Month: April 2011

Tribute: Jac Lavergne

Jac Lavergne Jac Lavergne plays accordion, oud, violin, flutes, and percussion with Compagnie Léon Larchet, a performance unit that melds traditional French and North African music with world rhythms. It’s a very driving sort of music — called tradimodern — and Lavergne and company…

Accordions and a Certain Kind of Woman

Apparently, accordionists were, at one time in history, very desirable to a certain kind of woman, as this sheet music cover suggests.UPDATE: I had lost track of where I found this picture. The web site is the Typologie des instruments à vent. Here’s some…

Review: Bal Folk Tune Book

As always, any questions, comments, or corrections are welcome.Update Above Bal Folk puts many of the classic MassifCentral Tunes back in print. In 1998, when I bought my Hohner Corso from the Button Box, I also picked up two books that changed my life easily…

My Giordy Has Gone to a Better Place

This video posted by GbHandlebar makes it clear that selling my Giordy was absolutely the right thing to do. There it is, the dickens, in Handlebar’s hands. Even in this short piece, he gets better sounds out of the little Castagnari than I was ever…

La Roulante

A Jean Blanchard tune, this one also goes by the name, “The LNB Polka.” Blanchard, who I’ve written about briefly, is one of those credited with reviving rural French folk music in the early ’70s. I recorded this video as part of Melodeon.net‘s Tune…

My Trip to Alsace (Part Three)

Part One Part Two In 2004, my wife, Bethany, and I were given the gift of a trip to Alsace, France, to visit my accordion teacher, Sylvain Piron, his wife, storyteller Catherine Piron-Paira, and their family. I wrote the following shortly after the trip. It appeared some…