On this day in history in 1829, Cyrill Demian received a patent in Vienna for his version of an instrument that needed no accompaniment: the accordion.
|Finnish band Korpiklaani rocking out with their accordionist|
image by Metal Mind Productions
Though some may think that it sounds old fashioned, the accordion is still used today in many parts of the world and in many different genres, most often in folk music. Folk mixed with heavy metal is surprisingly popular in several places, and many folk metal bands hire full time accordionists to perform with them.
We aren’t huge fans of the accordion in America (except for my awesome Grandma, who listens to nothing but old-school polka), but there is one man who makes us love the accordion.
Today is a great day in history for fans of Weird Al Yankovic.