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Accordion Noir radio playlist 2022-01-18: Folk Festival Farewell?

January 19, 2023

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(Image: VFMF mascot Pete Seagull playing accordion, from the album sleeve of the 3rd annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival commemorative recording, 1980, found in the old CFRO basement vinyl archives. Image re-used from our 2017 “Fests Bests” episode.)

Music fans, you may have heard the bad news from our neck of the woods: the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, an international institution on the fest circuit, has just announced it may be calling it quits after 45 years of three-chords-and-the-truth. (Even we have been awfully quiet about our plans for the Accordion Noir Festival, but surely nothing so drastic as that!) Over the course of their tenure, they have brought an incredible array of squeezy talent into our home base of Vancouver, BC, many of whom we enjoyed the good fortune of interviewing backstage. (Indeed, it was at a satellite Folk Fest event where co-host Rowan first heard Geoff Berner perform, setting him on a radically different life path!) Our ability to sway their institutional momentum is limited — the budgets they are comfortable working with have them falling a cool half-million short in arrears every year — but for this week’s episode of our weekly hour-long program on CFRO Co-Op Community Radio, we commemorate the festival by revisiting many of the bands we caught live at the Folk Fest and, where possible, rebroadcasting portions of the interviews we conducted with those performers on-site down at Jericho Beach. 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–2023-01-18, Folk Festival Farewell?

Vancouver Folk Music Festival Website

Important Festival Update:
Dear Vancouver Folk Music Festival Community…

* ‟PE688 Tenants Union –
* ‟The Many Voices of Accordion Noir, PRA 100.5 FM” – tune “Boyd’s Cove Singles” – The Dardanelles (2009)
* The Dardanelles “Station ID” – Vancouver Folk Festival (2011)
* Dardanelles – ‟Fogo Island Mussels/Smeceno Horo” – The Dardanelles (2009) – Newfoundland, Canada –
* Allen Juste “Station ID” (RIP. Allen died the year after his appearance at the festival. His bandmates came back the following year, and he was gone. So very sad.) – Vancouver Folk Festival 2011 Interviews (2011) – Haiti – Allen Juste, acc.
* Ti-Coca & Wana-Nègès – ‟Simbo Dio” – Vancouver Folk Festival Sampler 2011 – Haiti – Allen Juste, acc.
* Vildá “Station ID” – Vancouver Folk Festival (2022), Announcement recorded at the 12th Annual Accordion Noir Festival (2019).
* Vilda – ‟Haavoittuvaisille” – Vildaluodda (2019) – Finland –  Watch Vildá’s videos!
* Jenny Conlee “Station ID” – Vancouver Folk Festival (2012) – Portland, Oregon –
* Black Prairie – ‟Annie McGuire” – Feast Of The Hunters’ Moon (2010) – Portland, Oregon, USA –
* Wendy McNeill “Station ID” – Vancouver Folk Festival (2011)
* Wendy McNeill – ‟Animal” – For the Wolf, a Good Meal (2011) – Canada, Sweden –
* Spiro “Station ID” – Vancouver Folk Festival (2011)
* Spiro – ‟Glittering City” – Lightbox (2011) – United Kingdom –
* The Fugitives – ‟Snail Shell” – Eccentrically We Love (2010) – Vancouver, BC, Canada –
* Maria Dunn “Station ID” – Vancouver Folk Festival (2013)
* Maria Dunn – ‟Signal Hill” – The Peddler (2008) – Alberta, Canada –
* Nancy Mike from the Jerry Cans “Station ID” – Vancouver Folk Music Festival (2015)
* The Jerry Cans – ‟Ukiuq” – Inuusiq (2016) – Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada –
* Cedric Watson “Station ID” – Vancouver Folk Festival (2012)
* Cedric Watson – ‟Mais Lá” – L’esprit Créole (2009) – San Felipe, Texas / Lafayette, Louisiana, USA –
* Alice Tougas from Canailles “Station ID” – Vancouver Folk Festival 2012 Interviews (2012) – Montréal, Québec, Canada –
* Canailles – ‟Jachère” – Backflips (2017) – Montreal, Quebec, Canada –
* Andre from the Lost Bayou Ramblers “Station ID” – Vancouver Folk Festival (2014)
* Lost Bayou Ramblers – ‟Côte Gelée (Live)” – Gasa Gasa Live (2014) – Louisiana, USA –
* Rhiannon Giddens “Station ID” – Vancouver Folk Festival 2017 Interviews (2017)
* Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi – ‟Briggs’ Forró” – There is no Other (2019) – USA / Italy / Ireland –
* Rachelle Garniez “Station ID” – Vancouver Folk Festival (2013) [sorry I mispronounced your name Rachelle, despite you saying it correctly right here.]
* The Marvin Sewell Group – ‟Mexico Blues” – The Worker’s Dance (2005) – Chicago, Illinois / New York, NY USA –  Rachelle Garniez and Joe “Sonny” Barbato, acc.

Didn’t get any Geoff Berner or Bellowhead on the show tonight. We could easily have done a five or seven hour show of Folk Festival Accordion Alumni. One of the most memorable Squeezebox shows I experienced at the festival was Geoff’s little band augmented suddenly by Bellowhead’s 13-piece brass & all. He leaned back, eyes wide. A treat. I had played their recordings on the show and felt like one of the few who knew in advance what was coming. Seemed like the audience was in a bit of shock. Soon they were roaring. Later have had long friendship with their melodeon player John Spiers on the onlines. Wish we could all be at a big festival nearby sometimes.

That and the Squeezebox Onslaught orchestrated on our friend Alan Zisman’s stage with Tango Ropers from the Lemon Bucket Orkestra where he was calling out keys that some of the button box players didn’t have on their diatonic boxes, and Andre and the Lost Bayou Ramblers were amazing. So many incredible artists we would never have been able to see. Accordion Noir would not have been the show it has been without the Folk Festival. I do not know what we will be without it.

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.  Cheers & squeeze on!

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