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Accordion Noir 2022-09-14: Solidarity with Railroad Worker Accordionists

September 14, 2022
AccNoir 2022-09-14
from The Railroad at Cedar Falls: Dorothy Graybael Scott’s Story.
It was really difficult for me to resist tapping one of my Creaking Planks Tracks on Tracks photocollages from ten years ago,
but somehow I managed.

Locomotives and accordions were both recent inventions burgeoning during the 19th century, two great survivors of bygone eras. Sadly, rail barons are another holdover from those times, and as of press time, it appears as though all freight and passenger rail service in the United States is about to be rudely suspended in an attempt to circumvent labour action to help allow rail workers to live here in the 21st century with the rest of us. Bruce has made trains and rail the secondary theme of this week’s episode of CFRO Co-Op Community Radio’s weekly Accordion Noir Radio broadcast (yet again), so find your ticket and settle down in your berth, our musical departure is imminent. All aboard! 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 it as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive. Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir–2022-09-14, Solidarity with Railroad Worker Accordionists

Keep up with the latest on the Railroad Workers at:

* Support the Vancouver Tenants Union –
* ‟The Many Voices of Accordion Noir, PRA 100.5 FM” – tune “Boyd’s Cove Singles” – The Dardanelles (2009) – Newfoundland, Canada –
* The Pogues – ‟Boat Train” – Peace and Love (1989) – Ireland/UK –
* Golem – ‟Train Across Ukraine” – Citizen Boris (2009) – Brooklyn, New York (USA) –  Annette Ezekiel Kogen, acc.
* That Damned Band – ‟Trainwrekk’t” – Mutantstrosities (2011) – Xenia, Texas, USA –
* Sharon Shannon – ‟Wild West Wagon Train” – Saints & Scoundrels (2009) – County Clare, Ireland –
* Levon Helm – ‟A Train Robbery” – Dirt Farmer (2007) – Woodstock, New York, USA  –  Brian Mitchell, acc.
* Ana BonBon – ‟Train Song” – 14th Annual Accordion Noir Festival, Oct. 5, 2021 (2021) – Vancouver, BC, Canada –
* Spirit Of The West – ‟Not Just A Train” – Spirituality: 1983-2008 – The Consummate Compendium (Book 1) (1990) – Vancouver, BC, Canada –
* Zilphia Horton – ‟We Shall Not Be Moved” – Songs recorded at the Highlander Folk School: disc 7 of 23, Instantaneous Disc FD-20361/752 (194) – Tennessee, USA – Wilson Library, University of North Carolina  The song refers to Philip Murray, president of the CIO:
Get Kim Ruehl’s book, A  Singing Army: Zilphia Horton and the Highlander Folk School.
* Canailles – ‟Train” – Manger du bois (2012) – Montréal, Québec, Canada –
* Fabian Beghin & Didier Laloy – ‟One More Night On The Train” – Cryptonique (2006) – Belgium –
* Motion Trio – ‟Train To Heaven” – Pictures From The Street (2004) – Poland –
* Bill Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers – ‟Dream Train” – (1947) –
Might be Kenneth Pitts on acc.
* John Prine – ‟Morning Train” – Fair & Square (2005) – Maywood, Illinois / Nashville, Tennesee, USA –
* Marah – ‟Angels On A Passing Train” – Angels of Destruction! (2008) – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / Brooklyn, New York, 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!

One Comment leave one →
  1. September 15, 2022 9:27 am

    If trains are the “secondary theme“ of this week’s show, I was trying to figure out what the primary theme was. Then I remembered — Accordions, oh! ❤️‍🔥🪗

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