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  • Club Night Playlist 20 September 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 21 Sep 2022
    Steve Hughes Spanish Romance, Sound of Silence, Maria Elena, In the Summertime, Take 5
    Rosie Galley & John Cordon
    (accordion duet)
    MacDuff Maggie, Via Condios, Maggie’s Farewell to Odessa, Irish Medley
    Tony Britton & Pete Cowie (vocals) I Belong to Glasgow, I Love a Lassie, Keep Right On, My Love is Like a Red Red Rose, Bluebells of Scotland, Skye Boat Song
    Elizabeth Brixton (English concertina) Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Sarah’s Song, I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts, Autumn Leaves
    Mike Richards (with backing tracks) C’est se Bon, Blue Bossa, Bye Bye Love, Don’t Blame Me, Working Man (with vocals)
    Paul Hobbs What a Wonderful World, You Raise Me Up, Where is Your Heart, Highland Cathedral, Answer Me, Ferry Across the Mersey
    Viv & Pete Cowie (vocals) World of Our Own, Banks of the Ohio
     
  • August Club Night Playlist 22. Theme - Animal or Bird (Club Night Players)
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 18 Aug 2022
    August Club Night Playlist 22
    Theme – Animal or Bird
     
    Steve Hughes Running Bear, Feed the Birds, Tarantella (the dance of the spider) Napolitana
    Betty Nixon Mockingbird Hill, Old Shep
    John Cordon Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs
    Jacqui Flather La Cucaracha (The cockroach), Bare Necessities
    Derek Wilton Old Bull and Bush, How Much is that Doggie in the Window, Spread your Tiny Wings
    Barry Graham Glorious Mud, The Hens March Over the Midden, Ghost Chickens in the Sky
    Paul Hobbs La Vie En Rose, Misty, I Believe, Any Dream will Do, Danny Boy
    Miriam Umpleby Wimoweh – Audience participation, 4 part community singing
     
    Intro background music, Paul Hobbs.  Music during break, Barry Graham

     
  • July -August Newsletter 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 3 Aug 2022
    July -August Newsletter 2022
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  • June 2022 Club Night Playlist
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 25 Jun 2022
    Steve Hughes Emily, Maria Elena
    Derek Wilton Rosemarie, Jambolaya ( My Yvonne) harmonica
    John Plumb Goodnight Irene, Ramona (Songsheet)
    Betty Nixon Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair, Bill Bailey
    Norman Brown I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen, Jimmy Brown,
    Anna Marie
    John Corden/Rosie Galley
    Ronas Voe medley
    Steve Houghton La Marche des Accordeonistes Lyonnaise,
    Second to None
    Steve & Cathryn Houghton Snow Bird (accordion/vocal}
    Mike Richards Duke of Perth, Georgia, Sloop John B (vocals)
    Paul Hobbs May Each Day, Something Stupid, Peg 'O My Heart
    Barry Graham My Little Dark Rose, Suzette,
    The Grand March (Verdi‘s Aida)
    Miriam Umpleby Run Rabbit Run (with moves!)
  • May/June Newsletter, 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 8 Jun 2022
    May/June Newsletter, 2022
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    May - June Newsletter 2022
  • Club Night Playlist 17 May 22 (Club Night Players)
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 19 May 2022
     
    Geoff Capewell Golden Coach, Ich Liebe Dich, White Cliffs of Dover

    John Plumb Georgia on my Mind, Midnight in Moscow, Am Spinette

    Paul Hobbs More, Happy Birthday Sweet 16, The Last Waltz

    Betty Nixon La Paloma, Cucaracha, Scottish Medley

    Derek Wilson A wonderful 11-minute medley of 11 old-time songs. (Harmonica)

    Steve Hughes
    Spoken words and music Bosun Bill
     
    Mike Richards
    Morenita Do Brazil, La Cumparsita, Leaving of Liverpool (with backing track and vocals)

    Miriam Umpleby Happy Birthday to John P, Red Red Robin and Mockingbird Hill singalongs, Chicken dance (with actions!)

