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
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
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.
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
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
I’m posting the following video for my button accordion student Elliot. This clip starts out with Mr. Hibbs performing Mussels in the Corner and then The Leaving of Liverpool, two tunes Elliot plays pretty well. Looking back in the fullness of time, Mr. Hibbs looked… Read More
Here’s an assortment of nice button accordion performances from all over the place I dug up on the YouTube machine. Let’s start with a Norwegian player named Øystein Nicolaisen. And now over to Ireland with a performance by Conor Keane. And to Newfoundland…Danny Benoit and… Read More
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…
I don’t know very much at all about Scottish button accordion music, but based on this performance, I could grow to like it quite a lot.
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