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1.   The latest Stockport Accordion Club Newsletter.

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Stockport Accordion Club Newsletter March/April 2020

President: Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, Past President: Johnny Coleclough, Vice President: Walter Perrie.
Stockport Accordion Club meets on Wednesday evenings, 7.30 pm/9.30pm, at Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Woodley, Stockport SK6 1NF (Junction 25 on the M60). New members or visitors are always welcome.
Website:; Stockport Accordion Club now also has a Facebook page.

Accordion Band Workshop Day with Bert Santilly

       On Saturday March 14th, 10am-4pm, our great friend Bert Santilly returns to Woodley Methodist Church to lead another all-day accordion band workshop. Bert (left), from Cambridge, who many of you will know from his jazz and busking workshops at the Seacroft and Caister accordion festivals, will guide us through four pieces. He will also cover various points of playing technique and give individual guidance as required. The numbers are limited to a maximum of fifteen participants (right – last year’s group). The four pieces are A Man and a Woman (Francis Lai), Roses d'Automne (Jean Peyronnin), Tates Freilach (Joachim Johow), and Tom Hark (African traditional). It is likely that Bert will also perform a short concert in the afternoon, as he did last year.

Rob’s Writings

        As many of you reading this will know, apart from writing these bi-monthly newsletters, over the years I have also written and self-published several books. These include An A to Z of the Accordion (volumes 1, 2, 3 & 4), Len Johnson and The Colour Bar (the life and times of Len Johnson, Britain’s best middleweight of the 1920s/1930s, whose career was adversely affected by an official boxing ‘colour bar’), Stockport Accordion Club through the years (tracing the club’s history from 1937 to the present time), Vintage Accordions (an illustrated history of the accordion), Accordion: A Pictorial History (the sequel to Vintage Accordions), Accordion Anthology, and Accordion Anthology 2. Each has been a labour of love, and none written for profit, only to cover costs. I have thoroughly enjoyed researching, writing and producing these books, and the huge amount of positive feedback I’ve had over time has been most gratifying. I have been pleasantly surprised at the overseas sales of these books as they are mainly about the accordion in the UK and Ireland, and they have to date been sold in 52 countries. The best seller is still the first An A to Z of the Accordion, which was published in late November 2003.
       Len Johnson and The Colour Bar, Vintage Accordions and Accordion: A Pictorial History are all out of print, but are available on request - free of charge - as printable pdfs, just contact me. The four An A to Z of the Accordion books and Stockport Accordion Club through the years are still in stock, but numbers are low and reprints are unlikely.
       Accordion Anthology and Accordion Anthology 2 are my most recent efforts. Each contains a mixture of accordion related articles, biographies, and autobiographical contributions from well-known names in the accordion scenes in the UK and Ireland. With declining sales, they are likely to be my finale. I’m proud of my contribution to the world of the accordion, and the many friends I’ve made through producing these books.
        As for the newsletters, I have been writing these since 1988 and all those written since 2013 are stored as pdfs on my computer, and any of these can be sent on request.

Accordion Anthology

         Accordion Anthology (2016) presents lots of accordion related articles and biographies. The articles include: Getting to Know the Accordion; Making a start; Useful Contacts; Accordion Tips and Hints (Steve Roxton); Be a Better Player (Rosemary Wright); Use of the Couplers (James Sexton); Playing For Others (Rosemary Wright); The Ken Hopkins Accordion Collection; Manfrini Accordions; Evolution of the Accordion; Melodica, Accordina, Steirische Harmonica; Accordion Concerto; The Accordion and Popular Music; Accordion Festivals; Accordion Dynasties; Northern Ireland Open Championships; Zuckerbrod & Peytsche; Tales & Trivia; Polka and the Accordion; CD/DVD/Book Reviews; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Biographical articles include: Amanda Robinson, André Verchuren, Brandon McPhee, David Vernon, Dawn Loombe, Dermot Lyons, Eddie Hession, Freeland Barbour, Gary Forrest, Bartosz Glowacki, Matthew MacLennan, Gervasio Marcosignori, Gordon Pattullo, Helen Maher, Helen Rich, Jack Emblow, Jackie Hearst, Joe Cooley, John Jones MBE, John Leslie, Ksenija Sidorova, Classic Kyiv Duo, Kosmos, Igor Outkine, Leonard Brown, Malachy Cairns, Michael Coyne, Martynas Levickis, V. Marceau, Paul Chamberlain, Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, Rob Howard’s ‘French Connection’, Stewart Walker, and Will Hannah.

