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Accordion Noir radio playlist 2023-01-04: 1927 Public Domain Celebration!

January 5, 2023

“En sommerdag”, Gerda Wegener, 1927.

New year, new crop of historical recordings emerging into the Public Domain (in the United States, at least.) Know what was burgeoning in 1927? If you guessed “accordion music”, you would probably already have a good handle on this program’s format. Everything in this week’s episode is entering the Public Domain this year, so you should feel free to re-release, remix, fold, spindle or mutilate anything historic you hear on this week’s show. 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–2023-01-04, 1927 Public Domain Celebration!

Ironically, many of these are sourced from now out of print and unavailable compilations that will be hard to find, even though the recordings are available for “public use” now. (Note: do not rely on this accordion radio show for advice on copyright law.)

* Vancouver Girls Rock Camp is Rad –
* ‟The Many Voices of Accordion Noir, PRA 100.5 FM”  – tune “Boyd’s Cove Singles” – The Dardanelles (2009) – Newfoundland, Canada –
* George Olsen – ‟Sam, The Old Accordion Man” – Victor –  (1927) –   Walter Donaldson, co-wrote “How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down On The Farm” and “My Blue Heaven.”
* Lager-Olsen Quartet – ‟Koster Valsen” – Global Accordion – Early Recordings (1927) – Sweden – Hard to find this
* Orquesta Típica Víctor – ‟Julian” – El Tango: pasión y emoción Vol. 5 (1927) – Argentina –
* Alfred Montmarquette – ‟Clog de Champagne : clog dance” – Digital Gramophone, Library and Archives Canada (1928, technically out of copyright next year, but the other LeBrun track I wanted from the Digital Gramophone wasn’t available — see note at the bottom of this playlist — and Montmarquette died more than 70 years ago so we’ll make do.) – Montréal, Québec, Canada – ©
* Walter Rhodes (accompanied by Mayland and Richard Harney on guitar) – ‟The Crowing Rooster” – African American Accordion (1927) – Ruleville, Mississippi, USA – version of “Banty Rooster Blues” recorded by Charlie Patton
* The Flanagan Brothers – ‟The Auld Blackthorn Reels” – Past Masters Of Irish Dance Music (1927) – County Waterford, Ireland / New York City, USA –
* Orquesta Típica Víctor – ‟Botija linda” – El Tango: pasión y emoción Vol. 5 (1927) – Argentina –
* Strkelj Trio – ‟Italijanski Valcek” – Squeeze Play-World Accordion (1927) – Chicago, USA – product.asp?P=1166110902
* M. and Mme. Adélard LeBrun (duo d’accordéons) – ‟Le mistigris (gigues/jigs)” – Digital Gramophone, Library and Archives Canada (1927) – Montréal, Québec, Canada – ©
* Jean Goldkette orchestra – ‟Here Comes the Show Boat” –  (1927) – Kansas City? (Note: The accordionist might be Harold Stokes, but I think it’s Cornell Smelser.) –
* Émile Vacher – ‟Valse De l’Abbaye” – Accordeon 1913-1941 (Disc 1) (1927) – (Great compilation, out of print?)
* Walter Rhodes – ‟Leaving Home Blues” – African American Accordion (1927) – Ruleville, Mississippi, USA – Compiled by Jared Snyder
* Pietro Deiro – ‟Lido Mazurka” – RCA Victor V-122-B (1927) –
* Frank Quinn – ‟The Wise Maid” – The Wise Maid (1927) –
* Margarita Radulescu – ‟In Padure La Ghergani” – Squeeze Play-World Accordion (1927) – Bucharest (?) Romania – product.asp?P=1166110902
* Wladyslaw Polak (“The Singing Accordionist”) – ‟Lament Pijaka (Drunkard’s Lament)” – (1927) – Chicago, Illinois, USA –
* George William Aingo – ‟Tarkwa Na Abosu” – Global Accordion – Early Recordings (1927) – Ghana, West Africa –
* Ruth Etting – ‟Sam, the Old Accordion Man” – Recorded March 1, 1927,

📚 Note: The Library & Archive Canada’s Digital Gramophone is sadly not in operation right now. They were very helpful but I was not able to access Adélard LeBrun and his wife’s other 🪗 record, which I really wanted to share on tonight’s show. Please support public archives however you can.élard%201927&clusterResults=false&groupVariantRecords=false

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 … well, we’re putting our Twitter on the back burner indefinitely in pursuit of sunnier pastures, such as Mastodon at and, Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle (meeting for the first time this year next week!) Cheers & squeeze on!

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