Capaldi makes successful comeback

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GALASHIELS accordionist Paul Capaldi claimed a series of titles at last month’s UK Championships.

Having not entered the competition since he was 15 years old in 1980, Capaldi picked up the senior polka and musette crowns in Liverpool, as well as the professional composers title for his tune Retour Des Amis Accordionists which has since been published by Reiver Press.

He was also awarded second place in the senior recital and third in the Scottish section.

It capped a fine year for Capaldi, who successfully defended his senior polka and musette titles at the Scottish Championships in October last year as well as receiving the Jimmy Blue Trophy with a tune written for Gala Accordion and Fiddle Club chairman Brian Forrest.

He also claimed victories at both the National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Club Championships in Grangemouth and West of Scotland qualifiers.

Still helping to organise the Lauder and District and Selkirk clubs, he plays the British Legion in Galashiels, along with several pupils, this Sunday from 1pm. The gig was set up after Legion members watched Capaldi provide music at Adam Kelly’s (aka Adam’s Ices), 90th birthday celebrations.

He also plays Berwick’s Black and Gold club on Saturday, June 16, and takes part in the fourth Accordiana in the Buccleuch Arms Hotel, St Boswells on Sunday, September 23, along with Leonard Brown, Michael Paton and Keith Dickson Junior.

Anyone wishing to obtain a copy of Capaldi’s Retour Des Amis Accordionists can phone 01896 750123.