Accordion Anthology 2

       Accordion Anthology 2 (2019) - the sequel – is yet another book intended for accordion enthusiasts. Articles include Accordion Family Members; Accordions in the eras of Music Hall and Variety; Looking After Your Accordion; Castelfidardo; Diatonic Accordion Musings; The No 1 Ladies
Accordion Orchestra; The Serious Performer (Douglas Ward); Learning the accordion – a work in progress; Using the Accordion for Vocal Accompaniment (Jack Emblow); Tales & Trivia; The London
Accordion Orchestra; Accordion Clubs; Accordion Festivals; Midland Accordion Festival (Barry Smith); Scotland’s Accordion Heritage; Ireland’s Accordion Heritage; Overseas accordionists who have
performed in the UK; 1829…and more milestones in the accordion’s history. The biographies (many are autobiographical) include Gina Brannelli, Julie Best, Jean Corrighan, Gary Blair, Mario Conway,
Dave Cormack, Jean Hanger, Harry Hussey, Yvette Horner, Roy Hendrie, Jonny Kerry, Owen Murray, Bert Santilly, Sharon Shannon, Gordon Shand, George Syrett, Karen Street, Karen Tweed, Nigel
Pasby, Dermot O’Brien, Seamus O’Sullivan, Douglas Ward, Charlie Watkins, and Robert Whitehead.
Both books are A4 sized high quality hardbacks, and each has well over 300 colour photographs. Each book costs £15 + £3p/p, from me.  (Overseas prices including p/p are: EU – 24 Euro, USA - $31); cheques or postal orders payable to Rob Howard. Paypal is an option. For further info give me a call on (0161) 480 8858 or email me for full details at

CD - David Vernon ‘On the Level’

        I have some copies of David Vernon’s excellent new CD On the Level for sale. Those
of you who have seen David play at our club or at festivals will know what a superb accordionist and entertainer he is. On this CD there are five of his compositions, and a range of moods and styles that make great listening. The tracks include: Terminal 3, Waltz for Irene, The Ornithologist, The Braid View, Gay Gordons, The Roulette Wheel, 6/8 Pipe Marches, Frolickin’ Phil, Jimmy and Mickie, The High Level Hornpipe, The Grace Renwick Polka, Polish Medley, La Valse Vernon, O’Kane’s March, Samba Samsara. The CD costs £10 + £1 p/p, available from me.

Tom Alexander MBE (1934-2020)

        I was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Tom Alexander on January 8th. Tom had been
suffering with dementia for a while, and was living in a care home in Glasgow. He leaves behind his widow Betty and was predeceased by his son. Tom was one half of the internationally famous
Alexander Brothers, together with his late brother Jack (1935-2013), a vocalist and pianist. They were originally painters and decorators and part-time gigging entertainers, turning full-time professional in 1958 after winning a talent competition. They went on to national and international fame and success through their countless concert tours, recordings, DVDs, radio and television appearances. They
topped the bill at many of the world’s most famous venues, such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, and the London Palladium. In 1964 their best-selling single Nobody’s Child actually outsold the Beatles in Scotland, where the duo had by then become a household name. The brothers’ act did much to popularize the traditional songs and music of Scotland, and they were inspirational for many other duo acts, most notably Foster & Allen. After the brothers retired as a duo in 2012 Tom, a Scottish accordion champion in the early 1950s, continued as a solo accordionist, recorded several
excellent solo CDs, and was a popular guest in accordion clubs throughout Scotland and England. He was an expert at using midi technology, used to good effect in his later solo albums. His last CD was Tom Alexander’s Christmas, released in 2014. He was acknowledged by his peers as one of the
finest accordionists of his era, and was also well-liked by all who met him. Tom did many solo gigs, and was our Club Night guest in 2007 and 2008. He was a very classy player indeed whose repertoire went beyond the Scottish music at which he excelled, and included music from many countries. I wonder how many of you recall the first time Tom played for us at Stockport AC in May 2007, when at one point he was momentarily upstaged by a large spider that appeared from nowhere and danced a jig on the floor in front of everybody in time with Tom’s merry music! Tom certainly remembered that amusing moment. (Cartoon drawn by David Light) In 2005 the Alexander Brothers were each awarded the MBE by the Queen at Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, for their contribution to the world of music. Tom recalled the first time he met the Queen, years earlier, and on hearing that he and Jack had previously been painters, the conversation went: “What was your medium - oils or water colours?”, and
the reply was “Emulsion, Your Majesty!” Tom Alexander, a real gentleman, was widely mourned in Scotland and beyond. RIP.

