Dance Band History – L’Orchestra Rara/The High Society Dance Orchestra

L'Orchestra Rara at the Grosvenor House 1988
L'Orchestra Rara - Quartet in 1982
L’Orchestra Rara – Quartet in 1982

It may be quite unusual to have two accordions in a dance band outside of accordion orchestras but L’Orchestra Rara, later also known as The High Society Dance Orchestra put the accordions to good use.  Through some clever arranging the ensemble could recreate some very authentic dance band sounds from many different eras.  The accordions played a vital role in creating the sound by often avoiding some of the sounds that people identify as being a typical accordion sound and using some of the more subtle sounds to blend effortlessly with winds and other instruments of the ensemble.  The typical accordion sounds would then make even more impact when used in tango and musette. Continue reading

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19th March 2015 – Horticulture Comedy and Accordion

Can you dig it comedy duo

If you enjoy a bit of comedy with your accordion music then don’t miss comedy duo Can you dig it with singer and ukulele-player Jo Stephenson and accordionist Dan Woods for a bit of horticultural comedy.  The event will be at Seeds of Italy headquarters in Harrow.  It is run by amateur accordionist, accordion restorer and enthusiast of all things accordion, Paolo Arrigo in his new warehouse performance area.  It’s an intimate setting and what can be better than to blend comedy, accordions and ‘seed to plate’ food philosophy? £12 tickets include a glass of wine.  See link to book. Continue reading