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31st March 2000
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Traffic reports carried out in February 2000 show that the various Accordions Worldwide sites are now receiving over 240,000 hits per week! This is an enormous increase and shows that the number of accordion enthusiasts who have access to the internet is continuing to nearly double each year - extremely exciting! Another interesting factor is the large increase in the number of Chinese and Eastern European readers and how quickly the new Spanish Weekly News has captured readership.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our readers for their great support and particularly our advertisers who make it all possible. It is also appropriate to thank everyone who has sent us news and information as well as the enthusiastic team at Accordions Worldwide.

Wayne Knights Webmaster

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International Accordion Festival - England

Oleg Sharov & "Vilnius duo"Contributed by Thomas Duncan and David Batty

The International Accordion Festival Millennium "All Star" Show was held in Pontins Holiday Camp at Blackpool, Lancashire, England from March 15th to 20th. Intermediate, Elementary and Advanced bands as well as buskers held practice sessions each morning before performing on stage. Buskers also entertained diners on the Sunday, raising money for charity.

Frederic Baldo & Jan ZukowskiA free and easy session was held each afternoon with a Songs of Praise session on the Sunday. Each night comprised of four acts followed by Scottish Country Dancing with Roy Hendry and his band. Entertainers included popular overseas guests Frederic Baldo (France), Oleg Sharov (Russia), The Vilnius Duo (Lithuania) and Barbara Anne Martindale (Canada). UK accordionists Steve Roxton, David Lukins, Jan Zukowski, Gordon Glenn, Ken Hartley, Johnny Coleclough, Nina Suscenko, Larysa Bodell, Stefan Andrusyschyn, Liam Stewart, Johnny-Lee Leslie, The Promenade Accordion Orchestra, the Thistle Accordion Band, Starlets Accordion Orchestra, The Vintage and the Silver Sands also received great response from the audience. Harry Hussey provided music in the bar every night until 2am and was joined by some of the performers for an impromptu session.

Steve Roxton, David Lukins & Oleg SharovSteve Roxton, David Lukins and Oleg Sharov (see photograph) held an "after hours impromptu session" until the early hours and accordion music could be heard from various Chalets all over the camp. The trade stall was attended by 8 companies selling everything from metronomes to accordions and a local radio station broadcast live from the event on Friday March 17th. Master Classes were held by Barbara Ann Martindale, Oleg Sharov and John Leslie. The Wyre Accordion Festival was embodied in the Festival activities with competitors playing to a capacity audience.

Arrasate Accordion Competition - Spain

Contributed by Maribel Insausti

The "Arrasate Hiria" VIII International Accordion Competition will be held from December 3rd to 8th in Arrasate-Mondragón, Basque Country by organizers Gipuzkoako Akordeoi Konfederakundea, the Town Hall of Arrasate and the Gipuzkoa County Council. The competition, which is open to soloists of any age and nationality will include prize money of 850,000 pesetas (US$6,000), trophies and certificates.

The winner of the competition will be invited by the organizers to give a series of concerts during the "Arrasate Hiria" IX Competition and the Kragujevac International Festival in Yugoslavia during July 2001.

Entries will close on September 30th. For further details email:

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Accordionist on TV - USA

Minnesota based accordionist, Dee Langley, recently performed and was interviewed by Mel Kirkpatrick and Jeanne Rogers on "The Time of Our Lives", a cable TV show.

This show will be aired in April starting on Metro Cable Network, Channel 6, on April 9th at 12 noon. Readers in Bloomington, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Wisconsin, Hudson and River Falls should email: for the dates/times it is being broadcast in their area. The program will also be cablecast on twelve other access stations for a total of about 75 showings in ten counties during April and May. Great promotion for the accordion.

Master Class in Tokyo - Japan

Contributed by Toru Katou

On March 26th, the annual "Accordion Master Class" was held in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. Well known classical accordionist Mie Miki taught young accordionists Tomomi Ota and Waka Shibata in an open lesson.

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Kwadrat Nodnoll in Pazin - Croatia

Croatian group "Kwadrat Nodnoll" (including accordionist Lovro Sverko) will play in Pazin, Istrian on March 31st. They perform a variety of music including rock, funk and techno with instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, all sorts of percussion, mandolin, accordion, flute etc. Four members of the group play a weekly gig at the Volosko Irish pub in Opatija under the name "Bennadh". For further details email:

Pot, van Lienen & Baumgarten in Apeldoorn - Netherlands

Pot, van Lienen & Baumgarten Netherlands group "Pot, van Lienen & Baumgarten" will perform in Apeldoorn on April 8th. The group which includes Peter Pot (accordion), Arie van Lienen (accordion) and Philip Baumgarten (double bass) will play two, half hour sets of music from their CD “Nectar” including “Innamorato” (which features "bellowshakes") and “Beltsjeblom”. They also play modern folk music and their own compositions influenced by Dutch, French, Irish and Italian folk traditions as well as classical music and jazz. For further details email:

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Scandinavian Accordionists Tour USA

Jorgen Sundequist & Oivind FarmenContributed by Lynda Griffith

Jorgen Sundequist (Sweden) and Oivind Farmen (Norway) will perform solos and duos at the "A World of Accordions Museum" in Duluth, Minnesota on April 19th organized by the museum in conjunction with "Accordion-concertina Repair Technicians' School" and "Accordion Concertina Music Studios and Ensemble".

