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Accordion Noir radio playlist 2021-05-05: Bandcamp Friday’n an’out

May 6, 2021
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May 6 is World Accordion Day. Bruce tells us that this is on the occasion of the patenting of the instrument, which will turn 200 on this date in only 8 more years! (What a time to be alive!)  Of course, there’s a lot more going on May 6 — many video streams, including the Accordion Babes’ Accordion Fridays, World Accordion Day festivities at the World of Accordion Museum (and online), Victoria’s World Accordion and Tango Festival (virtual edition), and of course… BandcampFriday, the new preferred way to get your favorite musicians paid. Just the other day, someone else did the math and announced that buying a band’s album on Bampcamp, once, is as financially advantageous to the band as streaming it every day for three years. And so Bruce again presents a set of worthwhile squeezy performers who can be supported in this fashion. (Fear not, Omnichord fans, your bonus episode is in the bag!) If your Apple or Android podcast subscriptions (strongly recommended!) haven’t alerted you to its availability yet, you can enjoy this week’s episode as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive. Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2021-05-05, Bandcamp Friday’n an’ Out

Sisters With Transistors: Electronic Music’s Unsung Heroines
Available online for Canadian audiences Thursday, May 6, 2021 – Monday, May 17, 2021.
https://www.doxafestival.ca

Learn about “Ear Scrambling” artists like 🪗 Pauline Oliveros 🎛 in Sisters With Transistors, now available in many places around the world: https://sisterswithtransistors.com

https://player.vimeo.com/video/534043397
Sisters With Transistors trailer

Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us, there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoir and @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle (next coming up on Zoom this Friday — tomorrow! — May 7th!) Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2011-04-20 (late show): Banjo Noir part 1

May 3, 2021

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Things were really cookin’ back on April 20th, 2011, and not for the obvious reasons.  We hosted three hours of radio that day, the first with two distinguished musical guests and the last two with a pair of entirely unrelated experts sitting in with us during one of our “alt-instrument” member drive specials (which you may recall from my setup to our recent Omnichord special), this one dedicated to the accordion’s frequent punchline colleague, the banjo.  Linda Bull and Sue Malcolm joined us and much merry music was aired!  We count this session as episode 228 of Accordion Noir despite a) having episode 227 immediately before it and b) it not containing any accordion, just banjo.  At its original online home, it logged some 5461 listens, and you can continue enjoying it today as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive.  (We’ll post its second incredible hour soon!)  Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2011-04-20 (late show), Banjo Noir First Hour, with Linda Bull and Sue Malcolm

For the Spring Membership Drive at Co-op Radio we had a triple-length episode on April 21. The 2nd Hour started our Long-Awaited “Banjo Noir” show. Fun, Fun.

* Artist – Song – Album (year) – Where are they from? – Contact info if we’ve got it.
* Chubby Parker & His Old Time Banjo – King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O – Anthology Of American Folk Music, Vol. 1A: Ballads (1928) – “The Harry Smith Anthology” – http://www.folkways.si.edu/explore_folkways/AnthologyFolk.aspx
* Yesterdays Ring – They Oughta Name A Drink After Me – Diamonds In The Ditch (2009) – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – http://www.suburbanhomerecords.com/bands/active/yesterdays-ring/
* Nathan Frazier (Banjo And Vocal) And Frank Patterson (Fiddle) – Bile Them Cabbage Down – Altamont: Black Stringband Music (1942) – Nashville, Tennessee, USA – http://archives.nodepression.com/2002/03/the-lost-tradition-of-black-string-bands/
* Murph Gribble (banjo), John Lusk (fiddle), Albert York (guitar) – Rolling River – Altamont: Black Stringband Music (1946) – Rocky Island, Tennessee – http://archives.nodepression.com/2002/03/the-lost-tradition-of-black-string-bands/
* John J. Kimmel / Vess L. Ossman – Sword dance / Whip and spur (split single) – Indestructible Record: 3088 (1910) – Part of the UCSB Cylinder Digitization Project: http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/.
* Banjo Joe – My Money Never Runs Out – Good For What Ails You: Music Of The Medicine Shows 1926–1937 (1927) – http://www.oldhatrecords.com/index.html
* The Haints – Baptist Shout – Horsefly, British Columbia, Canada – http://www.thehaints.com/
* Linda and Sue – Dragonfly (live and pickin’)
* Highrise Lonesome – Big Black Eye – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – http://www.slowpitchjam.com/highriselonesome.html
* The Wailin’ Jennys – Glory Bound – Live At The Mauch Chunk Opera House (2009) – Canada (2 of them), USA (1 of them) – Soprano Ruth Moody (guitar, banjo, acc, bodhran) http://www.thewailinjennys.com/
* Chris Cook – Camp Meeting on the 4th of July
* Raising Arizona Soundtrack – Way Out There – the Youtube album.
* Sue and Linda – Cluck Old Hen (live and not spitting, because it’s rude)
* Ross Nickerson – Cluck Old Hen
* Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies – Oh You Pretty Woman (1934) – Doughboys Playboys & Cowboys: The Golden Years of Western Swing – The Eyes of Texas [Disc 1] (1934) – http://www.propermusic.com/

