Wildwood Flower was popularized by the Carter Family, but its close cousin I’ll Twine Mid the Ringlets was written by Joseph Philbrick Webster and published way back in 1860. It could be that both are based on another earlier tune, but if so I don’t… Read More
I’ve been working on the St. Anne’s Reel on the banjo recently, but I’ve been familiar with this one from my button accordion days as Reel de Ste-Anne. I don’t know the actual origin of this one, but a lot of people will tell you… Read More
I love the way Éric Gagné plays that box….
This is Reel de la Pointe au Pic performed by Gaston Nolet. The previous examples were played on a one-row accordion. M. Nolet is playing a 3-row box. I don’t recognize the maker of his accordion. It’s a beauty.
Jean Ritchie, a tremendously influential voice in American song, passed yesterday, age 92. RIP. Here is the obit in the NY Times.
Blind but Now I See is Kent Gustavson’s biorgraphy of the late Doc Watson. When I read about this book I was very much looking forward to it because I’ve been listening to and enjoying Doc Watson’s music for many years. I think my introduction… Read More
It’s been a while since I’ve posted any hurdy gurdy music here. Time to change all that. Here’s Matthias Loibner… If it seems like a confusion and complicated instrument, that’s because it is. Here’s a great demonstration of how these beasts work.. How about a… Read More
In folk music, it’s expected that songs get retreaded in all kinds of ways. Melodies get recycled with different lyrics, and similar bits of lyrics find their way into a host of different tunes. How many tunes share “six white horses in a line” or… Read More
The musical focus of this blog has shifted somewhat this year. Although it has long reflected my general interest in what I jokingly call folky-dolky music, I had been focusing on the button accordion, because that is the instrument I was playing. Somehow or another… Read More