Fred Astaire on accordion?

You bet!  And, I could be wrong, but  I think that’s Franz Kafka on piano.

What a duo!

And it’s not photoshopped.

Tonight, our show could be called, “Joey goes to Hollywood.”   Tune in to hear what we found out in that modern American Gomorrah.

In Heaven There Is No Beer is heard on WIOX, community radio (aka Radio Free Roxbury),91.3 FM, Roxbury, NY.  We come to you every Thursday evening at 8:00 PM and the show streams live at  wioxradio.org.  Our broadcasts are also available on the iPhone.  Just go to the Apple App Store and search WIOX.  And on Margaretville Cable Channel 20.

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Thanks to Mary Ann Daron for the photo.
Your host,

Joe Markulin

Soul of the Accordion (loose translation)

Join us tonight for Tangos, a musical form that is inseparable from the accordion (or bandoneon).

We’ll be covering ground from the 1870s to the present, everybody from Tita  Merello and Astor Piazzolla to Tom Waits and the Gotan Project.

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In Heaven There Is No Beer is heard on WIOX, community radio (aka Radio Free Roxbury),91.3 FM, Roxbury, NY.  We come to you every Thursday evening at 8:00 PMand the show streams live at  wioxradio.org.  Our broadcasts are also available on the iPhone.  Just go to the Apple App Store and search WIOX.  And on Margaretville Cable Channel 20.

Your host,

Joe Markulin

April is the cruelest month

I think Shakespeare said that.

April, in addition to breeding lilacs out of the dead land (ugh!) has seen it’s share of unfortunate events, disasters, wars, plagues and great catastrophes.  Take you pick.

Tonight, on the radio, to the tune of an accordion, we intend to celebrate these disasters and catastrophes in song.

Sure everybody makes much of income tax day, April 15, but did you know that the great ship Titanic went down (to the bottom of the sea) on April 15, 1912?  Three years later, April brought us the Battle of Gallipoli.

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And not to be outdone in the pursuit of April tragedies and horrors,  the contemporary era brings us something infinitely worse and almost unimaginably harrowing and atrocious–National Poetry Month!

April in the 21st Century, in America.  Makes you wish you were somewhere else.  But if you’re stuck here, as I am, you may as well make the best of it and listen to In Heaven There Is No Beer , a weekly accordion show heard on WIOX, community radio (aka Radio Free Roxbury),91.3 FM, Roxbury, NY.  We come to you every Thursday evening at8:00 PM and the show streams live at  wioxradio.org.  Our broadcasts are also available on the iPhone.  Just go to the Apple App Store and search WIOX.  And on Margaretville Cable Channel 20.

Your cruel, prosaic host,

Joe Markulin

Still stuck in Colombia–musically

And why not when they’ve got cumbia bands like this with not one but two accordions.

And I really like the hats.

Think I’d look silly wearing one around here (Roxbury, NY)? Probably.

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We’ll be playing cumbias tonight, another song and dance form that’s native to Colombia, before crossing the Panama Canal and moving on up the Central American isthmus to Mexico and Texas.

In Heaven There Is No Beer is heard on WIOX, community radio (aka Radio Free Roxbury),91.3 FM, Roxbury, NY. We come to you every Thursday evening at 8:00 PM and the show streams live at wioxradio.org. Our broadcasts are also available on the iPhone. Just go to the Apple App Store and search WIOX. And on Margaretville Cable Channel 20.

Your host,

Joe Markulin