An A To Z Of The Accordion Vol4

£10.00

The last in the A to Z series and another must read accordion book. More useful entertaining information about the UK accordion world. Some of the articles are extensions of topics and biographies featured in the three previous volumes, adding further information, and from fresh angles. Again, there are some specially written articles, plus some evergreen archive magazine articles written by such eminent authorities as Gerald Crossman, Conway Graves and Douglas Ward.

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The last in the A to Z series and another must read accordion book. More useful entertaining information about the UK accordion world. Some of the articles are extensions of topics and biographies featured in the three previous volumes, adding further information, and from fresh angles. Again, there are some specially written articles, plus some evergreen archive magazine articles written by such eminent authorities as Gerald Crossman, Conway Graves and Douglas Ward. Below is are just a few of the subject contents.

  • Accordion – an introduction to the accordion, in its various types
  • Accordion – a few playing tips:an assortment of hints for those new to the joys of learning the accordion
  • Accordion – in Retrospect: a look back in time to 1829, and how the concertina and accordion’s popularity have waxed and waned over the years in Great Britain
  • Accordion Manufacturing Process – how an accordion is made
  • Accordion Museum – Caroline Hunt writes about her recently founded accordion museum in the Scottish Highlands
  • Accordion Music – book and sheet music retailers
  • The accordion with other instruments – an article written by Ingrid Gould
  • All Scotland Accordion Champions – a list of the Senior Scottish champions
  • Beltona Records – the first major British recording company to record accordionists
  • Castletown Accordion Orchestra – European accordion orchestra champions, 1986
  • Chartres Accordion Festival – leading French accordion festival, founded in 1988
  • Complete Works of Guido Deiro – a brilliant compliation by Henry Doktorski
  • Crawley Accordion Orchestra – story of the Sussex-based orchestra
  • Don Destefano Remembered – an article by Tony Compton
  • Devon Accordion Project – an innovative scheme, by Leslie Thompson, aimed at “introducing beginners to the delights of playing accordion”
  • Diatonic Musings – teacher George Garside discusses the ‘push/pull’button instruments
  • Double Acts – notable double acts involving accordionists, such as Foster & Allen, The Alexander Brothers, Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham, Bon Accords, Sultans of Squeeze
  • Drama: ‘The Accidental Death of an Accordionist’ – a play featuring accordion music
  • Early Learning Ceilidh Band – a scheme for teaching traditional music to youngsters, led by All Scotland Champion Alan Small
  • Famous People Who Also Played the Accordion – yet more well known names
  • Gallowglass Ceili Band – Ireland’s most commercially successful ceili band
  • International Stars of the Accordion – Gary Blair discusses a few famous names, including Alexander Dmitriev, Peter Soave, Friedrich Lips, Lars Ek…and more
  • The Irish Rovers – internationally known Canadian-based Irish folk band, featuring Wilcil McDowell on accordion
  • Irish Traditional Playing – Frances O’Rourke, an Irish dance accordionist, discusses her experiences of learning and playing Irish music
  • Italian Connection – This article looks at the massive contribution made over the years to the accordion in this country by Italian immigrants
  • The Jazz Accordionists – a look at how the jazz accordion scene has evolved in Grseat Britain since the 1920s
  • Jazz Accordion Tutor Book – a unique tutor book, written by American jazz accordionist Ralph Stricker
  • Jim Mackay’s Dance Band – featuring three generations of accordionists, this dance band was formed in 1957, and is still going strong!
  • ‘La Vie En Rose’ – film biography of Edith Piaf, and featuring much accordion music
  • Memorising – Conway Graves discusses the topic of memorising music
  • Morris On – a look at the classic series of recordings of Morris dance music
  • The Occasionals – top Scottish dance band, led by accordionist Freeland Barbour
  • Paris Musette – a look at musette music since the 1890s
  • Playing From Piano Music – an article written by Gerald Crossman
  • The Puppini Sisters – a trio specialising in 1940s close harmony singing, featuring Marcella Puppini on accordion and piano
  • Quotations – a few quotes from accordionists and other musicians
  • CD/DVD/Book Reviews – a selection of previously published reviews of recommended Cds, DVDs and books, written by the author and by Henry Doktorski
  • Getting to grips with the Roland FR7 – the author’s experience to date
  • The Scales in the Balance – an essay extolling the virtues of practising scales, by accordion teacher Kenneth Hacking
  • The Serious Performer – an article by leading accordionist Douglas Ward
  • Jimmy Shand Centenary DVD – at long last, a DVD telling the story of the iconic and insirational Sir Jimmy Shand
  • Shand Morino – Roy Magna tells the story of this iconic button accordion
  • Swansea Accordion Orchestra – the story of this orchestra, founded in 1982
  • Tales & Trivia – some short, true stories
  • Tips for Practising and Playing Solos – by Gerald Crossman
  • UK Championships – Playing at Scarborough, by Ann Parker – an engaging and humorous personal view of competing at the national championships
  • Updates – a few updates of information given in the earlier volumes
  • Xmas – a few suggestions, for Christmas presents
  • YouTube – video sharing worldwide Internet facility
  • ZZ Music – Double Zed Music – a company set up by Romano Viazzani covering a variety of accordion-related activities

Biographies and Autobiographies:
Marcel Azzola, Brian Bayliss, Elaine Beecham, Ivan Black, Nigel Black, Buckwheat Zydeco, Raymond Chuck, James Coutts,  The Currie Brothers, Leslie Craig,  D’ambrosia Family, D’Arcy Family, Don Destefano, Rico Destefano, Blair Douglas, Emilio, Neil Fodden, Richard Galliano, Herbert Greene, Mairearad Green,  Adrienne Griffiths, Derek Hamilton, Thom Hardaker, Ron Hodgson, Eddy Jay, Flaco Jimenez, Ronnie Kennedy, Mark Kenneth and so many more…

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Rob Howard

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