Distinctive button accordion styles.

Distinctive button accordion styles.

I enjoy listening to the differences in fiddling style and trying to find out more (mostly just using my ears) about in the distinctive styles of box playing.

I’ve heard that Billy McComiskey’s playing is representative of West Galway - who are other west Galway -style box players? Er or was this Tony McMahon? Mind just gone blank!

A major one of course is Sleibh Leucre (sorry can’t remember how to spell it), with fellas like Seamus Begley, Jackie Daly.

An important point is probably the C#/D vs B/C and I’d be interested to know if there are or have been geographic basis to the use of these different types. I suspect tho that the ‘style thing’ that interests me is based deeper than around just the tuning of the box.

What’s distinctive about the way box players from around and about play their tunes? Who are they? Could you suggest links to recordings, maybe on youtube or Comhaltas? Sometimes this may not be derived from regionalism, it might be just an individual musician’s approach.

Thanks.

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The accordion camp is defined by two styles. The Joe Burke style is one and evreryone else who tries to sound like Joe is the other.

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My husband is a lovley box player and I assure you he sounds nothing like Joe burke. He prefers the cleaner sound..like Dermot Byrne. The wet style is really just one of many different styles of box players.

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Don’t you mean wet tuning (of the reeds)?

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Yes.

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Two of my favorite box players, who sound like no one else, are Mairtin O’Connor and Luke Daniels. Different styles, but both have a total mastery of the instrument, and what amazes me is how they play around the melody, embellish, etc. And here in the US, they are almost unknown. I saw Mr. Daniels when he was here with a group called Broderick a few years ago, and first heard Mr. O’Connor playing along on a couple of cuts on a LIz Carroll album, and sought out his CDs, only available as imports. Worth checking out.

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And then there’s Bobby Gardiner, Sharon Shannon, and Joe Derrane,each with their own style (and a bunch of others). Jackie Daly seems to be the most oecumenical of them all. Looks like he’s borrowed the best from everybody!

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Here we go again… Have you not heard the one about how many types of people are there ? Irish and those that wanna be Irish. It’s a joke.

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I don’t play box, or have any knowledge of regional styles, but I really enjoy the playing of Josephine Marsh, Nigel Davey, Johnny B. Connolly, to name a few - all very different.

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Doesnt it acutally go - Australians and those who want to be Australians? Jokes only come off as jokes on this forum if you do a smiley -sarcasm is lost on internet forums.

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Alan Morrisroe.

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If you can, get to the Accordion ‘Recital’ at the Willie Clancy week sometime - a wide variety of styles are usually on offer - one after the other in quick sucession. A mixture of people teaching for the week and also a selection of those who happen to be around for the festival.

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Even Joe Burke doesn’t sound like Joe Burke any more :)

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forgot Finbar dwyer…

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"John Brosnan: The Cook In The Kitchen"
http://www.thesession.org/recordings/display/1279

Chase this up for an earful… He also works on the instruments…
Sadly, I gave away my copy and am out looking for a replacement, which now seems impossible… :-(

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My all-time favourite is Andrew Macnamara, from East Clare. He has lovely swing and bounce in the Clare Style, and can be heard on recordings by the Lahawns, as well as a few solo and one with his sister Mary Macnamara. He also played with the Tulla Ceili Band. This is the only vid I can find: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFi1SIzjNTA

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Can’t forget Joe Cooley and Tony MacMahon!

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And Kevin Keegan, Joe Whelan (they Sailed Away) P.J Hernon, John Kimmel, John Williams, Paddy O’Brien (both of them), Johnny Connolly (melodeon), Johnny B.Connolly and, and, and…Too many good players to list.

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You could go on forever with this. Surely It is how you hear a particular tune played by a particular player that makes you favour one player over another. Yet everyone has something to offer. I mean the usual suspects always get named in a thread like this, yet players of the calibre of Michael O’Connell - Damane Mullane and Darra Mulhearn haven’t had a mention. You may think you’re the bees knees on the box, yet to ordinary man in the street if you can’t play the Geese in the Bog or the Cuckoo Waltz your crap. That bit about ‘everyone has something to offer’…there are a few exceptions….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqvcsDUQxFA

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Are you saying that that recording has nothing to offer? Because, although the playing’s a bit ropey, I’d say the style had some interest.

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Ummmm…interesting…maybe. I feel it’s more in the style of Damien Hearst.

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It’s precisely why this kind of thread can be useful, despite the mind-numbing procession of names (and of course I’ll plead guilty to that myself). Now that you have mentioned those people, Free Reed, I’ll check them out. I wouldn’t find out about them in my local newspaper. Lots of yet unknown excellent players are dying to get a mention on this board. We can do them the favour without forgetting the giants on whose shoulders they stand.

