was another huge success with reaction from spectators and competitors alike being very favourable towards the festival which ran like clockwork in a very relaxed and friendly spirit.

The NI Championships are run under the rules of the National Accordion Organisation (NAO) of the United Kingdom and are a qualifying heat for the 2017 NAO UK Championships, held at The Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, April 21st to 24th. 
 
Organised by Clyde Johnston (picture right) it is the largest accordion festival in Northern Ireland and again attracted a good entry. Clyde was delighted to again welcome competitors from the Chilton School of Music in County Cavan and Gerry Kelly’s Accordion School from County Meath as well as other entries from County Meath, County Dublin, Southern England and Glasgow in addition to the local competitors.

There were also trade stands on display by Alan Shute, Sean O'Neill, Rob Howard, Glitterbug Bagz, Frazer Mclellan, and Scotland Accordions, which added great interest and atmosphere to the festival.

Clyde was also delighted to welcome surprise guests to the festival in the form of top UK duettists Nigel Pasby and Helen Newton, from Hungerford, Berkshire. They only decided to attend at the last minute but enthralled the audience by performing, on borrowed accordions, a few delightful duets in the afternoon.
 
The adjudicators, Ivan Black, and Sarah McEvoy were greatly impressed not only by the high standard of playing but also with the smooth and efficient manner in which the Championships were run.

Read the full report at: 2017NIreland
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