boxplayer’s nineteen comments

  • Kevin Burke Solo Concert

    Gorgeous church with great acoustics. Come celebrate the weekend before St. Patrick's day with the best of Irish music performed by one of the most renowned traditional fiddlers ever. $20 at the door. more…

  • The Actual name is Bogie’s Reel

    This tune is often mislabeled as The Durrow Reel, but in fact it was composed by John Nolan, the great box player from the Bronx. He named it after the drummer in one of his previous bands, whose nickname was Bogie. more…

  • Re: Where Are Those Lady Bouzouki Players?

    Frances Cunningham, currently living in Nashville. She is one great bouzouki player! more…

  • Re: Pietro Mario Button Accordions

    Alas, Pietro Mario DiBennedetto passed away last year after a bout with cancer. He was a lovely gentlemen and his fine instruments (produced in the Bompezzo factory in Italy according to his specifications) will be his legacy. I have two, a 2-voice and a... more…

  • Re: Must-listen list of button box players

    Certainly Mary Staunton (of Oranmore) should be added to the list. Lovely singer as well. more…

  • Great album!

    This is a superb album, long in the making but well worth the wait! Simply lovely arrangements, and the cat poetry as read by Kevin Burke fits well with the theme of the project. A very enjoyable listen! more…

  • Absolutely Superb CD!

    This CD is a gem of a recording. The arrangements and playing are truly first-class, as is the sound quality. The sleeve notes are very comprehensive and enlightening. Some hard work went into this project, and it shows -- it's a delight from start to fin... more…

  • Tune Name Correction

    Thanks to Kenny for the name correction on the first jig of the last track, as he is quite right. I was misinformed about this tune's name (P.J. Hernon's as opposed to Kerfunken) and unfortunately I listed the wrong name in the sleeve notes. I've made the... more…

  • Joke about this tune.

    I attended a great concert by Noel Hill here in Portland, Oregon, tonight. He said that "Give Me Your Hand" is often played at Irish weddings. He also said not to confuse it with another tune played at Irish divorce proceedings: "Give Me Your House!" more…

  • Twice a Month Session

    This session meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, starting around 7:30 and going on until around 10 or later. La Grande is off the beaten track so they are always happy to have guests pop in. Skills range from beginner to advanced, depen... more…