The Repair Shop BBC tv

Here are some pictures taken while I was filming for the BBC tv program The Repair Shop.

In 2017 I was called by Richochet about a new BBC program they were filming. Could I come and repair an accordion for them? A month or so later I was filming in ‘the barn’ for the first episode of the first series. When it was initially broadcast the program was completely unknown. But even in that first week of filming there was great confidence that this was a winning idea and that it would be popular. I’ve no idea how they knew…but they were right.

What was interesting was that nobody takes you to one side and tells you how to ‘do telly’, so you have to learn very fast. It’s best, for instance, to switch off your radio mic when going for a comfort break!

Since that first series the program has gathered a huge following and gained in popularity. It seems that people don’t know how to fix things any more… and this program somehow gives everyone a warm feeling.

So here are a few photos from my time filming for series 4, in autumn 2018. I repaired a beautiful old Jeffries concertina and had to go back and forth to the barn a few times because it was a complex repair. For information the barn is in The Weald and Downland Living Museum in Sussex. You can visit and peer at the barn (from a distance…it is cordoned off) during filming.

Accordion workshop with Becky Price 31 Mar 2019

Accordion workshop day with Becky Price, performer, teacher and founder of English dance band Boldwood… on Sunday 31st  March 2019

Location: Hook Village Hall, 3 Hook St, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon SN4 8EF. Doors open 10am, workshop starts at 10:30, and ends at about 4pm. There are no eating facilities nearby, so please bring a packed lunch. Tea & coffee & biscuits will be provided during the day.

Cost: £35. Booking is essential as places are limited. Contact Derek Shaw on 07740932938 or email him at cobwebcottage@gmx.co.uk  to reserve a place.

Playing for English social dance

Becky Price is the founder & leader of  English dance band Boldwood & has worked with Sam Sweeney, Karen Tweed, Hannah James & members of Blowzabella. She has become a popular teacher & workshop leader & was a guest tutor for the National Youth Folk Ensemble 2016 & 17. She will be teaching different approaches to accordion playing when accompanying English social dance

She will be teaching by ear but sheet music will be available.