Accordion Irish Symbol - Festivals
The piano accordion is a popular instrument in marching bands. Marching bands form a major role in every St Patricks day parade! In Ireland, competitions are held across the country each year and bands from many towns across Ireland strive to win these competitions.
The 'Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann' (Festival of Music In Ireland) held annually attracts tens of thousands of people for a week long festival of traditional Irish music, competitions and parades. Marching bands form an important part of this event. In fact, worldwide, particularly in the US, marching bands are extremely popular and an essential ingredient in any celebration of Irish music or event.
Facts about the Accordion Irish Symbol
The Piano Accordion became popular in Ireland in the 1950's and is commonly played in marching bands which are still very popular today
An accordionist is the name given to a person who plays the accordion!
The concertina, Melodion and Melophone are all variations of the Accordion
The Accordion is often nicknamed the 'one-man band' or the 'squeeze box'!
The accordion is comprised of three main components, The Bellows, The Reeds and the Keys or Buttons