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by Stephen Hawkins
Sun May 27, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: You have to be crazy
Replies: 2
Views: 85

Re: You have to be crazy

Hi Glenn,

This photograph confirms my theory that not all lunatics are locked away.

Don't know what she is playing, but I hope she doesn't drop that accordion.

Kind Regards,

Stephen.
by Stephen Hawkins
Sun May 27, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: The accordion on PBS
Replies: 1
Views: 61

Re: The accordion on PBS

Hi Alans, It is encouraging to hear that an accordion has featured so prominently on TV, and I hope you are right about young people becoming interested in our chosen instrument. My only observation is in regard to the modern desire for instant (or almost instant) gratification. I'm afraid that many...
by Stephen Hawkins
Sat May 26, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: vintage and choosing the right piano accordion
Replies: 32
Views: 558

Re: vintage and choosing the right piano accordion

Hi Hank, My Arietta 120/41 is 60 odd years old and sounds beautiful. My Galotta is probably 40+ years old and sounds quite sweet. My Chanson is about 20 years old and it sounds okay. Though it doesn't sound quite as nice as the other two, the Chanson is the instrument which gets chucked into the car...
by Stephen Hawkins
Thu May 24, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: A good time and doing something new!
Replies: 10
Views: 271

Re: A good time and doing something new!

Hi Kirsten,

Folk Festivals are terrific, but I much prefer more intimate gatherings. We enjoy participating in a "sing around" type of club, where everyone contributes to the entertainment to the best of their ability.

Kind Regards,

Stephen.
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed May 23, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: A good time and doing something new!
Replies: 10
Views: 271

Re: A good time and doing something new!

Before we go off on holiday, I search the internet for folk clubs in the area(s) we intend visiting. I then contact, usually by email, whoever is in charge of the club. We have met some lovely people on our travels, and seen for ourselves the diversity of folk music around England. We have never bee...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon May 21, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Plumbing The Depths .... Eurovision.
Replies: 31
Views: 715

Re: Plumbing The Depths .... Eurovision.

Hi Kirsten,

Yes, the mind does indeed boggle, which is why I avoid Eurovision at all costs. We just saw bits of it when flipping channels, but would never actually sit down to watch it.

Kind Regards,

Stephen.
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon May 21, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: A good time and doing something new!
Replies: 10
Views: 271

Re: A good time and doing something new!

Congratulations for overcoming stage fright. I know it isn't easy for some people, so I'm glad it all went well for you.

It sounds as though you enjoyed a splendid weekend ........ may you have many more similar experiences in the future.

Kind Regards,

Stephen.
by Stephen Hawkins
Sat May 19, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Plumbing The Depths .... Eurovision.
Replies: 31
Views: 715

Re: Plumbing The Depths .... Eurovision.

Hi Kirsten, Puppet on a String was excellent, though I was out of the country when it was released. The Army deployed me in places where Eurovision could not reach, and where I was a walking packed-lunch for all manner of multi-legged and winged creatures which are native to these forlorn regions. I...
by Stephen Hawkins
Thu May 17, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Events
Topic: Bad Granddad, et al.
Replies: 0
Views: 77

Bad Granddad, et al.

There are 56 live music events taking place at the Old Courts in Wigan between now and the end of July, details of which can be found at: WWW.THEOLDCOURTS.COM A visit to the website will show you in detail all the artists and genres of music available. Entrance fees are incredibly low and facilities...
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed May 16, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Plumbing The Depths .... Eurovision.
Replies: 31
Views: 715

Re: Plumbing The Depths .... Eurovision.

Hi Kirsten, Whilst Eurovision has never been about high art, it did at least produce some fairly memorable songs in times gone by. One of my all time favourites was the Irish entry in (I think) 1970, when Dana sang "All Kinds Of Everything." There have been a few decent songs since then, though stan...
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed May 16, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Plumbing The Depths .... Eurovision.
Replies: 31
Views: 715

Re: Plumbing The Depths .... Eurovision.

Hi Jozz, You are correct when you say that this "song contest" is no longer about the songs. Quite what it is about is anyone's guess, but it surely can't survive much longer in its current format. There must be a limit to the drivel the general public will accept, and that limit must be extremely c...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon May 14, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Plumbing The Depths .... Eurovision.
Replies: 31
Views: 715

Re: Plumbing The Depths .... Eurovision.

Hi Kirsten, "Damn, I missed it." Sorry Kirsten, I'm not having that. I think I detected a hint of irony at the beginning of your post. Anyway, sounds like you were having fun strutting your stuff, which is infinitely preferable to watching sad donkeys making a mockery out of musical art. I would wat...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon May 14, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Plumbing The Depths .... Eurovision.
Replies: 31
Views: 715

Re: Plumbing The Depths .... Eurovision.

Hi Geoff, I didn't believe that you were picking positives out of Eurovision, though I suppose some positives do exist. My overall view of the whole thing is that it has become a huge farce. Once upon a time (where have I heard that before?) Eurovision was credible, with decent artists performing we...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon May 14, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: How do I ....... ?
Topic: Non-Animal based materials for accordions
Replies: 31
Views: 1100

Re: Non-Animal based materials for accordions

Hi Sebastian, I'm sorry that I could not be of more help. Still, it has been an interesting and informative subject, and I now know a little more about Veganism. The man who lives in North Wales, and from whom this information has come, gathers seaweed, wild plants, fruits and herbs in order to feed...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon May 14, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Plumbing The Depths .... Eurovision.
Replies: 31
Views: 715

Re: Plumbing The Depths .... Eurovision.

Hello Geoff, Whatever the perceived benefits of Eurovision may be, it is my contention that they are massively outweighed by the cloying awfulness of this incredibly shallow and mindless event. You are obviously very sensible, as you have managed to avoid it for such a long time. All The Best, Geoff...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon May 14, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Plumbing The Depths .... Eurovision.
Replies: 31
Views: 715

Re: Plumbing The Depths .... Eurovision.

Hi Zevy,

No, I wouldn't call it music either, and the words I would use to describe it are not really suitable for this forum.

Kind Regards,

Stephen.
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon May 14, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Plumbing The Depths .... Eurovision.
Replies: 31
Views: 715

Re: Plumbing The Depths .... Eurovision.

Hello Tom, Eurovision is (supposedly) a song contest, but it has descended into a kind of freak show for people with zero taste or ability. It is very difficult, when watching Eurovision, to accept that mankind has been evolving for four million years. There is certainly little evidence of an evolve...
by Stephen Hawkins
Sun May 13, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Plumbing The Depths .... Eurovision.
Replies: 31
Views: 715

Plumbing The Depths .... Eurovision.

Right from the outset, I must proclaim that this is purely a personal opinion. Eurovision has once again plumbed the depths. Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, it did. We didn't watch all that much of it, mainly because it was totally unwatchable. The bits we did see, between other progr...
by Stephen Hawkins
Sun May 13, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Must see video
Replies: 5
Views: 203

Re: Must see video

I like to see interaction between humans & animals .................. the animals do it so well.
by Stephen Hawkins
Sat May 12, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: Musette from Belgium
Replies: 4
Views: 110

Re: Musette from Belgium

Hi John,

Though I do appreciate many types of music, I am most at home with jolly folk tunes. Oh, and I used to like the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band.

The BDDDB represented the best of British eccentricity.

Kind Regards,

Stephen.