‘Men of Wight’, the Isle of Wight’s Cotswold Morris Dancers, handed over an accordion bequeathed to them back in 2013 during their Christmas dance out in Newport last month.
When founder member of the group Mike Howley passed away in May 2013 he bequeathed his accordion, a Scandalli Vibrante IV, to Men of Wight. Unfortunately, there was nobody in the group capable of playing the accordion and so it began to gather dust.
Following several visits to the Island on Morris visits and expressing an interest in Mike’s accordion, fellow Morris musician Chris Toyne, who plays for Wyvern Jubilee Morris in Yeovil, has been passed the Scandalli Vibrante IV.
The Men of wight agreed that Chris would be the perfect person to pass the accordion on to so that it would be in use playing for Morris dancing, rather than it stored away in somebodies spare room.
Martin Davis, the Squire of the Men of Wight handed over the Accordion to Chris Toyne outside the Wheatsheaf Pub in St Thomas’s Square Newport on 17th December 2016.
Chris went on to play for all the dances that the Men of Wight did that lunchtime. He said:
“This is a wonderful instrument. I remember Mike playing it and it is a privilege to play it for the Morris”
Chris is going to come back to the Island in February to attend the Men of Wight’s annual Feast (Ladies Night), where the Men of Wight are going to make Chris Toyne an Honorary Member.