A veritable Feast of the Gods, to be sure. Would anyone be able to give us an idea of what make guitars people were using?
In the meantime, here's my thoughts:
Muhammed Ali Award - Lagrene, floatin' and stingin', a true monster.
Most Old World Sound - Dorado Shmitt (that D hole!)
Effortless Clarity Award- Stochelo, fingers crawling like spiders
Best Tremolo - DeBarre beat them all here
Bright Charisma - Tchavolo, no one enjoys playing more!
Dark Charisma - Debarre, a stare like a panther
Strongest Attack - DeBarre, I'm really impressed by this guy live!
What the Hell Was That Award - Galliano's Accordion -What, all buttons??
The "I did it my way" Award: Sylvan Luc, who took on the Gypsies with a nyoln string, killing fingerstyle chops, and rest stroke free flatpicking!
Gallianos accordion I believe was a Victoria
Chromatic Button Accordeon.. the standard in Europe as is the Piano Accoprdion here
I have an old Hohner Club model whic has 2 rows tuned c & F with a smaller 3rd row where all the accidenrtals are located ...
The interesting to me is that if you play diatonic harmonica you can follow the same in-out patterns on these button boxes ...
my granny 'Meme' Foster circa 1998 at age 102
Django Jerry Jam - home grown GJ & Dead Ahead pickin'
3 Row button accordions are used in Zydeco with the most common in F.Bb,Eb then GCF...
Some do use single row, Bb and C...mostly by Creole players..
Irish box players use the B/C developed in the 50's and the C#/D which was used in the 30's and has seen a recent surge in interest
C/C# is used by B/C players to play a half step up and D/D# is used by C#/D players for the same reason..
the Famous Joe Cooley used D/D# and so does Mairtin O'Connnor
There are many B/C players following in the footsteps of Paddy O'Brien
and as to C/C# this was actually very common in Scotland and Endgland pre WWII
C#/D is used by many players for the in and out feel of a melodeon
and Mairtin O'Connor takes it another step farther on his CHattterbox CD
D/C# was also used extensively but now by a few including American player Joe Derrane.
Sharon Shannon plays them all
Just for the record, I think I might have meant 'vibrato' instead of tremolo, although everyone seems to know what I intended - whatever you call 'wiggling your fingers on the fretboard'.
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