Harry Barnwell - Accordionist

Harry took up the accordion in his early twenties, after playing guitar and bassoon for the previous decade, and has been playing professionally ever since.

He has performed in a great variety of places including: 

  • Restaurants
  • Markets
  • Fairs
  • Vintage Car Rallies
  • Ferries
  • Thames Cruiseship
  • Stately Homes
  • Center Parcs
  • Barns
  • Public Parks
  • City Centre Events
  • Car Launches
  • Castle Howard
  • Hotels
  • Care Homes
  • Conferences

It need not cost the earth to hire a professional musician for your function, to make it really special!

He has a wide-ranging repertoire of popular standards from the 1890's to the 1980s, consisting of folk tunes from Ireland, Wales, Greece and Russia.

He can also provide themed entertainment for French, English, Italian and Scottish events.

Singalongs

For any of the four themed specialties, by prior arrangement only, he can provide song sheets for the relevant theme, and lead a singalong.

He can also play live for ballroom dancing and a limited amount of rock, pop, and disco styles, as well as solo playing for Barn Dancing and Scottish Dancing, if people know the dances. 

(Strolling with a heavy accordion is tiring, and the sound is not so good)

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Harry Barnwell - Accordionist Repertoire

 

Italian:

  • Albinoni's Adagio       Short version.  (Difficult, Unsafe, needs advance notice)
  • Anema e Core  (1950 Italian popular song, aka How Wonderful to Know aka With All My Heart and Soul)
  • Arrivederci Roma (1955)
  • Azzurro (1968)
  • Isle of Capri (1934)
  • Barcarolle, by Offenbach  (1880)
  • Bella Notte   (Disney, Lady & the Tramp)
  • Cara Mia  1954 / Santa Lucia c.1850 
  • Charade (1963) / Moon River (1961) both by Mancini  (family came from Abruzzi, Italy)
  • Sicilian traditional songs:  Vitti 'na crozza /  Ciuri Ciuri
  • Come Prima (1958)   aka More Than Ever
  • La Forza del Destino (Verdi), themes from....
  • Funiculi Funicula    (1880)
  • Godfather Love Theme   (1972)
  • Godfather Tarantella (1972)
  • Godfather Waltz (1972)
  • Il Bacio  by Luigi Arditi 1822-1903
  • Layretta Mia  (1983)
  • Libiamo  aka Brindisi    (Verdi) / La Donna e Mobile (Verdi) Nessun Dorma (Short version) (Puccini)
  • Luno Mezzo Mare   (trad)
  • Mattinata (1904) (Ruggiero Leoncavallo)
  • Mio Dolce Sogno  (a mandolin tune)
  • Mona Lisa  (1949)
  • Oh Oh Antonio (1908)
  • O Sole Mio  (1898  Eduardo di Capua) 
  • Marie, Ah Marie   aka  Oh Marie    (c 1890  Eduardo di Capua) 
  • Theme from Zafirelli's "Romeo and Juliet" 1968
  • Luglio  (1968)
  • Piacer d'Amor   aka Plaisir d'Amour   (1784)
  • Papaveri e Papere aka Poppa Piccolino  (1952)
  • Ritorna Me (1957)   /  Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
  • Shaddap You Face   (1981)  just short tune, for fun.
  • Tarantella del Boscaiolo  (Sicilian)
  • Tarantella 1
  • Tarantella 2
  • That's amore  (1953)
  • Torna a Surriento  (1902)
  • Va Pensiero  (Hewbrew Slaves, Verdi, Nabucco  1841)
  • Vieni Sul Mar  (trad) 
  • Volare  (1958)  /  Ciao Ciao Bambina  (1959)

Harry Barnwell - Accordionist Feedback

This Act's Average Star Rating

Wow what can I say. He was amazing at our wedding, we loved him being there & well his talent is just amazing. He made our wedding breakfast amazing as typical Italians we like loud and fun & he defiantly gave us that. I would love to use him again! Thank you again.

Daniella Zitiello ,

He was terrific. His accordion playing was excellent and just right for then occasion. He was unobtrusive and move around, so he was never in anyone's way but everyone could hear him. His repertoire is extensive and all the tunes were known to us , such as film and tv themes and traditional English and French country tunes. I would certainly recommend him.

Jan,

He arrived early, he was very professional, he was amicable and highly entertaining. We think he had an extremely good manner. Would book him again.

Lidia and Terence,

Hi Geoff, Firstly, I want to thank you for being so accommodating at such last minute, and also a HUGE thank you to our performer who was unbelievable. Everyone absolutely loved him, he was smartly dressed and played beautifully. He also integrated very well within the party and was exactly what everyone needed to cheer them up! I would 110% recommend him to anyone!

Tanya Prendergast, Nice Agency

Harry Barnwell - Accordionist Set Up

He has developed a battery-powered PA system built into my accordion case, which is loud enough for most venues and allows me to perform anywhere with no need for trailing wires.