An evening performance of genius piano accordion from the tutors of Halsway Manor’s Piano Accordion Weekend.
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.
Becky Price took up the accordion aged 22. She developed a distinctive style inspired by her love of Blowzabella, French melodeon players & the church organ music she played as a teenager. She played with numerous bands including Finality Jack, Boldwood, Hell Said the Duchess, and Honeymoon Trio. She also appears on albums with her hero’s Jon Swayne & Dave Shepherd. As a pianist she contributed to Sam Sweeney’s Unfinished Violin album and her solo piano album recorded in 2011 is overdue to be released. She has been teaching accordion since 1996 festivals, residential weekends, down the bottom of the garden and has been a guest tutor for the National Youth Folk Ensemble. We welcome her to Halsway Manor.
Tutor Jane Ward will be leading a beginners accordion weekend alongside this course for more advanced players.