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Weekly News from Around the World - 18-Nov-2022
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"Day of the Harmonica 2023" - Austria
Moldo Duo Performs at National Day of Romania - Denmark
Romano Viazzani Performs at Joanna Strand and Jacqueline Tate's Christmas Show - UK
Marie Evelyn Jones (93) Passed Away (1928 to 2022) - New Zealand
Skipinnish Christmas Concert - Scotland
XIX Lasarte-Oria International Accordion Festival - Spain

Reports for Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals, etc.

Hyperion Ensemble 2023 Tour to Argentina
Franz Schubert: Winterreise Performed by Bo Skovhus (baritone) and Nikola Djorić (accordion) - Austria
Renzo Ruggieri Podcast - Italy
Video: 2022 Pantonale Peace Festival Philharmonic Part 1 - Germany
Linus Akesson Unique Accordion Design: The Commodordion - Sweden
Klaus Paier Records with Camerata Sinfonica Austria - Austria

Future events

Folk Trio Entertain at Rokiškio Cultural Center - Lithuania
“Black Pencil” Perform Baroque Trilogy - Netherlands
“Café Operana” Performs Lunch Concert – New Zealand
Accordion Orchestras Perform “Music is in the Air” Concert - Germany
March Accordion Orchestra “Winter Magic” Anniversary Concert – Switzerland
Heather Gladstone Performs in Deck the Halls Concert – New Zealand
Maciej Frąckiewicz Performs at 20th Silesian Contemporary Music Days - Poland
Ghenadie Rotari Performs at "Nei Suoni dei Luoghi" Festival – Italy
Christmas Concerts with Marc Pircher & Michael Hirte Duo – Switzerland
Scottish Tango Ensemble Performs at Special Celebration - Scotland
Bernhard.t.iner Akkordeonorchester Christmas Concert - Germany

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2023 Accordion Days, Sursee - Switzerland
Finnish Accordion Association 2023 “Accordion Cruise” - Finland
CNIMA: Ludovic Beier 2022 Gypsy Jazz Masterclass - France
Christmas Presents for an Accordion Enthusiast - UK

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"Day of the Harmonica 2023" - Austria

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Werner WeibertWerner Weibert (picture left), President of the Harmonikaverband Osterreichs (HVÖ) has announced that the Tag de Harmonica (Day of the Harmonica 2023), will take place from May 18th to 21st, 2023 in Stainz, Southern Styria, Austria.

The event will include the Austrian competition for accordion soloists, duos, ensembles, chamber music and world music.

In addition, the 4th Erich Moser International Memorial Competition for Styrian Harmonica will be held.

Registrations will open in January 2023.
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Moldo Duo Performs at National Day of Romania - Denmark

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Molda DuoMoldo Duo, which includes accordionist Radu Ratoi (Moldova) will perform at the Romanian National Day celebrations held at the Skive Theater in Skive, Denmark on December 3rd, 2022 at 10am organised by the Romanian-Danish Cultural Association in Skive.

The event will include various activities for children and adults, such as balloon animals, wine tasting, products made by Romanian entrepreneurs, entertainment and music.

Admission is free!

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Romano Viazzani Performs at Joanna Strand and Jacqueline Tate's Christmas Show - UK

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Romano ViazzaniRomano Viazzani (picture left) will perform at Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate’s Christmas show held at the Pizza Express in Holborn, London, England on December 11th, 2022 t 1pm.

“This fun packed jazz show presents a variety of some of the best Christmas songs ever written from swinging Christmas medleys to our favourite old crooner-style blockbusters.”

Romano will join John Bailey (piano), Jason Reeve (drums) and Nick Pini (double bass) at the show.

For details phone: 020 7439 4962

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Marie Evelyn Jones (93) Passed Away (1928 to 2022) - New Zealand

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Marie JonesVideo above: The Holy City composed by Stephen Adams, a favorite of Marie Jones, performed by Alanah Jones and father Maurice Jones at the Marie Jones Celebration of Life on November 13, 2022.
Marie 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.

Living at 4 O'Neills Ave, Accordion House Importer/Retailer, for nearly 60 years, meant that daily, there were many phone calls, and visitors coming to see firstly her husband Allan Jones and then after 1980, her son Maurice Jones, who was importing accordions for the Australasian market at these premises.

