I forgot to share my award from the end of last year! US Radio Programme ‘The Old Changing Way’ sent me this certificate – a lovely surprise altogether!

Many thanks for those of you who contacted me after the last natter – Terry Hulf’s videos seem to have caused quite a stir. Do check out his ‘Mousetown’ video:


and while I’m on the subject of interesting videos, here’s one from this year’s Shrewsbury Festival – short, sweet and full of fun :


. . .and thank you to Rich Headey who sent this :
Sent: 23 February 2016 22:26
To: Karen Tweed

. . .Then, apart from the mouse video I found the double Headed Accordion Monster video
Might amuse you, idk, maybe that’s what all accordionists get up to on a wet Saturday afternoon.


Here in Ireland, we’re back to more rain and grey cloud cover (the above photo was taken near me, only a few weeks ago), while the recounts over last weekend’s election continue. . . plus discussions as to whether the ‘rainbow government’ will proceed (because of no clear majority) or another election will need to take place.

It says a lot when, like in the UK, only just over 60% can be bothered to vote. . .I did think, however, that all votes mattered and even if we decide not to vote, we get a government anyway, so surely it’s better to have some kind of input to it? However, there have been so many recounts here since last Friday and no party seems to be able to work together, it makes you wonder how upsidedown the world has turned. . .

So I’ve had my head down in the manifestos here and also found a couple of others; the first thanks to Tom McElvogue. . .



Longford Women’s Manifesto Group and Longford Women’s Link 
invite you to
‘The Unsung Heroines – Longford Women in the 1916 Rising
(​Brigid Lyons, Aine & Eilís Ní Riain, Rose McGuinness & Ms. Doyle)

FRIDAY, 11 March, 
Two performances at 11.30am & 1.30pm
Barneys, Main St. Longford
Light refreshments.  Everybody welcome

This event is supported by Longford County Council
‘The Unsung Heroines’ is a 20 min. drama scripted and performed by Longford Women’s Manifesto Group and Longford Women’s Link with students from Templemichael College. The drama remembers and commemorates Longford women’s role in the 1916 Rising.

And lastly, on the theme of Irish politics and the current water problems (certainly local to me on the longford / Roscommon borderlands), Erin Brockovich has called for the Irish government to publish the levels of Trihalomethanes on consumers’ bill here. . .

(From left at the session in Hanly’s, Strokestown, Co Roscommon which is on the first Thursday of every month : Dylan Carlos – fiddle, John Carlos – flute, Patsy Hanly – flute and a local tin whistle player)

We’ve been having some lovely sessions in Strokestown (see above) and more recently, in the Shannon Bar in Tarmonbarry last Friday evening. Accordionist Jim McLoughlin called over a few weeks ago with his Eb and Bb accordions (to put me through my paces) and had been telling me all about plasterers and plastering (a magical craft, in my humble opinion – whether perfectly flat, skimmed ceilings or beautifully executed ceiling roses and grand cornices). . .and how, locally (County Longford) it was common for plasterers to use stilts and mechanisms on the stilt bases that allowed the plasterer to almost tip over and back, to make the most of time and of course, not waste time running up and down ladders.
The imagery completely caught me; all these craftsmen waving to and fro while plastering at great speed, on stilts. . .plus the idea of people like Jim whistling the most brilliant tunes, on the job. One of these days I’d love to try plastering but enough of that. I’ll be on about line painting on roads next (another fascination of mine), as well as tractors. . .

Jim McLoughlin is not only a fine accordionist who always surprises me with some really beautifully unusual tunes (the G minor ones I seem to love the best at the moment) but has also introduced me to some great music – such as accordionist Danny O’Mahony.
Great accordion playing with the most perfect gentle phrasing. His CD ‘In Retrospect’ has been having quite an airing here most days. Interestingly, Danny’s from Ballyduff, North Kerry – just up the road from my mother’s birthplace in Ballybunion.


