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  In November 2018 writer and accordionist Rob Howard was asked by the British Music Hall Society to write an article for their magazine ‘Call Boy’, which was duly published in January 2019. That article – ‘Accordions in the eras of Music Hall and Variety’ – inspired and formed the basis of a new book, ‘Accordion Anthology 2’ (a sequel to Accordion Anthology published in 2016). The article looked at the presence of the accordion, concertina and other free reed instruments in the Music Hall and Variety eras of the 19th and 20th Centuries, and featured the contributions of such notable musicians as Grock, Peter Honri, George Scott-Wood, Primo Scala, Nick & Carmino Capaldi, Louis Cabrelli, Toralf Tollefsen, Charles Camilleri, Jack Emblow, Pearl Fawcett, Gordon Glenn, Shirley Evans, Reg Varney, Eric Dabrowski, Valentino, Lawrie Adam, The Alexander Brothers, Borrah Minevitch, Reed & Delroy, Ricky T. Sargent, and others.

Accordion Anthology 2 presents a variety of articles and biographies, including several interesting autobiographical contributions from some well-known players. Like its predecessor, ‘Accordion Anthology’ (still available), this is a near A4 sized high quality hardback, fully illustrated with 375 photographs, and is aimed at enthusiasts.

Articles: Accordion Family Members; Accordions in the eras of Music Hall and Variety; Looking After Your Accordion; Caroline’s Antique Accordions; Castelfidardo; Diatonic Accordion Musings (by George Garside); CD & DVD Reviews (Peter Wood Shetland Dance Band DVD, David Vernon CD, Mantovani DVD, Mario Conway CD, Cambridge Buskers CD box set); The Impact of British Accordion Composition (by Lauren Farquharson); The No 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra; The Serious Performer (by Douglas Ward); Learning the accordion – a work in progress…(by Rob Howard); Using the Accordion for Vocal Accompaniment (by Jack Emblow); Tales & Trivia; The London Accordion Orchestra; Accordion Clubs; Accordion Festivals; The Midland Accordion Festival (by Barry Smith); Scotland’s Accordion Heritage; Ireland’s Accordion Heritage; Overseas accordionists who have performed in the UK; 1829…and more milestones in the accordion’s history.

Biographical articles: Yvette Horner, Harry Hussey, Jonny Kerry, Owen Murray, Dermot O’Brien Remembered, Sharon Shannon, George Syrett, Douglas Ward, Charlie Watkins Remembered.

Autobiographical articles: Gary Blair, Gina Brannelli, Julie Best, Jean Corrighan, Mario Conway, Dave Cormack, Brian Forrest, Jean Hanger, Roy Hendrie, Rob Howard’s French Connection, Seamus O’Sullivan, Nigel Pasby, Bert Santilly, Gordon Shand, Karen Street, Karen Tweed, Robert Whitehead, Blackpool 1942 – Francis Wright’s memories.

About the Author Rob Howard

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