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ACCORDIONIST - SAXOPHONIST - COMPOSER

Myself and Karen Tweed invite you to join us in a wonderful array of sing-a-long favourites. It promises to be a great free family event - come along to sing, to dance, to watch and listen to a grand celebration of this extraordinary instrument.

If you play the accordion we need you to help us accompany the singing!


Karen Street

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To find out more about Karen's latest project - Carismatico

click here!

‘Musicians who have given the accordion a genuine voice are rare, but Karen Street is undoubtedly among them.’

- Jazz UK

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Designed by Zoë Tweed

Any accordionists keen to play need to register to participate.

The registration fee is £10.00 and will include an additional morning session from 10.00am - 1.00pm to rehearse the tunes along with tips for improving your playing.


This is open to all standards, play as little or as much as you can.

We can send the music in advance but mainly we want you to enjoy yourselves!


For event dates click here.


For more information information and to register please email karen@karenstreet.com or call 01749 673936 or 07973 692497


Time to Sing!

Join us in an afternoon of song accompanied by the accordion.

Welcome to my website! I am a experienced freelance accordionist, saxophonist, composer and arranger, and I work in all musical genres.

I have had great sucess in composing music for saxophone and write for accordion and other instruments too, for a full list of my compositions please click here.

If you would like advice on how to write for accordion or for any bookings or inquiries, please contact me at karen@karenstreet.com, and I will be happy to help.

I often create my own projects including music I have written or arranged, some of which you can find here.

Anyone who thinks of the accordion as just a crude ‘squeeze box’ to accompany boozy singalongs, or a noise-generator for Red Army ensembles, or the musical equivalent of a bottle of French Dressing, really must hear Street’s playing: it is phenomenal….”       - Paul Serotsky

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: In the Spirit of Django

Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

★★★★★


The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra ended its 2017 Queen’s Hall concert series with a concert full of fun and exuberance as well as virtuosity. Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt’s music lends itself naturally to these qualities while also inviting the kind of soulful, sighing note reflection that featured soloist, guitar master Martin Taylor brought to probably Reinhardt’s most famous composition, Nuages, in a lovely arrangement by the orchestra’s alto saxophonist and clarinettist Martin Kershaw.

A good number of Reinhardt’s creations, along with tunes associated with him, were sequenced into medleys, mini suites in a way that allowed the music to change tempo and direction very effectively and brought out some startling, dynamic and ultra-smart ensemble work piloted by drummer Alyn Cosker, whose use of skulls and cowbell, harking back to the orchestral manoeuvres of the 1940s, was brilliantly and often comically theatrical without cheapening the impact.

Taylor was flanked by the marvellous Chris Garrick on violin and Karen Street on accordion in a side unit that could operate both independently of and beautifully and subtly in sync with the horns. If their playing on Taylor’s own Musette for a Magpie, with its French bar atmosphere, was bright and alive, then the way they swapped phrases on the brisk Django’s Rag was postively, in the favourite word of approval of another guitar hero, the recently departed Allan Holdsworth, gazeuse.

The bebopping Impromptu fizzed too and in contrast, Taylor and Street duetted with terrific sensitivity on Hymn a l’Amour before the concert finished with the SNJO horns processing around the auditorium while Taylor and orchestra director Tommy Smith co-led a cooking swing blues.