In October 2003, Marie Jones was the first person awarded the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Honored Friend of the Accordion Award at the CIA Congress in Hungary for her many years of contribution to the accordion in New Zealand as well as her work towards international events held in New Zealand.

For further information and many pictures, view the website: Marie Jones
Marie Jones at 2011 Coupe Mondiale

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Skipinnish Christmas Concert - Scotland

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Angus McPhail“Skipinnish”, which includes accordionist Angus MacPhail, have announced that Christmas has come early with tickets for their Christmas Concert now on sale.

The concert will be held at the Inverness Leisure Centre in Inverness, Scotland on December 16th, 2022 with special guest Sandi Thom (singer/songwriter).

For details email: info@skipinnish.com

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XIX Lasarte-Oria International Accordion Festival - Spain

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The XIX Lasarte-Oria International Accordion Festival will be held in the Manuel Lekuona House of Culture Auditorium in Lasarte-Oria, Basque Country, Spain on November 19th, 2022 at 7pm.

Guest performers include accordionist Radu Ratoi (Moldova) & Antonio Serrano (harmonica).

For details email: zerosettekom@gmail.com

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Hyperion Ensemble 2023 Tour to Argentina

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Video: Hyperion Ensemble performance at the 2022 Mallorca Tango Festival in October with Martin Troncozo & Lucas Boock.

The Hyperion Ensemble will tour Buenos Aires, Argentina from February 9th to 26th, 2023.

The group, which includes Nicolas Maceratesi (bandoneon) play a variety of tango music.

For details email: ensemblehyperion@gmail.com

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Franz Schubert: Winterreise Performed by Bo Skovhus (baritone) and Nikola Djorić (accordion) - Austria

Bo Skovhus (baritone) and Nikola Djorić (accordion)
A year before his death, in the fall of 1827, Schubert completed "Winterreise" as a song cycle based on texts by Wilhelm Muller. "They criticised me more than for any other song" said the composer of his work.

True to the notes, without arrangements, Schubert's scores sound 1:1 on the accordion and enable the listener to experience the work he is familiar with in a completely new timbre, a dynamic spectrum previously unknown. The accordion, with its complexity and ability to "sing" offers an incomparable attraction to accompany Schubert's songs.

In addition to performances at all major opera houses worldwide, Bo Skovhus dedicates a large part of his time to singing lieder. As the top interpreter of his generation, he is regularly invited to all the major festivals and music centers in the world.

Nikola Djoric, accordionist born in Bor (Serbia) and living in Vienna, is considered one of the most talented in his field in Austria. Not least, thanks to his great musical devotion on stage, he has already been described as a “poet of the accordion”. His successful striving is to present new and hitherto unknown tones in works by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart and Tchaikovsky with the sound spectrum of the accordion.

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Renzo Ruggieri Podcast - Italy

Renzo RuggieriRenzo Ruggieri (concert accordionist, composer, teacher of jazz and modern accordion) released a podcast this week.

Renzo says: “I've been thinking a lot about how to start this podcast. Talking about yourself is always dangerous. However, I am convinced that it was necessary to do so in order to understand the reasons for this initiative….my artistic activity follows 3 distinct paths: Performer, Composer, Teacher. After all, audio without images does not differ from a photo without color, in black and white.

Today's society offers too much of everything and the contemporary artist cannot fail to be influenced by it. His poetics is enriched daily with stimuli at the expense of deepening. He finds himself continually creating new and varied projects. Here... this podcast wants to tell my music by describing the different projects and the choices that generated them. The song I chose in the background for this podcast is called “La Letter” and it's part of a very important record for me: Opera."

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Video: 2022 Pantonale Peace Festival Philharmonic Part 1 - Germany

Video: 2022 Pantonale Peace Festival Philharmonic Part 1 includes performances at the Berlin Philharmonic in Germany by Yuri Shishkin, Eduard Akhanov and the Russia String Quintet Berlin and the Kollektiv Duo. The festival was held in September 2022.

