Strike Me Down, and Another Shall Rise to Take My Place

by Joey deVilla on June 26, 2009

I no longer live in Accordion City’s Queen/Spadina neighbourhood and therefore don’t play there very often anymore. Luckily that doesn’t mean that they’re lacking for the accordion: there was a guy playing a fine little red number there earlier this afternoon:


Squeeze on, good sir!

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bujo_tang June 28, 2009 at 10:15 am

That looks like my second Accordion, from 1968! I long for it like orson wells longed for Rosebud.
Is the new boxman busker entertaining? does he play rock and roll like you, Joey?

Carson T. Foster June 29, 2009 at 1:46 am

On a complete tangent, I saw Bassoon Guy, Jeff Burke, busking on Church St. during the festivities on Sunday.
He’s upped the ante though.
He has a foot pedal sampler that he’ll play the bass line into and then play it back in real time and accompany.
At first I couldn’t figure out what he was doing when I heard 2 notes at the same time.
I thought maybe the Bassoon had a drone like a bagpipe or chords like an accordion [Yeah. I am stoopid. I know. Thanks.] and asked how the hell he was doing it.
It was pretty cool.
He does have a request list which includes the standard rock favorites all the way to Thelonious Monk which is, quite simply, insane…

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