Monday, February 8, 2016

Loic Lundi!

Here's one of my all time favorite impromptu videos featuring Etienne Loic. A very Auvergnat jam session taking place at Embraud in 2013. Enjoy this oceanic wave of bourrée. More can be found at an earlier post, here.



Something about his feet ...

Thursday, January 28, 2016

New Accordion Tattoo!

Got this done today. A bit of fatalistic faldarall thrust in the face of a cold, unfeeling universe. I like it. So there. This was done by Moonman Sam (Hill) in Hallowell, Maine.



You may recall Sam's previous work on me.


Monday, January 4, 2016

Yann Dour, Breton Dance

This Monday, I would like to point your attention to this Yann Dour video from 2007. Aside from the precision in the playing and coolness of the tune (Scottish à André, according to one of the commenters), I always marvel at the power of a musician who can drive a room full of dancers like this. I know it's not unheard of, but as someone who plays for dancers, I still find it impressive.


Monday, December 28, 2015

Le Lundi Accordéonaire: Duo Expire

This Monday I bring you a video from Duo Expire, featuring Cédric Martin and Flavien Di-Cinto. I met Cédric about twelve years ago, when I was in Alsace. I don't expect him to remember me, but I've always remembered the fluidity and personality he brought to his playing that night.



If you would like to draw my attention to something out there that should be posted, or want to submit one of yourself playing some French tune (including Breton) on accordion, email me here.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Five Great Bourrées

A conversation over at Mel.Net has gotten me thinking about my favorite bourrées. These are sort of the reels of the Bal Folk world in that they are uniquely foundational to the dance and music culture. So, here are five bourrées that knock my socks off.


Frédéric Paris, Bourrée de St Pierre / Le fendeur (from Carnet de Bal)

St. Pierre is a thing of beauty -- so simple -- but then the vielle a roue (played by Patrick Bouffard) starts droning and you almost physically feel like you're taking flight. Carnet de Bal is one of the most influential recordings amongst the accordéonaire junta -- still transports me every time.


Marcel Plane, La Planette (from L'accordéon En Auvergne)

An archival, anthology recording put out in the US on Sylex records. This particular recording is, I believe, from 1931. The music was very different then ... not folk, not archival, but contemporary. And very speedy! I've been working at this tune for a while. Almost there.


Patrick Bouffard Trio, Revenant De Paris/Les Timides (from Revenant de Paris)

The second tune is the star of this set. You'll know you've gotten there when you suddenly feel like celebrating a victory. Bouffard's trio (with Cyril Roche on accordion) is one of the most energetic units on the planet. The counter melodies are mind-boggling ... also something I'm trying to learn how to do.




Monday, December 21, 2015

Le Lundi Accordéonaire IV

Every Monday, I will be posting a new or newly discovered (newly by me, anyway) video of French accordionistics. If you would like to draw my attention to something out there that should be posted, or want to submit one of yourself playing some French tune (including Breton) on accordion, email me here.



Presented here is a French Scottish (not a reel), performed by Serge Carrier on a three-stop one row. I love that one row sound, and continue to obsess about it.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Le Lundi Accordéonaire III

Every Monday, I will be posting a new or newly discovered (newly by me, anyway) video of French accordionistics. If you would like to draw my attention to something out there that should be posted, or want to submit one of yourself playing some French tune (including Breton) on accordion, email me here. This one features Patrick Lefebvre on CBA. He's one of my heroes. I wrote a tribute to him in 2011.




Monday, December 7, 2015

Le Lundi Accordéonaire II

Every Monday, I will be posting a new or newly discovered (newly by me, anyway) video of French accordionistics. If you would like to draw my attention to something out there that should be posted, or want to submit one of yourself playing some French tune (including Breton) on accordion, email me here.



Thank you, Anahata!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Le Lundi Accordéonaire

Every Monday, I will be posting a new or newly discovered (newly by me, anyway) video of French accordionistics. Obviously, this is no departure from what this blog is about. In light of recent events I thought I would step up the consistency and pace of putting this joyful music out there -- a strike against the rage, nihilism, and misanthrope that seems to be boiling up out there.

If you would like to draw my attention to something out there that should be posted, or want to submit one of yourself playing some French tune (including Breton) on accordion, email me here.



Thank you Tim Hall!

Friday, November 27, 2015

L'Autre Diatoniste Sale!

It's been more than two years since I released my CD, L'Autre Diatoniste. It was a great experience recording, and I'm still quite proud of it. This month I'm going to begin the cycle of recording my next CD. As a way of celebrating the process and maybe funding the new project. So, I'm offering L'Autre Diatoniste on sale -- almost 50% off -- $7 for the physical CD (plus shipping), or $4 for the download. Go on over to my Bandcamp page and buy it!