Sue Malcolm’s many projects in progress:
http://www.slowpitchjam.com/highriselonesome.html

Linda Bull’s Give ’em the Boot, Italian Show on CiTR:
feed://feeds.feedburner.com/Citr–GiveemTheBoot

Tonight’s episode’s cover illustration is: Ol’ face Krazy Kat playin’ his banjo in 1936. From Dr. “What kinda banjo is that?” Hermes: http://dr-hermes.livejournal.com/338022.html

Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us, there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoir and @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle (on Zoom this Friday!) Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2021-04-29: So, Can You See? II

April 29, 2021
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Bruce was prepared to make good on a promise to deliver more of his unaired Omnichord interview materials from his recent member drive special if we passed a fundraising threshold for our parent radio station CFRO and, thanks to you generous listeners, we passed the threshold! But before he had a chance to share it, we realised we had other obligations to fulfil this week. So stay tuned for further Omnichord enlightenment next week, and in the meantime, enjoy this oddly geographically-focused set of splendid squeezebox tunes. If your Apple or Android podcast subscriptions (strongly recommended!) haven’t alerted you to its availability yet, you can enjoy it as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive. Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2021-04-28, So, Can You See?

Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us, there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoir and @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle (next coming up on Zoom not this but next Friday, May 7th!) Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2011-04-20 (early show): Joanna Chapman-Smith and Katheryn Petersen Noir

April 26, 2021

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From ten years ago, here’s episode 227 of CFRO Co-Op Community Radio’s weekly hour-long “Accordion Noir” radio program.  As now, ten years ago this was also spring member drive season for CFRO (have you renewed your annual membership yet?), and we did what we could to stack the deck with special guests and extraordinary programming.  On this occasion we were joined by the incredible singer-songwriter Joanna Chapman-Smith, accompanied by the versatile Katheryn Petersen who would go on to play such a huge role in directing our annual festival for its hugest years in the meantime!  We also put the lie to “hour-long” by immediately following this broadcast with another two-hour alt-instrument special, the magnificent “Banjo Noir” … but one thing at a time!  At its original online home, across most of a decade this episode tallied some 9732 listens, and you can continue enjoying it today as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive.  Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2011-04-20 (pt 1 of 3), Joanna Chapman-Smith and Katheryn Petersen Fund-raiser Noir

[Ok, finally! Here they come, three big doses of Accordion Noir.
For the Spring Membership Drive at Co-op Radio we had a triple-length episode on April 20. Part one welcomed special guest Joanna Chapman-Smith and Katheryn Petersen to our studio. Parts 2 & 3 we went all Banjo crazy, coming up.]

Joanna Chapman-Smith, ez playlist:
* Artist – Song
* Andy Fielding – Accordion Noir Theme – More, http://www.andyfielding.com/temp/visigoth.pdf
* OK Giraffe – Heaven Only Knows – http://www.myspace.com/okgiraffe
* David P. Smith – I Get Drunk – http://www.inflatableeye.com/music.html
* Marie-Josee Houle – Old-Fashioned Morphine – http://www.uglysocks.com/
* Joanna Chapman-Smith – Things are Gonna Go Wrong
* Joanna Chapman-Smith and Katheryn Petersen – Urbanity (live in our studio, one night only!)
* Joanna Chapman-Smith and Katheryn Petersen – Tactile World (live, see them while you can!)
* Joanna Chapman-Smith – Arbitrary Lines
* Joanna Chapman-Smith and Katheryn Petersen – A Case of You (live, listen to this!)
* Joanna Chapman-Smith and Katheryn Petersen – A Glass of Right and Wrong (live, on digital!)
* Joanna Chapman-Smith – Klezbian Mother

– See Joanna Chapman-Smith for real: http://www.joannacs.com/
– and Katheryn Petersen is awesomethin’ else: http://www.myspace.com/katherynsalmon

And for the cover image? Joanna Chapman-Smith, and her giant doily.

