Category: Chris Ryall

Breton Dance Field Recordings (and other places)

The An Dro snakes through! Pic by Chris Ryall UPDATE: I’ve gotten some push back on this post from folks (great stuff in the comment section), essentially saying that some of these videos are not exemplars of their regional styles, but are just examples…

French Dance Field Recordings (Part 1)

Part Two is here. Melodeonist Chris Ryall spent August of 2013 at Fête Embraud (La Chavanée) and Grand Bal de l’Europe St. Gervais. He shot a lot of video. He writes: “The collection was intended to inform some of the … shall we say,…

Gratitude at 40,000 Hits

In the United States, the fourth thursday of November is Thanksgiving. I love this holiday and love having the opportunity to express my gratitude for the extraordinary blessings in my life, many of which center on the accordéon, its music, and its masters. Speaking…

About Ornamentation

As part of the front matter of the La Chavannée tunebook, the editors wrote a small introductory paragraph. Chris Ryall, the euro-oriented melodionista over on melodeon.net did a rough translation of the piece. In part, it reads: Notation has been deliberately stripped of all…

Chateau d’Ars (Mr. Ryall’s Sunday)

Featuring guest blogger Chris Ryall Over on melodeon.net, Euro-oriented melodeonista Chris Ryall has been posting reports of his own experience at Chateau d’Ars. He has graciously allowed me to post them here. Sunday morning was so much better – blue sky and a few…

Chateau d’Ars (Mr. Ryall’s Saturday)

Featuring guest blogger Chris Ryall Over on melodeon.net, Euro-oriented melodeonista Chris Ryall has been posting reports of his own experience at Chateau d’Ars. He has graciously allowed me to post them here. Saturday  woke up to intermittent heavy rain and when that cleared there…

Chateau d’Ars (Mr. Ryall’s Friday)

Featuring guest blogger Chris Ryall Over on melodeon.net, Euro-oriented melodeonista Chris Ryall has been posting reports of his own experience at Chateau d’Ars. He has graciously allowed me to post them here. I picked up #1 daughter in London and we set off to…