Andy Cutting is one of the most esteemed accordéonists in the land. If you wonder why, check out this video.
The tune, “Spaghetti Panic,” is one of Cutting’s best known, in his repertoire for more than two decades. It still amazes. My first reaction, “How???” My second is, “Wonderful!” My third is, “Hey, he gets accordéon face, too!”
COMING SOON: An interview with Andy Cutting! Yes, I’m excited!
UPDATE: Note that the sheet music for “Spaghetti Panic” is in Alexandra Browne’s book, Diatonic Liaisons.
|Andy Cutting’s “The Bay Tree.”
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It occurred to me that however I described Alexandra Browne’s Diatonic Liaisons, nothing would top seeing an actual page. I asked if she would choose a page for me. She did, and sent me a JPEG, and here it is.
The tune — “The Bay Tree” — itself is a brilliant piece of work by the great Andy Cutting, a British accordionist with a true affinity for the continental. The tune is on Cutting’s classic duet recording with vielle à roue player, Nigel Eaton, Panic at the Cafe. That recording can be downloaded here.
Around thirteen years ago I was at the Button Box and saw a tune book, Diatonic Liaisons, by Alexandra Browne. An amazing piece of work, it compiled original tunes by Frédéric Paris, Dave Roberts, Bruno le Tron, Alain Pennec, Alan Lamb, Andy Cutting, Trevor Upham, and Marc Perrone. With eight tunes by each of these worthies, along with extensive biographical notes, this was an amazing, unprecedented collection. On top of that, it was simply beautiful, with the music hand rendered, incorporating unique symbols to capture the particularities of button accordion practice. On any other day, I would have picked up the thing for twice the asking price.
But on that day I was purchasing an instrument and had no excess supply of the ready to get the book. “Next time,” I said, and then never saw it again.
Until a few months ago. Who should show up on Melodeon.net
but Alexandra Browne herself, and she doesn’t know, but is there any interest in this book … and there was a lot of interest. A print run was done, and copies were made available (also by PDF), all for a reasonable price. So, I’m recommending the thing unequivocally. If you’re interested in obtaining a copy, contact Ms. Browne at email@example.com.
This video posted by GbHandlebar makes it clear that selling my Giordy was absolutely the right thing to do. There it is, the dickens, in Handlebar’s hands. Even in this short piece, he gets better sounds out of the little Castagnari than I was ever able to. Well played! Beautiful stuff. The tune is Andy Cutting’s Flatworld.