Happy spring-time, and please, support Accordion Noir and Co-op Radio (without whom there wouldn’t be an Accordion Noir), by becoming a member. Go to http://www.AccordionNoir.org or http://www.CoopRadio.org and donate online. We really especially supporters who’ve become “sustaining” donors by arranging to donate a little bit every month. Those add up to a lot of support over the year. We love that most of all.

When you’re able to donate, please do add a comment that, “Accordion Noir sent me!” Then we know who loves squeezing.

Thanks much,

Bruce and Rowan

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Get all your Vancouver Area accordion information at:
http://www.SqueezeboxCircle.org

Support Accordion Noir, we love our supporters, and our supporters’ supporters – even our detractors love our supporters.

Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us, there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoir and @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle. Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2021-04-21: Omnichord Noir Fundraiser with Jenny Omnichord!

April 22, 2021
AccNoir 2021-04-21

In our early years we did these religiously — during the member drives of our parent radio station, CFRO Community Radio, we’d toss a bone to other neglected “underdog” instruments and devote an entire hour (or more!) to “variety spice” axes that didn’t happen to enjoy the support of a weekly radio program dedicated to their art. Building bridges at the bottom of the ladder! We featured radio specials on such “obvious” offbeat instruments as “Ukulele Noir“, “Baritone Saxophone Noir“, “Jaw Harp Noir“, “Theremin Noir“, “Banjo Noir“, “Hurdy Gurdy Noir” and more (the “Tuba Noir” and “Bagpipes Noir” seemingly tragically lost to the vagaries of time) … but of course no matter how deep you dig, there is always an instrument more niche waiting for you to shine some light on.

Which brings us to last night’s episode, an extraordinary two-hour visit to a musically rich realm with a champion all its own: join our host Bruce Triggs in interview with the devoted expert Jenny Omnichord for a wild visit to the ethereal realm of … Omnichord Noir! If your Apple or Android podcast subscriptions (strongly recommended!) haven’t alerted you to its availability yet, you can listen to it as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive. (And when you’re done listening to it, enjoy the marshy sounds of a Saturna Island bog the rest of this Earth Day via http://wetlandproject.com/ !) Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2021-04-21, Omnichord Noir Fundraiser with Jenny Omnichord!

Jenny Omnichord on Bandcamp (get more of her music or contact her):
https://jennyomnichord.bandcamp.com/

Some Jenny Omnichord History online:
http://labelfantastic.com/artists/the-barmitzvah-brothers/

Omnichord History and Commentary:
http://www.suzukimusic.co.uk/omnichord-heaven/models/index.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omnichord
https://australianmusician.com.au/the-omnichord-a-history-by-bernard-fanning/
https://www.kickkicksnare.com/new-releases/2014/02/03/popular-instrument-youve-never-heard-omnichord

Suzuki Omnichord & Qchord (Facebook group). https://www.facebook.com/groups/Omnichord.QChord
Omnichord Heaven (Facebook page): @Omnichord.Heaven (https://www.facebook.com/Omnichord.Heaven works too)

People need to be invited to the Omnichord Discord channel, so they can contact Jenny for an invite.

