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  The first North West International Accordion Festival, Blackpool - UK
Fratres in Rock!, Kokkola - Finland
All-Ireland Flead Cheol, Letterkenny - Irish Republic
Castano and Marroni Seminar, Serre Eyraud - France

Accordionist in Shakespeare Play, London - UK

  'La plus Grande Ginguette du Monde', Paris - France
  John Kirkpatrick at Maritime Festival, Guernsey - Channel Islands
'Organ and Accordion in Harmony' Concert, Takapuna - New Zealand
Duo Buenos Aires Concert, Paris - France
Autumn Accordion and Folk Week, Somerset - UK
Origami Exhibition, Salzburg - Austria
Eastbourne Accordion Festival, Sussex - UK
San Francisco Accordion Festival, California - USA
Evgeny Kochetov's Agent, Voronezh - Russia
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The first North West International Accordion Festival, Blackpool - UK
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The first North West International Accordion Festival takes places from October 14th to 17th, at Pontins Holiday Centre, Lytham St Anne's, Blackpool, England. This new festival replaces the accordion festivals held at Bridlington in previous years.

The guest list includes Jack Emblow and Tony Compton, Daniele Ravaglia (Italy), The Flores Brothers (France), Nelson Lebre (Portugal), Gina Brannelli, Harry Hussey, David Vernon, Amaryllis, William Langton, Andrew Figg, Stefan Bodell, the Petulengos, and the 2Js. There is a wide range of workshops planned, and leaders include John Leslie, Alistair Cameron, Jean Hanger and Brenda Webster.

The festival features an extensive trade show, including Accordion Exchange & Music World, Rolston Accordions, Accordion Times, The Accordion Shop, Geoff Holter Accordions, Accordions of London, The Music Room, and Charnwood Music. Other features include an Accordion Auction, Scottish and Ballroom Dancing, and a trip to the world famous Blackpool Illuminations.

For further information email Info@AccordionFestivals.co.uk
 
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Fratres in Rock!, Kokkola - Finland
Contributed by Rob Howard

The Finnish accordion trio Fratres in Rock! are to perform in a rock-concert at the Venetsialaiset Festival in Kokkola on August 26th, at 10pm. An average of 25000 people attend this end of summer festival each year.

In this concert Fratres in Rock! will play a heavy-rock music program from Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep and Deep Purple.
The members of Fratres in Rock! are accordionists Raimo Vertainen, Heikki Jokiaho and Toni Hämäläinen. The trio will release a new CD in the autumn, featuring a program of rock-music.

For further information email raimo.vertainen@pp.inet.fi
 

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All-Ireland Flead Cheol, Letterkenny - Irish Republic
Contributed by Rob Howard

The 2005 All-Ireland Fleadh Cheol held in the beautiful town of Letterkenny in County Donegal from August 22nd to 28th. This large-scale competitive festival includes various classes for piano and button accordions, melodeons, concertinas and harmonicas.

The All-Ireland Fleadh Cheol began in 1951, and caters for various instruments, singers, bands and dancers. Originally a weekend festival, the Flead Cheol now lasts for a week, and the overall entries total averages 20,000 participants.

The first non-Irish winner amongst the accordion sections was the American-born James Early, winner of the Senior Piano Accordion Championship in 1976, and since then entries regularly come from many countries. Button accordionist Joe Burke was one of the leading Irish musicians performing in concert during the festival.

For further information email info@fleadh2005.com
 

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Castano and Marroni Seminar, Serre Eyraud - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

From July 31st to 7 August 7th, Angel Luis Castaño and Jean Marc Marroni, were the professors in a seminar for classical accordionists held in Serre Eyraud in Les Alpes in France. Angel Luis Castaño is Professor of Accordion at the Zaragoza Conservatory of Music and also a concert accordionist. Jean Marc Marroni is a concert accordionist and Professor at the Conservatoire of Aix en Provence in France. Both were CIA Coupe Mondiale champions, Jean Marc Marroni in Paris in 1985 and Angel Luis Castaño in 1990 in Trossingen.

Music by composers such as Camarero, Gubaidulina, Busseuil, Bach, Banchikow, Kusyakow, Abbott and others were practised and played in the final concert. A total of 16 students from France and Spain attended this seminar, and participants Eduardo Vallejo and Toño Jaques (Spain) and Damien Paradisi (France) offered solo concerts in the town church.
 
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Accordionist in Shakespeare Play, London - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist Lisa-Lee Leslie is appearing on stage nightly in a production of William Shakespeare's 'As You like it', at the Wyndhams Theatre in London. The setting is changed from the Forest of Arden in 16th Century England to a Parisian-style café in France in the late 1940s. Actor musicians perform ballad-style songs specially composed by Tim Sutton, and accompanied by Lisa-Lee Leslie on accordion. The songs have been written in a 1940s era style, relating to the moods of the plot and characters.

The production runs until September 25th, and for further information email Lisasaccordion@hotmail.com
 
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'La plus Grande Ginguette du Monde', Paris - France
Contributed by Rob Howard

A concert of traditional musette music took place at Le Zenith, Paris, on May 18th, featuring several leading French accordionists. The show was titled 'The Largest Ginguette in the World', and performing were Michel Pruvot, Louis Ledrich, Maurice Larcange, Louis Corchia (accordion and bandoneon) and Andre Verchuren.

