This is a tune Gary learned twenty years ago (at least) from clarinet buddy Steve Gruverman. I’m not sure of the provenance of the Congo, as a dance in France, but it was popular in the 1920s with the Bal Musette, I believe. FRLO (Halloween 2022 edition) is Gary Chapin, Anahata, Martin Dumas, Matthew Bampton, Janneke Slagter, Gren Penn, Margaret Cox, and Barbara Truex.
I’ve curated a large playlist on Spotify of mainly Centre France music, but a lot from around the movement as well. Enjoy!
Welcome back to the Free Reed Liberation Orchestra, playing an Alsatian branle brought to us by Steve Gruverman and Marie Wendt!
Artwork by David Hamilton
FRLO July 2022 is directed by Gary Chapin. Players are:
Anahata, Matthew Bampton, John Barber, David Barnert, Gary Chapin, Margaret Cox, Martin Dumas, Eric Johnson, Gren Penn, Janneke Slagter
All parts are copyright 2022.
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Another comedy vid of me accompanying my own essay, which is hilarious, Subscribe and like and all that. Check out MuddyUm!
I’ve been working with a comedy rag called MuddyUm. We’ve begun creating videos of comedy writers reading their stuff. I, on accordion, have supplied the incidental music and written the theme tune. Here’s the first at 3 minutes, enjoy!
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Detective Weltmeister came onto the scene, a ratty one bedroom apartment with a dead mendicant and a silent, broken accordion.
I stood at the door. A first year uniformed flatfoot. I’d knocked on the old guy’s door to offer him some date nut bread from my wife. Looked in. Saw the mayhem, and called the precinct and detective.
The accordion was in a distended, immodest state, bellows stretched. The detective, with grace, picked up the shambles, set it aside, and covered it with a small towel. It let out one last wheeze. An F sharp, I think. Like a death rattle.
“Toi et Moi” is #24 in the Bal Folk Tune Book. Played on the Lilly, it has that quality inherent to many scottishes of being delightful. This is the third of Trevor Upham’s tunes that I’ve recorded for the Bal Folk Tune Book Project.