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Some irish accordion players
« on: November 15, 2007, 07:38:45 PM »

Hi guys.

I would like to know your impressions around these two accordion players from Ireland.

The first is Christy Leahy, the leader of the band from Cork "North Cregg". Christy is a friend of mine and my first teacher.
http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=MRxUomU9Zss

The second is Edward Breen and his sister Tara.
A little history... this summer I was in Ennis and I goes to a session with the fiddle teacher of my wife.
The teacher present to me the accordion player and... o my God... I've seen you when you are a little boy! Oh... yes... says Edward to me... you have found the my video on Youtube...
Edward now are 23 years old... but isn't changed!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xgm_kkktJY
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Re: Some irish accordion players
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2007, 01:13:35 PM »

Thanks for those clips, Silvio. I'd love to hear the Breens now. I wondered whether the kids in the classroom had a deep understanding and appreciation of their folk culture, or were just well drilled for the TV shoot!

I have a North Cregg record from a few years ago. It has one fiddler, banjo, piano and snare drum on it - not mad about the full drum kit on this clip. But I enjoy the band's good-humoured and occasionally tongue-in-cheek approach to their music and Christy is a great player.

Interesting to see a Kincora and a Gaillard one after the other like that. Outwardly at least, the design of the Kincora boxes seems to be closely modelled on that of Gaillards. Might as well emulate the best, after all...
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Re: Some irish accordion players
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2007, 02:12:10 PM »

As I was actually in the audience at the concert when this clip was filmed I would say that Christy and North Cregg are excellent  :)
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Re: Some irish accordion players
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2007, 10:18:43 PM »

Just found this: a lady called Cathy Cook playing Irish Reels on a DG Castagnari
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=qBbt1EwsZWc
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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2007, 05:36:39 PM »

Just found this: a lady called Cathy Cook playing Irish Reels on a DG Castagnari
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=qBbt1EwsZWc

Irish reels, yes... but with a marked English accent!

Someone has posted some very enjoyable clips of De Dannan (1980 and 1983) with Jackie Daly on C#/D box. The first (and best) of these is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUnSUfw0WGc&feature=related. They are playing aboard a Galway hooker (a type of sailboat, please note) whizzing around in a ripping breeze. The other clips posted by the same user are a lot of fun, too.
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Re: Some irish accordion players
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2007, 05:50:22 PM »

Described as old style (perhaps that's why I like it ::))

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=JzNsDOHa90A

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Re: Some irish accordion players
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2007, 09:01:58 PM »

Described as old style (perhaps that's why I like it ::))

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=JzNsDOHa90A

:D

What makes this so attractive is how much the player enjoys it.
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Re: Some irish accordion players
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2007, 11:32:12 PM »

Worth a look and listen, I think.

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



(And then check the box system he's playing on.)

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Re: Some irish accordion players
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2007, 11:47:37 PM »

Tim looks as if he is enjoying himself too!

But its a D/G - just goes to show its the player that makes the difference, more than the instrument or system.  Ah well, better do some more practice :(
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Re: Some irish accordion players
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2007, 03:55:08 PM »

I've know Tim for some time, and played with him shortly a few weeks back.

It is D/G, but he's switching over. He used to play B/C (and yes, he was good at it, Castagnari DinnII), but now he's got a D/D# DinnII he's playing both in normal keys and in flat keys. But he's looking for a more powerful C#/D for session use.

The Nuage he's playing there is real tatty and battered, but it plays great, though. Real nice action, so it's easy to make those fast single note triplets.
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Re: Some irish accordion players
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2007, 02:20:46 PM »

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Re: Some irish accordion players
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2008, 11:27:21 PM »

And Joe Cooley here, in 1973.  A different world, it seems.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCiqPCA_MRA
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Re: Some irish accordion players
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2008, 11:33:19 PM »

And some more of Bobby Gardiner on the one row here:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhOj9vCR0cQ

Nice to hear Irish being played on a low G box for a change!

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Re: Some irish accordion players
« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2008, 11:21:39 PM »

Here's a couple of nice old clips... Jackie Daly - playing a Bertrand Gaillard box for a change... presumably the one he later sold to Conor Keane?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHPSj5Eb8oY

And for fans of Tony McMahon... anyone seen this? 8)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uiInAcPij4

Mmm... that bottle of plonk on the old joanna probably helped...  ;D

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