It’s been more than two years since I released my CD, L’Autre Diatoniste. It was a great experience recording, and I’m still quite proud of it. This month I’m going to begin the cycle of recording my next CD. As a way of celebrating the process and maybe funding the new project. So, I’m offering L’Autre Diatoniste on sale — almost 50% off — $7 for the physical CD (plus shipping), or $4 for the download. Go on over to my Bandcamp page and buy it!
Bangor Daily News photographer, videographer, blogger, and box player Troy Bennett (who I corresponded with here) is producing a series of short videos about Mainers and their tattoos for the BDN blog. Last week he came to my home to talk about my tattoo and French accordeon music.
My kids are tattoo fiends of a sort. I’ve always thought I might like a tattoo if I could get the Right Thing. That thing, of course, is my accordion, the Saltarelle Pastourelle III. I wasn’t just looking for a generic diato tattoo, it had to by My Box. My kids found an artist who could do such a thing and, as a gift, they paid for the below tattoo. The artist is Moonman Sam Hill, in Hallowell, Maine. I’ll let the work speak for itself, but I am delighted by the R. Crumb illustrative quality of it. The words are, L’Autre Diatoniste, which is also the name of … y’know … my CD.
|Picture by Julia Kimball|
That dime is there to give you a sense of scale and level of detail. That’s on the inside of my forearm. Also, since everyone asks, yes, it hurt like a M*&^#r F*&^%r.
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 is a quality blend of music centre France, Brittany, Alsace, and other places … plus some originals. We’ve played together for some time within the context of the dance band, Nouveau Chapeau. Recently, we started working specifically as a trio. After our first gig at the beginning of August, I felt, “Oh, yeah, THIS is why I started playing music.” It was very sweet.
So join us on September 8. Drink some coffee. Eat pastry. Listen to great music.
Enough folks have asked, and I’ve decided to produce physical CDs of L’Autre Diatoniste. I’m not doing a mass run, but will do quality duplicates packaged in very attractive, crafty sleeves (something we’re good at, here in Maine). Thanks to those who have ordered the download so far. Your response has been very gratifying!
To order a physical CD, go to my bandcamp page. I will begin shipping on Friday, June 19. Thank you!
It’s finally ready! Download!
My new CD, L’Autre Diatoniste, is now ready for download over at bandcamp! Minimum cost is seven dollars, which was bandcamp’s recommendation. Here’s a track list:
|L’Autre Diatoniste at bandcamp|
1. La Souflette 3:29
2. FRLO Anthem 4:53
3. Polka Piquee & Polka de l’Aveyron 2:42
4. L’intermittent 2:29
5. Les Filles de Saint Nicholas 2:57
6. Catherine’s Psaltery 3:15
7. Two Mazurkas 2:34
8. Hanter Dro 3:16
9. Not That Guy’s Gavotte 2:00
10. Two Scottishes 2:55
11. Twentieth Century Rondeau 3:41
12. Ballad Of The Bachelor 4:40
I am very pleased with how this all turned out. The recording itself came out great and the process that made it was fantastic and joyful. I’m going to miss working on this project.
I am grateful. Producer Caleb Orion was generous in his time and expertise. And excellent critical friend. Steve Gruverman – of clarinet, sax, and bombarde – has been a part of my musical journey for years. A good number of tunes here, I learned from him. He is an amazing tune finder! Thanks to Will Leavitt. Thanks to Thierry Laplaud, Frèdèric Bordois, and Au Gre des Vents (Danyéle Besserer and Gilles Péquignot), for letting me use their amazing tunes. Thanks also to all the folks over at melodeon.net who have been an invaluable and general support over the past two years.