The compere was Michel Varenne, and present in the audience were accordionists Harry Williams (the son of Andre Verchuren) and Roberto Milesi, journalist Caroline Linart (from the magazine 'Accordeon et Accordeonistes') and the composer Marc Provance. The show followed an accordion competition that had taken place in the same venue earlier in the day.
 
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John Kirkpatrick at Maritime Festival, Guernsey - Channel Islands
Contributed by Rob Howard

Button accordionist, Anglo concertina player and folk singer John Kirkpatrick appears at the Sea Guernsey 2005 Maritime Festival - Albert Pier, St Peter Port, Guernsey, on September 2nd and 3rd. For further information email alan@shanty.co.uk
 

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'Organ and Accordion in Harmony' Concert, Takapuna - New Zealand
Contributed by Harley Jones

The following report was written by Wayne Knights: "North Shore residents and fans of great keyboard music will be treated to a special fundraising concert on September 4th. Talented young North Shore accordionists Campbell Hill and Grayson Masefield are to represent New Zealand at the Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships in Portugal this October. Proceeds from this concert will assist them with their travel costs, and will also go towards the Eric Winstone Memorial Organ Trust, which provides scholarships for organist education.

The concert will also feature organist Stephen Vincent, accordion ensemble Caprice, and three-times NZ champion accordionist Campbell Bettridge. Music on the program ranges from Scarlatti to Queen and includes composers from New Zealand to Russia! The concert starts at 2.30pm at St George's Presbyterian Church, 2 The Terrace, Takapuna. Entry is by donation and includes afternoon tea".


For further information email wayne@nzinternet.co.nz
 
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Duo Buenos Aires Concert, Paris - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

On September 4th, at 4.30pm, the Duo Buenos Aires performs in concert at the Chapelle Saint Louis de la Salpêtrière, Paris. The Duo Buenos Aires consists of Eric Franceries, a virtuoso guitarist, and Jérémy Vannereau, on bandoneon. Their show is titled 'The story of the Tango'.
 

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Autumn Accordion and Folk Week, Somerset - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

The Autumn Accordion and Folk Week takes place at the St Audrie's Bay Holiday Centre, in Somerset, England, from September 3rd to 10th. This venue has been a regular and very popular base for accordion festivals for many years, and the next event features John Leslie and Harry Hussey.

 

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Origami Exhibition, Salzburg - Austria
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Until September 30th, from 9am-10pm, one can admire the exhibition of artists from 16 nations with works celebrating the Japanese art of folding paper in Salzburg, Hangar - 7, Wilhelm Spazier Strasse 7A. The exhibits include 'Faerie's Orchestra, 2004' by Eric Joisel, from Paris, France. For each musician was taken a square piece of paper, with a length of 60 cm. Entrance is free.
 

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Eastbourne Accordion Festival, Sussex - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

The next Eastbourne Accordion Festival takes place from February 17th to 20th 2006, at The Cumberland Hotel, Eastbourne. Organised by former All-Britain accordion champion, John Romero, the program includes concerts by leading musicians such as Andy Anderson, Gary Blair, Paul Chamberlain, Sue Coppard, Gennaro Fiondella, Harry Hussey, Lisa Lee Leslie, John Romero, Romano Viazzani and Charlie Watkins.

The trade show includes Trevani Studios, The Accordion Shop (Electronic Accordions Ltd) and WEM. In addition, leading accordion technician Stan Mayhew will be on hand for advice with accordion tuning. There will also be a full range of workshops and dancing.

For further information email jr@carillonstudios.co.uk
 

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San Francisco Accordion Festival, California - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard


The 2006 San Francisco Accordion Festival will be held on June 4th at the Cannery at Fisherman's Wharf. Tom Torriglia writes: "I am very pleased to announce that the 16th annual San Francisco Accordion Festival, a free event celebrating National Accordion Awareness Month as well as highlighting San Francisco's official musical instrument, will be held on Sunday June 4th 2006 in the Del Monte Square at the Cannery at Fisherman's Wharf. This event goes from Noon to 6pm, features a wide variety of accordion-based bands and will include the San Francisco's Main Squeeze Pageant".

For more information, please email Tom Torriglia: tom@ladyofspain.com

 

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Evgeny Kochetov's Agent, Voronezh - Russia
Contributed by Rob Howard

Serge Brukhno has been appointed an official representative of Mr. Evgeny Kochetov, winner the Coupe Mondiale International Piano Accordion class in Pontarlier, France. All administrative, concert tour organizing, press contacts should be addressed to his worldwide manager Mr. Serge Brukhno, whose email address is: serge@brukhno.com
 

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"I have just come into possession of a Frontalini, numana italia accordion. Some work is needed to repair it but I believe it is quite old and collectable. Does anyone have any information on this model or if not, can you direct me to somebody who can cast some light on it? Any reply would be much appreciated". Robbie.

Email RobbieOwen@medijack.freeserve.co.uk
  

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A new CD Review of Francesco Palazzo. Review by Paolo Picchio

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A new site selling a CD titled 'Road Rage!' with sound samples. Music performed by William Schimmel. Purchase online.
 

A new site selling a CD titled 'Bad Renaissance' with sound samples. Music performed by William Schimmel. Purchase online.
 
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Yehuda Oppenheimer releases seven grade 3 arrangement of ''Serenade' by Tosselli, 'Serenade' by W.A.Mozart, 'Serenade' by Heykens, 'Waltz', 'Let My People Go', 'Home on The Range' and 'Greek Dance' . Samples of the music are available online. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.
   

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