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Seamus Walshe

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Surely there must be a few U-Tubes or audio files we could link to? ~ like via Comhaltas’s ever growing treasures?! I’ll start things down this road ~

http://comhaltas.ie/
http://comhaltas.ie/music/

ComhaltasLive #227 - 4: Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh & Danny O’Mahoney
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_227_4_micheal_o_raghallaigh_and_danny_omahoney/

ComhaltasLive #240 - 6: Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh & Danny O’Mahoney
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_240_6_micheal_o_raghallaigh_concertina_and_danny_omahoney_acc/

ComhaltasLive #240 - 2: James Keane and “Fingal”
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_240_2_james_keane_and_fingal/

ComhaltasLive #240 - 3: Mícheál Ó Rourke on Fiddle and Larry Gavin on Box
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_240_3_micheal_orourke_on_fiddle_and_larry_gavin_on_box/

ComhaltasLive #242 - 4: Billy McComiskey plays some Reels on Button Accordion
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_242_4_billy_mccomiskey_plays_button_accordion/

ComhaltasLive #243 - 3: Billy McComiskey on Button Accordion With Two Original Tunes
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_243_3_billy_mccomiskey_on_button_accordion_with_two_original/

ComhaltasLive #242 - 6: Joe Madden on Button Accordion
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_242_6_joe_madden_on_button_accordion/

ComhaltasLive #243 - 1: John Whelan on Button Accordion
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_243_1_john_whelan_on_button_accordion/

ComhaltasLive #244 - 5: Button Accordion Player Keith Gildea With a Reel
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/button_accordion_player_keith_gildea_with_a_reel/

ComhaltasLive #248 - 2: A Set of Jigs from Pádraig King, Jeremy Spenser and Clodagh Buckley
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_248_2_padraig_king_jeremy_spenser/

ComhaltasLive #249 - 1: Martin and Noel Ryan and Marcus Maloney
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_249_1_martin_and_noel_ryan_and_marcus_maloney/

ComhaltasLive #255 - 5: Accordion player Darra Mulhearn at Fleadh Nua
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_255_5_darra_mulhearn/

ComhaltasLive #256 - 1: Two reels from the 2004 Fleadh Cheoil
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_256_1_2004_fleadh_cheoil/

ComhaltasLive #239 - 3: Damien Mullane plays the Button Accordion
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_239_3_damien_mullane_plays_the_button_accordion/

ComhaltasLive #259-5: Damien Mullane on Button Accordion
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_259_5_damien_mullane/

ComhaltasLive #260-3: Button Accordion player Damien McKee
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_260_3_damien_mckee/

ComhaltasLive #253 – 5: Slow Air played by Donal De Barra on Button Accordion
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_253_5_slow_air_played_by_donal_de_barra_on_button_accordion/

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Michael O’Connell on Button Accordion ~ Comhaltas

ComhaltasLive #208 - 1: Michael O’Connell
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_208_1_michael_oconnell/

ComhaltasLive #210 - 4: Michael O’Connell
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_210_4_michael_oconnell/

ComhaltasLive #236 - 1: Michael O’Connell on Button Accordion
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_236_1_michael_oconnell_on_button_accordion/

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& the beat goes on ~

Joe Cooley - Wise Maid (1973)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCiqPCA_MRA


A Young Tony MacMahon-Traditional Irish
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n06hpDSpsko


Tony MacMahon & Noel Hill-Traditional Irish Music
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gI1SbzaKxqg


Accordion & Fiddle Music: Joe Burke & Paddy Glackin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbkgV6Fx2yI


The Wise Maid ~ Tony Mac Mahon & Barney Mc Kenna
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VazIQ4-nG4I


Tony Mac Mahon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdXRX9VEqaQ


Tony McMahon & John Keogh - Napoleon Crossing the Rhine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uiInAcPij4


* ;-) ~ Johnny Ringo McDonagh & Jackie Daly
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6sPWV5_o1U


Máire O’Keeffe, Frankie Gavin & Jackie Daly
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0oGkLlszF8


The Smoochi Hornpipe
Frankie Gavin (Galway) Fiddle
Steve Cooney (Australia) Guitar
Dermot Byrne (Donegal) Accordian. Now with the group Altan.
Carl Hession (Galway) Piano.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGJPjWMffeI


Sharon Shannon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUvzdUe3dXQ


The Neck Belly Reels - Sharon Shannon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZGJCuy_9c8


Sharon Shannon ft Jim Murray & Gerry O’Connor - Swedish Jig
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-XKQ8TnfEM


Mairtin O’Connor Cathal Hayden Seamie O’Dowd 16.02.2008
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4DTrZH-qrM

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Uncle ! ceol.

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And Thanks for the link Free Reed.

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For some recordings ~
http://www.regoirishrecords.com/

& two more featuring Billy McComiskey

ComhaltasLive #250 – 5: Impromptu Session led by Billy McComiskey and Joe Madden
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_250_5_impromptu_session_led_by_billy_mccomiskey_and_joe_madde/

ComhaltasLive #242 - 1: Brian Conway, Joannie Madden, Felix Dolan and Billy McComiskey
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_242_1_brian_conway_joannie_madden_felix_dolan_and_billy_mccom/

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I could be philosophical here and say….. Yeah! but what about all the ones who are not on UTube ????

I’ll get me coat……………………………………!

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thanks for all that everyone class stuff…

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Free Reed ~ leave your coat and sit down and teach us your latest favourite squeeze. None of us here are going to forget those many that aren’t on U-Tube, but, down to the wire, it’s those present that count most, and this music live rather than squeezed through the compression, abuses, and depersonalization of any media, in machine and through speakers or off the Internet…

Let’s order another round and swap some tunes and tales. We’ll go for fish and chips or a curry later ~ if we still feel together enough to hold it down… ;-)