Jorgen is an exciting and dynamic stage performer who always delights his audience both with his playing and his high energy personality. He has played concerts all over the world and has toured with Galla-Rini, as well as with Russians Yuri Kazakov and Oleg Sharov in Sweden and in Russia.

Oivind has won many Norwegian solo competitions and placed first at the prestigious Klingenthal Competition in Germany (93), first in Portugal at Trofee Mondial de l'Accordeon (96) and second in Castelfidardo, Italy (94). He has taught solo and chamber music at the Music Conservatory of Trondheim, Norway.

Further concerts will be held in Portland, San Diego, Chicago, Milwaukee, Duluth and the east coast. For further details email:

Arnaud Guimard Concerts - France

Arnaud GuimardContributed by Grégory Frénard

French accordionist Arnaud Guimard will perform a number of concerts during April in Flesseles, Prouville, Villers Boccage, Molliens Dreuil, Amiens, Cramont, Flavy le martel and Ailly le haut clocher. Arnaud has released his first CD entitled "Accordéon en Ballade". For concert details email:

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Rainbow's End Concert - New Zealand

Contributed by Christine Adams

Five accordion orchestras, soloists and the "Take Six" sextet performed at Auckland's fun park "Rainbow's End" on March 26th. This concert has become an annual event and is very popular with orchestra members (young and old) who enjoy thrilling rides such as the roller coaster, log flume, goldrush etc.

Funpark visitors enjoyed a variety of musical entertainment from light classical to modern pieces including a Glen Miller medley, Yesterday (Beatles) and Russian Dance (Trepak) from Nutcracker Suite.

AAA's "The Hottest" Finalist with Welk Orchestra - USA

Contributed by Faithe Deffner, President of American Accordionists' Association

Entertainer-accordionist Tim Padilla, one of the five finalists in the American Accordionists' Association's "Search for the Hottest Accordionist" is now in Branson, Missouri where he will appear with the Welk Orchestra at the Champagne Theatre from April 6th through to October 31st. Tim has brushed up on his singing and dancing skills to participate in the show, in addition to playing his accordion. He will play solos with the Champagne Music Makers in the "Beer Barrel Polka" and "Champagne Waltz".

Padilla (a 20-year-old accordionist from California) was one of more than 100 accordionists who sent performance tapes to participate in the AAA-Welk collaboration "Search for the Hottest Accordionist" in 1999. Other finalists were Phoebe Legere, Jason Stephen, Terri Conte and winner Dwayne Dopsie.

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Workshop in Zhanjiang - China

Contributed by Li Cong

Deputy Professor Yang Guo Li (from Capital Normal University) held a workshop for over 100 accordion students at the Yunyan Music School in Zhanjiang recently. The workshop included performances by the beach, with skyrockets and fireworks.

Principle of Yunyan Music School, Xu Yanbing, has taught the accordion for many years, achieving positive results and believes the workshop students had great fun while gaining valuable learning experience.

Foster and Allen Concert - England

"Foster and Allen"David Batty (founder and President of Leyland Accordion Club) was invited to a "behind the scenes" view of a Foster and Allen Concert on March 21st. Mick Foster of "Foster and Allen" is one of the most public faces of the accordion in the UK and the Irish Duo are well known worldwide with tunes like Bunch of Thyme, After All These Years, Maggie, Beautiful Dreamer and many more.

The concert which was part of Foster and Allen's UK Tour, consisted of two hours of music enjoyed by over 1,800 people in Preston, Lancashire, England. The night ended back at their hotel with an impromptu session on accordion and Bohdran with some of the band members, which went on until the early hours of the morning. Foster and Allen are soon to embark on a tour of New Zealand with their mix of Irish vocal, instrumental and sing-a-long music.

David is hoping to one day persuade Foster and Allen to play at Leyland Accordion Club as guest artists.

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Poetry, Music and Philosophy Live on the Internet - Italy

For the first time poets, musicians and philosophers came together for a live performance on the Internet. This event, organized by the Pisa Province Council (Italy) and the local education committee, took place on February 25th and included personalities such as Alfonso Maurizio Jacono (philosopher), Alessandro Agostinelli (poet), Michele Lo Bianco (engineer), Giovanni Mayer (double bass player) and Renzo Ruggieri (accordionist). This venture was a great occasion to promote the accordion in a worldwide live show which was especially popular among Italian universities and high schools. It is still possible to play the recording of this performance by visiting the site at:

The article about the event published by the "Il Tirreno" newspaper included the following remark: "Renzo Ruggieri is an accordionist who demonstrated great creative and improvisational skills through an instrument which is all but simple."

