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An Accordion World Record

Photo: World-record accordion playing crowd in St. John's, Newfoundland.

David Akin emailed me about this earlier today: yesterday in St. John’s, Newfoundland, almost 1,000 people gathered to play accordion simultaneously, breaking the previous world record of 644, set in Kimberley, British Columbia.

Photo: World-record accordion playing crowd in St. John's, Newfoundland.

To qualify for the world record, you can’t just have a large number of accordion players gathered in one spot: according to this page

on the St. John’s Folk Festival site, they have to all play the same

orchestrated piece for a minimum of five minutes. The designated piece

is an old Newfoundland folk tune called Mussels in the Corner.

A number of the people in attendance were accordion owners but not

accordion players — many learned how to play the piece just days or

hours before the event.

Photo: World-record accordion playing crowd in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Congratulations, folks! I would’ve loved to have been there.

[Thanks to David Akin for emailing me about this story!]

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