Month: July 2013

Waltz: L’Urosa Jardiniéra

Here’s a humble but wonderful waltz, found in Mally’s Bal Folk tune book (actually, I found it in the Massif Central Tune Book, pink volume). Playing it on the Baffetti almost entirely on the F row.

Tribute: Le Cotillon Vert

I am obsessed with this tune, a scottish/valse called “Le Cotillon Vert.” Here I am in my kitchen taking a crack at it. The scottish/valse is exactly what’s on the tin. You dance the A section as a scottish (medium tempo, 4/4 dance), then…

Accordéon History Book

Philippe Krümm, music columnist and editor of both Accordéon et Accordéonistes and Trad, has come out with a corker of a book. L’Accordéon: Quelle Histoire! (roughly Accordion: What a Story!) is a 120 page book packed with pictures and “iconography” from the 1930s to today. The…

L’Autre Diatonist Physical CDs Now Available

Enough folks have asked, and I’ve decided to produce physical CDs of L’Autre Diatoniste. I’m not doing a mass run, but will do quality duplicates packaged in very attractive, crafty sleeves (something we’re good at, here in Maine). Thanks to those who have ordered…

Download my new CD!

It’s finally ready! Download! My new CD, L’Autre Diatoniste, is now ready for download over at bandcamp! Minimum cost is seven dollars, which was bandcamp’s recommendation. Here’s a track list: L’Autre Diatoniste at bandcamp 1. La Souflette 3:29 2. FRLO Anthem 4:53 3. Polka Piquee…

Letter to a Similarly-Aged Accordéonist

Shortly after publishing my piece on shifting to a three-row, I got the following e-mail from Troy Bennett, of Mystery Jig Studios. Hi Gary, The seductive Beltuna A/D/G  Long time, no-see. How’s the new three-row Baffetti treating you? Currently, I’ve got a three-row, three-voice,…

Alsatian Dance in 7

Here’s a tune I learned from storyteller Catherine Piron-Paira and her husband Sylvain Piron, both of Saverne, Alsace. Catherine played it on psaltery, thus I tend to call it “Catherine’s Psaltery.” I feature this tune on my new CD, but with added clarinets and recorders, and…

Announcement: My CD!

My new CD is coming out! Last week I wrapped up work on tracks for my new CD. I’ve kept quiet about it. Letting it incubate. Now, I’m pleased to announce that it’s almost ready to be let loose on the world. L’Autre Diatoniste (or,…