  • Bill Davis Trio w/Bruce Triggs – ‟Bring the Money In” – Co-op Radio Member Drive PRA (1954/2021) – http://www.CoopRadio.org
  • Linaire – ‟Go In The Morning” – Linaire (2020) – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – https://linaire.bandcamp.com https://linairesongs.com (Omnichord used: Anna Atkinson played a brown model OM-27)
  • Jenny Omnichord – ‟Ghost Flyers In The Sky” – Cities Of Gifts And Ghosts (2007) – Guelph, Ontario, Canada – https://jennyomnichord.bandcamp.com/ (Omnichord used: System 100/200)
  • Daniel Lanois – ‟Ice” – Acadie (1989) – (I don’t know where he is now! Canada? LA?) – http://www.daniellanois.com (Omnichord used: It’s a System 1 (OM27) but it looks like it’s been modded!)
  • Robbie Robertson – ‟Somewhere Down The Crazy River” – Robbie Robertson (0) – Canada – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somewhere_Down_the_Crazy_River (Produced by Daniel Lanois. Omnichord used: OM 84 I think)
  • Gorillaz – ‟Clint Eastwood” – Gorillaz (2001) – London, England, UK – http://www.Gorillaz.com (Omnichord used: System 300. We can use this if we ever do a Melodica Noir episode too.)
  • Jenny Omnichord – ‟Lease in the East” – All Our Little Bones (2010) (Omnichord used: System 100/200)
  • Jenny Omnichord – ‟Lifeline” – All Our Little Bones (2010)
    (Omnichord used: System 100/200)
  • Jenny Omnichord – ‟Charlotte Or Otis” – Charlotte Or Otis : Duets For Children, Their Parents, And Other People Too. (2008) (Omnichord used: System 100/200)
  • Jenny Omnichord – ‟What Happens To Animals” – Charlotte Or Otis : Duets For Children, Their Parents, And Other People Too. (2008) (Omnichord used: System 100/200)
  • Jenny Omnichord – ‟Blankets and Bones” – Pregnancy ‘P (2008) (Omnichord used: System 100/200)
  • The Barmitzvah Brothers – ‟Daytime Mom” – The Night Of The Party (2002) – Guelph, Ontario, Canada – http://thebarmitzvahbrothers.bandcamp.com https://jennyomnichord.bandcamp.com/ (Omnichord used by Jenny Omnichord: OM84)
  • LASS – ‟Dark Summer” – LOVEHOLIC – Warsaw, Poland – https://soundcloud.com/lassmusic (“Omnichord” used: Qchord)
  • Lorraine Bowen – ‟Pizza Song” – Vital Organs (2006) – London, England, UK – https://lorrainebowen.bandcamp.com (Omnichord used: System 1, OM 27)
  • Wilfred N Meets The Hurryman – ‟I’ll Never Understand Why (mastered)” – I’ll Never Understand Why (2017) – Mixed and Mastered by Nik Kozub, https://soundcloud.com/wilfred-kozub/ill-never-understand-why-new-version (Omnichord used: likely the system 150/250)
  • Balún – ‟El Medio Contenido” – El Medio Contenido (2012) – Brooklyn, New York / San Juan, Puerto Rico – http://www.balunonline.com https://balun.bandcamp.com (Omnichord used: OM-27)
  • Jenny Omnichord – ‟…And In The Cold” – Cities Of Gifts And Ghosts (2007) (Omnichord used: System 100/200)
  • Jenny Omnichord – ‟Moby” – Cities Of Gifts And Ghosts (2007) (Omnichord used: System 100/200)
  • Jenny Omnichord – ‟Where is My Mind” – Days of Hard Drives: Excavating Ten Years of Jenny Omnichord (2013) (Omnichord used: System 100/200)
  • Jenny Omnichord – ‟All Our Little Bows” – All Our Little Bones (2010) (Omnichord used: System 100/200)
  • Colleen Brown – ‟It’s The End Of The World (Again)” – Isolation Songs (2020) – – https://colleenbrownmusic.bandcamp.com (Omnichord used: System 100/200M)

It’s possible I’ll be posting more from the Jenny Omnichord interview and a few more songs in the next week or so. That will be included in a future post here on AccordionUprising.org

If we make the goal of raising $500 (or more) during this week’s fund-drive I will definitely post a polished version on that extra episode.

Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us, there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoir and @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle. Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2011-04-13: Fund-raiser the 13th!

April 19, 2021

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From ten years ago, here’s episode 226 of CFRO Co-Op Community Radio’s weekly hour-long Accordion Noir radio broadcast.  There’s not particular theme that I can see to this episode, but I gather we were promoting our parent radio station’s annual Spring member drive just as we are today — it’s simply that time of year!  At its original online home this episode tracked some 9864 listens, and at its new forever home courtesy of the Internet Archive studious accordion listeners can continue enjoying it indefinitely into the future.  Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2011-04-13, Fund-raiser the 13th!

