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2021 Obit: Joe Burke Irish 'box' player

20 Feb 21 - 08:44 PM (#4094043)
Subject: Obit: Joe Burke Irish 'box' player 20 Feb 2021
From: Felipa

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/


21 Feb 21 - 02:42 AM (#4094063)
Subject: RE: Obit: Joe Burke Irish 'box' player 20 Feb 2021
From: The Sandman

RIP , A WONDERFUL MUSICIAN


21 Feb 21 - 04:35 AM (#4094076)
Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: Joe Burke Irish 'box' player
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge

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


21 Feb 21 - 05:20 AM (#4094088)
Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: Joe Burke Irish 'box' player
From: Mick Tems

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


21 Feb 21 - 06:46 AM (#4094101)
Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: Joe Burke Irish 'box' player
From: Dave Sutherland

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.


21 Feb 21 - 10:58 AM (#4094142)
Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: Joe Burke Irish 'box' player
From: Waddon Pete

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


21 Feb 21 - 11:22 AM (#4094152)
Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: Joe Burke Irish 'box' player
From: GUEST,Modette

Joe was also a very fine flute-player too.


22 Feb 21 - 06:46 AM (#4094249)
Subject: Obit: Joe Burke of Galway
From: Vic Smith

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


22 Feb 21 - 06:48 AM (#4094250)
Subject: RE: Obit: Joe Burke of Galway
From: Vic Smith

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.


22 Feb 21 - 06:49 AM (#4094251)
Subject: RE: Obit: Joe Burke of Galway
From: Vic Smith

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!