Button Accordion, Newfoundland and Labrador


Well it wasn’t long I guess after, the people started leaving England and Ireland, to come to the New World. Some of them inevitably had to arrive in Newfoundland and Labrador. I imagine some of the people who came to this province brought the button accordion with them. That’s how it arrived here. Well the accordion is a social instrument. And it’s always been used – you know – if you’re just sitting around a kitchen party or something like that. It tends to be played within a family or passed down from one generation to another. Of course years ago in the days before amplification, the accordion was the more preferred instrument for the dances I think, because of the sheer volume of it. You could hear the music better. I see a relationship between, well say, the dancers on the dance floor who’ve just finished, you know, doing one of these old-fashioned square dances. And they’re all out of breath, huffing and puffing. And, you know, the accordion’s been playing, and it’s probably out of breath too. From all the huffing and puffing. So in a sense the accordion is alive. You know, it breathes, just like you and I do. There’s something about the sound and the accessibility of it. In Newfoundland and Labrador, it’s
just another day around here.

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