This is my totally unordered list of accordion players I am a die-hard fan of. Needless to say, the list reflects my personal taste ;-)
Darren Breslin from Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland (Winner of the 2008 All Ireland Senior Button Accordion Championship). Probably my favourite box player at the moment.
I haven’t heard too much from Darren’s playing and too my knowledge he hasn’t published a solo CD yet, but listen to this mighty set:
from Boston,Massachusetts. One of my all-time favourite box players. Irish-american box player Joe Derrane made a huge comeback in his final years that’s when I first heard of him.
The tunes, the story, the instruments: it’s everything about Joe and his playing that gets me. See this little youtube documentary and you’ll know why…
The irish-american boxes from the 1920ies would deserve an entry of their own. The New York Folklore Society has put some info online, as well as some pictures and a call for information on these accordions.
from Ballyduff in North County Kerry. One of the finest box-players I have ever heard.
His solo album “In Retrospect” is one of the finest box albums I have ever come across. It has a very nice pace to it and Danny’s technical skills are breathtaking yet never even once it feels like a show off.
Make sure to check out Danny’s Podcast “Trip to the cottage” on radio kerry as well.
from Denmark, now in Galway afaik. I am a really huge fan of the duo Fromseier/Trabjerg aka “The great danes” and their CD “In Ireland”
a fantastic box player. Such a lovely flow. He recorded an tribute album to Joe Cooley with Frankie Gavin, which contains a really nice collection of tunes that by now have become session essentials.
He also recorded a super nice album with Enda Scahill on banjo called Humdinger. Both albums are also on spotify.
No one nails polkas and slides like Seamus Begley does. Epic playing.
Martin Quinn and Angelina Carberry have made a super lovely banjo-box album that has been a long time favourite of mine.
John Mccann from Fermanagh is a 2016 All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil Button Accordion winner in Ennis.
Other epic box albums…
- Colm Gannon – Return to Droim
- Sean O’Driscoll & Larry Egan – The Kitchen Recordings
- Billy McComiskey – Outside the Box
- Beginish – Beginish
- Notes from the Heart – Michelle, Louise and Mick Mulcahy