With one accord the band backed the snake charmer

Marion Desmond, the snake lady, rehearsing with Ann Moodys band, minus reptile. Ann is on the right
Marion Desmond, the snake lady, rehearsing with Ann Moodys band, minus reptile. Ann is on the right
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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.

BAND Ann Moody with some of the members of her  accordion orchestra. Were you one of the youngsters?

BAND Ann Moody with some of the members of her accordion orchestra. Were you one of the youngsters?

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.

LONG FAREWELL The remains of Portsmouth power station during its lengthy demolition. This is Gunwharf Road, Old Portsmouth and,below, you can see the car park now on part of the site. The old picture comes from The Barry Cox Collection

LONG FAREWELL The remains of Portsmouth power station during its lengthy demolition. This is Gunwharf Road, Old Portsmouth and,below, you can see the car park now on part of the site. The old picture comes from The Barry Cox Collection

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?

Gunwharf Road, Old Portsmouth, today

Gunwharf Road, Old Portsmouth, today