7th International Accordion Festival - China

Contributed by Li Cong

The "Annual Chinese International Accordion Festival" will be held in Beijing from August 10th to 14th, organized by the China Central Music Conservatory, in co-operation with the Beijing Accordion Association, Beijing Accordion & Piano School, Shanghai Accordion Association, Tianjin Accordion Association, Tianjin Music Conservatory Keyboard Department, Tianjin Instrument Company and Beijing Jiangjie Piano City.

The festival will feature international accordion guests including Viacheslav Semionov plus a variety of concerts, and competitions for soloists, duos, ensembles and chamber music.

For further details email:

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New CD Release - Finland

Finnish accordionist Mika Väyrynen will release his latest CD of Astor Piazzolla music on April 14th. The CD includes Mika playing with the Kuopio Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Atso Almila). Tracks include Aconcagua, Concierto, Tres Tangos, Adios Nonino and Oblivion.

The CD will be released by Finlandia Records/Warner Classics in Finland and Warner Japan in Japan. For further information email:

Time Magazine Feature - Pee Wee King Passes Away - USA

Pee Wee KingTime Magazine prominently featured a 40 year old picture of country musician Pee Wee King (86 years old) with his accordion when reporting his death last week. Born Frank Kuczynski, he started his career as an accordionist and also became a successful songwriter. He wrote hits such as "Slow Poke" and "Walk Me by the River" and co-wrote "The Tennessee Waltz". Pee Wee made frequent TV appearances and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1974. For details on others who have recently passed away see Memorials.

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Celebrity Interview

Our next "Celebrity Interview" with Heinz Gengler is now online in German language.

We are inviting readers to send questions to Moderator Wallace Liggett by 11th April for the Tania Lukic-Marx Celebrity Interview. Tania writes our CD reviews, is President of the Accordion Teachers Association of Australia, a former international competition winner and current concert performer. Publication date is 18th April.

Accordion Workshops with Klaus Paier - Austria

Klaus Paier will hold "Jazz and Argentinean Tango" workshops in August and September this year. The workshops will include topics such as A. Piazzolla's music and its arrangements for accordion (Tango Nuevo), Jazz-Theory (Chord Symbolism, Scales. Voicings, Cadences), Improvisation in Jazz, Ensembles, Setting up practice Concepts and Working with Jazz-Standards and Compositions by A. Piazzolla. For enrolment details email:

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Angelo DiPippo Releases Two New CD's - USA

Contributed by Verne Leven of Ernest Deffner Publications

Accordionist Angelo DiPippo (winner of the "Downbeat" Jazz Award and 1993 Best Accordionist in "Keyboard" magazine's poll) has released two new CD's, "Accordions of Paris" and "Accordion Italiano." Both recordings are available through Ernest Deffner Publications of New York, which also distributes DiPippo's four other CDs.

From May 8th to 23rd, DiPippo will accompany French chanteuse Yanna Avis at the Firebird Cafe in New York City. This exciting duo has performed in Mexico and at Maxim's in Manhattan.

DiPippo, has also just completed arranging the score for a 30-piece orchestra which will perform "Celebrate Jesus" on May 4th and 5th at the Tilley Center of Post College on Long Island. The proceeds of this show will go to charity.

Jupiter Accord Opens - Finland

Contributed by Uli Ebner, Director of Creativ-Shop

Vladimir Dolgopolov, Vice President of the "Jupiter Accord'" Company has announced the opening of the company in Finland, which will be the official distributor of Jupiter in Europe. Jupiter has been produced in Moscow for over 30 years. The company is located in Finland due to its close location to Moscow and there are plans to open an office in New York, USA soon.

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New Editions of News Francais and Deutsch News

A new edition of the French National News Francais is now online and can be seen at: and the Deutsch News can be seen at

Heinz Oettinger, Conductor, Teacher and Music Publisher, Passes Away - Germany

Heinz Oettinger passed away on Saturday, 18th March in Renningen, Southern Germany. For more than 40 years, he dedicated his life to the accordion movement as a teacher, conductor (of up to 10 orchestras - one for more than 40 years) and a publisher of accordion literature. For further information, see the Memorials site.

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Accordionists Perform in Film - USA

A new film "A Shout From the Streets" (written, directed and produced by Fred DeVecca) will be shown on May 5th and 6th in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. This film is "an ensemble comedy" filmed last October over 3 days using a largely local cast and crew.

The film is about some friends, while wandering the streets early one morning, encounter their friend Buck, an accordion repairman, as he toils in his second floor shop. They are enlisted to assist Buck in a round of accordion delivery, but instead immediately lead him astray and find themselves in Mooney's Pub, where a day-long session of song, dance and reflection commences.

The film stars Stephen Adams, Daniel Popowich, Doug Creighton, Bridget Kirsten MacAirt and the real life proprietor of "The Button Box" accordion shop in Amherst, Massachusetts where the accordion shop scenes were filmed. For more information phone: + 1 413-625-2896.

New Sites Updated information on entertainer Silvio De Pra with sound files now available. Updated information on News Manager Christine Adams in English, German, French, Spanish and Chinese. The famous accordion museum founded in 1981 in the city of Castelfidardo, Italy.

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