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2021 Obit: Joe Burke Irish 'box' player

Felipa 20 Feb 21 - 08:44 PM
The Sandman 21 Feb 21 - 02:42 AM
GUEST,jim bainbridge 21 Feb 21 - 04:35 AM
Mick Tems 21 Feb 21 - 05:20 AM
Dave Sutherland 21 Feb 21 - 06:46 AM
Waddon Pete 21 Feb 21 - 10:58 AM
GUEST,Modette 21 Feb 21 - 11:22 AM
Vic Smith 22 Feb 21 - 06:46 AM
Vic Smith 22 Feb 21 - 06:48 AM
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Subject: Obit: Joe Burke Irish 'box' player 20 Feb 2021
From: Felipa
Date: 20 Feb 21 - 08:44 PM

MacDara Yeates announced in the course of an online singing session for the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre that Joe Burke had died during the time we were singing and listening.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Burke_(accordionist) (1939-2021)

https://www.reddit.com/r/ireland/comments/loiwd2/one_of_great_trad_accordion_players_of_all_time/


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Subject: RE: Obit: Joe Burke Irish 'box' player 20 Feb 2021
From: The Sandman
Date: 21 Feb 21 - 02:42 AM

RIP , A WONDERFUL MUSICIAN


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: Joe Burke Irish 'box' player
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 21 Feb 21 - 04:35 AM

Yes, a fine box player, one if the best- living in St Louis, last time I heard?
One story about him was that when he once fell off the stage in mid-tune, he got up & before picking up the tune, explained 'me thumbstrap broke'
That's second hand, but came from a reliable source & sounds plausible!
RIP Joe


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: Joe Burke Irish 'box' player
From: Mick Tems
Date: 21 Feb 21 - 05:20 AM

I saw Joe playing in Newcastle and booked him for Llantrisant Folk Club - a wonderful, unique musician and a model house guest.


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: Joe Burke Irish 'box' player
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 21 Feb 21 - 06:46 AM

The Lord Burke; toured the North East several times in the company of Sean Maguire and Josie Keegan. A fine musician and jovial company. RIP Joe.


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: Joe Burke Irish 'box' player
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 21 Feb 21 - 10:58 AM

Sad news. I have added Joe to the "In Memoriam" thread and send my condolences to all those who know and love him. RIP


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: Joe Burke Irish 'box' player
From: GUEST,Modette
Date: 21 Feb 21 - 11:22 AM

Joe was also a very fine flute-player too.


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Subject: Obit: Joe Burke of Galway
From: Vic Smith
Date: 22 Feb 21 - 06:46 AM

Karen Ryan of The London Lassies posts this: -
So very sad to hear of the passing of another true legend of Irish Music - Galway's Own - Joe Burke. Joe was a leading light in Irish music, a font of musical knowledge, an inspiration to us all for decades (indeed the absolute blueprint for many), a light hearted gentleman who was encouraging to younger musicians along the way and a consummate professional on the stage. The first album that my Dad ever bought me was 'The Funny Reel' which Joe made in 1979 with Andy McGann and Felix Dolan - This music was the soundtrack of my childhood. It was very special to be able to welcome Joe to Return to Camden Town Festival in 2007, when he performed alongside Felix Dolan and Brian Conway after the release of their 'Tribute to Andy McGann' album - that was some gig! Sending sincerest of sympathies to Anne Conroy-Burke and all of Joe's close family and friends. May he rest in peace Kx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Joe Burke of Galway
From: Vic Smith
Date: 22 Feb 21 - 06:48 AM

Joe and his wife Ann gave a great powerful night of Irish box playing when they played for us at the Royal Oak in Lewes many years ago.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Joe Burke of Galway
From: Vic Smith
Date: 22 Feb 21 - 06:49 AM

I remember going to a recording of a BBC Scotland concert for their folk music programme in Edinburgh decades ago. The two memorable performances were by The Boys of The Lough and by Joe. As well as compering the concert, Archie Fisher was interviewing the artists. Joe seemed a little distant and was stumbling over words. He apologised for being rather incoherent but he had been very busy and moving around a lot. He had been in concert in Dublin the night before and the night before that in Seattle and the night before that in Anchorage, Alaska!


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