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Accordion Noir radio playlist 2022-05-18: Petosa Accordions is Turning 100!

May 19, 2022
AccNoir 2022-05-18
Black Petosa piano accordion. Text from book cover: Petosa accordions, 1922-2022, an American Accordion Story. A Four-Generation Family Legacy Honoring the Accordion, the Musicians, and their Unique Place in American Culture. by Joseph Petosa Jr. American Accordion Press.

Our home base of Vancouver, BC, has not had a dedicated home for accordion repairs and sales for many a long year, an absence acutely felt since Renzo Faoro’s “Accordion House” on Renfrew closed up shop. We are fortunate enough to have regional hubs in other major cities a few hours’ travel away — Tempo Trend in Victoria, a ferry trip away, and if the US border is less of an impediment for you, the splendid Petosa Accordions in Seattle (Lynnwood, to be specific), where it has presided for… well, as we’re celebrating in this week’s episode, for what is now a century! In honour of the occasion, they are publishing a book chronicling the family’s bumpy hundred years in the squeezebox business, and we are dedicating this week’s episode of our weekly hour-long radio broadcast on CFRO Co-Op Community Radio 100.5 fm to their achieving this milestone — by sharing a selection of accordion recordings demonstrating the range and breadth of musical territory covered by the instrument over the past century. If your Apple or Android (or plain old RSS) podcast subscriptions (strongly recommended!) haven’t alerted you to the episode’s availability yet, you can enjoy listening to it as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive. Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2022-05-18, Petosa Accordions is Turning 100!

Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration!
Come hang-out with Bruce and pick up his Accordion Revolution book
June 16-19, Leavenworth, Washington (in the mountains 180 km east of Seattle)

Petosa Accordions, Seattle, Washington
Happy Centennial Anniversary!
Looking forward to their new book, by Joseph Petosa Jr.
Petosa Accordions 1922–2022: An American Accordion Story (Official release party at the Leavenworth Festival I believe.)

Thanks to Sandi Doughton from the Seattle Times PacificNW Magazine for writing about Petosa’s centennial, and inspiring this episode! Read her Petosa story here!

Thanks for supporting Accordion Noir on Vancouver’s Co-op Radio

Here’s 100 years worth of Accordion recordings!
With a few extra tracks to show how the last few decades has seen a rich revival of the instrument.

* ‟The Many Voices of Accordion Noir, PRA 100.5 FM” – Newfoundland, Canada – tune “Boyd’s Cove Singles” – The Dardanelles (2009) – Newfoundland, Canada –
* Alfred Montmarquette – ‟Mademoiselle Aimée = [Miss Aim” – Digital Gramophone, Library and Archives Canada (1928) – Montréal, Québec, Canada –
* Amédé Ardoin – ‟Valse De Mon Vieux Village” – I’m Never Comin’ Back: Pioneer of Louisiana French Blues 1930-34 (1934) – Eunice, Louisiana, USA / New York City –
* Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys – ‟Kentucky Waltz (alt take)” – The Essential Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys: 1945-1949 [Disc 1] (1945) – Recorded in Chicago – With Sally Ann Forrester, and the original bluegrass accordion (everything that came later is just a footnote in the accordion story).
* Alice Hall Quartet – Live Performance, Reno, Nv. – ‟How High the Moon” (1950s or 60s?) – The Alice Hall Sound: Trio, Quartet, and Live Performance. – Los Angeles, California, USA – Not sure what year she recorded this. We had to search for years to find a copy of these privately released tapes. Let me know if you want them, I’m happy to share what I’ve got.
* Clifton Chenier – ‟Louisiana Blues” – Louisiana Blues And Zydeco (1965) – Bogalusa, Louisiana, USA – Chenier’s big single from his first Arhoolie album.
* Art Van Damme Quartet – ‟How Will I Forget” – Squeezing Art & Tender Flutes (1972) – USA, Recorded in Germany –
* angel corpus christi – ‟Blank Generation” – I Love New York (1985) – San Francisco, California, USA – Originally by Richard Hell and the Voidoids (of course)
* Guy Klucevsek – ‟Waltzing Above Ground” – Flying Vegetables of the Apocalypse (1991) – Staton Island, NY, USA –
* Gilberto Gil – ‟Juazeiro” – As Canções de Eu Tu Eles (Music From The Film Me, You, Them, film soundtrack) (2000) – Brasil (Brazil) – (Cicinho played accordion on this Quiz Gonzaga tune)
* Alexander Sevastian – ‟J.S. Bach. Organ Fugue In Dm” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2005) – Thornhill, Ontario, Canada –
* Dark Cloud – ‟Dark Cloud” – Giants in the Trees (2017) – Wahkiakum County, Washington, USA –  Krist Novoselić, acc.
* Suad Bushnaq – ‟Blue Pills & a Pink Sweater” – Blissful State of Surrender (2022) – Montreal, Quebec, Canada / Jordan – Adis Sirbubalo, acc
* Walt McClements – ‟Factory Bath” – In The Deep Drift You Will Find The Most Serene Of Lullabies (2022) – Los Angeles, California, USA –

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!

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