See report at: http://www.accordions.com/news.aspx?d=23-Sep-2022&lang=en#art19290
Picture report: 2022Peace

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Linus Akesson Unique Accordion Design: The Commodordion - Sweden

Video: Swedish accordionist Linus Akesson has made two old computers (Commodore 64s) into a working fully functional 8-bit accordion with bellows made out of floppy disks.

The video above shows how he made the instrument and he demonstrates it playing.

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Klaus Paier Records with Camerata Sinfonica Austria - Austria

Klaus PaierCSA orchestraVideo: Klaus Paier performing "Premiere Suite" for accordion & orchestra with the Camerata Sinfonica Austria conducted by Davorin Mori, at St. Pauler Kultursommer 2021. This work was composed by Klaus Paier.

00:00:00 I. Encuentro
00:06:17 II. View to Horizon
00:11:53 III. Tarantella Arabesque

Klaus Paier (picture above left) will record five new compositions for accordion/bandoneon and orchestra with the Camerata Sinfonica Austria conducted by Davorin Mori (picture right).

The recording will take place on November 25th and 26th, 2022 at the Alban Berg Saal, Carinthian Music Academy (CMA) in Ossiach Abbey, Ossiach, Austria.

The recordings will be released on CD and LP in autumn 2023 on the Skip-Records/Hamburg label.

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Future events


Folk Trio Entertain at Rokiškio Cultural Center - Lithuania

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The Folk Trio will entertain in the Great Hall of the Rokiškio Cultural Center in Rokiškio, Lithuania on November 19th, 2022 at 4pm.

Trio members Nerijus Bakula (accordion), Ineta Meduneckyte (vocals) and Jan Maksimovic (saxophone) will perform program of “Lithuanian folklore songs and combine it with classical, jazz harmonies and improvisations.”

Entry is free of charge.

For details email: etnoprojektai.lt@gmail.com

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“Black Pencil” Perform Baroque Trilogy - Netherlands

Video: Black Pencil performing Bach Contrapunctus I, The Art of Fugue

“Black Pencil” which includes Marko Kassl (accordion), Jorge Isaac (recorder), Matthijs Koene (panpipes) Esra Pehlivanli (viola) and Enric Monfort (marimba) will perform a concert entitled “Baroque Trilogy” at the Lutherse Kerk in Woerden, Netherlands on November 20th, 2022 at 3pm.

Their program will include the Art of Fugue by J.S. Bach “reimagined as never heard before in the Black Pencil line-up”, Concerti Grosso (RV 558) by Antonio Vivaldi and Telemann's Overture Suite in B flat Major (“Les Nations”).

For details email: info@blackpencil.org

Picture below: Black Pencil
Black Pencil

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“Café Operana” Performs Lunch Concert – New Zealand

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Café Operana (picture above), which features Sophia Bidwell (accordion), Lois Johnston (vocals) and Helen Webby (pedal harp) will perform a lunch concert at the Great Hall in Christchurch, New Zealand on November 21st, 2022.

The trio will create the atmosphere of a Parisian Salon in the early 1900s, with “their eclectic musical tastes coming together in a smorgasbord of wild dances, haunting melodies, operatic passion with a dash of gypsy thrown in.”

“They will take you on a journey to a bohemian French cabaret. A little swing, jazz, then the journey takes us to the world of opera, Puccini and Tosca, enters the great Ennio Morricone and to finish, Blue Smoke.”

For details email: concertsforchristchurch@gmail.com

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Accordion Orchestras Perform “Music is in the Air” Concert - Germany

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Akkordeon-Orchester Mainz e.V logoThe Akkordeon-Orchester Mainz e.V. will perform a Fall (Autumn) concert entitled “Music is in the Air” at the Haus der Jugend in Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, on November 27th, 2022.

Guest performers are the Accordion Orchestra Nahetal.

Free admission. For details email: info@aomainz.de

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March Accordion Orchestra “Winter Magic” Anniversary Concert – Switzerland

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The March Accordion Orchestra (AOM) will perform their “Winter Magic” concert at the Buttikon Church, Bremgarten in Switzerland on November 17th, 2022 at 5pm. This concert also celebrates the 30th anniversary of the AOM.

See poster below for the concert program.

