Post-2019/20 AGM Entertainment

Type of post: Club news item
Posted By: Steve Hughes
Status: Current
Date Posted: Sun, 1 Nov 2020

Post-AGM Entertainment

On Monday 26th October, following the Club AGM we had entertainment from two of our members, Mike Richards and Paul Hobbs, each giving use a 15 minute spot.
Mike played:
  • Under Paris Skies
  • Bluebell Polka (signature tune of the late Jimmy Shand)
  • La Cumparsita
  • Moondance 
  • Working Man (vocal)
He said that ‘Working Man’ always reminded him of his late grandfather who spent all of his working life in the Florence coal mine and that the lovely Staffordshire countryside where he, Mike, lived as a child was spoilt only by the Florence slag heap which could be seen from their house.
Paul Hobbs:
Introducing his first piece, ‘Highland Cathedral’, Paul said that it was written in 1982 in Berlin by M Korb & U Roever for concert bands and bagpipes.  It is popular with pipe bands eg Royal Dragoon Guards.  In1998 Terry Mechan wrote new lyrics which were befitting for Scotland and there is a movement by some of the Scottish to adopt it as an anthem of Scotland, alongside “Flower of Scotland”.
  • Highland Cathedral
  • The Maigret Theme
  • Red Roses for a Blue Lady
  • Thank You for the Music
  • I Believe
Of the ‘Maigret Theme’, Paul said:
A French tune which is not really “FRENCH”.  This is music by Ron Grainer – musician and composer.  He was an Australian who spent most of his working life in England.  As well as the Maigret Theme he composed music and theme songs for many popular British TV shows, including The Prisoner, Dr Who, Steptoe & Son, Tales of the Unexpected.
So just to clarify -
I am an accordionist from Lichfield, playing an Italian made accordion, with French tuning, performing a tune written by an Australian composer, who was living in England at the time he wrote the musical theme tune for a French Style TV detective series which was made by the BBC in the 1960s and was popular throughout the UK.