squeezebox

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squeezebox

colloquial A musical instrument consisting of two hard ends connected by a bellows that one alternates between pulling and squeezing the so that the bellows draws in and then expels air, which passes over a vibrating to create the desired sound. Usually refers specifically to an accordion or concertina. Most kids his age want to play the drums or electric guitar, but he has always had a fascination with the squeezebox, of all things. My granddad could liven up any room just by picking up his squeezebox and playing some jaunty tune.

(squeeze-)box

n. an accordion. (see also groan box.) My brother plays the squeeze-box—not very well, but who can tell? The band consisted of drums, clarinet, and a box. A real winner.
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But on that dripping day even the buskers were silent, their squeezeboxes and fiddles sheltering in cases beneath shop awnings.
Desert Rats Alf Jackson and Bill Howard formed a "band" while fighting their way across Italy - playing the hits of the day on their cherished squeezeboxes.
Frontman and world-renowned session musician Mark Cole sings and plays mandolin, squeezeboxes, harmonica and any other instrument he can get his hands on.
The antique, unique and highly valuable squeezeboxes were taken from a house in Comber, Co Down, and are believed to be worth tens of thousands of pounds.
Roy's great voice combined with John's wizardry on squeezeboxes guarantee an evening of great music and humour.
Eagle Music sells wide ranges of classical guitars, banjos, mandolins, ukeleles, squeezeboxes, accordions, harmonicas, Irish bodhran drums, flutes, concertinas, bazoukis and electric and standard violins.
With Around the Horn (Rough Trade), the members continue their hypnotic, spontaneous, rootsy explorations, transposing would-be horn lines into guitars and squeezeboxes; fore grounding the burping, froggy bass; and penning mournful tunes with nearly indecipherable lyrics that feel just fine, thanks to the nasally aching Neil Young like vocals.
Led by the tremendous duo of Jon Boden on vocals and violin and his partner John Spiers on squeezeboxes, the award-winning big band who give traditional music real oomph and attitude put on a stunning display of marvellous musicianship.
Latecomers should start with this career-spanning live collection - squeezeboxes, fiddles, piledriving.