Podcast: Accordion Time
Episode #17-12 | airing 3-22-17

When I was a kid I was dragged to many family events. Often these occasions included a Polka Band. I hated it. As I grew older and wiser I realized the folly of my ways and today I am a fan of all things accordion. This week we’ll hear many of the wonderful musical styles the various accordions contribute to. We’ll include Flaco Jimenez, Grey Larsen, Garth Hudson and even Leadbelly. It’s Accordion Time on the next Sing Out! Radio Magazine.


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Artist / “Title” / CD / Label

Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways
Jody Kruskal & Luke Richardson / “Dolly” / Waiting for the Boatsman / Jody Kruskal Music
The Steve Meisner Band / “Jammin’ Polkas” / Deep Polka / Smithsonian Folkways
Leadbelly / “John Hardy” / Bourgeois Blues / Smithsonian Folkways
The Klezmatics / “Moroccan Game” / Possessed / Xenophile

The Band / “Ain’t No More Cane on the Brazos” / A Musical History / Capitol
Cindy Kallet & Grey Larsen / “The Shores of Lake Monroe-Paddy Won’t You Drink Some Good Old Cider” / Welcome Day / Sleepy Creek
Sver / “Falsk Vals” / Fryd / Folkhall
Jody Kruskal & Luke Richardson / “Waiting the Boatsman” / Waiting for the Boatsman / Jody
Kruskal Music

Sharon Shannon / “Mouth of the Tobuque” / Each Little Thing / Green Linnet
Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton / “Lay Down Your Weary Tune” / Declaration / Self Produced

Ry Cooder / “Goodnight Irene” / Chicken Skin Music / Reprise
Richard & Linda Thompson / “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (live)” / I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight / Island
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys / La Pointe aux Pins-Pine Point” / Best of Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys / Rounder
Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways

About Tom Druckenmiller

Tom has a long history with Sing Out! as a writer and regular contributor (for more than a decade) and deep and rich skills as a radio host and programmer of folk and roots music! He’s been a folk musician and teacher for over forty years. Tom began playing and singing Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton songs, but fell in love with old-time music and the clawhammer banjo after hearing John McCutcheon at the legendary Bethlehem folk club Godfrey Daniels. He has studied with old-time music greats Dwight Diller, Riley Baugus and Norman and Nancy Blake … and has, himself, taught at many music camps and workshops including The Augusta Heritage Workshops (in Elkins WV), the Pocono Dulcimer Fest (in Stroudsburg PA) and the Maidencreek Old-Time Music Festival (in Blandon PA). Druckemiller’s continuing regular local radio gig “In The Tradition” has aired on WDIY-FM in Allentown PA for the past 16 years, and he also co-hosts the “Sunday Folk” program on the station.

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