Accordion Sessions

Upcoming Events

Join us every Wednesday night 7:30 -8:30 at our new venue in Stephenville Crossing, the Martin Gallant Building, College of the North Atlantic, on Seal Cove Road. Sessions are free for members of the Bay St. George Folk Arts Council.

Great opportunity to learn a traditional instrument in an informal group setting!

Did You Know?

The accordion is a box-shaped musical instrument of the bellows-driven free-reed aerophone family, sometimes referred to as a squeezebox. A person who plays the accordion is called an accordionist. The accordion is a free reed instrument and is in the same family as other instruments such as the sheng and khaen. The sheng and khaen are both much older than the accordion and could have well inspired the creation of the accordion as we know it today.

The accordion's basic form is believed to have been invented in Berlin in 1822 by Christian Friedrich Ludwig Buschmann, although one instrument has been recently discovered that appears to have been built earlier. Its popularity spread rapidly: it has mostly been associated with the common people, and was spread by Europeans who emigrated around the world. The accordion in both button and piano forms became a favorite of folk musicians and has been integrated into traditional music styles all over the world.

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