Britain’s Got Talent – no, thanks!

         I recently had an email followed by a phone call from a woman representing Thames Television enquiring if I would be interested in auditioning for the next series of Britain’s Got Talent. Having seen the rude treatment meted out to some very talented accordion players on this programme I declined the invitation. The last time that I saw an accordionist perform solo on the show I heard Simon Cowell mutter, before the audition even began, that he really disliked the accordion. The US version, America’s Got Talent is just as bad. I remember watching a duo do their act, only to be met with Piers Morgan’s comment, “There’s only one thing worse than an accordion player, and that’s two of them”!! Enough said.

Knutsford Accordion Orchestra Day

        On Sunday May 17th, 10am-5pm, our friends at the North Staffs AC are organising the Knutsford Accordion Orchestra Day, a workshop led by the highly experienced and charismatic Nigel Pasby. The venue is Marthall Village Hall, Sandlebridge Lane, near Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 7SB. Tickets cost £20; free for spectators. Contact Steve Hughes on 01782 787935; email Proceeds from the day go to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Brian Jenkins

      Brian Jenkins, our popular former Musical Director, is now living in a care home. He would
love to receive visits from any of us. Helen Rich & Diana Tonge have visited Brian, and John Jones &
I also visited him just before Christmas, and we spent an hour chatting amiably about past times.
We took our accordions and did some playing, which Brian appreciated. He is at Dryclough
Manor Care Home, 20 Shaw Rd, Royton, Oldham OL2 6DA; tel 0161 626 7454.

Accordion for sale

  Andy Morris is selling his Duo Artiste (made in Castelfidardo, Italy, by Victoria). The specifications are: 120 bass, four-voice musette, 9 treble/6 bass couplers, little used and in very good condition – price is only £500. Contact Andy Morris on 07990745682 or email

Diary Dates

* March 27th, 7.30pm – Nigel Ogden in concert at Woodley Methodist Church; tickets £9 from Phil Taylor on 0161 430 8518
* March 29th, 2pm – Helen Rich and Accordion Spice charity concert, St Hugh and St. John Parish Hall, 314 Manchester Rd, Timperley WA14 5HL; free admission with a retiring collection for the Stroke Association.
* March 31st, 7.30pm - Helen Rich and Accordion Spice @ Chester Accordion Club
* April 4th, 7.30pm – Foster & Allen are at the Plaza, Stockport
* April 15th, 8pm – Helen Rich & Walter Perrie @ Leyland AC, Priory Club, Broadfield Rd, PR26 8NH
* April 21st – Bert Santilly @ North Staffs AC, Wolstanton Golf Club
* April 24th-26th – NAO UK Championships, Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool
* May 17th – Accordion Orchestra Workshop and Concert (open to all) at Marthall Village Hall, near
Knutsford, led by Nigel Pasby
* May 6th – Pearl Fawcett-Adriano Club Night concert @ Woodley Methodist Church
* May 19th – Weaver Valley Accordion Band @ North Staffs AC, Wolstanton Golf Club, S75 9DR
* July 21st – Mario Conway @ North Staffs AC, Wolstanton Golf Club
* July 11th-18th – St Audries Bay Accordion Week, Somerset
* July 22nd, 7.30pm - the Classic Kyiv Duo return once again as our Club Night guests
* November 6th – 9th – Midland Accordion Festival, Quality Hotel, Dudley
* December 4th – Stockport Accordion Club ‘roadshow’ @ Broken Cross Club, Macclesfield

Final thoughts…

          Our accordion band workshop in March with Bert Santilly is sure to be another enjoyable and educational day, as I’m equally sure will be the similar event near Knutsford led by Nigel Pasby in May. On May 6th we are planning to hold a Club Night concert styled a ‘World Accordion Day’ event, starring our President Pearl Fawcett-Adriano as the guest plus our club band, groups and solo players in support. There are plenty of accordion events happening for those interested, and some are listed above in the Diary Dates column. Never let it be said that there is nothing organized for accordion enthusiasts! Support your local squeezers!
                            Rob (0161) 480 8858; email:

