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Accordion Noir radio playlist 2023-03-08: International Women’s Night to Give a Damn

March 9, 2023
Book cover. Title on top: New folk tunes from the women. Images: Folkloric design suggesting embroidery of flowers and sun. With figures in the same style of women with different skin and hair colors, playing bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, piano accordion, and guitar. Text below: Curated by Kathryn Tickell. Over 150 contemporary tunes, written by 100 and female, composers from Britain and Ireland.

Another year, another International Women’s Day. Many years we extend our observance of it to a whole darned month, because one day isn’t anywhere near enough. (A month isn’t anywhere near enough! Six months? OK, now we’re getting somewhere.) So this week’s episode of our weekly hour-long Accordion Noir radio broadcast out of CFRO Co-Op Community Radio has a theme in its programming selections, that being that all of the songs are created and/or performed and recorded by women. So instead of our standard set where the songs only have one thing in common, on this occasion they have two. 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–2023-03-08, International Women’s Night to Give a Damn

Theme: International Women’s Day

* Girls Rock Camp Vancouver –
* ‟The Many Voices of Accordion Noir, PRA 100.5 FM” – tune “Boyd’s Cove Singles” – The Dardanelles (2009) – Newfoundland, Canada –
* Balún – ‟Senecio (Revisited)” – While Sleeping (2004) – Puerto Rico / New York City, USA – Almost 20 years ago their Myspace bio said: “Balún are three kids from the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. They are named Angélica, José and Andrés. They like to make dreamy electro-acoustic melodies for imaginary films.” They’ve done a lot since then. –
* Katheryn Petersen – ‟Accordion Noir Theme Song” – (Exclusive Production for Accordion Noir!) (2016) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – “All parts were played by me on accordion, toy piano and squeeky chair and all the effects were done live with my pedals and not by robots or in post.” 
* Amy Thatcher and Francesca Knowles – ‟Start Giving A Fuck” – Emergency Of The Female Kind (2023) – Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK –
[Note: Amy and Mel Biggs and Mairearad Green below all contributed to the grand Folk Tunes From the Women book that gave us our cover image above. Many more familiar names are in there as well. Very highly recommended when it comes out!]
* Kate & Anna McGarrigle – ‟Parlez-Nous À Boire” – Odditties (2010) – Quebec, Canada –
* Susan Hwang – ‟Museum Correspondence” – Accordion Babes 2023 Pin-up Calendar CD (2023) – New York City, USA –
* The Honey Tongues – ‟Come Water” – The Honey Tongues (2018) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Marley Daemon Iredale, acc.  http://honeytongues.ca
* Anne Niepold Andy Cutting – ‟Playtime” – Duo Niepold Cutting (2023) – Belgium / UK –
* Mel Biggs – ‟Katy’s Theme” – From Darkness Comes Light (2021) – England, UK –
Interview with Mel:
* Duo Milla Viljamaa & Johanna Juhola – ‟Taxi Dancer” – Tango Diary (2013) – Finland –
* Mairearad Green – ‟Red Throated Diver” – Summer Isles (2016) – Ullapool, Scotland –
* Black Prairie – ‟Do You Believe?” – The Storm In The Barn (2012) – Portland, Oregon –  Jenny Conlee, acc. Jenny Conlee’s new album Tides due March 24!
* Ratas En Zelo – ‟Despertar” – Despertar (2018) – New York City, NY, USA –
* Danielle Martineau – ‟Novembre sur la Grave” – Les secrets du vent (2004) – Canada –
* Eva Zöllner – ‟Full Moon in Aries” –  (2021) – Germany – https://evazoellner.bandcamp.com <>

Eva Zöllner is crowdfunding for a recording with contemporary Colombian accordion compositions. I have no idea if this will include influences of avant-garde classical, traditional, electronic dance, cumbia, or combinations? I’m very curious to hear what the six composers she’s working with emerge with. Please support so we can find out!

German accordionist Zöllner has been fascinated by Colombia´s unique contemporary music life for a long time. For her debut album “Voces, señales“ she recorded six new pieces by Colombian composers.The music is versatile, personal, surprising and touching and includes works for solo accordion as well as with electronics. Eva Zöllner has the chance to release the CD with GENUIN label in September 2023. Your support can help to make it happen!

German accordionist Eva Zöllner’s Colombian crowdfunder video!

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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