And to another accordionist, Bristol-based Richard Hughes (who’ll be joining me at my birthday-concert-party). Here’s a lovely waltz / video he’s made :


So, there’s lots coming up. I’ve had a few queries about the workshops I’m doing so here’s a bit more detail. . .

Workshop-wise, in Shrewsbury (April) I’m covering Irish and Scottish music (mainland, Orkney and Shetland), while in Priddy, Somerset (May) I’ll be covering Irish, Scottish and French music. Then in York (May), I’ll be running a mixed instrumental ensemble.

Each day has a maximum number of places, usually upto about 10 for the accordion days and 20 for the mixed instrumental days.

During the day, you will explore fun ideas about :

  • various technical points in becoming precise, fluent and natural in your performance and repertoire
  • how to accumulate new repertoire while recognising what you need to further your musicality
  • how to diminish your performance stress
  • how to begin to compose / arrange
  • good practicing techniques that are relevant to the style and repertoire you would like to play
  • repertoire from traditional music sources, newly composed tunes
  • more adventurous bass patterns and ideas
  • looking closer at controlling and using your bellows / phrasing to their full dynamism

Time will be allocated for personal practice and notated, ABC and mp3 forms of the melodies for the workshop will be sent out prior to the courses.

Anyway, if you have more queries, just email me (with WORKSHOPS in the header) :

An accordionist whose music I have loved for many years is Serge Desaunay – do get to see / hear him whenever you can. His music is magical. . .


Don’t forget that because this year marks my 27th year of being a professional musician and as my birthday (27th May) lands on a Friday, I’m having a bit of a do.
It’s a free event – a birthday-concert-party at the Hen and Chicken, Bedminster, Bristol and there’s some lovely guests including Roger Wilson (who got me into this in the first place), accordionist / saxophonist Karen Street, saxophonist Andy Tweed and accordionist Richard Hughes with more to be announced.
If you’d like to come along, you’ll need to reserve your ticket by emailing me with BIRTHDAYPARTY27 in the header :


or by text to 07522 606871.

It promises to be a great night of fun and we’ll be welcoming donations towards Alzheimers UK and The Samaritans.

Lastly, it’s looking like quite a year for anniversaries and this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Severn Suite Project I did with John Kirkpatrick in the village of Llandinam. So, to celebrate, Philip Freeman and his merry crew are hosting a grand night of The Severn Suite : 10 Years On. That’ll be on Saturday 29th October. I’ll keep you posted. . .

Meantime, I believe we have snowstorms ahead. . .


Tues 22nd March : Karen Tweed Teaching at Worcester

To book your slot, see :

Thurs 24th March : Karen Tweed Teaching at Worcester
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Tues 12th / Wed 13th April : Karen Tweed & Timo Alakotila teaching at Newcastle University

Tues 19th April : Karen Tweed Teaching at Worcester
To book your slot, see :

Wed 20th April : Karen Tweed solo concert, CHELTENHAM
Venue : Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1HQ

Tickets : £12
Info :  01242 500025

Thurs 21st April : Karen Tweed Teaching at Worcester
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Fri 22nd April : Karen Tweed: Solo, SHREWSBURY
Venue : Bradbury Hall, The Trinity Centre, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury SY3 9HF
Tickets : £10 / £7 unwaged

Concert : 8pm
Info and tickets : 07522 606871
 / info@karentweed.com

Sat 23rd April: Karen Tweed 
10am – 4.30pm
Venue :  Glebe Hall, The Trinity Centre, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury SY3 9HF
Tickets : £40
 Bring and share lunch
Info and contact : 07522 606871


Fri 29th April : Karen Tweed: Solo SOMERSET
Venue : Roxy Cinema, 36 High Street, Axbridge, Somerset BS26 2AF Tickets : £10 / £7 unwaged

Info and tickets :
01749 870078



Sun 1st May : 
Karen Tweed SOMERSET Accordion Day : MUSIC from SCOTLAND, IRELAND and FRANCE
10am – 4.30pm
Venue : Priddy Village Hall, Somerset BA5 3BE
Tickets : £40 
Bring and share lunch
Info and contact :
01749 870078


