Accordion bonanza

With some Norwegian, a bunny, and a bell-ringing act.

Jeremy Simon.

Jeremy Simon. Image: Wikipedia.

I’ve recently introduced democratic fundamentals by allowing the mob to decide whether I do Postman Pat in Norwegian. The other day someone came up to me and said, “You-must-have-watched-the weather-in-Norwegian-on-L!ve-TV-in-the-90s.” Unfortunately I was elsewhere, but fortunately there are snippets on YouTube, and here is Anne Marie Foss:

I also missed the trampoline-assisted weather reports from Rusty Goffe (of A Kitten for Hitler and so much more), and Nick Ferrari at his peak:

… as well as the Pontins-pi$$take talent competition, Spanish Archer, which, judging by YouTube, was big on accordions. (As patient readers know, organetto is used in Italian for both the accordion and the barrel organ.) The Family Von Skrappe survived Rhodri Williams’ attentions for several minutes:

Harry Hussey’s falsetto “To you!” interjections and Tulips from Amsterdam and Sue Bennett’s tuned cowbells sound like Spike Jones, and the fun was by no means cooked up for Kelvin MacKenzie. Here they are in a longer clip featuring some xylophone action at the 1993 Scarborough contest of the National Accordion Organisation of the United Kingdom:

Finally, here’s Harry doing the Dambusters at the Leyland club, where I haven’t been for a long time:

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