Bälgaspel vid landsvägskanten
(Ransäter Accordion Festival)
The festival is held in Ransäter
in Sweden every summer in the beginning of July (July 4-8 in 2007)
and is probably the biggest accordion festival in the world with more than
200 accordion orchestras. And don't forget the
Walter Eriksson Musikfest at Vasa Park on Budd Lake, New Jersey, USA
You may order videos from the festivals
(only PAL I guess) from
from the videos. Pictures and sound files!
VDF doesn't have an email address yet however but
Bengt Hedman, firstname.lastname@example.org,
is willing to help you through email.
look at a map of the main festival area (Swedish text)
There are appearances
on several stages simultaneously and a lot of dance activity in the evenings.
There are professional players as well as amateurs and they all gather
together to play everywhere on and between the stages and in tents and
caravans at the huge camp.
Some standard Swedish tunes are played together
to start the main events each day. Every squeezer that participates in
this play-together gets this badge to put on the trunk:
Here are some very talented young players
gathered to play traditional Swedish accordion music by e.g. Carl Jularbo.
This session was arranged by Frosinisällskapet (The Frosini Society).
Listen to them - RealAudio stream
or download frs.au (456k)
They're playing part of "I don't care" by Guido Deiro.
Look at a list of the other tunes
they were playing.
This is Johan Kullberg, a young and very
talented musician who plays both the durspel (diatonic) and the accordion.
He has been the champion in many competitions for the durspel, especially
at Ransäter. I've recorded a Zydeco Pot-pourri that Johan and his
friends performed at Ransäter 1996. I recorded this with a small recorder
that I had in my pocket. I've asked Johan for the permission to include
the recording on this page and it was O.K. The picture quality is unfortunately
to Hans Palm's Accordion Page: main page
Hans Palm 2007, email@example.com
, snail address