 Stockport Accordion Club Newsletter November/December 2019

President: Pearl Fawcett-Adriano Past President: Johnny Coleclough Vice President: Walter Perrie
Stockport Accordion Club meets on Wednesday evenings, 7.30 pm/9.30pm, at Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Woodley, Stockport SK6 1NF (Junction 25 on the M60). New members or visitors are always welcome.
Website:; Stockport Accordion Club now also has a Facebook page

Broken Cross 2019

Stockport Accordion Club’s 20th annual charity fund raising concert, organised by John Jones MBE, takes place on Friday December 6th, 7.45pm, at the Broken Cross Club, Macclesfield, SK11 8TU. This year’s line-up includes the Stockport Accordion Band, Walter Perrie, Helen Rich, Phil Watson, Accordion Spice, our Scottish Quartet, and the amazing and inimitable Pearl Fawcett-Adriano. We have been doing this concert since 1999, it’s always a special occasion, and I can promise you that yet another brilliant evening of accordion entertainment is in prospect. It’s all in a very good cause as all the proceeds go to the East Cheshire Hospice. Hospices need an average of £15,000 per day to keep going, and fund raising is thus a vital matter for them. Our annual concert is a small but important help for the East Cheshire Hospice. Tickets are £8, and available from John Jones on 07871 767708. All are welcome.

Helen’s Charity Concert

Helen Rich organised a concert in aid of charity at St Hugh’s RC Church, Timperley, on Sunday afternoon September 22nd. This was an excellent and most enjoyable concert, featuring solos from Helen, the quartet Accordion Spice, a lady vocalist, a clarinet player and a pianist. The pieces Accordion Spice played were: Orfeo, Memories, Waltz No 2, Searchlight Tattoo, Phantom of the Opera, La Paloma, Two Plus One, Scottish Waltzes, Que Sera Sera and When the Saints. Helen’s pieces were Valse Angelique, Dark Eyes Variations, Dantesque, Pigalle, Tico Tico, What a Wonderful World, and she also accompanied the singer Elizabeth for Hymne a l’amour, La vie en Rose, Plaisir d’amour, and O Sole Mio.
The concert raised £220 each for the Stroke Association and the Pink Ribbon Foundation breast cancer charity, so well done to Helen and all involved.

Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins, our former Musical Director, is now living in a care home. He would love to receive visits from any of us. He is at Dryclough Manor Care Home, 20 Shaw Rd, Royton, Oldham OL2 6DA; tel 0161 626 7454.

Bryan Molyneux

Derek Pritchard writes: “Sad to say, but Bryan Molyneux passed away in Bolton Royal Hospital last night. Bryan was 84 years old and was in hospital approximately 4 weeks. Bryan was an accordionist of the Clifford Wood era, but since the Sixties has been a very proficient Church organist in the Bolton area.” Bryan was a member of the Clifford Wood Accordion Orchestra in the 1950s/60s. RIP

October 23rd Club Night concert – President & Vice President’s Evening

On October 23rd we presented another President and Vice President’s Evening Club Night concert, featuring the considerable talent within our club. We had a fabulous night, with a great variety of music, a decent attendance and a lively atmosphere. The Stockport Accordion Band kicked the evening off with a solid set that included March Along (Jerry Mayes), Calinerie (Andre Verchuren), Cradle Song (Brahms), The Big Parade (J. Reilly), Adelaide Kreuz Polka, Pokarekare Ana, A Whiter Shade of Pale (Procol Harem), Autumn Leaves, and the theme from Bonanza. I played a set of music from the John Wayne film The Quiet Man, then Norbert & Trish sang We're a couple of swells accompanied by Pearl on the piano. Martina Hall played La Paloma as a tango, and Accordion Spice closed the first half with the Orfeo March, La Paloma and Waltz No 2. The Scottish Quartet played some lively Scottish stuff, then John Jones played Luci e Ombre and the Petite Waltz. Phil Watson went on his electronic organ and did a more than passable impression of Reginald Dixon with some Blackpool-style music, in complete contrast to all that had gone before. Helen Rich was next, displaying her usual brilliance on two Frosini pieces, Flashing Fingers and Golden Slippers, and Dancing Fingers (Gerlach). Pearl played the Carnival of Venice and the Can Can on the piano, and Walter followed with a Russian set, then led some of us through a "wee stramash" playing Scotland the Brave, Skye Boat Song, etc, to round off a glorious evening of musical fun. We had many newcomers in our audience, and sent them all home happy and hopefully wanting to hear more of the same. Here’s to the next time.

