Pushing Buttons: Philadelphia Accordion Club is Born


When we launched the Ardmore Accordion Academy in January, our primary goals were to promote accordion artistry and generally elevate the accordion’s presence throughout Greater Philadelphia.

A little more than four months later, we’re proud to have taken some major baby steps toward achieving those goals. We’re absolutely thrilled to announce the Ardmore Accordion Academy is a founding member of the Philadelphia Accordion Club, which was formed last week along with the pros at one-stop accordion shop Liberty Bellows in Philadelphia and one of the East Coast’s brightest accordionists, Dallas Vietty.

The club’s mission is to increase the visibility, artistic relevance and appreciation of accordionists throughout Philadelphia. We’re holding our first monthly gathering on June 29 at Liberty Bellows’ new space on South St. to collaborate, perform and drill down on how we’ll execute on that mission with other members. We anticipate a healthy turnout for the event, which will give local accordionists the rare opportunity to pick other accordionists brains, share techniques and lessons, and enjoy some top-notch accordion performances. The club’s gatherings are suitable for beginners as well as gigging musicians.

Untitled-4The only mentions of a previous incarnation of the Philadelphia Accordion Club is in reference to its one-time president, famed Philly-based accordionist Andy Arcari, a vocal advocate for the accordion who wrote this piece in 1941 for Accordion World magazine.

In the piece, Arcari argues for more transcription of well-known “numbers” written by famous composers. Indeed, this was a significant obstacle for the development of future accordionists and in many ways remains some 70 years later. We believe the kind of sharing, learning and playing stoked by the Philadelphia Accordion Club can help accordionists of all abilities make their own mark.

We’d love to hear your ideas at our monthly gathering, so if you are an accordion player or if you know one, please spread the word and join us.




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