     
  • BAND CONCERT BETHESDA CHAPEL, ALBION STREET, HANLEY. from 12pm
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 14 May 2022
    BAND CONCERT BETHESDA CHAPEL, ALBION STREET, HANLEY. from 12pm
    The North Staffs Accordion Band will be playing at the Bethesda Chapel, Albion Street, Hanley ST1 3RS, from 12 p.m. on Saturday 14th May supporting the fundraising efforts of the Chapel Trust to complete the renovations thereof. The Chapel will be open to the public till 2 pm with no admission fee charged.
  • Queen's Platinum Jubilee Party
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 5 May 2022
    Queen's Platinum Jubilee Party
  • Fundraising Concert for Ukraine raises £1100
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 24 Apr 2022
    We are delighted to announce that the fundraising Concert for Ukraine held on Friday 22nd April at the Kidsgrove Town Hall raised £1100 for the Ukraine charities through the Disasters Emergency Committee. A big thanks to everyone involved in organising the event and the performents, the North Staffs Accordion Club, City of Stoke on Trent Male Voice Choir and soprano Denise Leigh with accordionist husband, Steffan Andrusychyn, not forgetting Master of Ceremonies, Philip Eardlay.
  • Club Night Playlist 19 April 2022 (Club Night Players)
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 21 Apr 2022
    Club Night Playlist 19 April 2022
    Barry Graham
    Theme from the Navy Lark, The Man at the Nor’ (with vocals)
     
    Amanda Hilmarsson and
    Elizabeth Brixon
    Landmanna Langum, Vettabergs Skagga, Under a Blue Heaven (accordion duet)
     
    John Corden
    Songs of the Sea, Hearts of Oak, Sloop John B
     
    Paul Hobbs
    Stranger on the Shore, La Mer
     
    Viv and Peter Cowie
    Shoals of Herring, The Sinking of the Reuben James
    (duet - accordion and vocals)
     
    Norman Brown
    Do you want your Old Lobby Washed down? Galway Bay, Mountains of Mourne, Golden Light of Old Aberdeen
     
    Derek Wilton
    Red Sails in the Sunset, Anchors Away, Rule Brittania
     
    Betty Nixon
    Over the Waves, The Mariners’ Hymn
     
    Miriam Umpleby
    (Medley with vocals) – Now is the Hour, Tipperary, Pack up your Troubles, White Cliffs of Dover, We’ll Meet Again

     
  • Queens Platinum Jubilee Party
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 23 Mar 2022
  • March Club Night 2022 Playlist (Club Night Players)
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  •  Date Posted: Mon, 21 Mar 2022
    Club Night Playlist.  15 March 2022
    Derek Wilton Sound of Music, Edelweiss, Doe a Deer
    Gennaro Fiondella C’est ci Bon, Indifference, O Sole Mio, Can’t Help Falling in Love and Fly me to the Moon (with vocals), Electrico, Come Prima,South American Joe, Besame Mucho, Luci e Ombre (Light and Shade), Anna Polka, Flight of the Angels, Faena (Gypsy Kings)
    Barry Graham Variations on a Ukranian Theme
    Mike Richards Sorrento Thoughts, Medley (After all Those Years, Bunch of Thyme,
    Maggie), Galway Girl (accordion and vocals)
    Viv and Pete Cowie Streets of London, Rambling Boy (accordion and vocals)
    Genarro Fiondella My Florence, Dinah, Tutto Pepe (Italian Polka), Saetta, Sapore Di Sale (Flavours of the Sea),  Come Back to Sorrento, Cubanola, Crazy Accordion

     
  • March Guest Night
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, 22 Feb 2022
    March Guest Night
    Our March Guest Night will be held at the Bradwell Workingmen's Club, Bradwell Lane ST5 8JA at 7.30 p,m, on Tuesday 15th inst. Admission £5.

    Our Guest for the evening will be:Gennaro Fiondella. see attachment:

     
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  • Zoom Concert 15.01.22
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 16 Feb 2022
    Zoom Concert 15.01.22
    CLUB PLAYERS
    Paul Hobbs
    (North Staffs)
    Don’t Cry for Me Argentina -  Andrew Lloyd Webber
    Hymne to Love                      – Marguerite Monnot
    Fly Me to the Moon             – Bart Howard
    Barry Graham
    (Chester)
    Clarinet Polka 
    My Florence.  – Guido Deiro
    Czardas            - Monte
    Rob Howard
    (Stockport)
    Simple Gifts      – 19C Hymn tune adapted in the 60’s by Sydney Carter as Lord of the Dance
    A set of polkas – Astley’s Ride/Swedish Rhapsody/Jenny Lind Polka/Waves of Tory
    Trumpet Voluntary              – Jeremiah Clarke
    Janis DeVille
    (Black Country)
    I Will Always Love You        – Dolly Parton
    The John Dunbar theme,   -  from Dances with Wolves
    Amarillo                                 - Neil Sadaka & Howard Greenfield
    GUEST PLAYERS
    David Attard (Malta) Tango Maestro – Paolo Bagnasco
    Jerusalem          – Master KG
    Anne-Marie Devine Moon River
    Jolly Cabbellro
    Danny Boy (with Sean O’Neill)
    Irish set (with Sean O’Neill)
    Bel Viso
    Cajun Ceili & Anne Marie Cajun Ceili
    Helen Rich Hand Grenade Throwers – G Deiro
    Indifference                      – Murena & Columbo
    Tarantella                         – Fugazza
    Sicilian Serenade             – Frosini
    Amor, Amor, Amor        - Ruiz
    Quick Silver                      – P Deiro
    Tracey Middleton American Husband in the Kitchen at Buzzards Bay (reels)
    I Don’t Know How to Love Him       – Andrew Lloyd Webber
    Paris Accordeon (French musette) – Albert Delaroy
    Chestnut                                             – Playford Quintet
    Parisian Holiday/Plaisance Fox (Polka)
    Money Money Money                    - Abba
    Julie Best Triumph March
    Style Musette
    I got Rhythm
    Accordion Samba
    Bel Fiore
    Here Comes the Sun
    Toby

