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Just sit back and watch accordionist Michael Bridge play 'Asturias'

Robert Rowat

When Michael Bridge was five years old, he received his first accordion, purchased for him by a family friend at a garage sale for $5. Now, 20 years later, he's a total wizard on the instrument, travelling the world and entertaining people with his mad skills, either as a soloist or as part of Double-Double Duo. He's even working on his doctorate in accordion performance at the University of Toronto.

CBC Music caught up with Bridge recently at Toronto's Church of the Holy Trinity. There, he played Isaac Albéniz's "Asturias," a piano piece probably best known in its guitar transcription. But when you hear its flamenco flourishes and wistful middle section played on the button accordion, you'll agree this is how "Asturias" was meant to sound. Watch below:


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