Hello!

(Footsie Steve with his homegrown pumpkin)

They say a picture paints a thousand words so this natter is more pictures

for a change. . . I love this time of year! The colours, the light, the air. . . . .
Apologies for a few mistakes on the last blog – the photo below was miscredited and taken by Sylvestre Charbin :


Have you started making anything yet or like me, have bought a kit or two as possible Christmas presents?

As you may know, I have been to Wales a bit recently and doing workshops in accordion and also (last weekend) the first workshop for the Severn Suite Revisited (a project I did 10 years ago with John Kirkpatrick). I have been so lucky to have done some really inspirational projects and if you would like to take part, come over this Saturday for the final workshop and evening event. . . throughout this missive there are  photos taken from last weekend. . .This Saturday starts at 1pm at Llandinam Village Hall, Llandinam near Welshpool and that evening will be the ceilidh and concert – do come along, shake a leg and have fun. It is such a fantastic event and the hall is so lovely, nestled in Mid Wales. . .
Sat 29th  Oct : Karen Tweed: LLANDINAM, MID-WALES The Severn Suite (with John Kirkpatrick) 10 Years On
Venue : Llandinam Village Hall, Llandinam
www.tradartsupport.org.uk

To buy the Severn Suite Book see
http://www.tradartsupport.org.uk/shop.html


(Photo by Claire Weston)
Talking of amazing projects and people, I did a super dance project with Hannah James last year which was not only tremendous fun but also put me back in touch with Sandy Silva. Sandy showed us what she had been up to and here it is. . .so beautiful and inspirational. . . 

migration dance film project

 

You know, Romano Viazzani’s Accordion news bulletins are fantastic – news, events and new releases including a book entitled ‘Getting Rid of Your Stage Fright and Performance Anxiety’ by Inger Murray!
See below for a snippet of this month’s and details on how to subscribe to his bulletin :

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(Photo by Claire Weston)

I have also been thinking a lot about learning, generally – how we can help our confidence; how to manage what we are aspiring towards and how to stop worrying about the minutiae. I have started to learn about Bossa Novas and found Mike Marshall’s mandolin book of them particularly useful for my accordion technique!

On a completely different theme, have a listen to this radio show. Tuulikki is a super accordionist herself; she is Estonian and I had a day trip to Tallinn in the summer. What a very very beautiful place. . .

Tuulikki Bartosik’s radio programme :


(Photo by Claire Weston)
I also went to a set dancing class in Longford last week. Brilliant and hilarious. . .while this week I am learning about pelvic dysfunction (inbetween the bossa novas) and how important it is for my ‘disco hips’ to keep mobile. Luckily, my Dad has invited me to a ‘Strictly’ ballroom dancing weekend in Blackpool in December so I am keen to brush up my Foxtrots and learn the Cha Cha! I’m not kidding. My Dad taught me the basic foxtrot when I was about 12 and he is a lovely dancer and it certainly keeps him happy and young!


(Photo by Claire Weston)
I had a lovely time on my Bangor Accordion day – many thanks to all who came and the same week, enjoyed listening to Emilio Allodi (of Allodi Accordions in Lewisham) discussing bellows with Mike Nelson. . .

I never realised that there were as many types of tape which decorated accordion bellows as types of tea!!!

. . .another discussion this week has been flight companies. Eurowings have impressed me recently although I have to say that I am a ferry girl at heart and do prefer, if given the choice, a ferry anywhere. . .


(Photo by Claire Weston)
Oh yes, getting rid of the dots!!! It is great playing for dancing because you need to keep one eye on the music and one on the dancing (or your caller / band) . . .and it is funny how you notice that there are bits of the music you can safely play without notation to watch where the dancers / caller are at and bits where you can’t. . . . Which in turn tells you the bits you need to work on at home, later.
No one is suddenly good at getting rid of the dots, it all takes work and small-chunk-management and can be done, believe me. Patience was never my middle name either but I am slowly learning!!!


(Photo by Claire Weston)
So whether you are a musician or a dancer, start getting limbered up for the winter. . .it will be great exercise (playing or dancing), make you laugh and keep you joyful. And if you can’t make mid Wales, here’s a ceilidh coming up in Gloucestershire :

Fri 18th November : Karen Tweed & Friends : AVENING, GLOUCESTERSHIRE
The Avening Church Ceilidh, Avening Memorial Hall, Avening, Gloucestershire, GL
8.00pm

Tickets £15 / Children £8 (includes a delicious hot home-made supper)
More information : Piers Hansen 01453 836207 / 07770 745642
piers.hansen@btinternet.com


Happy Pumpkin time!

xK 

KT DATES

OCTOBER

Sat 29th  Oct : Karen Tweed: LLANDINAM, MID-WALES The Severn Suite (with John Kirkpatrick) 10 Years On
Venue : Llandinam Village Hall, Llandinam
www.tradartsupport.org.uk

To buy the Severn Suite Book see

http://www.tradartsupport.org.uk/shop.html

NOVEMBER

Wed 2nd November : Karen Tweed : TEACHING WORCESTER
See www.learningaccordion.com

Thurs 3rd November : Karen Tweed : TEACHING WORCESTER
See www.learningaccordion.com

Fri 18th November : Karen Tweed & Friends : AVENING, GLOUCESTERSHIRE
The Avening Church Ceilidh, Avening Memorial Hall, Avening, Gloucestershire, GL
8.00pm

Tickets £15 / Children £8 (includes a delicious hot home-made supper)
More information : Piers Hansen 01453 836207 / 07770 745642
piers.hansen@btinternet.com

DECEMBER
Wed 7th December : Karen Tweed : TEACHING WORCESTER
See www.learningaccordion.com

Thurs 8th December : Karen Tweed : TEACHING WORCESTER
See www.learningaccordion.com

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Round and about. . .

