Way back in the 80s, there were a few Zydeco bands coming up to Toronto. Queen Ida played up here a couple times at the Bamboo and maybe at the Horseshoe and once I saw Terence Simien and his group down at Harbourfront. The best… Read More
Here’s a simple little tune I like to play. I’ve known this one for some time but I don’t know what it’s called. If anyone has a good name for it, I’ll adopt it.
Here’s my take on a Portuguese folk tune called O Passarinho – The Little Bird.
Here’s a lovely schottische Istumbled upon on YouTube, played on a two-row diatonic.
Regular readers know that I have a music student. I’ve been teaching him to play the triple row diatonic button accordion, and he’s coming along well. The button accordion is a folk instrument and in many cultures the normal way of teaching and learning it… Read More
I’ve been thinking lately that I’d like to take on one or two button accordion students. In my trusty notebook, I’ve been putting together some notes on how to go about it. The triple row button accordion (called a concertina in Portuguese circles) is in… Read More
Let me first say that I know practically nothing about Finnish folk music. Here we have five women playing diatonic button accordions. Delightful.
This is Basque music, Trikitixa. Whoever this player is…nice job.