Tues 17th May : Karen Tweed Teaching at Worcester
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Thurs 19th May : Karen Tweed Teaching at Worcester
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Sat 21st  May : Karen Tweed: Solo YORK
Venue : The Wolfe Room, The Black Swan Inn, 23 Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PR
Tickets : £10 advance / £12 on the door

Info and tickets :
07522 606871 / info@karentweed.com

Sun 22ND  May : 
Karen Tweed YORK Mixed Ensemble Day
10am – 5pm
Venue : The Wolfe Room, The Black Swan Inn, 23 Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PR
Tickets : £25

Info and contact :
07522 606871 / info@karentweed.com

Mon 23rd  May : Karen Tweed: Solo CROYDON
Venue : Croydon Folk Club, Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road
Croydon CR0 1BD
Tel: 020 8660 5919
Ticket URL: http://www.wegottickets.com/croydonfolkclub
Info :croydonfolkclub@aol.com
Tickets: £8 (£6 members)

Fri 27th May : Karen Tweed & Friends Birthday-Concert-Party, BRISTOL – free event
To commemorate my 27th year as a professional musician, I’m having a bit of a do. . .Guests include Roger Wilson, Karen Street, Richard Hughes and Andy Tweed (more to be announced)
Venue : The Hen & Chicken, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1JF
Tickets : Free by reservation – email :
info@karentweed.com or tel / text : 07522 606871
Donations on the night welcomed towards Alzheimers UK and The Samaritans.

Mon 30th  May : Karen Tweed: Solo (& with Karen Street) The New Horrington Fair, WELLS
Venue : Wells Cricket Club, New Horrington, Wells, Someset BS26 2AF
12 noon – 4pm
FREE event

Residents of South Horrington are resurrecting the Family Fun Day that took place every summer on the old Mendip Hospital site.
Throughout the 1960s to 80s the Mendip Hospital Summer Fete, run by the League of Friends, evolved to become one of the biggest events of the summer, opened by a local celebrity and with attractions such as The Red Devils, police display teams, the Somerset Light Infantry, maypole dancing, an antiques market, a donkey derby, skittles, children’s fancy dress and a pig roast.
The new Horrington Fair will take place at South Horrington at Wells Cricket Club on Mayday Bank Holiday Monday, May 30, from noon to 4pm.
There is music all day with L’esprit du jazz and Karen Tweed and others tbc.
There will also be a dog training demonstration and games for children, and various stalls including a plant sale.
Refreshments will include BBQ, a licensed bar, tea and cakes and Mendip Moments ice cream.

Fri 17th June : Karen Tweed & Nick Wiseman Ellis CONCERT
Venue: Kombüse 53° Nord
Address: Hauptstraße 28, 21787 Oberndorf
Time: 19:00
Tickets: 11€ adv./13€ on the door.
Tel: +49 4772 8608913
Website: www.die-oberndorfer.de

Mon 27th June – Fri 1st July : Karen Tweed & Timo Alakotila teaching and in concert, FINLAND
Venue : Haapavesi Summer school 
Dates : 27th June – 1st July

Information : http://www.haapavesifolk.com/inenglish/

Saturday 2nd July : Karen Tweed & Timo Alakotila in concert FINLAND
Venue : Haapavesi Festival

Info and tickets : http://www.haapavesifolk.com/inenglish/

Sat 9th July : Karen Tweed & Timo Alakotila in concert FINLAND

Venue : Rääkkylä Kihaus Festival

Info and tickets : http://www.kihaus.fi/

Mon 11th – Tues 12th July : Karen Tweed & Timo Alakotila at KAUSTINEN FESTIVAL, FINLAND

Tickets and info : http://kaustinen.net/?page_id=11890

Mon 8th – Fri 12th August : Karen Tweed teaching BATH
Venue : Bath Folk Festival Summer School, The Edge, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY 