1. RYDE: ISLE OF WIGHT :  THE CORBALAN BROTHERS Ryde Methodist Church on Sunday, November 13th

From: Tony O’Nions <nitoniow@gmail.com>
Sent: 25 October 2016 15:47
To: Me
Subject: Vaguely Sunny

 

Dear Friends,

THE CORBALAN BROTHERS – PARAGUAYAN HARP DUO

One of the highlights of the recent Harp on Wight Festival was the
performance of the Paraguayan musician Ismael Ledesma who’s dazzling and
uplifting rhythms earned him two encores and a standing ovation.

We are joining forces with Harp on Wight to present more Paraguayan harp
music at Ryde Methodist Church on Sunday, November 13th when the
Corbalan Brothers – Sixto and Juanjo – visit the Island as part of their
UK tour

Vic saw them play at the Edinburgh Harp Festival last year and they were
first class, so be prepared for another opportunity for more exciting
Latin American  harp dynamics as the brothers demonstrate the
versatility of their instruments.

To discover more about their music please visit www.sixtocorbalan.com

The concert  starts at 7.30pm.  Tickets are £12 each and can be booked
in advance by phoning 01983-730930.

Best wishes,

Vic and Tony

2. Ian Storror’s Jazz at the Albert
www.jazzata.com
JAZZ at the Albert GIG-UPDATE

Sunday 13 November
The Andrew Bain Project
feat; John Irabagon & George Colligan from the USA
Jazz

Sunday 20 November
Damon Brown’s Korean Trio
Jazz

Sunday 27 November
Dominic Howles Quintet
feat; Dave O’Higgins & Steve Waterman
Jazz
Full details at
http://jazzata.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=32243ec3fe268b962ec52185d&id=5d0f8794c3&e=5028ca49a7

3. From: Becky Haydock <beckyhaydock@gmail.com>
Subject: Winterfylleth – Saturday 26 November, 7pm til late at Porchfield Village Hall

Hi all,
Winterfylleth is returning for another year. An evening of enchanting music, poetry and song. This year we will feature music from – 
Millicent’s Favourite, folk music favourites (with clog dancing too!)
Joe Caudwell on didgeridoo, vocals, guitar and drums
Chamber folk-pop from Douglas Richards of Plastic Mermaids, with string section (Kathy Grimshaw, David Hences and Becky Haydock)
Poi and shadow dance from Fany 
…and poetry from Joe Tapsell and The Return of the Native. 
All happening at Porchfield Village Hall on Saturday November 26th.  Tickets are £7 adults and £3.50 children. There will be a bar and stew on sale. 
If you would to come along please reserve tickets by return of email or ring/text me on 07969 735728.
Thank you!
Becky

4. From: Jill Elliot <jillyelliot@gmail.com>

Sent: 24 October 2016 14:26
To: Jill Elliot
Subject: Its Your Ceili Friday 4th Nov 7.30pm

Hi
The Highly Strung Community Band are running the fourth in the series of barn dances at St Albans Church Hall in Bristol BS6 7NS a week on Friday – 4th November from 7.30pm – 10.30pm.
The main aim of Its Your Ceili is for the Band (of around 25 musicians) to enjoy playing for the dancing and for dancers of any experience level to come and have a good time – and we have the added bonus of raising some money for a worthy local charity…. and this year it has been St. Peter’s Hospice for which we have so far raised £853.28 – we’d love to make it over the £1000 mark – so please come along on Friday 4th! – and forward this to friends.
We have a cash bar with real ale, wine and soft drinks, pasties and cookies for sale at the interval and lots of fun with all the dances which are walked through before being danced to the live music.
Tickets are £10 each – make sure you are buying tickets for Nov 4th 2016! – or pay on the door £10 plus a donation to the charity- (£2).  Band members pay £5 plus a donation to charity (£1).
Any queries just e mail me
Jill

5. Sessions in the Longford / Roscommon area of IRELAND :

1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month – Tallyho Pub, Longford town 10pm

Every Wednesday – Camlin Bar, Clondra, Co Longford 10pm

Every Thursday – Carthy’s, Roscommon town 10pm

1st Thursday of the month – Hanly’s, Strokestown, Co Roscommon 10pm? –

Every Friday – Longford Arms Hotel, Longford town 10pm

3rd Friday of the month – Shannon Bar, Tarmonbarry, Co Roscommon 9.30pm

All are free admission. All welcome.

5. SET DANCING classes at John Browne’s Pub, Longford Town, Co Longford, Ireland every WEDNESDAY from 7.30pm onwards.