Category: YouTube

Two 2-beat Bourrées

Bog standard performance of rock solid standards of the Auvergnat set. I play these with Le Bon Truc. My approach is essentially pretending I’m playing a one row. Going for the primitive.

Le Lundi Accordéonaire IV

Every Monday, I will be posting a new or newly discovered (newly by me, anyway) video of French accordionistics. If you would like to draw my attention to something out there that should be posted, or want to submit one of yourself playing some…

Le Lundi Accordéonaire III

Every Monday, I will be posting a new or newly discovered (newly by me, anyway) video of French accordionistics. If you would like to draw my attention to something out there that should be posted, or want to submit one of yourself playing some…

Video from Embraud

Time again for the summer festivals in France. Jackdiatonique (denizen of mel.net) posted a ton of videos from his travels. Including these three of an impromptu group playing some very Auvergnat bourrées. Note the instrumentation: cabrette, diatonic accordéon, chromatic accordéon, and two banjos! Note…

First Tunes with the Baffetti

Videos down below! The Dino Baffetti Tex-Mex II/34 arrived on Thursday! Very exciting! I had intended to do an internal examination of the box, a la Owen Woods or Daddy Long Les, but I found I couldn’t bear to take a screw driver to it,…

La Chavannée Videos

The magic that is La Chavannée is on display in some quality videos on YouTube. Here is an assortment. Thanks to Mitch Gordon, and Phillipe Wurlgue and Jeff Dantin (of Morvan Productions) for posting these.

A New Polka Wot I Helped Write

Here’s a new polka written by myself and clarinetist Steve Gruverman. I improvised the theme in connection to a recording project, a song called “The Ballad of the Bachelor.” Steve took the theme and morphed it into this, “The Bachelor’s Polka.” I did mess…

Andy Cutting Speaks About Chris Wood

This is the fifth piece in a series about Andy Cutting. Click through for parts one, two, and three … and also some pictures of his boxes.The duets of Andy Cutting and Chris Wood are among the high points of English and European folk…

Yann-Fañch Perroches, a Celebration

An Droug Hirnez, by Yann-Fañch Perroches With much gratitude, I celebrate Yann-Fañch Perroches. Owen Woods, who writes the fantastic Music and Melodeons, mentioned in passing that he’s playing a gig in support of the great Breton accordéonist, Yann-Fañch Perroches. After the wave of envy…

Horse’s Branle

My colleague Lester Bailey has been posting a sheaf of tunes over on his Tune-a-Day blog. A few days ago he posted this old French tune (perhaps best known for its Blowzabella rendition, but originally collected in the 16th century). Check out the tune…