     
  • Newsletter January/February 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 3 Feb 2022
    Newsletter  January/February 2022
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    Jan - Feb Newsletter 2022
  • Playlist for Zoom Club Night 18 January 2022 (Club Night Players)
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 20 Jan 2022
    Greta Moseley Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Love Me with All Of your Heart
    Mike Richards Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head, Fly Me to the Moon
    Amanda Hilmarsson Harry Lyme Theme (The 3rd Man), Up a Lazy River
    John Cordon Old Man River, Four in the Morning
    Tony Britton Fiesta Espana, Searchlight Tattoo
    Geoff Capewell Maggie, Que Sera
    Miriam Umpleby Trumpet Voluntary, Yours
    Norman Brown The Old Spinning Wheel, Do You Want Your Old Lobby Washed Down
    John Jones Engelbert Humperdinck Medley
    Barry Graham Caprice (Yvette Hohner), Tico Tico
    Mike Beese English Country Garden
    Steve Hughes El Condor Pasa, Take 5

     
  • All Live Events Cancelled
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, 14 Dec 2021
    All live events cancelled due to one of our members having the Omicron variant of Covid 19 within the family.
  • Merry Christmas Everyone
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  •  Date Posted: Mon, 6 Dec 2021
    Merry Christmas Everyone
  • Xmas Party 21st December includes The Fettlers
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  •  Date Posted: Mon, 25 Oct 2021
    Xmas Party 21st December includes The Fettlers

     
  • Newsletter July/August 2021
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, 3 Aug 2021
    Newsletter July/August 2021
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    Newsletter July/August 2021
  • 20th July Virtual Clubnight Playlist (Club Night Players)
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, 20 Jul 2021
    Miriam Umpleby Minute in G (Beethoven), You’ll Never Walk Alone
    John Jones Latin American Medley, Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White
    Betty Nixon & Ken Hall  Yodeller’s Farewell, Vaya Con Dios
    Paul Hobbs Sous le Ciel de Paris, Eternal Flame
    Geoff Capewell Sands of Islay, Longing for You
    David Attard Adios Muchachos Mix, Un Attimo A Parigi (A Moment in Paris)
    Barry Graham Espagna, Austrian Medley
    Tony Britton Sealed With a Kiss, Romance (from the film Gadfly)
    John Cordon La Mer, C’est Magnifique
    Joseph Grima La Mer, Perfidia
    Tracey Middleton I Dreamed a Dream, Radetzky March
    Mike Richards Fly Me to the Moon, Corinne
  • May/Jun 2021
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 17 Jun 2021
    Newsletter May/June 2021

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    May/June 2021
  • June Virtual Club Night Playlist 15.06.21 (Club Night Players)
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 16 Jun 2021
    June Virtual Club Night Playlist           15.06.21

    THEME – '80’s Music
    Mike Richards
    John Corden
    Barry Graham
    Tracey Middleton
    David Attard (Malta)
    Tony Britton
    Joseph Grima (Malta)
    Miriam Umpleby
    John Jones
    Greta Moseley
    Ann Millward
    Viv and Pete Cowie
    Paul Hobbs
    Steve Hughes
    Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (1986), Ride On (1980)
    Drink With Me (1980), Do You Hear the People Sing? (1980)
    Memory (1981), Love Changes Everything (1987)
    I Know Him So Well (1984), Anthem (from Chess, 1984)
    La Mamba
    Eye Level (Van der Valk 1970’s theme), Walk of Life (1985)
    A Woman in Love (1980), I Can’t Stop Loving You
    Funiculi Funicula (1880!), Hallelujah (glockenspiel) (1984)
    Begin the Begine, Hey, (1980) I Just Called to Say I Love You (1984)
    Island of Dreams, Love Letters in the Sand, In the Mood
    Wheels, Valse Continentale
    Perhaps Love (1981), The Big Ship Sails Down the Alley (1880’s!)
    A Winter’s Tale (1982), Uptown Girl (1983)
    Chariots of Fire (1981 theme), The Onedin Line (1971-1980 theme)