New Book!!!! Accordion Anthology 2

Accordion Anthology 2, which is now available directly from me, presents many articles and biographies, including lots of interesting autobiographical contributions from well-known players. Like its predecessor, ‘Accordion Anthology’ (still available), this is a near A4 sized high quality hardback, fully illustrated with 375 photographs, and is aimed at enthusiasts. Accordion Anthology 2 costs £15 + £3p/p, from me at 42 Avondale Rd, Edgeley, Stockport, Cheshire SK3 9NY. (Overseas prices including p/p are: EU – 24 Euro, USA/Canada/Australia/NZ - $31); cheques or postal orders payable to Rob Howard. Paypal or bank transfer are other options. Quick service a speciality! For further info give me a call on (0161) 480 8858 or email me at The ideal Christmas present for any accordion enthusiast!!

Articles: Accordion Family Members; Accordions in the eras of Music Hall and Variety; Looking After Your Accordion; Caroline’s Antique Accordions; Castelfidardo; Diatonic Accordion Musings (by George Garside); CD & DVD Reviews (Peter Wood Shetland Dance Band DVD, David Vernon CD, Mantovani DVD, Mario Conway CD, Camb ridge Buskers CD box set); The Impact of British Accordion Composition (by Lauren Farquharson); The No 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra; The Serious Performer (by Douglas Ward); Learning the accordion – a work in progress…(by Rob Howard); Using the Accordion for Vocal Accompaniment (by Jack Emblow); Tales & Trivia; The London Accordion Orchestra; Accordion Clubs; Accordion Festivals; The Midland Accordion Festival (by Barry Smith); Scotland’s Accordion Heritage; Ireland’s Accordion Heritage; Overseas accordionists who have performed in the UK; 1829…and more milestones in the accordion’s history.
Biographical articles: Yvette Horner, Harry Hussey, Jonny Kerry, Owen Murray, Dermot O’Brien Remembered, Sharon Shannon, George Syrett, Douglas Ward, Charlie Watkins Remembered.
Autobiographical articles: Gary Blair, Gina Brannelli, Julie Best, Jean Corrighan, Mario Conway, Dave Cormack, Brian Forrest, Jean Hanger, Roy Hendrie, Rob Howard’s French Connection, Seamus O’Sullivan, Nigel Pasby, Bert Santilly, Gordon Shand, Karen Street, Karen Tweed, Robert Whitehead, Blackpool 1942 – Francis Wright’s memories.

Accordion Magic for all Repairs, Restorations, etc

For any kind of acoustic accordion, melodeon or concertina repairs or restorations (including electronic and MIDI), tunings, conversions, etc., telephone Cheshire-based Roy Whiteley on 0751 906 4196 or email; website:

Gerald Crossman Music

Gerald Crossman (1920-2014) was one of Britain’s finest and most accomplished accordionists, pianists, composers, and arrangers. In a long career that began in the 1930s, he played in theatres, cabaret clubs and on cruise liners, radio, TV and films. He was the pianist for Charlie Chaplin and Marlene Dietrich in their stage acts, and also performed with the likes of Morecambe & Wise, Joe Loss, Billy Cotton, Edmundo Ross, Mantovani, Tommy Cooper, Harry Secombe, etc. His ‘Gerald Crossman Players’ BBC broadcasting sextet included Reg Hogarth, Ivor Beynon, Brian Dexter, Jack Emblow, Henry Krein, Albert Delroy, and Emilio. He composed a lot of music for accordion, piano and orchestras, and also did many arrangements. Gerald Crossman was an NAO Vice President.      After Gerald Crossman died the executor of his will asked me to take possession of his accordion and piano compositions and arrangements, which I have been passing on to players in return for donations to charity. My aim is to see that this great man’s music continues to be performed and enjoyed. I have sent donations amounting to £80 to St Ann’s Hospice in Heald Green, which has been gratefully acknowledged. I still have many sheet music copies plus a few music books available for anyone interested. I can email a list or any of his sheet music to anybody who requests it.

