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Steam Rallies and Mechanical Organ Events for 2005




27-28 March  Medway Festival of Steam Chatham Historic Dockyard 01634 823800
28-30 May Sellindge Steam Special Hope Farm, Swan Lane, Sellindge, Kent 01303 813000
20-21 August Kent Steam and Transport Rally Kent Showground, Detling, Kent 01622 630975
31 Aug - 4 Sept The Great Dorset Steam Fair Tarrant Hinton, Nr Blandford Forum 01258 860361
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Images of the Organs

The 84 Key Mortier organ known as The Trumpeter was in this country during the 1970s, but is now in Tienen, Belgium and owned by a Raymond Balseau   The street organ known as De Moriaan was built by H.Gosling of Hilversum, Holland and was brought to England in the late 1960s and lived in Kent until the 1980s. It now lives somewhere in Essex.

The 101 key Mortier known as The Bandmaster, lived in Kent during the 1970s, but is now owned by a Dale Riley in the North West of England.


All I know about this organ is that it was called The Apollo. I last saw it during 1975. Does anyone know where it is now?


This 65 key Gavioli was once owned by a North of England Showman called: Emerson, and it is not only the sister of John Forrests Gavioli, but also originally built for a ride that was very similar to his gallopers.  It is now owned by Herbert Silcock, another showman from the same area, but the ride was sold and the organ travels in a van. This picture was taken before the rebuild.


This picture of the Emersons / Silcocks Gavioli was taken after the rebuild. The organ and original ride were originally owned by the Irish fairground family of Pipers before being sold to the Emerson family.

I would like to thank my friend Thomas Emerson Macwhannell for the use of these pictures.


The 105 key Decap: "Strictly Ballroom", Although the two accordions and the percussion are air powered, the actual Organ sound is electronic. The actual music is operated by midi on a floppy disk.

  This 38 key Bursens was owned by the late Arthur Mantle during the 1970 - 1980s and during that time, it travelled with the organs of Claude and Joyce Jessett, but it's current location is not know.


The Silver Cherub, a 49 key Limmonaire. Built in 1912, purchased by the Jessetts in 1964 and rebuilt by Victor Chiappa during following months. It is still in the Jessett organ collection.


The Rainbow Dance Organ, an 88 keyless (paper roll) Arburo, built by Arthur Bursens in 1928 and purchased by the Jessetts in 1966.

This 52 keyless Ruth was purchased by the Jessetts during the 1970s and is still part of the collection.    
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