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by Stephen Hawkins
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: Can anyone identify this tune
Replies: 2
Views: 63

Re: Can anyone identify this tune

Hello Phil, Sorry, I have no idea what this tune is. It sounds a bit Scottish, but I could very easily be wrong. Certain parts of it reminded me of "When The Boat Comes In" but, then again, I may be barking up the wrong tree. Anyway, it is a pleasant enough tune. I hope someone can tell you what it ...
by Stephen Hawkins
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: SEACROFT SPRING ACCORDION FESTIVAL
Replies: 16
Views: 257

Re: SEACROFT SPRING ACCORDION FESTIVAL

Hello Andy, Of course people want to hear first class players, but it is shocking to deride enthusiastic amateurs in the way that you do. My background is in folk music, and I am perfectly happy to listen to any inexperienced player who has the guts to perform in front of his peers. I know a lot of ...
by Stephen Hawkins
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: Found in my parent's attic! Identify/Value?
Replies: 13
Views: 152

Re: Found in my parent's attic! Identify/Value?

Hello Starwind, I am all for using old forgotten instruments again, and have recently cleaned up a Hohner Arietta IV M 120/41 which has been stored in a garage for the last 29 years. (in Northern England) Perhaps a flexible approach to deciding its value would work. Let your friend take it and use i...
by Stephen Hawkins
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: The Old Courts.
Replies: 0
Views: 31

The Old Courts.

I try very hard to be selective when advertising events at The Old Courts in Wigan. It is difficult to know what individuals on this forum may appreciate, and it is made even more difficult when live music is available almost every night of the week. On Saturday 3rd of March, there is an all day (an...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: New on Here?
Topic: Hello from northe east Hampshire GB
Replies: 11
Views: 245

Re: Hello from northe east Hampshire GB

Hi Tom, The advertisements for individual instruments on their website are marked: "Sunningdale", "Rochdale" or "All Stores". It just happened that the particular instrument I was interested in was stored at the Sunningdale Store. I have had some communications with the Rochdale store (which is far ...
by Stephen Hawkins
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: New on Here?
Topic: Hello from northe east Hampshire GB
Replies: 11
Views: 245

Re: Hello from northe east Hampshire GB

Hello Gastro, Nice to have you on board, and even nicer that you have decided to take up the accordion again. Good luck with all your endeavours. "The Accordion Shop" in Sunningdale is closer than the others mentioned here. I bought a Galotta from them a couple of years ago, and was impressed by the...
by Stephen Hawkins
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: Viceroy Accordion (Saxony) - Possible to date?
Replies: 3
Views: 72

Re: Viceroy Accordion (Saxony) - Possible to date?

Hi There, A neat little 12 Bass. Does it sound as good as it looks? Are you an experienced player, or is it your intention to learn on this instrument? Anyway, I can't help you with the date your instrument may have been made, except to say that it is not brand new. Please give us an idea of your mu...
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Age related syndrome
Replies: 44
Views: 651

Re: Age related syndrome

Hello Happy Girl, I have a fading memory of an historic discourse in which we were involved. You seemed somewhat perturbed by my attitude toward learning music I didn't like, especially after I stated that I would not waste a moment of my time on learning stuff I didn't like and didn't want to play....
by Stephen Hawkins
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: First Repair Project - Geraldo - "All that glitters is not gold"
Replies: 38
Views: 644

Re: First Repair Project - Geraldo - "All that glitters is not gold"

Hello Geronimo,

I like Chaucher as well. In particular the part where Satan's Imps show a recently deceased priest around hell.

Good Stuff.

Kind Regards,

Stephen.

p.s. conscience intact.
by Stephen Hawkins
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: First Repair Project - Geraldo - "All that glitters is not gold"
Replies: 38
Views: 644

Re: First Repair Project - Geraldo - "All that glitters is not gold"

Hi Morne, Sorry if this sounds pedantic, but I must point out that "all that glitters is not gold" is an incorrect quotation. That line from "The Merchant of Venice" should read, "all that glisters is not gold." Hope you don't mind me mentioning it, but I have always loved Shakespeare. Perhaps I hav...
by Stephen Hawkins
Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: First Repair Project - Geraldo - "All that glitters is not gold"
Replies: 38
Views: 644

Re: First Repair Project - Geraldo - "All that glitters is not gold"

Hi Morne,

I have nothing but admiration for you, and sincerely hope that your efforts are rewarded.

Kind Regards,

Stephen.
by Stephen Hawkins
Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: Bugari owners
Replies: 54
Views: 1859

Re: Bugari owners

Hi Jozz,

That is a very nice looking instrument ......... I hope that you have many years of fun with it. Congratulations!!

Kind Regards,

Stephen.
by Stephen Hawkins
Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: New on Here?
Topic: Old newbie from sunny Cleethorpes
Replies: 9
Views: 319

Re: Old newbie from sunny Cleethorpes

Hello Percy, Not wishing to rush into anything, I waited until I was 67 before I picked up an accordion. I would like to tell you that it was easy, and that I am now a superb player, but that would be stretching the truth. None of that matters, as I enjoy playing at Folk Clubs, Care Homes, Dementia ...
by Stephen Hawkins
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Lute.
Replies: 16
Views: 449

Re: Lute.

Hi Cat, I also find myself drawn to unusual instruments, though I claim no expertise in any of them. My musical interests began in the early 1960's, when I bought my first (and only) Clarinet. My Cousin and I would tour local Folk Clubs with our limited repertoire ... it was great fun. Denis later f...
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Anyone from here...?
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: Anyone from here...?

Hmmmm! Each to his or her own, but this is too daft for even me to try. I have parachuted many times, but only with a rifle and ammunition. The thought of playing an accordion whilst on a microlite leaves me cold.
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Lute.
Replies: 16
Views: 449

Re: Lute.

Hello Cat, My new friend has not returned to our Folk Club since that night, though I feel sure that he will visit us again soon. To be honest, I was too intent on listening to the music he was playing to notice whether or not his lute was fretted. I think it probably was, though I could not swear t...
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Lawrence Hoy & Pauline Blackburn.
Replies: 1
Views: 91

Re: Lawrence Hoy & Pauline Blackburn.

Not wishing to mislead anyone, the album mentioned above is actually a re-launch of an earlier album, not the launch of a new album as was suggested. I apologise for the confusion.

Kind Regards,

Stephen.
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: singing
Replies: 23
Views: 542

Re: singing

I can (and sometimes do) sing a few simple songs whilst playing, but only the ones I can absolutely "ace" on the accordion. If I have to concentrate too much on my playing, I find it very difficult to sing along. I would like to sing more, but find it quite impossible with any but a few of my favour...
by Stephen Hawkins
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Lawrence Hoy & Pauline Blackburn.
Replies: 1
Views: 91

Lawrence Hoy & Pauline Blackburn.

You learn something every day, and today I have learned that Australia Day falls at the end of January. It appears that two people from Wigan were sentenced to transportation by local magistrates, and a local musician is marking this event by launching an album. The launch will be staged at The Old ...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:40 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.
Replies: 2
Views: 163

Re: Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

Hello Roy,

I hope you have a splendid Xmas.

Kind Regards & Best Wishes,

Stephen.