Stockport Accordion Club through the years is a high quality souvenir hardback book that tells
our club’s story, from 1937 right up to the present time. Included are numerous interesting contributions from some of our present and past members plus there are tribute articles to the club’s past and present ‘top brass’ Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, Johnny Coleclough, Brian Jenkins, Peter Whiteley, Derek Stubbs, John Nixon and Walter Perrie. There are 200+ photos, including band line-up photos from the 1950s to 2017. It costs £15 + £3p/p from Rob Howard, 0161 480 8858.

This year we have lost several members and need to recruit some new players (including a bass
player). If anyone is interested in joining us we meet on Wednesday evenings, 7.30-9.30pm, at Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 1NF (Junction 25, M60). A basic ability to read music is necessary, and we have a varied repertoire. Feel free to come along and see what we do. We are a friendly bunch, and if you become a member you automatically receive a free copy of ‘Stockport Accordion Club through the years’ – who could possibly resist such an offer?!!

Phillip Watson has had his first novel - The Kirkbridge Legacy - published.
This work of fiction is a tale of intrigue and mystery in the world of motor cycle racing, and incorporates motor bikes, accordions and organs – three of Phil’s hobbies – in its story, which makes a good read. The book is available from Phil at 15 Hedge Lane, Darton, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S75 5PJ for £13.50 + £3p/p; there is also a hardback edition for £25 + £3p/p

Accordion Anthology

I wrote Accordion Anthology last year as a belated sequel to the earlier ‘An A to Z of the Accordion’ series. The Accordion Anthology is similar in writing style and content, but is near A4 page sized, most of the 320 photographs are in colour, and this book includes some unique autobiographical articles. The articles include Getting to Know the Accordion, Making a start, Accordion Tips and Hints (Steve Roxton), Be a Better Player (Rosemary Wright), Use of the Couplers (James Sexton), Playing For Others (Rosemary Wright), The Ken Hopkins Collection, Evolution of the Accordion, Manfrini Accordions, The Accordion Concerto, The Accordion and Pop Music, Accordion Dynasties, Tales & Trivia, Polka and the Accordion, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, etc. The autobiographical contributions are from Jack Emblow, David Vernon, Freeland Barbour, Gordon Pattullo, John Jones MBE, Paul Chamberlain, Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, Stewart Walker, and myself. Biographies include André Verchuren, Brandon McPhee, Classic Kyiv Duo, Ksenija Sidorova, Martynas Levickis, Gervasio Marcosignori, John Leslie, Eddie Hession, Amanda Robinson, Dawn Loombe, Helen Maher, Helen Rich, Malachy Cairns, Michael Coyne, Joe Cooley, William Hannah, and more. Accordion Anthology is a high quality hardback - the ideal Christmas or birthday present for any accordion enthusiast!
The book costs £15 + £3p/p (UK), from Rob Howard. (Total overseas prices: EU – 27 Euro, USA/Canada - $37). Paypal accepted, and is especially preferred for overseas transactions as it obviates high bank charges. For further details contact me on (0161) 480 8858; email:


Stockport Accordion Club through the years

2017 is the 30th year since Clifford Wood reformed his band in 1987 that evolved into the present club, and the 80th year since the original club was formed in October 1937. To celebrate these anniversaries a brand new version of Stockport Accordion Club through the years has been published. This is an expanded, revised and updated version that supersedes the book that was published nine years ago. I have written the main text, and there are also interesting contributions from Pearl Fawcett-Adriano (Preface), Adrienne Sharpe (Adrienne meets up with Roy & Dot Hamlet, That first night at the Hollywood, Playing on Club Night), Dorothy Brincat (Alternative Talents), Graham Bullough (Memories of SAC), John Curvis (It’s in the blood), Chris Green (Looking back…), Rob Howard (Clifford Wood 1921-2002, Stuart Thomas Remembered, Some memories of the CWAO, Rob looks back at the Club Nights, The French Connection), John Jones MBE (The Accordion and Me, John Jones tells about the day he went to Buckingham Palace), Tony Marchell (Memories of Cliff Wood), Kevin Munster (Remembering the 1950s), John Nixon (John Nixon reflects…), Derek Pritchard (Derek Pritchard’s Accordion Origins), Wendy Ryan (The Ryan Family), John Trigg (Trip Down Memory Lane, Christmas Party Time Again!), and Brennan Wilson (Performance nerves). The book includes articles about the club’s recent Musical Directors Clifford Wood, Peter Whiteley, Brian Jenkins and Derek Stubbs, President Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, Vice Presidents John Nixon and Walter Perrie, and former President Johnny Coleclough.