* Artist – Song – Album (year) – Where are they from? – Contact info if we’ve got it.
* Tres – D’ – S-Tres (2003) – Belgium – http://www.didierlaloy.be
* Conjunto Bernal – Fidel Castro Polka – Mi Unico Camino (0) – Texas, usa – http://www.arhoolie.com/
* Quintet Johnny Meyer – I Got Rhythm – Squeeze Me 3: 1943-53 Rebop Continental (The Jazz and Swing Accordion Story) (1947) – The Netherlands – http://www.venerablemusic.com/catalog/TitleDetails.asp?TitleID=12048
* Rattlesnake Choir – Halls of Folsom – Walkin’ the Wire (2011) – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – www.
* Walter Ostanek – Glass Slipper Polka – I Like Frankie Yankovic (0) – Canada –
* Clifton Chenier and his Red Hot Louisiana Band – In the Mood – I’m Here! (1982) – Recorded at Studio In The Country, Bogalusa, Louisiana – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Mood
* Cirque Éloize – Tre sphere – Nomade (0) – Montréal, Québec, Canada – Sonia Painchaud, acc. http://www.cirque-eloize.com/en/
* Ζωή Τηγανούρια / Zoe Tiganouria – Corsica – Tanguera (2006) – Athens, Greece – http://www.karozas.gr/artists/tiganouria_tanguera_uk.html#tanguera
* Quinn & Qristina Bachand – Rights Of Man / Cup Of Tea / Rakish Paddy / Tripping Up The Stairs – Family (2011) – Victoria, BC, Canada – (Adrian Dolan, acc) http://www.qbachand.com
* Tony Murena – Christopher Colombus – Accordeon 1913-1941 (Disc 1) (1941) – – http://www.fremeaux.com/
* Juliette Daum – Chaconne La Naissance – Juliette’s Bachs of Truffles (2007) – France/Wisconsin –
* The Groanbox Boys – Mount Pleasant Rooftop (at Dusk) – Smokestack Trilogy (2006) – London, England – http://www.groanboxboys.com/ (with Michael Ward-Bergeman)

And for the cover image? How about, “I Like Frankie Yankovic,” a subtle message from Walter Ostenek.

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http://www.SqueezeboxCircle.org

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Support Accordion Noir, we love our supporters, and our supporters’ supporters – even our detractors love our supporters.

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Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us, there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoir and @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle. Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist: 2021-04-14, Zilphia Horton’s 111th Birthday, with author Kim Ruehl

April 15, 2021
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For the latest episode of CFRO’s weekly hour-long Accordion Noir radio program, Bruce celebrated the birthday of musical activist and organizer Zilphia Horton, not just with Zilphia’s accordion music but with an interview with author Kim Ruehl, whose book A Singing Army – Zilphia Horton and the Highlander Folk School, was just published! If your Apple or Android podcast subscriptions (strongly recommended!) haven’t alerted you to its availability yet, you can listen to it online courtesy of the Internet Archive. Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2021-04-14, Zilphia Horton’s 111th Birthday, with author Kim Ruehl

Zilphia Horton: Labor and Civil Rights 🪗 Icon
(April 14, 1910 – April 11, 1956)

