Melodona, accordion repair dame from Montreal will be attending the Accordion Noir festival for the 4th time this year. She’ll be in Vancouver with her toolbox to give your squeezebox some love and care, from September 10th to October 1st, setting up shop in Kitsilano on 3rd Avenue West. Get in touch with her at email@example.com and pass by for a free estimate. Those who can are invited to inform her in advance of their specific needs, so she can make sure to bring all the required replacement parts. You’re also welcome to bring your squeezebox to Melodona’s repair booth, set up during the Sept 13th Sunday afternoon youth performer show and workshop event, running from 2pm to 6pm at Spartacus books. When not repairing accordion, this dame does music under the name Sapo. Presently working on the next album and planning to get back to performing in a year.
Who you gonna call when it’s time to shake your Accordion Noir Fest boo-ty? Compassion Gorilla that’s who! With ghost-busting Julie Gennai at the accordion helm, this band brings a unique concoction of worldbeat, latin folk, dub and psychedelic music. They enwrap audiences in a spell of dance and magic with squeezy melodies, racy horn lines, brazen guitar harmonies, driving hand-percussion rhythms, thick basslines, and full-bodied vocal harmonies. Who are YOU gonna call when it’s time to come to this party?
We’d like to give up a HUGE thank-you to the Noir supporters who donated to our Points Pooling Campaign. The points gathered have already helped to pay for the flight costs for four of our guest artists. Angelica Negron, the composer from New York, Wendy McNeill, the folk noir chanteuse who currently lives in Spain but whose festival show is the last date of her Canadian tour with her new album, and last but definitely not least our two bicycle-touring musicians Kate Romain (sister of busy local drummer Kevin) and Rich Driedger, of the Kate and Rich Duo, from Halifax.
Check out the video that Wendy’s Spanish dogs made about her upcoming tour (they speak surprisingly good English).
The Octopus is tied up in knots with excitement that Svetka and the Raven will be performing on the same night as Wendy McNeill at the festival this year. As soon as the Octopus can untangle itself we will be releasing the schedule, very soon. But in the meantime here is some artist info to fill your boots.
Svetka and the Raven is an illustrious combination of sound and sight intertwined by accordionist/vocalist Julie Gennai and shadow projectionist Charlie Walker. With whimsical sights, tales and melodies, these two artists find a haunting medium between the auditory and the visual. Julie is a multi-faceted artist living in Victoria, BC. She has toured internationally as a accordionist, harpist, and vocalist, working with musical groups such as Blackberry Wood, Compassion Gorilla, and The Wayover Yonders. Julie has also worked with circus-theater company Bread and Puppet as both a puppeteer and member of the circus band.
Rattletrap Ruckus is a rollicking four-piece instrumental band from Bellingham, WA. They play fiddle tunes, ragtime, tango, paso dobles, various breeds of waltz, klezmer, norteño, polkas, and specialize in providing soundtracks for strange and wonderful cabaret shows. This year the long and curly arms of the Accordion Noir Octopus reach out across the US border and drag this band of American rebels onto our stage to partner with notorious local dancers, clowns and puppeteers. This exotic mixing of music and art will be anchored, at the heart of it all, by the rag-taggety, brilliant, and irresistable squeezings of Lucas Hicks.