You are welcome to join us and share an evening of music from the piano accordion. Informal concert by our piano accordion workshop tutors, Paul Hutchinson, Murray Grainger, Rachel Bell and Jane Ward.
Paul Hutchinson studied piano and church organ before being persuaded at the age of 17 to take up the accordion and form a ceilidh band. Since then he’s become one of the best-known and in demand players on the folk scene – in the UK and beyond – as one half of duo Belshazzar’s Feast, with trio Hoover the Dog, Pagoda Project (with Karen Wimhurst), and PLF. Paul is a regular tutor and musician at Halsway Manor, and the accordion tutor for EFDSS at Cecil Sharp House.
Murray Grainger is one of Britain’s most influential and innovative accordionists. Whether working with the finest orchestras, pushing the boundaries with his traditional projects or teaching around the UK, Murray is at the forefront of the British accordion scene. Trained in the classical accordion at The Royal Academy of Music, Murray has been a tutor in both classical and folk accordion at Chetham’s School of Music, on Newcastle University’s Folk and Traditional Music course, and as the Director of Education for Young Musicians Stornoway. He is a regular tutor on Halsway Manor’s Accordion Weekend.
Rachel Bell is an accordion player, tunesmith, and music teacher from the wilds of Pennsylvania. She is new to Halsway but we are very excited that she is joining us as a tutor for this course as she is rarely home given the demand for her music throughout the United States and beyond. Her musical horizons span a variety of dance traditions from New England contras to English country dances and French dances. Rachel can be heard at dances and on the concert stage with Peregrine Road (with Karen Axelrod) in Alchemy (Eric Martin Karen Axelrod) and in Old World Charm School (with Karen Axelrod and Susan Kevra). She also plays contra dances with Seaglass (with Andrew VanNorstrand and Eileen Kalfass) and recently launched a brand new contra, concert, and French band with Becky Tracy: Eloise & Co. Her debut CD, “Tone Chamber,” was released in June, 2016, an her first album with Eloise & Co. will be available in July 2018. Rachel has also been collaborating recently with Susan Kevra to create a growing collection of English country dance/tune compositions.
Jane Ward has been playing accordion for 50 years. She performed extensively around Europe as lead player in Jenny’s Accordionists, and played in Scottish, German and Polish bands before agreeing to play for a morris side 28 years ago and discovering folk music!
Following in the footsteps of Karen Tweed and Paul Hutchinson, Jane Ward took up the baton to lead the irrepressible No.1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra in 2014. She brings a winning combination of fun, frolics, and delicious musical treats to her Halsway workshops, to make your hearts sing and bring a smile to your face. She has also taught at Canterbury Folk Days, Burwell Bash Summer School, and Cecil Sharp House.