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12-Apr-2019

Special Outreach Project at “A World of Accordions Museum” - USA

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Tracey GibbensTracey Gibbens, an intrepid volunteer (pictured), has undertaken to preserve the availability of AWAM’s shellac/vinyl 78 rpm recordings by first outfitting their “Listening Lab” area with appropriate turntable equipment. Recognizing that recordings of early accordionists and their repertories are rarities and that most risk remaining unheard by larger audiences, his next step was to spend countless hours cataloging and re-recording 50+ records in CD format.

He hopes that scholars and aficionados will be inspired into further investigations through the ease of internet transmissions (as allowed by copyright regulations).

The AWAM’s lateral-cut 78s of 1912-1950s performances were purchased in the 1980s from Scandinavian-enthusiast Oscar Lindberg (Minneapolis). These offer Northern European folk music performed in authentic styles by émigrés whose sometimes-familiar names are found in music editions in their library files. These include Duchow, Erickson, Franzen, Olson, Patek, Schrammel, two Sundquists, Tollefsen, Turpeinen, Wilfahrt, and many more. Other discs offer early recordings of celebrity artists like Biviano, Carozza, the Deiros, Desiderio, Galla Rini, Magnante, Molinari, Pecon, Van Damme, Yankovic, and more.

This project is nearing completion. Listings are available upon request. The original 78s are stored in protective boxes and remain in the AWAM library.
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