Month: August 2013

Préhistoire du Folk

Though it sometimes sounds like an affectation, I’m careful to disclaim extraordinary expertise about this music. I am fascinated by it. I love it. I play it … I know quite a bit more about it than the average American bear. Yes, but every once…

Where goest the Nik?

Cynthia and the Nik (to be named Julietta or Giulietta, still deciding) Some months ago I sold my Castagnari Nik in order to purchase a Dino Baffetti three-row in flat keys. This week I asked the buyer — who I will call “Cynthia,” since…

Performance, September 8

On Sunday, September 8, the trio Bon Truc will be playing at the Royal Bean, in Yarmouth, Maine, from 1:00 to 3:00. The trio comprises Gary Chapin (me) on accordéon, Steve Gruverman on woodwinds, and Barbara Truex on mountain dulcimer and percussion. Our repertoire…

In Praise of AMTA Cassettes

At a rehearsal last week over at a friend’s place I spotted a cassette sitting on top of his formidable array of stereo equipment. It had a familiar look. The red italic lettering. The black bar at top and bottom. The name of the…

Video from Embraud

Time again for the summer festivals in France. Jackdiatonique (denizen of mel.net) posted a ton of videos from his travels. Including these three of an impromptu group playing some very Auvergnat bourrées. Note the instrumentation: cabrette, diatonic accordéon, chromatic accordéon, and two banjos! Note…

Wals Voor Polle, Redux

Some weeks ago I posted about Wim Poesen’s wonderful tune, Wals Voor Polle. I was pleased to receive a comment from Polle Ranson, the man for whom the wals is voor. He was pleased with the post and shared two other videos of performances…