  • Zilphia Horton 🪗 – ‟We Will Overcome” – Songs recorded at the Highlander Folk School: disc 5 of 23, Instantaneous Disc FD-20361/750 (1940s?) – Tennessee, USA – http://www.highlandercenter.org Wilson Library, University of North Carolina https://library.unc.edu/wilson/ Finding Aid: https://finding-aids.lib.unc.edu/20361/ Highlander Research and Education Center’s Audiovisual Materials, 1937-2008 (The “finding aid” page has links to some songs way down at the bottom.)
  • Zilphia Horton 🪗 – ‟When the New World is Revealed” – Songs recorded at the Highlander Folk School: disc 5 of 23, Instantaneous Disc FD-20361/750 (1940s?) – Tennessee, USA
  • The Almanac Singers – ‟Round and Round Hitler’s Grave ” – Talking Union: Original 1941-1942 Recordings (1942) – New York City, NY, USA – From “Dear Mr. President,” Keynote Album K-111. Pete Seeger, Millard Lampell, Arthur Stern, Agnes ‘Sis’ Cunningham 🪗 , Bess Lomax Hawes, Baldwin ‘Butch’ Hawes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almanac_Singers
  • Maria Dunn 🪗 – ‟Can you blame the poor miner?” – We were good people (2004) – Alberta, Canada – http://mariadunn.com
  • Emit Valentine 🪗 – ‟Sweet Bye and Bye” – Centerville, Franklin County, North Carolina, USA – Collected by Thomas Carter in 1971 – Southern Folklife Collection – Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    http://www.lib.unc.edu/wilson/ Joe hill parodied this song in his “Preacher and the Slave” (1911), “There’ll be Pie in the Sky, by and by, that’s a lie.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Preacher_and_the_Slave
  • Zilphia Horton 🪗 – ‟We’re Gonna Roll the Union On” – Songs recorded at the Highlander Folk School: disc 5 of 23, Instantaneous Disc FD-20361/750 (1940s?) – Tennessee, USA
  • Zilphia Horton 🪗 – ‟We Shall Not Be Moved” – Songs recorded at the Highlander Folk School: disc 7 of 23, Instantaneous Disc FD-20361/752 (1940s?) – Tennessee, USA – I presume the singers refer to Philip Murray, one-time child coal-miner who grew to be president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). He died in 1952 so the recording probably predates that? https://aflcio.org/about/history/labor-history-people/philip-murray
  • Rhiannon Giddens (with Francesco Turristi 🪗) – ‟I Shall Not Be Moved” – They’re Calling Me Home (2018) – Nashville, Tennessee, USA / Ireland – https://rhiannongiddens.bandcamp.com http://www.rhiannongiddens.com

Zilphia Horton Links:

Highlander Center, New Market, Tennessee
http://www.highlandercenter.org

A Singing Army author: Kim Ruehl

Kim Ruehl’s Zilphia Horton “Singing Army” playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Gm1rekX3fQJgJBXlXuoch?si=5fj0Nnu9QPayQ8vL3bKr8g

Link to Kim’s Zilphia Horton crowdfunder from ten years ago, with its swell video teaser where Bruce first heard of Zilphia:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1639044940/kim-ruehl-is-writing-a-book-about-zilphia-horton?ref=search

https://v.kickstarter.com/1618633567_256a29990a10926820fa08e8bc8b897725f1e704/projects/14294/video-15228-h264_high.mp4

Historical Zilphia Horton Highlander recordings:

Southern Folklife Collection
Wilson Library, University of North Carolina
https://library.unc.edu/wilson/

Highlander Research and Education Center’s Audiovisual Materials, 1937-2008
Finding Aid: https://finding-aids.lib.unc.edu/20361 (This has song links way down at the bottom.)

Special thanks to Kim: I’d never heard these recordings of Zilphia leading songs with her accordion.
🪗 🪧 🥲

Where to Order A Singing Army: Zilphia Horton and the Highlander Folk School

Start perhaps at Bookshop.org in the US, and Wordery.com internationally

I’ve collected a long list of other (mostly not Amazon) book ordering links for my own book. All would be good places to order Kim’s.
https://accordionuprising.wordpress.com/2019/12/05/accordion-revolution-buying-the-book/

And if you like a book, ask your local library to acquire a copy! Here’s instructions, again for my book, but applicable to any: https://accordionuprising.wordpress.com/2019/12/31/requesting-accordion-revolution-at-your-library/

And finally:

Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us, there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoir and @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle. Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2011-04-06: Double-Length Show!

April 11, 2021

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There’s not a lot exceptional I can tell you about episode 225 of our weekly broadcast ten years ago other than that it was more of the great stuff, twice as much of it as usual to be exact, a two-hour program on no particular theme on the occasion of our parent radio station CFRO’s spring member drive (which, it’s worth noting, still takes place this time of year a decade on, starting this Thursday — if you like you can get an early start on your station membership!) … anyhow, at its original online home it tracked some 9735 listens, and we just know it will continue pulling in those ridiculous numbers at its new forever home courtesy of the Internet Archive, where you can enjoy listening to it as digital audio until the heat death of the universe.  Anyway, here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2011-04-06, Extra Super Double-Noir Fund-raiser

