Three tunes from the Bal Folk Tune Book Project. I play these on the F row of the Dino Baffetti Tex-Mex accordion because of a provocation from Martin Ellison at melodeon.net, who was curious about the sound of the low F row. This is tuned MM, so it doesn’t sound LOW, but it’s very sweet and comforting. The only really weird thing to get used to was that the F row is second button start on my box, keeps everything else in line across the three rows.
Two Bal Folk Bourrées.
“Bourrée de Chamberat” (#165): This one is played slow because I really heard the melody as a song and dug it at this speed.
“Bourrée Carrée de St. Chartier” (#161): Played at speed. from the Bal Folk Tune Book Project accordeonaire.com
This was a piece I wrote (lyrics) for my second CD (which you can listen to over on the right, or download from Bandcamp). The idea was that there was this fictional between-the-wars crypto-anarchist, quasi-mystical accordion orchestra uniting squeezers everywhere. And this is their anthem.
I had no idea, at the time, that the FRLO would become and actual real thing nearly two decades later. I am grateful beyond measure for everyone in the group — squeezers and friends — who, I think, experienced a bit of trepidation when I asked them to sing.
There was also some emotion with the line about mothers, which should not have surprised me (mothers are complicated things). Steve said to me, “I don’t get this line about mothers.” To which I replied.
I wrote this around the time after my Mom died. It’s not really ABOUT MY MOM, just that I was feeling warmly about the idea of mothers. The FRLO in my mind, in 2006, was a … dance band that played in dives in a 1930s Svengali landscape. John Barrymore might bring Marion Marsh there while they’re on vacation in Vienna, trying to avoid the press and the police, and maybe get their hands on some absinth. The FRLO would be playing there, and they might dance, or they might not.
For reference: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0022454/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2
The FRLO (April 2021 edition) is
Anahata, accordion; Matthew Bampton, accordion, voice; Heloise Bampton, fiddle, voice; Gary Chapin, accordion, voice; Margaret Cox, fiddle, voice; Andrew Edgington, accordion; Steve Gruverman, whistle, bass clarinet, voice; Eric Johnson, guitar; Gren Penn, accordion, voice; Julian Scholefield, accordion; Janneke Slagter, accordion, voice; Abigail Stratton, trumpet; Barb Truex, banjo, tenor guitar; Siska vd Valk, voice.
If you would like to support this work I am at venmo @Gary-Chapin-7 or you can buy some sweet FRLO swag by clicking on the coffee cup over on the right.
Two Waltzes from the Bal Folk Tune Book (but they are played in Aflat) “Lo Rossinhol” (#118) “Aure Françoise” (#116) If you’d like to support this work or just buy me some coffee Venmo is @Gary-Chapin-7 Thanks!
I was asked to play some opening music for a virtual graduation ceremony last week. This is me doing that.
I made this recording a while ago, but find that it still stands up. This is part of the Bal Folk Tune Book Project.