27th August 2012 | The Black Country Accordion Club

27th August 2012

This was to be a sad night as we had to announce the passing of Fred Payne, a founder member and committee member.

Fred was a very keen accordionist and had amassed a large collection of accordions over the years. His illness caused him  to miss a few meetings which was unusual for him. He was also a member of Club Accord for an amazing 33 years. Fred will be missed very much by everyone from both accordion clubs. The committee have decided to sponsor a trophy, calling it the Fred Payne Memorial Trophy which will be presented on an annual basis to the clubs’ ‘most improved’ player of the year. The club is donating £50 towards Cancer research. There is more heartening news of the rapid recovery of Roy Nock who was badly injured when his car containing his drum kit was hi-jacked. We hope to see Roy back in action again very soon.

Guest artist for the night was a local lad, Matthew James Richards, who played both keyboard and ukelele very well indeed. His rendering of a popular selection of George Formby songs was excellent.  The fame of George seems to be lingering on for ever and ever and one and all still enjoy his songs and lyrics. Brand new member Jim Hines was thrown in at the deep end when he was asked to open the show and he responded with a sing-along complete with song sheets. He arrived with accordion and amplifier, well done Jim.

Member Trevor Thomas was persuaded to open the second half of the proceedings and showed us all just how much progress he has been making over the past few months. Chairman Barry was unable to attend on the night as he had a prior booking and sent his apologies. New faces seem to be appearing at each guest night which is very pleasing as we have lost a few of the older members through illness. This raises the issue of attracting not only visitors but also musicians and hopefully accordionists. Members have popped up with comments like,”I met a man in the pub the other night and he plays the accordion, I told him to come along.” Nothing seems to happen though. I know that some members do own an accordion and used to play but feel that they have forgotten how . We do hold a social evening on the first Monday of the month and very slowly people are drifting in. This is the night that anyone who might own a musical instrument can bring it along and play without feeling shy. Barry is slowly organising a group to play together. Sheet music is provided and this group is gradually coming together. Non players do come along and have a natter or just enjoy the music. Barry is still determined to form a band and his ambitions are to also form a junior band and is contemplating the idea very seriously.

Refreshments are provided and all are welcome on the social night, cost is only £2 to cover hiring the room.

The social night is the ideal place for novice musicians or anyone who has not played for a few years to ‘get going’ again. More players are needed to help form the ‘band’

The Halesowen brass band are here again on Sept. 24th.and these guys and gals always are a superb attraction so please come early to get a seat as they bring their own fans with them. A great night is guaranteed. We are keeping our fingers crossed that Janice Williamson, the jazz singer will turn up with the Halesowen boys.