Category: melodeon.net

"La Bourrée": Still Out There!

Over on concertina.net, Kautilya did some research and noticed that the Lique Auvergnate & du Massif Central — the organization that originally published the Recueil — continues in existance! I followed up on this and discovered that one of their “branches” is La Bourrée de Paris….

Mazurka de Comptoir

Here’s a mazurka I learned off the compilation, Accordeons Diatonique en Bretagne. On that recording it was played by Christian Desnos. I don’t know if that makes it a “Breton” mazurka or not, but it’s a good tune. For more mazurkas, I invite you…

Two Accordeon Blogs

I’ve generally managed to keep my priorities between accordeon and life in order (hint: more accordeon). Until now. This has been the last year of my coursework in my doctoral program, AND the beginning of a new job as a researcher and writer for…

Polkas and How to Play Them

I don’t post many polkas (or any, really), but I do play them in the comfort of my home and at dances, and I do love them! They just aren’t as interesting to me as the other types of tunes I play (bourrées, mazurkas,…

Hanter Dro

Another Breton tune, learned from clarinetist Steve Gruverman (tune finder extraordinaire). The hanter dro is that rare thing, an intimate line dance. Moving to the 3/2 meter, the dancers snake around the floor, spiraling, encircling, ensorceling the musicians. I try to embody the apparent…

Ask the Dancers!

How’s the bourrée?  Ask the dancers. In response to Friday’s post about what it means to play a bourrée well, a number of Mel.net and concertina.net worthies responded that you know you’re playing a bourrée well when the dancers are dancing a good bourrée….

La Roulante

A Jean Blanchard tune, this one also goes by the name, “The LNB Polka.” Blanchard, who I’ve written about briefly, is one of those credited with reviving rural French folk music in the early ’70s. I recorded this video as part of Melodeon.net‘s Tune…

Castagnari Nik Encomium!

Photo by Brigid Chapin. So I got it. Officially. Paid for and everything. Had to sell two other accordions and Fender Telecaster with amp. Worth every cent. Don’t expect an objective review. Rather, expect a panegyric, an encomium, an elaborate laudation. I have brought…

Lady Cassili’s Lilt

Off topic from the usual French stuff, the Melodeon.net Theme of the Month is music from Scotland. I’ve loved harper Robin Williamson for years. This tune, “Lady Cassili’s Lilt,” is on Williamson’s Legacy of the Scottish Harpers. UPDATE: A listener over on Melodeon.net supplied…

Lester Bailey’s Tune-a-Rama

Over on Melodeon.net denizen Lester Bailey has announced that he’s hung his shingle as an accordion repairer and tuner.  Certainly, if you’re near Wendover Bucks (UK) and you find you’ve got a melodeon in a state of disrepair I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Tune-a-Rama. If…

Melodeon or Accordion or Accordéon or what?

“So what is that you’re playing?” I get that all the time. They’re pointing at my accordion. “Isn’t that supposed to have … like … piano keys or something. Is that a concertina?” Saltarelle Pastourelle III, a magnificently fine buttonaccordion, or melodeon, or accordéon…