Portsmouth Music Scene

The Portsmouth Music Scene
Accordions

Throught the 1930's to date, Accordions have been a very popular Instrument


Ann Moody, aka Madam Carlina

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Ann Moody with some of the members of her accordion orchestra.

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Marion Desmond, the snake lady, rehearsing with Ann Moody's band, minus reptile. Ann is on the right.

Ann Moody stage name was Madame Carlina.
She displayed a natural ability for music as a child and could write the music to a tune after hearing it once.
Ann, who died in 2009, took up teaching the accordion when she was 16. Ann, who was well-known in Portsmouth musical circles, with members of her accordion bands.

Evonne Fairbrother is an accordion and keyboard player who was taught by Ann Moody

Births Dec 1940 Moody Anne M Horner Portsmouth 2b 1153
Marriages Jun 1962 MOODY Anne M married Alfred R W Eley Gosport 6b 546
Births Sep 1963 ELEY ROBERT A W MOODY PORTSMOUTH 6B 959


Madam Courtney

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On the Left Ann Gadd nee House and Maureen Targett nee Hart, at the age of 11-12 years ie 1948,
both members of Madame Courtney's Accordian Band.

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A floor show with Madam Courtney's Accordion Band, accordion champion David Darville far left,
Wilf Walker at the piano, and Madam Courtney standing centre stage

The history of the firm dates back to 1936 when Madam Courtney opened an accordian shop in Portsmouth called 'Courtney's Accordians'. Madame Dorothy and Norman Courtney.
Births Mar 1902 COURTNEY Norman Cecil Portsmouth 2b 391
Marriages Mar 1927 Courtney Norman C married Dorothy Dutton Portsmouth 2b 780
Births Mar 1929 Courtney Graham Dutton Portsmouth 2b 606
Births Dec 1930 Courtney Gillian Dutton Portsmouth 2b 639
Births Dec 1930 Courtney John D Dutton Portsmouth 2b 639
(Many Courtneys in the 1911 census)

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Not sure who he is but possibly Madam Courtney's husband Norman?

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June 1953


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22-11-1951

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The Colwells, including Uncle Les and Uncle Baz

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11th December 1953


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