* Artist – Song – Album (year) – Where are they from? – Contact info if we’ve got it.
* Zeellia – Oj Ne Khody Hrytzju = Don’t Go Hrytz – Zeellía (1998) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – http://www.zeellia.com
* SqueezePlay – Rubber Horn – SqueezePlay (200) – Vancouver, BC, Canada / Germany – Douglas Schmidt, acc. Shauna Rolston, Cello. Adrienne Park, Piano. David Carlisle, Percussion.
* Massot-Florizoone-Horbaczewski – Les Yeux Parlent Plus Que La Couleur Des Cheveux – Cinéma Novo (2008) – Belgium – http://www.homerecords.be/anglais/en_MFH/en_cinema.php
* Sarakina – Sarakina´s Tale – Junctions – Sarakina (2004) – Poland, Balkan – http://sarakina.fm.interia.pl/
* Turab – Jenin – Hada Leil (2006) – Palestine – http://www.turab.ps/ http://www.palestineonlinestore.com/art/turab.html Mohamed Quttati- Accordion
* Jorgen Sundeqvist & Hakan Dahlen – Anthony Galla-Rini Concerto – I Allegro Moderato Con Passione – Bellows & Pipes (2005) – –
* Ellery Eskelin with Adreas Parkins, Jim Black – We See – The Secret Museum (2000) – –
* Joanna Moon – Vagabunda – Vagabunda (2008) – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – http://www.joanna-moon.com
* Kronos Quartet, Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen – Uniko (2007) for accordion/voice, electronics, and string quartet: 1. Utu – Pohjonen/Kosminen: Uniko (2011) – Finland / USA – http://kronosquartet.org/ http://www.kimmopohjonen.com/
* The Unsettlers – Jonny Boy – Blood (2010) – Montreal, QC, Canada – http://www.theunsettlers.ca/
* Bruce Triggs’ Phone – Squeezebox Circle Amelie 10/10/07 21:12 – Voice Memos (0) – Vancouver, BC, Canada –
* Those Darn Accordions – Hippie With A Banjo – Clownhead (0) – San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA – http://www.thosedarnaccordions.com/index.htm
* Jason Webley – Coda – Only Just Beginning (2004) – Seattle, Washington, USA – http://www.jasonwebley.com/index.html
* Wendy McNeill – Carnation – The Wonder Show (2006) – Edmonton, Toronto, Canada/Sweden? – http://www.wendymcneill.com/
* Miss Murgatroid – Below The Bellows – Myoclyonic Melodies (1996) – Portland, Oregon, USA – http://www.missmurgatroid.com/

And for the cover image? Two squirrels for our double episode, from a Valentine’s Day card from Juliette Daum: http://www.juliettedaum.com/

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Woman with an Accordion, daguerreotype 1840s: Is this the first picture of an accordion?

April 11, 2021
Black and white mage in a golden frame. Woman in colorized red and blue plaid dress. Straight dark hair pulled back behind a ribbon or hat on the back of her head. She is holding an odd accordion that is hard to see the details of.
Woman with an Accordion daguerreotype “1840s”, Metropolitan Museum of Art – Public Domain

We know without a doubt that the first movie of an accordion was made in 1888, because it was about the sixth second of film that Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince shot.

But when was the first still-photo of a squeezebox taken? Good Question. The above photo makes its home at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It was put forth as an option for “oldest 🪗 pic” on #AccordionTwitter the other day by David Nessle in Sweden:

Looking closely, the photo raises additional questions. Specifically, it’s a really weird accordion. John Spiers and others noted the unusual arrangement of pallets and rods, and what may be a strap across the middle. I don’t recognize that design at all. Is that an early German type? It doesn’t look like a more common French “flutina” often seen in 1840s daguerreotypes.

Detail of the "Women with Accordion" photo. Shows the accordion in her hands, but not very clearly. The instrument has visible pallets but you can't see how the buttons are laid out.
Seriously, what’s up with those pallets? They’re split into two parts, like the reeds wouldn’t all fit on one side? And is that a strap across the middle? What’s going on there?

