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Our bequeathed accordion now in expert hands

The Men of Wight handed over an Accordion bequeathed to them by head musician Mike Howley at their Christmas dance out in Newport on 17th December

 

When Mike Howley, one of the Men of Wight's best Morris Musicians, passed away in May 2013 he bequeathed his Scandalli Vibrante IV accordion to the side. Mike was previously head of Isle of Wight Cultural Services before retiring, as well as a founder member of the Men of Wight back in 1969. He had also composed a number of Morris Tunes to which the Men of Wight continue to dance.

Men of Wight donation to local charity

It's always been a tradition of the Men of Wight to donate each year to local charities.  Amongst this year's chosen recipients, MoW were pleased to give a cheque to the IW branch of ASBAH, the Association for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus.

Formed in 1966, the charity works with people with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus, their families and other carers.

Tunes by Mike Howley

Mike Howley was one of our founder members, and was a highly accomplished accordion player. He is sadly no longer with us, but his memory lives on. His distinctive playing style can be heard in this selection of tunes he recorded a few years ago. His playing was properly accompanied by the men dancing, the bells and stick clashes can be heard in the background!

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