Info : http://bathfolkfestival.org/traditional-music-summer-school/

Sun 16TH  October : Karen Tweed BANGOR Accordion Day
10am – 4.30pm
Tickets : £40
 Bring and share lunch
Info and contact : Annie 01286 673696 / annie_adprin@hotmail.com

Sat 29th  Oct : Karen Tweed: LLANDINAM, MID-WALES The Severn Suite (with John Kirkpatrick) 10 Years On
Venue : Llandinam Vllage Hall, Llandinam


Round and about. . .
1. The No 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra Upcoming concerts :
Sat 19th March BRIGHTON

Venue : Exeter St. Hall, Exeter Street, Brighton BN1 5PG
Time : 8pm

Sun 20th March SHOREHAM
Venue : Methodist Church Hall, Brunswick Road, Shoreham BN43 5WB
Time : 2.30pm

2. Ian Storror’s Jazz at the Albert

Sunday 6 March
Andy Hague’s Big ’50’ Band

Thursday 17 March
The Choro music of Brazil
Latin/ Acoustic/ World

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3. Leighton House ‘Pre-Raphaelites on Paper’ Exhibition of Drawings by the PRB from the Lanigan collection

4. Johnny Coppin Tour dates!

Sun 6  READING – Readifolk,  The Conference Room, above The Global Café, London Street, Reading  RG1 4PS
doors 7.30pm.  Reserve tickets  contact  Una and Colin 0118 948 3145   unaandcolin@talktalk.net 

Fri 11 GLOUCESTER –  with PAUL BURGESS   — Churchdown Community Centre, Parton Road, GL3 2JH   doors 7.30pm
the concert is in support of Kidney Research U.K. and Rotary Charities.
Tickets available from:    on-line at www.rccntickets.uk.com

From Tourist Information Centres at Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury

From Cheltenham North Rotary Club by phoning 01242 525966

Sun 13 RAINFORD  –  The Wooden Horse Folk Club, The Junction, News Lane, Rainford, Lancs.   WA11 7JU    8.30pm start
jimcoan@boundlessmail.com              01772 452782

Tue 15 NEWCASTLE – Cramlington Folk Club   – The Clef and Cask, Dewley, Cramlington NE23 6DT
tickets from Keith Taylor 01670 715106    info@cramfolk.co.uk


18-22  La Jeusseliniere – The Reunion 2016     Workshops at Halsway Manor, nr Crowcombe Somerset TA4 4BD– I will one of the guest tutors.
Hosted by Martyn & Danni Wyndham-Read, with Iris Bishop, Stan Graham, Carolyn Robson and guest tutors.
Martyn & Danni started the La Jeusseliniere music weeks form their home in France in 2002. These relaxed and friendly courses, featuring well known folk artists

and musicians, continued until Martyn & Danni moved back to the UK in 2007. The La Jeuss Reunion began the following year, continuing to flourish as a meeting
place where like minded musicians – and their partners and friends – can relax and enjoy each others company whilst exploring and improving their musical talents.
The week is suitable for musicians of all levels of ability, from beginners to advanced, and there will be art classes and other activities for non-musicians.
BOOKING    for information and to book please contact Stan Graham, magpiemusic25@gmail.com / 01904 758228.

Thu 28  EVESHAM Arts Centre  – “Folk in the Foyer”- with support from singer/songwriter Colin Pitts
Prince Henry’s School, Victoria Avenue  WR11 4QH  7.30pm

Tickets   Box office 01386 446944         www.eveshamartscentre.co.uk

Starring Gary Blair, Julie Best, Jean Corrigan, Harry Hussey & John Romero.
Book your place via :
www.carillonstudios.com or call 01606 270148

6. HARP ON WIGHT 2016 6TH – 10TH OCTOBER 2016

7. HIBERNIA – Irish Music Classes in BRISTOL
Venue : St Andrew’s Church Hall and Avonmouth Community Centre, Avonmouth Road, Avonmouth Village BS11 9EN


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