January 2015 | The Black Country Accordion Club

January 2015


Now for something completely different.
By Lou Ambrose

The New Year for the club begins here, after all it is our sixth birthday and we like to celebrate in style in our
usual manner, which is to have a party. Having experienced a very enjoyable Xmas Party last December, the
same caterers were invited to feed us again. With the food taken care of the next problem was to find suitable
entertainment. Although most of our members are accordion fanatics there comes a time when something
different is appreciated and as we all know the fact that variety is the spice of life and this was the theme for
our birthday party. A full house was expected for the birthday celebrations so with a superb buffet, free refreshments
for all and an air of expectancy the scene was set.
A young lady called Sarah Chance had made a successful debut at the recent local accordion festival and as a
result Sarah was invited to our party. Sarah is an accomplished accordionist and singer, playing and singing
all the popular tunes you gan think off. She also performs Country and Western, wearing the appropriate outfit
with a number of ‘yahoo’s’ thrown in for good measure. Sarah had decided for good measure, to bring along her
very attractive daughter, Ali, to sing and play her keyboard for us.
So members and visitors began to arrive, many bearing gifts for our birthday raffle, in fact there were more
gifts than we could use on the night so we shall not need to purchase any prizes for the next meeting.
Besides this evening being a birthday celebration there was another reason for it being a special night. This
was the night that we presented a trophy to the most improved accordion playing member of the year. We had
also decided to add another trophy to the presentation and this was to be awarded to the best novice player.
The Fred Payne Trophy for the most improved player over the past year was awarded to Edward Guest and the
Reg Philips Trophy for the best novice was presented by Vicki, Reg’s daughter, to Marie Lloyd.

Sarah and Ali provided an excellent show for us, singing playing together and Ali did a solo spot with a few songs
whilst accompanying herself on the keyboard. Altogether a first class show from mother and daughter. Sarah’s
finale was superb with a range of sing-alongs and ended to a standing ovation.
A vote of thanks was deserved by the caterers, kitchen girls and to all our members who overwhelmed us with
the raffle prizes and a thank you to Sarah and Ali for a great performance.
We were pleased to see several new faces in the audience, perhaps it was the free food???

The social nights continue to attract new faces, this is held on the first Monday of the month.
We had a superb turnout this month with several new faces, both visitors and players.

MONDAY FEB. 23RD. HARRY & FRIENDS … Another night with a diffrence