Published as a near A4 sized hardback, it costs £15 + £3p/p from Rob Howard, email This limited edition souvenir book, a high quality hardback, includes over 200 photographs, including several accordion band line-up photos from the 1950s to 2017.

Jack Emblow comments: “You don’t have to live in the Stockport area to appreciate Rob Howard’s ‘Stockport Accordion Club through the years’. Packed with interesting and entertaining features, it will be enjoyed by accordion enthusiasts everywhere. Written in Rob’s amusing and readable style, and with lots of fine quality pictures, it is a worthy addition to his excellent series of accordion related books. Well done Rob!”


Accordion teachers

Accordion teachers: Craig Bradley (Sale) – chromatic button, piano accordion or piano, 0161 972 0248; Tony Watterson (Didsbury) – piano accordion, keyboard and guitar; telephone 0161 434 1933; email:; Stefan Andrusyschyn (Alsager) – button/piano accordion or piano, 07958261024; George Garside (Anglesey) – melodeons, 2-row BC button, chromatic button and piano accordion, 01248 852 506; Pauline Hardwick (Staffs) 01782 397248 – piano accordion & piano; Damian Kujawski (Rochdale) – B system button or piano accordion, mobile: 7517 479473 or email:; Helen Maher (Liverpool) – piano and piano accordion 07974 426909; email; Marina Berg (Ormskirk) – piano accordion; tel 01744 894752. If you know of other accordion teachers in our area please will you let me know. The accordion needs more teachers.

Our Local Accordion Dealer

     Our local accordion dealer is The Accordion Shop, 54 Drake Street, Rochdale OL16 1NZ (now can be reached directly by Metrolink, closed on Tuesday & Sunday). The manager is Pete McCoye, and the shop offers a wide range of new and pre-owned accordions of various makes, plus pianos and electronic organs. New instruments in stock include the recently introduced Roland FR4, Paolo Soprani Super double cassotto, and a Cooperativa 96 bass in a 72 bass body model. Also available are new Paolo Soprani models in 96, 72 and 60 bass configurations. Tel 01706 658283; website

 Accordion Technician

For any kind of accordion, melodeon or concertina repairs or restorations (including electronic or MIDI), tunings, conversions, etc, telephone Cheshire-based Roy Whiteley on 01565 723 080 or email; website:

Pearl Fawcett-Adriano CDs

Rob now has a small stock of Pearl’s CDs. These cost £10 + £1p/p (UK) each. Those of you who have seen Pearl in concert will not need telling what a brilliant and highly individual accordionist she is, and those who haven’t yet heard Pearl are surely in for a rare treat. There is also a compilation double CD of archive recordings by the late, great Gervasio Marcosignori.

The CDs are:

Pearl – The Jewel of the Accordion – tracks: Granada, O Sole Mio, Ciribiribin – Variations, Caravan, Carmen, Autumn Leaves, Fossettes, Begin the Beguine, Hejre Kati, Lambeth Polka, Sleepy Blues, Tico Tico

Accordion Tapestry – tracks: Marriage of Figaro Overture (Mozart), Badinerie (JS Bach), William Tell Overture (Rossini), Minuet From Berenice (Handel), Hungarian Dance No. 5 (Brahms), Scherzetto (Thomas Pitfield), Dance Of The Comedians (Smetana), Durand's First Waltz, Allegro (JH Fiocco), Dance Of The Hours (Ponchielli), Turkish March (Mozart), Prelude (Handel) Musette Parisienne – tracks: Caravelle, Piccolina Polka, Le Poussin, Tinarella, Douce Souvenance, Perlina, Musette Parisienne, Clockwork Polka, Letizia, Tippi, Silhouettes De Paris, Geraldina

Allegria Continentale – tracks: Musette Parisienne (A. Dante), The Barber of Seville (Rossini), Toledo Adios (Beltrami Wolmer), Frosinetta (Pearl Fawcett), Dantesque (C. Morbidelli), Caravelle (A. Dante), Baroque Italienne (Pearl Adriano), Tarantella Boogie (Kramer & Wolmer), A Thousand And One Nights (J. Strauss), Paso Doble in A (A. Franceschini), Piccolina Polka (A. Dante)

