A picture earlier this month of a group of Portsmouth accordion players prompted Evonne Fairbrother to get in touch and provide two of today’s pictures.
Evonne is an accordion and keyboard player who was taught by Ann Moody. The latter’s stage name was Madame Carlina.
Evonne took up the accordion when she was 18 and became quite accomplished, but did not perform in public.
However, Ann 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.
Evonne’s pictures show Ann, who was well-known in Portsmouth musical circles, with members of her accordion bands.
In the one at the top Marion Desmond is rehearsing a dance with the orchestra.
According to Evonne she was a Portsmouth girl who performed a cabaret act with snakes.
Perhaps you know what became of her?