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In this end goes music. Out this end comes Jim Croce. [Dec. 12th, 2004|01:00 am]
The American Caliban
It was a very special episode of The Patio tonight. The musical guest was one Stuart Pearson, who showed himself as an innovator the moment he walked in carrying a guitar, a concertina, and a hurdy gurdy. I don’t believe I’d ever seen a hurdy gurdy played live.

The first part of his set was a patchwork of cover tunes, all sung in a James Taylor/Jim Croce “Denim Troubadour” style. Painful. Odd choices, too. Inevitable Beatles, Taylor, America, etc. And then “Telegram Sam” by T. Rex and “Walk on the Wild Side”, and even more oddly “Femme Fatale”. He completely murdered a few classics like “Ashes to Ashes’, and committed strange grave rapes of the Psych Furs and a few others 80s notables. His Croce/Chapin version of “How Soon Is Now” left us bruised and strangely aroused.

Then, out comes the hurdy gurdy. And, of course, he launches into “When Doves Cry”, followed by “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”. We were flat on the ground. I really don’t remember what else was in that portion of the set.

After a bit more guitaring, out comes the concertina. We were braced for “Lady of Spain” or its moral equivalent, but no such. BOOYAH! We get “Feel Like Makin’ Love”. As we slid beneath the waves, he regaled us with a series of songs using a Slinky as rhythm box, including “Rock On” and then his closer: “Baby Got Back” almost a cappella with only the Slinky as accompaniment.

Hurdy Gurdy Prince:

Bad Company on the Concertina:

Slinkin’ to David Essex:


[User Picture]From: odradak
2004-12-12 01:06 am (UTC)
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-01-21 01:34 am (UTC)

Stuart Pearson is my love potato

I want to have his babies.
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[User Picture]From: gutbloom
2004-12-12 05:09 am (UTC)
Sounds like fun. I thought a concertina didn't have keys, just buttons. Isn't that a regular accordian?
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[User Picture]From: nosrialleon
2004-12-12 09:06 am (UTC)

He was truly glorious!

See, I was thinking it was a concertina because it had keys but not many buttons. I would defer to someone who actually knows what they're talking about here, though...
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2004-12-12 02:05 pm (UTC)
per his own description it's a "toy accordion" which makes sense; it's just too tiny for a regular one.
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[User Picture]From: chaptal
2004-12-12 07:48 am (UTC)
Whoa, rock.
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[User Picture]From: bruisedhips
2004-12-12 08:01 am (UTC)
Ryan says;
He is sincerely sorry that he missed that" and also "anything with a concertina HAD to have been wonderful".
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[User Picture]From: nosrialleon
2004-12-12 09:08 am (UTC)

I just looked up the other hurdy gurdey song

It's called "Something Stupid"; Sinatra did it.
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[User Picture]From: the_silent_one
2004-12-12 12:09 pm (UTC)

Not that I am one to tell you how to blog...

but you should have used the Steve Buscemi icon ;)
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2004-12-12 02:05 pm (UTC)

Re: Not that I am one to tell you how to blog...

you are SO right
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From: davidaglenn
2005-09-18 03:01 pm (UTC)

Concertina Lesson

Ok, here's your concertina lesson for the day. What Stuart -is- playing looks like a small 'ladies' model Piano Accordion (piano accordions always have piano keys), not sure of the bass side makeup. What he is -not- playing is a concertina, which is definitely a different thing altogether. Here is the definitive concertina vs. accordion lesson:

- a concertina's buttons, when pushed, travel -parallel- to the direction of the bellows travel
- an accordion's buttons, when pushed, travel -perpendicular- to the direction of the bellows travel

This -always- holds true. Now that you have made the gross squeezebox type determination you can move on the the myriad of sub-types. Here's some:

- accordion: piano (model, size, couplers, bass type, etc.), continental button (# rows, bass type, etc.), diatonic button (# rows, bass type, couplers, etc.), melodeon (1 row, bass type, etc.)
- concertina: english (# buttons, range, etc.), anglo (# buttons, key, range, etc.), duet (style, # buttons, range, etc.), chemnitzer (# buttons, key, range, etc.), bandoneon (# buttons, key, range, etc.)

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[User Picture]From: substitute
2005-09-18 09:37 pm (UTC)

Re: Concertina Lesson

Wow, cool. As you see from the thread I was corrected early on about "concertina", but now I know way more than before about accordions and accordion-like instruments!
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