Month: May 2011

Photos from Alsace

Sylvain sent me these group pics from yesterday’s Pique Diatonique day. Looks like a great day was had! Here in Maine, I did not have a picnic, but instead Americanized it to a bar-b-que. Coming soon, pictures of me playing pique diatonique tunes while…

Pique Diatonique Tomorrow!

Sylvain Piron Tomorrow is May 29, and therefore time for the long awaited Pique-diatonique in Dahlenheim, Alsace. Though, I’ll be thousands of miles away, I plan to have a picnic tomorrow and play a bunch of tunes from the Pique-diatonique tunebook. To get into…

One-Row Goodness

Castagnari Max, One-Row Diatonic Accordion players speak affectionately of the warmth or lift generated by the push/pull action of their boxes. It’s better for dancing, they might say, or, it has a character to it that’s different from (read better than) chromatic or piano accordions. I don’t believe…

Playing the Low Lonesome Reed

One of the things I love about my Salterelle Pastourelle III is its three banks of reeds on the right hand, tuned LMM (see Accordion Speak 101 for a complete explanation). My Castagnari Nik has a lovely, light, willowy sound, with its MM reeds…

Pour les Absents

Debauchery in Dahlenheim It’s coming. As I reported in a previous post, on May 29, a group of Alsatian diatonistes and their closest friends will be gathering in Dahlenheim for their accordion, picnic basket bacchanal, the Pique-diatonique. As usual, I am unable to attend, and…

Update: Bal Folk Tune Book

Dave Mallinson After posting my review of the Bal Folk tune book, I managed to talk to both Dave Mallinson — publisher of the tunebook — and Mel Stevens — compiler of the iconic pink/blue Massif Central tune books that Mallinson’s book is based on. I…