Diatonic Accordion is not English!
The Eisteddfod judges committed
a double blunder when they criticised your editor for playing “too
English” an instrument. In fact, the diatonic accordion wasn’t English
at all; it was Breton, made by a Frenchman, Auxerre-born Eric Martin,
in Maxent, to the west of Rennes, and it was modelled on Marc Savoy’s
series of Cajun accordions, made in Eunice, Louisiana – about 3,000
miles from England. I would suggest to the judges: kindly belt up,
because you do not have a blessed clue.
Congratulations to Folkwales
Congratulations! I’m definitely
going for your Folkwales Listings, which must be the most accurate,
the most up-to-date and the most comprehensive of all events diaries
in all the internet media. I’m a little hacked off with the clumsy mis-spellings
perpetrated on the internet by other listings pages, and shame on
Celtic Heartbeat for always referring to them – just typical of BBC
Wales! I have already stopped buying Taplas, which comes out fearfully
late, rendering the Gig Guide useless. It costs the earth, too… IF you
can get one. Folkwales does not cost the earth, in fact it is entirely
free and it’s readily available. Good luck to Folkwales Online
Magazine, which is a real tonic with well-informed articles. Wales
really needs a proper internet magazine.
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