Month: November 2012

Tribute: Vivant

Vivant:  Derriere les Carreaux / Knife Edge Before you do anything else, give that track a listen. Careful, though. One can, if one is the type, fall into the beauty of it. Vivant, a duo of fiddler Mark Prescott and accordéonist Clive Williams (who…

Gratitude at 40,000 Hits

In the United States, the fourth thursday of November is Thanksgiving. I love this holiday and love having the opportunity to express my gratitude for the extraordinary blessings in my life, many of which center on the accordéon, its music, and its masters. Speaking…

La Soufflette (Waltz)

Frédéric Bordois’ waltz, from La Chavannée’s Le Long de la Riviere (and also in their tune book).

Rondeau at the Hubbard Library

Another tune from my performance at the Hubbard Free Library! BONUS CLIP:  Talking about the phenomenon of accordéon face. It’s not a gormless dysfunction, it’s style.

At the Hubbard Free Library

Last night I played a free gig at the Hubbard Free Library, in Hallowell, Maine. It was short — about 45 minutes was requested — and cookies were provided. It was a great time! The room was filled with some very appreciative people who…

Bourrées à Deux Temps

While continuing my conversation with Andy Cutting, I’ve done a small bit of recording. My own journey with the Nik continues! Here are four two-beat bourrées done in a very straight-forward (bog norme) style. The tunes are La Ruban Bleu, Le Bergére de Coulandon, Le…

Andy Cutting’s Boxes (Pics!)

Discussing his non-collection, Andy Cutting sent along pictures of some of his accordéons. Not pictured are any of the three Mory boxes, which are somewhat ubiquitous in Cutting’s photos. One of the Maxes, the Pokerwork, the Mignon, and … what is that with the…

Andy Cutting Interview Part 2: Gear Talk

Part One is Here.Andy Cutting does NOT have an accordéon collection. Listening to Andy Cutting, one is entranced, of course, by his playing, but one also marvels — perhaps with a modicum of jealousy — at the sound of his instruments. I asked Cutting…

Andy Cutting Interview Part One

Part Two is HERE. Andy Cutting was not the first to bridge the channel between English melodeon and Musique du Centre-France, but his work in the 90s — with Blowzabella and Chris Wood — elevated the art form. His style is the envy of…