YOU can talk of the romance of it all, the patched glamour of people pleased to tell you that the bobbies had to walk in pairs for their own protection, the kids dribbling cans in the jiggers behind the houses, the shawled Mary Ellens carrying baskets of fruit on their heads, the devout swots hoping for a place in a seminary, the pubs where toothless crones rattled their spoons to the rhythm of a squeeze-box
, and then there were those priests striding the beat like crows in their black to accept tea and biscuits in the homes of the poor and faithful parishioners.
Gordie had his squeeze-box
, you know, an accordion.
Ceilidhs, country dances, Mods, weddings, the White Heather Club and countless broadcasts wouldn't be worth a "hooch" without the squeeze-box
Adding macho insult to ethnic injury, most of Proulx's squeeze-box
players are men, who jealously guard the accordion as a man's instrument," cruelly, sometimes violently, inciting daughters and wives to permanent flight.
Algora not infrequently worked the bellows of his squeeze-box
without pressing the buttons -- effectively making the thing breathe (or wheeze) but not allowing it to sing.
BEFORE that double helping of squeeze-box
, there are two interesting shows on Tuesday.
TORD Grip is planning to unveil his secret weapon to spur on England's injury-hit squad: his squeeze-box
. Sven's No 2 has had his Calle Jularbo accordion flown out to the Far East so that he can serenade anyone who will listen with Swedish folk songs.
I intend voting for it, and as I'm sure Senator Camillus Glynn would attest to on his squeeze-box
, sometimes the devil has all the best tunes."
Instead, he loves the old-fashioned squeeze-box
and counts Jimmy Shand among his heroes.
Queen Sharon Shannon continues her Each Little Thing nationwide tour tonight in Dublin's Temple Bar Music Centre.
queen Sharon Shannon plays Cork's The Lobby as part of the Celtic Flame Festival tonight.
Over the course of the evening he moved back and forth between two squeeze-boxes
, a larger one and a smaller one, whose different tonalities may be akin to that of a tenor and soprano sax.
The 13 band members aged 13 to 60 play squeeze-boxes
, fiddle, keyboards, brass, percussion, harmonica and whistle.