Accordionists Feature in “Global Music Match” – Worldwide

Accordionists Feature in “Global Music Match” – Worldwide

by Christine Johnstone

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Accordion soloists and accordionists in groups have been selected to take part in the “Global Music Match” event which will run from August 31st to October 11th, 2020.

Global Music Match is a pilot initiative created to continue raising the profile of local artists in international music markets within the challenging parameters of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is created in a world first collaboration between founding partners Sounds Australia, Showcase Scotland Expo and Canada’s East Coast Music Association (ECMA), along with 11 other export organisations and showcase events from around the world.

The programme aims to develop new audience bases for artists in a range of international locations, providing a groundwork for future international touring development. The programme will also support participating artists to upskill their social media activity, as well as encourage cross border artist collaboration by connecting musicians from around the world.

Each week, one band/musician from each country will ‘introduce’ another artist from a different country, engaging with them on social media to cross-promote to their audiences. This is reciprocated for everyone involved, meaning that participating artists will be presented via social networks across a range of participating in international artist’s online audiences.


Accordionists participating include Captain of the Lost Waves (accordionist Murray Grainger, England – pictured above left), Skerryvore (which includes brothers Daniel on accordion and Martin Gillespie on pipes, whistles and accordion – Scotland), Duo “Vilda” (which includes accordionist Viivi Maria Saarenkylä – Finland, picture above right), Tuulikki Bartosik (Estonia) and Antti Paalanen (picture above middle – Finland).

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