Perth Festival

17th - 26th May 2018
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A Tribute to William Hannah featuring Luke Daniels (melodeon) & Neil Ewart (fiddle) 2015

Tuesday 26th May 2015

Perth Concert Hall, 19:30

This event was part of the 2015 Festival Programme.

This event will take place at the Norie Miller Room at Perth Concert Hall

Featuring Luke Daniels (melodeon), Neil Ewart (fiddle), Ian Carr (guitar) and John Paul Gandy (piano), this project made painstakingly detailed transcriptions of William Hannah's original 78 and wax cylinder recordings from 1908-27 and then reproduced them as closely as possible to the source material on two restored melodeons c1909 and 1922 both with the original reeds. They worked with Royal Conservatoire Scotland and School of Scottish Studies and Edinburgh University on this album which is due for release in Spring 2015.

William Hannah was born in Livingston, West Lothian in 1891 and reared in Blackburn. He was a prolific recording artist and popular band leader apart from having a major influence on Jimmy Shand. He published a tutor and tune collection for the button accordion around 1925. After the Great War, in which he served in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, he took up playing mouth organ before moving up to the melodeon. During World War II he served as Lieutenant in the Home

Guard and was noted for one particular act of bravery when he disposed of a live grenade, saving the lives of several others. He was later injured by a bomb and was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 1944. He was head postman at Bathgate Post Office. He died in Carron, Stirlingshire in 1961.Hannah was involved in the development of the modern accordion.