Topics to consider to help date this photo:

  • Did they stop making daguerreotypes at some point — so the pic would be older than that?
  • The photo looks hand tinted. Does that help date it?
  • What the heck kind of squeezebox is that?
  • Any idea where or when that kind of instrument was made?
  • Where might the picture have been taken?
  • Any idea who the person holding the instrument might be? They look pretty cool. 😎
  • Also, that’s a nice outfit, when was that style trending?
  • And, what other images might be contenders for “oldest photo of an accordion”?
Daguerreotypes were really fragile, so here it is in its fancy protective frame case. (Carry a few of these around in your pocket.)

Historical Hints:

The earliest instrument called an “accordion” was patented in 1829. They spread widely, first as higher-class bourgeois parlor instruments, then, after about 1860, becoming more affordable to all classes, and traveling rapidly around the world. By 1939 early high-class accordions would have been available across Europe, and filtering out to the rest of the world.

Photography developed 🙄 in stages with various processes. The daguerreotype was invented around 1839. They were expensive to start with, so that fits early accordions’s class status, and they seem to have been fairly popular in old portraits. Accordions were a step ahead of photography wherever it spread, so there’s no telling where the two would have first met.

Obligatory plug for my Accordion Revolution book, which covers the early spread of the instrument with many stories about its arrival in North America. James Bazin was making his (weird) accordions in New England by 1835, only six years after the original patent in Vienna. The first known professional in N. America was Moody Stanwood, who took it up in 1839 and played in the early minstrel group the Boston (later “Ethiopian”) Serenaders. Stanwood also published one of the first American primers The New and Complete Preceptor for the French Accordion in 1840. Meanwhile, we know accordions had arrived in Canada by 1843 because the nuns at the Ursulain convent in Quebec kept the receipts.

So, this picture could have been taken almost anywhere in the world. Whenever photography finally met up with the accordion. But when was their first date?

Leave comments below, along with suggestions of alternative contenders for Premier 🪗 Pix!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2021-04-07: Kaddish for Bernie Madoff with Alicia J Rose and Alicia Jo Rabins

April 7, 2021

This week’s episode of Accordion Noir radio sees host Bruce reunited with one of the guiding lights of his alt-accordion obsession, Alicia J. “Miss Murgatroid” Rose, who has pivoted over the course of our beat toward a greater orientation toward film and photography. She has a very interesting work out (in conjunction with Alicia Jo Rabins from klezmer punk band Golem which, well, I can tell you how far we go back by asserting that they were our very first MySpace friend!) and, well, they tell you all about it. If your Apple or Android podcast subscriptions (strongly recommended!) haven’t alerted you to its availability yet, you can listen to this episode as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive. Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2021-04-07, Kaddish for Bernie Madoff with Alicia Jo Rabins and Alicia J. Rose

Kaddish for Bernie Madoff Links:
http://www.AKaddishForBernieMadoff.com

Ashland Independent Film Festival
Showing April 24-25, 2021
AshlandFilm.org
Stream on demand from anywhere in the US, $10
https://watch.eventive.org/aiff2021festival/play/60443380ee9d8e0663f08c46?fbclid=IwAR11NthgJ6ENwyDETIGuLFoD3TD76KqUQ1ujdXKsBd9Cqa5inlIJYhMbePk

Writer, musician, poet Alicia Joe Rabins 🎻
https://aliciajo.com/film/

Director, Accordionist Alicia J. Rose 🪗
https://www.aliciajrose.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Murgatroid

A Kaddish For Bernie Madoff Feature Film
Official Trailer 2021

Great reviews of the film:

In ‘A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff,’ a Surprisingly Relevant — and Very Jewish — Story Unfolds
By Chloe Sarbib March 5, 2021
https://www.heyalma.com/in-a-kaddish-for-bernie-madoff-a-surprisingly-relevant-and-very-jewish-story-unfolds/

What A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff Taught Me About Mourning
Daniel Pollack-Pelzner March 18, 2021
https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2021/03/what-kaddish-bernie-madoff-teaches-about-mourning/618315/

Press kit for Kaddish for Bernie Madoff:
https://www.positivejampr.com/clients/kaddishforberniemadoff

Socials:
http://www.twitter.com/kaddish4madoff
http://instagram.com/akaddishforberniemadoff
http://facebook.com/kaddishformadoff

Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us, there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoir and @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle. Cheers & squeeze on!