     
  • May Club Night Playlist 18.05.21 (Club Night Players)
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 20 May 2021
    May Virtual Club Night Playlist   18.05.21
    Miriam Umpleby

    Paul Hobbs
    Celtic Fettlers


    Mike Richards
    David Attard (Malta)
    Joseph Grima (Malta)
    Tracey Middleton
    John Jones
    Barry Graham
    English Country Garden (Glockenspiel), Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer (accordion and vocals)
    Battagliero , Pennies from Heaven
    For the Jig of It, All of Me, Corriedinio (inst), Lambada (inst), Champs Elysée (inst), Quendale Bay (inst), Tico Tico (inst),  You Got a Friend in Me. '(inst)' = instrumental. the others included vocal.
    Whip Jamboree (accordion and vocals), Duke of Perth medley.
    Historia De Un Amor, A Tempo Di Musette
    French Shanty, La Foule 
    Carte Postale, Sway
    Edith Piaf - medley
    Dancing Fingers, Beer Barrel Polka
  • Live Rehearsals Start (North Staffs Accordion Band)
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, 11 May 2021
    Live band rehearsals started at the Bradwell Workingmen's Club on Thursday, 20th May 2021, 8 pm.  We expect to revert to Tuesdays after  the 21st June if govt guidance ends social distancing.
  • Programme: CHARITY CONCERT INTERNATIONALE 06.04.21
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 25 Apr 2021
    Charity Concert Internationale, 06.04.21. 
    Programme:
    Anne-Marie Devine
      1. Carnival of Venice (Neopolitan folk tune)
      2. Iain MacPhail Reels
      3. Leavenworth Polka
      4. Derry & Belfast Hornpipes
      5. Rose of Tralee, When Irish Eyes are Smiling & Irish Lullaby
      6. Music for a Found Harmonium
      7. Alpine Express (duet with her teacher, Sean O'Neill)
    Bruno and David Continenza
      1. Waltz No 2 by Dmitri Schostakovich
      2. Libertango by Astor Piazzolla
      3. Tu Che M'hai Preso' il Cuore - You Who Stole My Heart by Franz Lehar
      4. Gran Valzer by Giuseppe Verdi 
      5. Smile by Charlie Chaplin
      6. La vita è bella - Life is Beautiful by Nicola Piovani
      7. New York, New York by Fred Ebb and John Kander
      8. Arriverderci Roma by Renato Rascel
    Barry Graham
      1. Un Bel Di Vedromo - One Fine Day We'll See from Madama Butterfly by Puccini    
      2. Ikhav Kozak Za Dunaj - The Cossack Rode Beyond the Danube (Ukranian folk song)
    Stefan Andrusyschyn
      1. Bach: Organ Prelude and Fugue in D minor
      2. Strauss/Sharov: Blue Danube.
    Mario Conway
           Roland V8
      1: Indifference by Tony Murena (arrangement) French swing musette
      2: Gabriella Sensuale (original) a tango in the style of Astor Piazzolla
      3: Lisabetta (original) Italian waltz.
      4: Oblivion by Piazzolla (arrangement)-
           Hohner Gola
      5: Libertango by Piazzola (arrangement)
      6: Fantasia on Funiculi, Funicula (original)

     
  • Charity Concert Internationale - Videos
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 25 Apr 2021

    Our YouTube channel has been updated following the Charity Concert on the 6th of April. It includes a summary video of the concert and will include the player videos.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEh8EKB3aSGSeTh9NG0C8vQ/videos
    The first player video is The Carnival Of Venice played by Anne-Marie Devine.

