Accordionist Katheryn Pedersen is at Vernon’s Talkin’ Donkey Friday to perform and host an open mic.

Accordionist Katheryn Pedersen is at Vernon’s Talkin’ Donkey Friday to perform and host an open mic.

Sharing the love for the accordion

Vancouver’s Katheryn Petersen is about to share the love she has with her main squeeze.

Vancouver’s Katheryn Petersen is about to share the love she has with her main squeeze.

The accordionist is in Vernon this week to visit some friends and meet some new ones.

She will be hanging out and playing at the Talkin’ Donkey on Friday and hopes some local musicians and accordion lovers will come out and introduce themselves.

“From 8 to 9 p.m., I will be playing my accordion and talking a bit about the growing accordion scene in Vancouver and the fifth annual Accordion Noir Festival, Sept. 13 to 16,” said Petersen, who is also the artistic co-ordinator of the festival.

“From 9 to 10 p.m., I will open up the mic for local musicians and accordion lovers to come and introduce themselves and have some fun.”

Also a poet, videographer and yoga teacher, Petersen has played music all of her life and specifically the accordion for nine years.

She is the only accordion major to graduate from the jazz and contemporary music program at Vancouver Community College, where she studied with world renowned classical accordion virtuoso Jelena Milojevic and jazz multi-instrumentalist wizard Alan Matheson.

Petersen plays with many ensembles and bands and has toured throughout Europe and across Canada with her music.

She has played for Joanna Chapman Smith, Blackberry Wood, The Burnettes, Something About Reptiles, Los Portenos del Norte, Melissa Bandura, Babe Gurr, Morgan Finlay and many others.

Her solo engagements include the 2011 Victoria International Accordion Festival, Caravan World Rhythm Series, In the House Festival, Vancouver Culture Crawl Salon – The Echo Chamber and many more.

Admission to the Talkin’ Donkey is by donation,. The non-profit coffee house is located at 3923-32nd St. Visit www.talkindonkey.com.