Piano accordions - the curse of traditional music
Calling all piano accordion players, and anyone who want’s to put their tuppence-worth in here - can anyone provide an answer to the following questions:
It has puzzled me for a number of years why - and this is, I believe, more of a problem in Scottish rather than in Irish traditional music - WHY, just WHY????????? For what possible reason, choose to play the piano accordion?
Before anyone answers my question, I must first explain that I believe it’s ACTUALLY POSSIBLE to extract music from piano boxes, but very few players seem capable of doing so (there’s one very good player from Campbletown, just down the road from where I stay, who is one of those exceptions).
As I mention in my profile, I occasionally attend local accordion & fiddle clubs - but this is more out of a sense of duty in raising the profile of the fiddle v’s the piano-accordion (fiddles are few & far between in these clubs). On one particular night I had the misfortune to witness a ‘stramash’ at the end of the evening, where there were 7, yes, SEVEN piano boxes playing together. Now, it’s hard enough to hear the ornamentation clearly on one piano box if the reeds are tuned far apart, but imagine the terrible din with 7 of them playing together! Does this only happen in Scotland - if so, why? Is it because the traditional music we play here is more to the Devil’s liking - and God sent a plague of piano accordions - or some other reason?