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Monday, June 30, 2008

Accordions by the Sea

These past two days of Victoria BC's Accordion Festival "Accordions by the Sea" had been quite the experience for me.
I had a spot in the festival selling my "Squeeze Me Apparel", which went over quite well with the public. What was the best part was seeing many accordion friends I already knew, and making new ones.
I also met a lot of older gentlemen, and it is uncommon to be a 25 year-old female accordion player, so I did get attention...kinda funny




This is myself with Robert "Bob" DeCamillis. My "Camillo" Guerrini Accordion is named after him. The Guerrini accordions were exclusively handcrafted the Canadian Accordion Institute Ltd, back in the 1960's or so. Bob was a distributor and when ordering these accordions in from Italy had it customed to have his name "Camillo" on them.
Bob bought lots of my wears, but mainly wanted to buy my accordion from me...but I couldn't part with it.






This is George from Sugarland, Texas.
He's rad.
He's Mario Pedone's right-hand man, and was my neighbour during my time at the festival.

























This is Karl Hergt (Accordion Repairman extraordinaire) and myself. Karl is the co-owner of Tempo Trend, and is the silliest German man I've met.


The Story Dolls had a fun time at the festival as well. They entertained the crowds for 15 minutes, and made many friends as well.













Hildegärd in all her glory


















Hildegärd meets Irv Lang and his lovely wife.















This Accordionista is 89 years-young. I didn't catch her name, but she was very sharp and told me I was a "good-lookin' woman".
















A big jam session happened at the end of the festival. It felt like we were going to blast the Edelweiss Club off the ground.














This is myself with Mario Pedone, total accordion ninja, and *kinda* a big deal. He was very inspiring, encouraging, informative, and so interesting to talk to.
He and I played a couple of songs together in the parking lot, which was so intimidating at first, but he's very lovely and sweet about playing. He told me I played very well, and we had a good talk about how I just need to work on my technqiue, which I know. He was encouraging and is going to send me several workbooks to improve technique. He spoke about how no accordionist is better than the other, and that we're important to the world, as is all music.
In the words of my friend Justine "He's like your Miyagi."


Friday, June 27, 2008

Squeeze Me Apparel



Squeeze Me Apparel - A Division of Aspekt Clothing & Design will be in attendance at the upcoming Accordion Festival here in Victoria, British Columbia.
Great Accordionists will be performing, workshops going on, vendors (ME)....
Details below:

What: Accordions by the Sea
Where: Victoria Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagra Street, Victoria BC Canada
When: June 27th, 28th, 29th


And yes....I'm wearing a t-shirt with myself on it.....how's that for self-promotion?? and yes I'm standing next to a totally rad clock with a switch on the cord.....okay lets get going! turn off the clock!


By the way...I will have an etsy store or something of the equivalent up soon so you can shop online for the Squeeze Me goods.


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Story Dolls

The Story Dolls

The Story Dolls are:
Gertrüd and Hildegärd

Gertrüd: Clarinet, Vocals
Hildegärd: Accordion, Vocals

Gertrüd and Hildegärd have travelled far and wide. It is their greatest pleasure to invite you to join them on their travels. If you wish for more romance, colour, poetry and imagination in your life let these cousins guide you to places unknown.

Cousins Gertrüd and Hildegärd grew up together in the mountains of Europe. At an early age they learned how to sing for their supper. Hardships and the loss of their families, in the Great Tragedy, brought them closer. To survive they kept hope alive by telling eachother stories of far off lands.

In the aftermath of the Great Tragedy, the Golden Years followed and the girls joined a caravan of entertainers. They each had jobs taking care of the livestock and the side show features.

Hildegärd squeezes her box and enjoys pickling in her spare time. She is the spokesperson for the International Safe Camping and Hiking Society, and specializes in photography of the “forgotten”.

Gertrüd blows a mean clarinet and has an enthusiastic interest in the Supernatural. Gertrüd has won first place in many International Pebble Painting competitions, and for 10 years in a row she has won second prize for her boiled potatoes at country fairs worldwide.

Together, Gertrüd and Hildegärd entertain audiences from far and wide.They are available for evening performances such as your brother's 30th birthday party, opening parties, and any great event that involves beer.

For more information: www.myspace.com/thestorydolls

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