Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally



Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally

Postby TomBR » Thu May 18, 2017 1:02 pm

Hi folks,
Testing the water here.... I'm wondering if it would be nice to organise a "Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally" - the idea of a rally being a time and a place for people with a shared interest to meet rather than a more formal event like a festival.

What's coming to mind is:-
- A Saturday in August (presuming that not that many accordion players holiday in school holidays) Don't want to leave it too long!
- A location in south Oxfordshire - close to the A34 for north/south access and M4 for east/west
- Get together in a village hall from mid-morning, bring instruments to show, compare, try out etc.
- Bring any instruments for sale, might be possible to get some other instruments specifically for sale there.
- Anyone thinking of swapping to CBA from PA, or starting from scratch would be welcome.
- "Ploughmans" type lunch and other refreshments organised (by me.)
- After lunch "show and tell," encouraging as many as possible to play a tune, share things of interest, ask opinions, etc.
- Maybe find a tune or some music (poll on this forum to decide what) to have a massed play.
- Ends late afternoon.
- Cost minimal, £5 or £10 a head.

What do you think? Comments on any or all points.
Whether I go ahead or not depends significantly on the level of interest expressed here. Send me a PM if you don't want to make a public comment.

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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally

Postby Glenn » Thu May 18, 2017 9:20 pm

Sounds like a great idea Tom for those close enough.
Not sure I'll be in driving distance in August but I sure as hell support the idea.
In fact it's an idea I was toying with myself but delayed it a year or so until I get my house in France up to scratch to hold such an event.
Maybe we need a "heat map" of where everyone lives to find the most convenient place to hold a rally.
South Oxfordshire is a nice place by the way for a holiday if anyone is thinking of travelling. Good luck.


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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally

Postby Worldsend » Thu May 18, 2017 9:35 pm

Yes
I would be interested and it would help me to network
Absolute beginner!!
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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally

Postby bocsa » Thu May 18, 2017 11:51 pm

Glenn wrote:(...) France (...) event.

Sounds good ;) ...especially if there's space to park a 'camping car' :)

meantime, Oxford sounds almost as good, would there be any possibility of using the Village hall in the evening ...and overnighting in me motorhome?
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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally

Postby Anyanka » Fri May 19, 2017 10:42 am

Lovely idea! I'd be up for it - my daughter lives in Oxfordshire, so I could combine this with a visit to her. I can only do the 19th and the 26th August, however (Sidmouth Folk Festival takes up the first two Saturdays!).
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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally

Postby george garside » Fri May 19, 2017 11:33 am

sounds good! would it be just for CBA's or would it include BCA's

george :) :evil: ;)
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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally

Postby TomBR » Fri May 19, 2017 12:44 pm

george garside wrote:sounds good! would it be just for CBA's or would it include BCA's

george :) :evil: ;)

Well George, they are anagrams of each other!
Seems fine to me, particularly if it tips the balance into making it a runner!
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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally

Postby JonathanC » Mon May 22, 2017 9:44 am

Hi Tom,

I would be up for this too!

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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally

Postby TomBR » Mon May 22, 2017 11:39 am

Many thanks for replies folks, looks like it might work.
I'll do some venue checking and come back with potential dates.
I think it might have to go back to October. Let me know if that makes a difference.
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