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Highlands and Islands: Recent Recordings of Celtic Music

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 01.19.2017 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

I've written about current bands performing their own arrangements of songs originally recorded by folklorists on field recordings in 1930s Louisiana. It reminded me that I hadn't mentioned a similar project involving field recordings of a Scottish Gaelic singer from Duluth, Minnesota.

Dynamic Duo: Didier Laloy and Kathy Adam Live at WOMEX

Michal Shapiro | Posted 12.04.2016 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

I make it a point to shoot the daycases at WOMEX because always I find something unexpected, of exceptional quality. This year, I found several, and Didier Laloy and Kathy Adam swept me away from their first few notes.

The Best Cities for Accordion Music

Hipmunk | Posted 07.08.2016 | Travel

Live music is a great way to relax and get a unique insight into the local area. That rings all the more true with the not-so-ubiquitous accordion, an instrument with roots in Germany (or Russia, depending who you talk to). Check out these five destinations for some great samplings of "squeezebox" music both at home and abroad.

Celtic Canadian Connections

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Like the folk musics of Spain and North America, the music of Wales has a long and deep connection with that of Ireland; from the bardic schools of the middle ages, which sent harpers and singers between them, to today's folk revival, the two countries have influenced each other unceasingly for centuries.

Lead Belly: Songster of Mythic Proportions

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.06.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Lead Belly's life was a narrative of mastery and resistance, like Zora Neale Hurston's High John De Conquer or folklore's John Henry. His songs are a vast and varied banquet of Americana cooked up and served through the genius of one man.

OK, We Get It, Dude

Posted 07.23.2013 | Comedy

Oh, you know, just a man on a unicycle playing an accordion, while supposedly lost in the woods. This week's contender for best unexpected instrumenta...

Happy National Accordion Awareness Month

Posted 06.01.2013 | Arts

In February North Korean accordionists stunned the world with their jaw-dropping cover of A-Ha's "Take Me On." In honor of National Accordion Awarenes...

7,000+ Attend Outdoor Ethnic Studies Class in Downtown Houston

Tony_Diaz | Posted 07.24.2013 | Latino Voices

Of course, I don't want the organizers to get in trouble for violating City of Houston Fire Codes, so let's say 6,081 attended this amazing Ethnic Studies Class in Downtown Houston.

POLL: Which Of These Accordion Video

Posted 01.20.2013 | Weird News

Anyone who suffered through high school (and that's everyone) inevitably looks back and says: "If only I played an instrument, I would have been cool....

Celina Da Piedade: Do You Have Time to Listen to a Beautiful Song?

Michal Shapiro | Posted 01.20.2013 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

I wandered about with my camcorder, and happened upon a lovely surprise: Celina Da Piedade was singing and playing accordion, and it was so good I had to videotape it.

Christina Hendricks Discusses the Three Best Things in Life: Jon Hamm, Ryan Gosling, and Pie

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 11.16.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

Christina Hendricks has the old-world, but never old, sex appeal of our Marilyn, and is perhaps our first red-headed pin-up since Rita Hayworth. And she has major acting chops.

Cajun Dancing in Midtown Manhattan: 2 Songs From Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

I developed a taste for Louisiana's Cajun music pretty early on in life when I attended a concert by the Balfa Brothers. The band, fronted by Dewey Balfa, totally charmed me with their personal warmth and humor.

From WOMEX: Accordion Meditations with Danças Ocultas

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

The accordion is an instrument that contains its own hand-pumped air supply. These mechanical "lungs" bring out a physical response in me.

Astoria Characters: The Octogenarian Activists

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

On the emerald green front door of Stanley and Kathleen Rygor's 1890 cottage, there's a Claddagh knocker whose well-worn brass shows that it's no stranger to visitors.

One American Travels Afghanistan Armed With An Accordion And Johnny Cash (VIDEO)

GlobalPost | Gregory Warner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

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