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Accordion Noir radio playlist 2010-04-23: Jew’s Harp Noir

April 19, 2020

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An old Accordion Noir tradition, during our parent radio station CFRO Co-Op Community Radio’s seasonal member drive fundraisers (currently underway, incidentally — you can support us with your contribution here!) is taking an episode off from accordions, who are left with a mere 50 episodes per year, to shine the spotlight on one of our fellow traveller underdog instruments.  Ukuleles, banjos, bagpipes, theremins… we’ve covered a lot of them, and sooner or later we wound up doing a special, episode 175, focusing on that little twanger the Italians call the scacciapensiere, the “jaw harp”.  At its original online home it logged some 7407 listens, but you can enjoy listening to it anytime courtesy of the Internet Archive.  Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2010-04-23, Jew’s Harp Noir!

*Artist – Song – Album (year) – Where are they from? – Contact info if we’ve got it.
* Andy Fielding – Accordion Noir theme (short version, 1:06) – Accordion Noir (2010) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – recorded special just for our show!
* Buffy Sainte-Marie (with Pete Seeger) – Demonstrates the Mouth Bow (youtube) – Podcast-exclusive! (We didn’t have time for this one on the radio-show.) – http://www.creative-native.com/
* The Who – Join Together – The Ultimate Collection [Disc 2] (1972) – England
* 17 Hippies – The Moving Song – Heimlich (2007) – Berlin, Germany – jaw harp! Isn’t this a Beatles’ song? That weird George Harrison one off Sgt. Pepper? (Within You Without You.) – http://www.17hippies.de
* Phil Cunningham & Aly Bain – Devant Ta Porte/Mamou Two Step – The Pearl (1994) – Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom – http://www.philcunningham.com/
* Little Tongue Vibration Orchestra – dandja lele – A Preview (Little Tongue Vibration Orchestra) (0) – Taucha (near Leipzig), Germany – http://www.danmoi.de/
* Alec K. Redfearn And The Eyesores – The Perforated Veil – The Blind Spot (2007) – Providence, Rhode Island, USA (Home of HP Lovecraft!) – http://www.aleckredfearn.com/information.html Electric Jaw Harp!
* The Troggs – The Raver – The Singles As & Bs [Disc 2] (1970) – England –
* Vagabonds De Montreal – Reel De Berthier – Squeeze Play-World Accordion (1928) – Plattsburgh, NY, USA, French Canadian – http://www.rounderstore.com/ product.asp?P=1166110902 Jawharp!
* La Bottine Souriante – Arin Quebec (Arin Quebec) – Rock & Reel (1998) – Montreal, Québec, Canada – Denis Fréchette, accordeon piano, Yves Lambert, accordeon 3 rangees http://bottinesouriante.com/
* Os Mutantes – Nada Mudou – Haih Or Amortecedor (2009) – Brasil –
* Monty Python – Bruces – Matching Tie & Handkerchief (1973) – Britain –
* Circus Contraption – Drunkard’s Dream – Grand American Traveling Dime Museum (2005) – Seattle, Washington, USA – http://www.circuscontraption.com
* Harvey Matusow’s Jew’s Harp Band – Clootch Hunt – The War Between Fats and Thins (1969) – USA? – http://playitagainmax.blogspot.com/2006/06/harvey-matusows-jews-harp-band-war.html http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2006/07/harvey_matusow_.html
* Maans, Kalaniemi, Varis – Grotthälsning – I Ramunders Fotspar (2000) – Finland –
* Dsd (Derrick Stacey Denholm) – Ootsa Toboggan Smash – Norsk Drag (2006) – Prince George, BC, Canada – jaw harp
* Hamster Theatre – The Turn Of Events – Carnival Detournement (2001) – Boulder, Colorado, United States – http://www.generalrubric.com/hamster/splash3.html
* The Beatles – The Foolish On The Hill – Magical Mystery Tour (1967) – England
* Vladiswar Nadishana – Dan Moi Set – Innovative Jew’s Harp (2007) – South Siberia, Russia / Berlin, Germany – http://www.nadishana.com
* Johann Georg Albrechstberger (teacher of Ludvig von Beethoven) – Concerto for Jew’s Harp and Mandora (a lute thing), 1st & 2nd Movements – http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2006/12/orchestral_jews.html
* Snoopy! – Snoopy (and Woodstock) Come Home – Snoopy Come Home (1972) – USA – youtube-a-rama (because the dvd we got was too scratchy)
* Fred Penner – Fred Penner’s Place closing theme (1987) – youtube – (he’s a Canadian childhood icon, for those of us who didn’t know.)
* Dyad – Hickory Jack (another podcast bonus we didn’t have time for, a show closer that never happened, until now) – No Pedlars Or Preachers (2006) – British Columbia, Canada – http://www.myspace.com/dyad3

This episode’s cover is, a Jew’s Harp from Altai “Khomus,” in a custom decorated wooden box. Neato! from the Nadishana catalog, below: http://shop.nadishana.com

Much more on Jew’s Harps:
* Wiki/jew’s_harp: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jew’s_harp
* Jew’s Harp Guild (US): http://www.jewsharpguild.org/
* Nomenclature (1130 global names for the jew’s harp/jaw harp/trump/”thought scatterer.”): http://www.antropodium.nl/Duizend%20Namen%20Mhp%20NOMENCLATUUR.htm

Get your harp on!
• From Berlin (see the Little Tongue Vibration Orchestra on our playlist, above) “The largest collection of jew’s harps for sale in the world,” pick your favourite continent: http://www.danmoi.de
* More nice harps from the States: http://www.mouthmusic.com/trumps.htm
* From Siberia/Berlin, the most stylish site award goes to Vladiswar Nadishana (who played the really cool piece near the end of our show. Check out his videos, wow: http://nadishana.com/Rus/InstrumentsJawharpsEng.htm

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