>Some years ago I heard an instrument called a melodeon used to accompany
>singing. It looked like 1/2 of a piano accordion; one hand played the tune
>and the other hand raised and lowered the bellows.
>Thanks in advance to anyone who can clear up my confusion.
I dunno about clearing it up. In the middle of the 19th century there came
about a pump-organ that was called a melodeon. I think that its
distinguishing feature was that it sucked air in, instead of blowing it out
organ-style. When Antonin Dvora(v on top)k lived and worked in Iowa he
played one and wrote lovely (of course) music featuring it.
In the 60s Alan Ginsberg did a fair amount of playing an Indian version of
this instrument, sitting with (of course) a beatific smile, one hand
lifting and releasing a bellows, the other playing a keyboard. Sounds like
your friend above.
Of course one- and two-row button boxes are called melodeons also, but I
think that two-row boxes in neighboring keys (C#/D or B/C, e.g.) are called
accordeons instead. I believe that the spelling accordion is reserved for