accordion

12:41pm

Thu September 11, 2014
Arts & Culture

Squeezebox Stories: Vince Cirelli, accordion repairman

Accordion repairwoman Skyler Fell with her mentor Vince Cirelli.

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. And the accordion is San Francisco’s official city instrument.

Vince Cirelli was an Italian American accordion repairman in his 90s, and Skyler Fell, a woman in her early 30s, worked as 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.

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12:50am

Wed February 26, 2014
Folk Music & Beyond Sat. 3 pm

Irish Accordion Master Paddy O'Brien Live This Saturday

Paddy O'Brien

Paddy O'Brien will be our special guest this Saturday 3 pm on "Folk Music & Beyond."  Paddy will demonstrate his mastery of the accordion and talk about his remarkable musical memory for traditional tunes.  He has collected more than 4,000 compositions—jigs, reels, hornpipes, airs, and marches, including many rare and unusual tunes.   Paddy will open the Crossroads Irish-American Festival in San Francisco this weekend.

7:47pm

Tue August 27, 2013
Arts & Culture

A taste of Texas in Sacramento

Dancers at the Tejano Conjunto Festival in Sacramento

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 Tejano Conjunto Festival 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. 

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1:47pm

Mon August 12, 2013
Arts & Culture

Squeezebox Stories: the tale of one of the first global instruments

Image courtesy of http://squeezeboxstories.com

Squeezebox Stories, hosted by Marco Werman of PRI’s The World, is a sound-rich, narrative-driven documentary exploring the social history, multicultural adaptation and musical variations of the accordion.

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.

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