accordion http://kalw.org en Irish Accordion Master Paddy O'Brien Live This Saturday http://kalw.org/post/irish-accordion-master-paddy-obrien-live-saturday <p>Paddy O'Brien will be our special guest this Saturday 3 pm on "Folk Music &amp; Beyond."&nbsp; Paddy will demonstrate his mastery of the accordion and talk about his remarkable musical memory for traditional tunes. &nbsp;He has collected more than 4,000 compositions—jigs, reels, hornpipes, airs, and marches, including many rare and unusual tunes.&nbsp; &nbsp;Paddy will open the Crossroads Irish-American Festival in San Francisco this weekend.</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:50:31 +0000 JoAnn Mar 40225 at http://kalw.org Irish Accordion Master Paddy O'Brien Live This Saturday A taste of Texas in Sacramento http://kalw.org/post/taste-texas-sacramento <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">This weekend, hundreds of people from across the state, and from as far away as Idaho, Oregon, and Washington State will be coming to Northern California to get a little taste of Texas. That’s because this weekend is the seventh annual <a href="landarrowsproductions.org">Tejano Conjunto Festival</a> in Sacramento, a celebration of Latino music from Texas that made its way across the West. Julie Caine and Lisa Morehouse visited a band playing the festival and bring us this preview.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 02:47:20 +0000 Julie Caine & Lisa Morehouse 15921 at http://kalw.org A taste of Texas in Sacramento Squeezebox Stories: the tale of one of the first global instruments http://kalw.org/post/squeezebox-stories-tale-one-first-global-instruments <p><a href="http://squeezeboxstories.com/"><em>Squeezebox Stories</em></a>, hosted by Marco Werman of PRI’s <a href="http://www.theworld.org/">The World</a>, is a sound-rich, narrative-driven documentary exploring the social history, multicultural adaptation and musical variations of the accordion.</p><p>The accordion is about much more than the Polka; it’s one of the first global instruments. Played all over the world – everywhere from Italy to China to Zanzibar – the squeezebox is a great vehicle for telling immigration stories.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 20:47:51 +0000 Julie Caine 6035 at http://kalw.org Squeezebox Stories: the tale of one of the first global instruments Squeezebox Stories: Vince Cirelli, accordion repairman http://kalw.org/post/squeezebox-stories-vince-cirelli-accordion-repairman <p></p><p>The accordion has been recognized as the San Francisco’s official instrument. Back in the early part of the 20th century, San Francisco’s North Beach was a Mecca of accordion building (and playing) in the United States.</p><p>Vince Cirelli was an Italian American accordion repairman in his 90s, and Skyler Fell, a woman in her early 30s, was his apprentice. Tattooed, pierced, and part of the “steam punk,” DIY, Burning Man scenes, Fell now owns her own accordion repair shop in San Francisco, where she says an “Accordion Revolution” is happening among people of all ages.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 00:46:58 +0000 Julie Caine 17507 at http://kalw.org Squeezebox Stories: Vince Cirelli, accordion repairman