For details email: info@aomarch.ch
AOMarch program

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Heather Gladstone Performs in Deck the Halls Concert – New Zealand

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Heather GladstoneAccordionist Heather Gladstone QSM (picture left) will perform with the St Albans Community Choir at a concert entitled “Deck the Halls” at the St Paul's Parish Church in Papanui, Christchurch, New Zealand on November 27th, 2022 at 5pm.

The concert will also include music by guests, the New Brighton Silver Band. Both groups will perform Christmas Carols from around the world.

See poster for details.

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Maciej Frąckiewicz Performs at 20th Silesian Contemporary Music Days - Poland

Maciej FrąckiewiczMaciej Frackiewicz will perform with Przemyslaw Scheller (electronics) at the 20th Silesian Contemporary Music Days at the Boleslaw Szabelski, Academy of Music Karol Szymanowski in Katowice, Silesian Poland on December 1st, 2022.

The event is organised by the Polish Composers' Union (Katowice branch).

Their program will include:
Aleksander Nowak - Square Angels for accordion
Joanna Szymala - Mirrors for accordion (premiere)
Przemyslaw Scheller - Winter for accordion and electronics
Stanislaw Bromboszcz - Recitative in three scenes for accordion and electronics
Andrzej Krzanowski - Relief VIII for tape and accordion (arrangement of the accordion part - Maciej Frackiewicz)

Entrance is free. For details email: contact@maciejfrackiewicz.com

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Ghenadie Rotari Performs at "Nei Suoni dei Luoghi" Festival – Italy

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Accordionist Ghenadie Rotari will performs at the 24th "Nei Suoni dei Luoghi" (NSDL) Festival, held at the Istituto Rittmeyer in Trieste, Italy on December 3rd, 2022.

His solo recital will be performed in complete darkness.

For details email: g.rotari@yahoo.com

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Christmas Concerts with Marc Pircher & Michael Hirte Duo – Switzerland

Marc PircherAccordionist Marc Pircher will hold Christmas concerts in Switzerland with Michael Hirte (harmonica) in December 2022.

Concert dates as follows:

• December 11th at 5pm: Marienkirche in Davos Platz. Admission free. Email: kurt.susak@davoskath.ch
• December 12th at 6.30pm: Hofstadl Albertschwil, Gossau
• December 13th at 8pm and December 14th at 8pm: Rathus-Schür, Baar. Phone: +41(0)79/450 88 41
• December 15th at 8pm: Tanzstadl, Wallenwil. Email: info.tanzstadl@bluewin.ch

A final concert will be held on December 16th at 7.30pm at the Haus der Gemeinschaft in Kleinhain – Obritzberg, Lower Austria.

For details email: info@marcpircher.at

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Scottish Tango Ensemble Performs at Special Celebration - Scotland

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Uni logoPaul ChamberlainThe Scottish Tango Ensemble, which includes accordionist Paul Chamberlain (picture above right) will perform at a special celebration for the retirement of former Head of Music (and tango enthusiast) Professor Pete Stollery after more than 30 years with the Music Department at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland (picture top).

The celebration will take place in the King's Pavilion in Aberdeen on December 12th, 2022 from 8pm to 10pm.

Admission is free. All are welcome.

For details phone: +44 (0) 12 24 272000

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Bernhard.t.iner Akkordeonorchester Christmas Concert - Germany

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The Bernhard.t.iner Akkordeonorchester will hold their Christmas Concert at the Leipzig Congress Centre in Leipzig, Saxony, Germany on December 17th, 2022 at 4pm.

The performance aims to get you "in the Christmas spirit”.

For details email: info@bernhardt-iner.de
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Updated Site: Advertising Aotango Quintet Concerts - New Zealand

Updated Site: Video from the Aotango Quintet promoting their upcoming series of concerts as follows:

November 21st in the Warkworth Town Hall
November 22nd at Westlake Girls Events Centre in Takapuna
December 2nd at the All Saints Anglican Church in Howick, Auckland
December 3rd at the Chapel of Christ the King in Hamilton

Aotango features Andrew Beer (Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra - APO Concertmaster), pianist Somi Kim (NZ Trio), double bassist Gordon Hill (APO Section Principal), jazz guitarist Sam Swindells and multi world champion accordionist Grayson Masefield.
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2023 Accordion Days, Sursee - Switzerland

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accordeon.chThe 2023 Accordion Days Switzerland will be held from January 20th to 22nd, 2023 in Sursee, Lucerne, Switzerland organised by accordeon.ch

The events will include accordion courses by Lionel Chapuis (Switzerlnd), Silke D'Inka (Germany), Johannes Münzner (Austria) and Ian Watson (England).

