Inspiring Trad Music : Dan Gurney on the tracks that have inspired him

Dan Gurney is a New York based accordion player that has just finished a busy summer with his various music projects.  He first came to our attention with his debut accordion album last year called Traditional Irish Music on the Button Accordion. He was born in upstate New York and has been involved in the tradition since a very young age. He learned Irish music from Galway-born concertina player Fr Charlie Coen and over the years he states that he has also been heavily influenced by Billy McComiskey, Jimmy Noonan, John Whelan, Joe Derrane, and John Nolan, among many others. This year has continued his upwards spiral in music with what is one of the highlights of the year, The Yanks debut album. The Yanks are Dan Gurney on accordion, Dylan Foley on fiddle, Isaac Alderson on uilleann pipes and flute and Sean Earnest on bouzouki and guitar. They recorded in in a near live setting and is worth checking out.

In addition to the above he has been busy with a new online initiative called Concert Window.  It seeks to "help musicians and venues by streaming their performances, advertising their music and merchandise, and sharing two-thirds of subscription and pay-per-view proceeds with them".

We caught up with him and asked him to pick a playlist of material that has inspired him over the decades. Recognising that we all listen to lots of other great music in addition to trad we requested he reflect this.  Listen on another tab or press play below.  This playlist will be updated and will change over time. Inspiring Trad Music may become a regular feature. Watch this space for other artists. You need to join Spotify in order to hear these tracks.Visit dangurney.net
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                                   Dan Gurney's Playlist for Tradconnect
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Some audio from The Yanks 

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