AC­COR­DION NOTES

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Visit a mu­seum

• The Musée de l’ac­cordéon et des In­stru­ments de Musique Pop­u­laire (au­vergne­cen­tre­france.com) in the ham­let of Si­ran in Can­tal is ded­i­cated to the per­sonal col­lec­tion of three Au­vergnat brothers who loved to col­lect ac­cor­dions. The na­tional ac­cor­dion cen­tre in Tulle (touris­mecor­reze.com) has more than 500 in­stru­ments, the largest pub­lic col­lec­tion of free-reed in­stru­ments in Europe. Ex­hibits in­clude Yvette Horner’s dresses de­signed by Jean-paul Gaultier for the Bi­cen­te­nary of the Rev­o­lu­tion in 1989.

Dance time

• For a slice of nos­tal­gia, head for Chez Gégène (chez-gegene. fr) be­side the River Marne in Joinville-le-pont, in the Parisian sub­urbs, where cou­ples of all ages dance to the sounds of the ac­cor­dion. A more mod­ern am­bi­ence has been cre­ated at an open-air bal musette on board the barge De­moi­selle in the Bassin de la Vil­lette in Paris. How­ever, the barge’s fu­ture is un­der threat from the city coun­cil, so see the péniche’s Face­book page (fr-fr.face­book.com/ bateaude­moi­selle/) for up­dates.

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