Conducting Course: by Stefan Hippe (Germany).
Solo master class: by Fanny Vicens (France/Switzerland).

Ian Watson (picture above) will hold an Advanced Orchestra course with the theme of "Drama". Pieces covered will be "Sinfonietta Dramatika" (by Stevan Divjakovic) and Ian Watson's own composition "On Aldeburgh Beach".

Registration deadline is December 11th, 2022.

Download event program information here: 2023Sursee.pdf

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Finnish Accordion Association 2023 “Accordion Cruise” - Finland

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FAA logoAleksi LaukkonenThe 2023 “Accordion Cruise” aboard the “Baltic Princess” (pictured above) will take place on March 25th and 26th, 2023 organised by the Finnish Accordion Association Suomen Harmonikkaliitto (SHL).

The cruise ship for about 2,000 passengers “is reserved entirely for accordionists and is like a huge accordion musical paradise for almost 24 hours" will depart from Turku on March 25th, 2023 at 6.30pm and travel to Kapellskär before returning to Turku at 4.30pm on March 26th, 2023.

A variety of accordion entertainment will be provided throughout the journey at performance venues plus in the aisles of the ship. Entertainers include “Accordion Artist of the Year 2022” Aleksi Laukkonen (picture right).

For details phone: 044 493 6113 or email: toimisto@harmonikkaliitto.fi
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CNIMA: Ludovic Beier 2022 Gypsy Jazz Masterclass - France

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Ludovic BeierVideo: Promotional information on the 2022 CNIMA Jazz Manouche Masterclass by Ludovic Beier.

CNIMA tutor Ludovic Beier will hold a Gypsy Jazz Masterclass from December 14th to 16th, 2022.

The 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.

He has just returned from performing at Birdland NYC, USA for the six-day Django Reinhardt Festival held at the beginning of November.

For further details email: cnima@orange.fr

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Christmas Presents for an Accordion Enthusiast - UK

Anthology 1Anthology 2Rob Howard has a special Christmas offer for his Anthology books.

The first book – “Accordion Anthology”, presents a variety of articles and biographies, such as ‘Getting to Know the Accordion’, ‘Accordion Tips and Hints’ (Steve Roxton), ‘Be a Better Player’ (Rosemary Wright), ‘Use of the Couplers’, ‘Playing For Others’ (Rosemary Wright), ‘The Accordion Concerto’, ‘The Accordion and Popular Music’, ‘Accordion Dynasties’, ‘Manfrini Accordions’ (Robert Rolston), ‘Tales & Trivia’, ‘Polka and the Accordion’, and biographies such as André Verchuren, David Vernon, Brandon McPhee, Marcosignori, Gordon Pattullo, Freeland Barbour, Helen Maher, Helen Rich, Jack Emblow, Joe Cooley, John Jones MBE, John Leslie, Ksenija Sidorova, Leonard Brown, Paul Chamberlain, Martynas Levickis, Pearl Fawcett-Adriano and William Hannah.

"Accordion Anthology 2" includes more articles such as ‘Castelfidardo’, ‘Diatonic Accordion Musings’, ‘Accordion Festivals’, ‘Looking After Your Accordion’, ‘Using the Accordion for Vocal Accompaniment’ (Jack Emblow), ‘Midland Accordion Festival’ (Barry Smith), ‘Scotland’s Accordion Heritage’, ‘Ireland’s Accordion Heritage’; and biographies, such as Gary Blair, Julie Best, Gina Brannelli, Mario Conway, Harry Hussey, Bert Santilly, Roy Hendrie, Yvette Horner, Nigel Pasby, Karen Street, Karen Tweed, Seamus O’Sullivan, Gordon Shand, and Dermot O’Brien.

Each book contains well over 300 colour photos and is a near A4 sized high quality hardback.

For special offer details email: robaccord5@hotmail.com

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