Ettore Fantasia – tracks: Musette Polka, Tarantella Abruzzese, Amelia, Schools Out, Bambi Samba, Spanish Holiday, Bass'n Boogie, Polketta, Butterfly Fantasy, Samba Polka, Junos, Fuggi Polka, La Rondinella, Ettore's Etude (All tracks composed by Eugene Ettore)

Music on the Move – tracks: Tarantella, Slow, Tango, Slow, Mazurka, Medium, Blues, Quick ¾, Smooth, Boogie

Viva Frosini – tracks: Bel Viso, Cubanola, Bats at Sunset, Trix, Hungarian Fantasy, Bel Fiore, Panama Exposition, Golden Slippers, Robins at Sunrise, Flirtation, E Pur Ti Amo, Spic and Span

Pearl Adriano – tracks: Restless Fingers, Accordion Merry-Go-Round, Tea for Two, El Choclo Fantasia, Nocturne of Love, Romeo & Juliet Overture, Granada, Quick Silver, Romanza Bella, La Donna E Mobile Variations, Meadowlands, Legend of the Glass Mountain

Virtuosissimi – tracks by Pearl: The Thieving Magpie Overture, La Cumparsita, Carnival of Venice Variations, Drigo's Serenade, Spic and Span; tracks by Yuri Kazakov: Toccata & Fugue in D minor, Ukrainian Folk Song, The Musical Box, Russian Comic Dancing Song, Ballet of the Chicks in their Shells, Northern Folk Tunes

Viva Marcosignori - a double CD compilation of archive recordings by Gervasio Marcosignori

Disc 1: Tapestry, Migliavacca, Preludio, Carnival of Venice, Bel Viso, Czardas, Mannequins, Babo, Irish Medley, Hawaiian Lullaby, Mosaico Espanol, Musetta, Dizzy Fingers, Mascherata, Corale, Strauss Medley, Notturno Blu, French Medley

Disc 2: Tamboo, Soir de Paris, Acquarelli Cubani, Italian Medley, Dark Eyes, El Caballero, Fileuse, Pupazetti, Scottish Medley, Danza Orientale, Flight of the Bumble Bee, Moine, Dantesque, Souvenir D’Hawaii, Balletomania, Safari Fiesta, Carillon, Somersault Polka

Stockport Accordion Club's President, Pearl Fawcett-Adriano

This track is from a CD of accordion music played the Stockport Accordion Club's President, Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, called "Accordion Tapestry".

Brahms Hungarian Dance number 5.mp3


Stockport AC President Pearl Fawcett-Adriano is a virtuoso accordionist of international renown.

After becoming the CMA World Junior Champion and CMA World Champion, Pearl went on to become one of the world’s foremost professional accordionists, and was the very first accordionist from any Western country to appear on concert stages in the USSR. Pearl has appeared on radio and TV many times, and has numerous compositions and recordings to her credit. 

All CDs and MAP Editions music are available via Trevani:


Accordion Tapestry – popular classics

Musette Parisienne – Continental music in the musette style

Virtuosissimi solo performances by Pearl and Russia’s Yuri Kazakov

Music on the Move strict tempo dance music on accordion and piano

Les Mélodies ContinentalesContinental-style music

Viva Frosini! - the compositions of Pietro Frosini  

The Two Great Pietros - the compositions of Pietro Deiro and Pietro Frosini

Pearl Adriano - International Musician – selections on piano and accordion 

Ettore Fantasia - the compositions of Eugene Ettore 

Allegria Continentale - a mixture of Continental and classics


Pearl – The Jewel of the Accordion - her most recent CD - includes GranadaO Sole MioCiribiribinCaravanCarmen SelectionAutumn LeavesFossettesBegin the BeguineHejre KatiLambeth PolkaSleepy Blues and Tico Tico. As with all of Pearl’s recordings, her playing is brilliant and meticulous, and this recording is further enhanced by crystal clear studio sound quality.

MAP Editions

 Trevani ( has sole distribution rights to the MAP Editions sheet music catalogue, which includes a large number of pieces for solo and duet accordion, ensemble arrangements, and some music albums. Contact Trevani on 020 8656 1450; email