| the Alternators | the Mad Maggies | Murl Sanders | Joe Schipani | Pickled Herring Band |
| Tangoheart | Those Darn Accordions | Vickie Townsend |

 

the Alternators

This high-energy acoustic duo consists of fiddle wizard Peter Evasic and his accomplice, George Radebaugh on accordion. They play a mix of Irish, Zydeco, Gypsy, Django swing and the list goes on. They have played a great deal of festivals, weddings, performance spaces around western Washington and are guaranteed to get your inner dancer moving even if you sit there nonchalantly sipping a micro brew. If not, then they have a list of local psychological counselors to help get over your mental block. Either way you win!

 

The Mad Maggies

Hard to Describe, Easy to Love
The Mad Maggies kick up some dust with their own style of danceable world folk rock fusion. They swerve effortlessly from ska to swing, from cajun/zydeco to r&b, from polka to the high seas and beyond, spanning genres, criss-crossing musical borders and knocking over a few traditions along the way. They’ve delighted audiences at festivals, private parties, in clubs and on the streets at farmer’s markets. Toes tap, people dance, kids like them. A Mad Maggies show is original and, simply put, big fun. Wear your dancing shoes.

The Mad Maggies have been making crazy good music together for over 15 years and have released 9 albums. They have garnered radio play around the world, and even caught the ears of movie director Paul Haggis who used their version of “Sleepy Maggie” to underscore an entire scene in the TV pilot of “the Black Donnelleys” which aired internationally.

The Mad Maggies are:
Johny Blood: tuba, bullhorn  …“Go, Johny!”
Ray Fernandez: saxophones  …“Take us away, Ray!”
Ian Luke: drums, percussion  …“That brown eyed boy!”
Maggie “Mags” Martin: accordionist, vocals, composer, fearless leader  …“Is everybody ready?”
Mark Nemoyten: trumpet …“Intonation!”
Tim “SepTIMus” Sarter: U-bass, bass guitar  …“Where’s Tim?” 
Gary “GDub” Wium: guitars   …“Hell, yeah!”

Enjoy the Mad Maggies “Heaven on This Earth” video.

themadmaggies.com

 

Murl Sanders

Murl Sanders is a musician, composer, teacher and recording artist who is active in the Seattle area music scene and across the United States, Canada, England, Brazil and Japan. Murl has worked with such diverse artists as as Chuck Berry, Etta James, Il Divo, Glenn Yarbrough, Seattle Symphony, Brazilian accordion virtuoso Chico Chagas, virtuosos Stas Venglevski and Gary Blair and more.

Murl teaches piano and accordion privately and is also adjunct faculty at Cornish College of the Arts and Shoreline Community College in Seattle.

He has received two grants from The Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.

murlallensanders.com/

He is an amazing accordionist!! Wow!!! He brought down the house. He was great!!! If you ever have the opportunity to go to one of his performances, don’t miss it!
— Sue Hirogoyen, Golden State Accordion Club

 

 

Joe Schipani

Joe began playing accordion at the age of 6 and was blessed with the gift of being able to play by ear. He played for 3 years before learning how to read music, and even then, prefers to play by ear. He does not consider himself a technical player, but says, “what I lack in technical prowess, I make up for in passion.”

He has played both the accordion and keyboards in numerous bands and styles ranging from country, rock, blues, christian contemporary, swing, and jazz. His primary love is jazz, and specifically, the old standards from the 40’s and 50’s (Sinatra, Martin, Bennett, etc.). But in a jam session, he’ll play whatever anybody wants to play.

The Roland digital accordion opened up a whole new world of possibilities for Joe and re-introduced the accordion to thousands of listeners who were “amazed at the sounds that come out of that thing”.

Now that he’s retired and settled in Sequim, he is enjoying the many opportunities in the local music communities.

 

 

The Pickled Herring Band

The Pickled Herring Band plays a toe-tapping variety of accordion music reminiscent of dance pavilions and grange halls of yesteryear. From schottisches, polkas, waltzes, foxtrots, swing and more, the familiar melodies are bound to spark old memories with one generation and create new memories with the next.

Lori Hansen, accordion
Michael Yacco, tuba
George Eldridge, drums
Jim Reynolds, guitar

pickledherringband.com

 

Tangoheart

Tangoheart, featuring Bertram Levy is the premier Argentine tango ensemble in the Northwest.

The quartet is dedicated to the performance of traditional tango from the golden age of tango and of the modern tango including the music of Astor Piazzolla.

tangoheart.com

 

 

Those Darn Accordions (TDA)

America’s favorite rock ‘n’ roll accordion band can entertain any crowd. With two accordion players out front, and bass and drums holding down the rhythm, the band pumps out an outrageously original sound that works for almost any occasion, from giant festival stages to cozy clubs and unique corporate venues.

Fronted by squeezebox wizard/lead singer Paul Rogers, the band writes many original rock and funk songs, and also explores more-eclectic musical genres like ska, country and the prerequisite polkas. The aim is always to entertain, with an emphasis on solid musicianship and an unmistakable sense of humor.

Suzanne Garramone, the band’s other accordion player, adds fleet fingers and a variety of guitar effects pedals to produce a sound like nothing you’ve ever heard emanating from a typical accordion.
Drummer Bill Schwartz and bass player Lewis Wallace round out this one-of-a-kind band.

thosedarnaccordions.com

 

 

Vickie Townsend

Vickie started playing piano accordion when she was eight years old, but put it aside until she became interested in the button accordion twenty five years ago. She’s been making music for over two decades with her husband Michael in their bands Beatnik Zydeco and Mojito. She traveled to Cuba to study Afro-Latin music and also had a recent opportunity to play in England and France. Powered by a modified Cajun button box, her repertoire draws from blues, Zydeco, Latin and folk.