All posts tagged “squeezebox

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Star of Logy Bay

Back when I was playing a lot of button accordion, and hadn’t yet fallen hard for clawhammer banjo, I did a little busking in places like Kensington and St. Lawrence Markets. I played a hodgepodge of material, squeezebox music from various countries. I think the… Read More

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Mazurka time

Back when I played a lot of button accordion, there was a lovely little mazurka I used to like to play. I don’t recall the name of it. It may be that wherever I found it, it was just called Mazurka. If you’re unfamiliar with… Read More

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Winse Saunders

I stumbled across Winse Saunders on the YouTube machine this evening. I don’t know anything about him except he’s from Newfoundland and he squeezes the hell out of that accordion of his. If any readers know anything about Mr. Saunders, please comment.

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El Parche

I came across a nice little NPR piece on the YouTube machine about “El Parche”, the late Esteban ‘Steve’ Jordan. Mr. Jordan was an individualist, very hard to pigeonhole into a category. Conjunto? Latin jazz? Cumbia? He had a very distinctive accordion sound. Mr. Jordan… Read More

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Teaching or not

I’ve been teaching a young fellow how to play the triple row button accordion for about a year and a half. He’s doing quite well. That is to say he has all the tools he needs to be a good player. Just add practice.  He’s… Read More

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Joe Derrane, accordion player

Check out this fantastic video about Joe Derrane, an Irish-American button accordion player. It was uploaded to YouTube by the MassCulturalCouncil. I love his accordion too, with the square buttons. I’ve never seen one like it. ….and more…  

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Cooking in the Kitchen

I’ve been suggesting to one of my button accordion students that he should try to feel the rhythm of the music through his whole body. I found a delightful video of a Fogo Island kitchen party that illustrates exactly what I mean, and I showed… Read More