THE BLACK COUNTRY ACCORDION CLUB
MONDAY FEB. 22ND.
Having recovered from our club birthday celebrations we were expecting a quiet spell on the next club night but it seems that it was not to be. We were very pleased to see that the enthusiasm sparked by the Xmas and Birthday parties was carried forward to the February meeting. We were even more pleased to see that many of the visitors looked familiar and realized several of them had been at the Xmas and Birthday parties. So, we had a very good turnout and we were all set for a good night’s entertainment.
Guest artist for tonight was non other than Malachy Cairns, accordionist and singer. Malachy was accompanied by his brother, Austin who brought along his ‘penny whistle’. There is something about the Irish accent which is very pleasant and relaxing especially with the singing voice and this went down very well with everyone. We think that Malachy must have kissed the Blarney Stone. Joining the bill for the night was our own Ray Izod. Ray would do a spot at the beginning of the second half.
Malachy is a very relaxed player and singer and played a very varied programme ranging from the ever popular Dark Island, The Cuckoo Waltz to a sing along. When The Bridge over the River Quai was played there was confusion over the words regarding which version to sing. The soldier’s version did not win. Austin and his penny whistle then joined Malachy to play ‘Annie’s Song. After the refreshments the interval continued with the raffle which contained an excellent selection of prizes nearly all donated by our very generous members. This was followed with auction of a delicious fruit cake kindly baked by Ursula and the £10 bid was donated to Starlight, our favourite charity. Ray began the second half with a jazz selection and then played a selection of my favourites including Beautiful Days and Autumn Leaves. Malachy rounded the evening with a few songs including ‘The Wonder of You ‘. It was a very pleasant night with questions from departing guests like, “What’s on next month?”, or remarks like, “see you again”, from the visitors.
Still the Social nights increase in popularity which is very pleasing. We may have to re-organize soon as time available for each individual accordionist to play is getting less due to the number of players turning up.
Monday March 28th. SAMMY KATLING …..ACCORDIONIST
MONDAY APRIL 25TH. BON ACCORD……THE RICHARD ADEY QUARTET