  • Playlist for Club Night 16 March 2021 (Club Night Players)
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 17 Mar 2021
    Club Night Playlist, 16th March 2021
    Greta Moseley
    Miriam Umpleby
    Barry Graham
    Betty Nixon
    Ken Hall
    John Jones
    Tracey Middleton
    Rosie Galley
    Norman Brown
    Tony Britton
    Viv & Pete Cowie
    Mike Richards
    Paul Hobbs
    Moira Hague
    John Corden
    Tracey Middleton

    Summertime, Take me Home Country Roads
    Serenade (Haydn), Tulips from Amsterdam (with vocals)
    Scheherazade (3rd Movement)
    I Can’t Stop Loving You
    Mockingbird Hill
    Sweet Caroline, You’re Too Good to be True
    Rumbata, Accordeon in Switzerland, Tango medley, Only Love
    Star of County Down, McDuff Maggie
    Crystal Chandelier, Please Release Me
    Somewhere My Love, Love is a Many Splendored Thing
    Athenry, End of the World (both with vocals)
    Under Paris Skies, The Ferryman (with vocals)
    When I Fall in Love, Durham Town
    Moira recounted a joke
    Athenry, La Mer
    Musette for a Magpie, Passedoble medley, La Bamba, 
    Cubanola (Frosini)
  • Play List for Club Night 16 Feb 2021 (Club Night Players)
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, 16 Feb 2021
    Club Night Playlist 16 February 2021 

    THEME – Love Songs

    Mike Richards - Fly Me to the Moon, Sloop John B
    John Plumb – I Wish You Love, Hello Young Lovers 
    Richard Millward – Falling in Love Again, Run Rabbit Run
    Geoff Capewell – What Now My Love, Answer Me
    Ann Millward – Love Walked In, Embraceable You
    John Cordon – Have I Told You Lately, Some Enchanted Evening
    Viv & Pete Cowie – I Just Called to say I Love You, Mona Lisa
    Paul Hobbs – Yours, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
    Moira Hague – Eriskay Love Lilt, Ae Fond Kiss
    Norman Brown – Answer Me, I Love You Because
    Miriam Umpleby – Scarlet Ribbons, Love Changes Everything
    Steve Hughes – When the Girl in Your Arms, Venus in Blue Jeans
    Betty Nixon – Love Me With All of Your Heart} 
    Ken Hall – She wears My Ring                            } Duet – Francis Wright Waltz, 
    Greta Moseley – A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening, After You’ve Gone, Love Letters in the Sand, Island of Dreams
    Barry Graham – Mon Dieu, L’Accordionist
    Rosie Galley – Give Me Your Heart, Wooden Heart
    The Houghtons – ‘Those Canaan Days’ from Joseph

     
  • January Club Night with guest player Barry Smith
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 21 Jan 2021

    Barry Smith playing the 'Heimarc Waltz'
    Our guest player at our January 'Zoom' club night was our good friend Barry Smith from the Black Country Club, organiser of the Midlands Accordion Festival and editor of the Accordion Post magazine. Along with some 20 club member performances, Barry kept us entertained with a varied programme including a couple of his own compositions, as is this video piece. Many thanks Barry.
    Barry's composition, 'Heimarc' is named after his children, Heidi and Marcus, and can be found on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEh8EKB3aSGSeTh9NG0C8vQ/videos
    or
    Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/northstaffsaccordionclub

    Barry is being interviewed at 9.15 am on Sunday 24th January 2021 on Wolverhampton Radio (FM 101.8 MHz).

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  • Accordion Profile discontinued,
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 16 Jan 2021
    Heather Smith, editor of the  'Accordion Porofile'  had decided to discontinue publishing the magazine with immediate effect.  Our chairman has sent the following message to her:
    Dear Heather,
    I'm sorry to hear that you are going to discontinue publishing the Accordion Profile, Heather.  It has been a huge part of the accordion scene of the country.  With the lack of live music activity through the pandemic it must have been desperately hard for you over the past months and it is probably wise for you to retire and gain more time in your life for other things.
    Our very best wishes from the North Staffs Accordion Club where we hope to see you again as a guest in the not too distant future.
    Best Wishes,
    1steve Hughes
  • Christmas Video - O Holy Night
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 16 Dec 2020


    'O Holy Night' recorded by members of the North Staffs Accordion Band.

    ‘O Holy Night’ is a well-known Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847. The North Staffs Accordion Band members created this festive video during the 2020 lockdown, and wish you a very merry Christmas. This is a stereo recording so, best listened to on headphones.

    Members of the band recorded their parts at home on numerous applications/devices including smart phones, apple devices, windows devices, and formats including .mpa, .mp3, .mov, .aup The sound files were then aligned on Audacity, and mixed down with minimal amendments.


     
  • Club's YouTube Channel
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 27 Aug 2020
    Club's YouTube Channel


    Our new YouTube channel has been running for 2 months and already has had 1,595 hits and 50 hrs of viewing. We'd love more viewings and subsribers. Please make our day by viewing and subscribing.

    Click the link below to access the channel.

     
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