Gregory Grene

I was born in Chicago, Illinois, and moved to a small farm in Co. Cavan, Ireland when I was five months old. I divided my time growing up between the two places, studying accordion with Sean Donaghue in Ireland and Liz Carroll in Chicago, under whose tutelage I won the Midwest Fleadh Ceoil in the Junior and Senior Divisions. At Trinity College Dublin I spent my time hanging out in the Buttery Bar, where I ended up founding the Dublin University Traditional Music Society and writing a Guide to Dublin Pubs which became the object of a libel lawsuit by the Shelbourne Hotel. As a result I still have a thousand or so stacked in my apartment. Let me know if you want to buy one.Crazy about:

  • Music: Joe Burke, James Keane, Josephine Marsh, Liz Carroll, Martin Hayes, Solas, Tannahill Weavers, Relativity and Silly Wizard, Sharon Shannon, Dermot Byrne, Deanta
  • Shane MacGowan’s successively brilliant songs
  • Very, very solid meals, without which I become the crankiest member of the whole group (and that’s saying something), Guinness, Jameson, milk
  • Going out to great gigs, playing gigs and in sessions
  • Films: Spanking the Monkey , I Went Down
  • Books – well-written, plot-driven novels (Stevenson, Dickens, Austen, Fielding, Patrick McCabe) In general, I’m not that crazy about artsy style-driven writing

I play a Castagnari Tommy accordion, handmade in Recanati, Italy. I think they’re just great, deserving of their fine reputation. Feel free to┬ácontact me┬áregarding where to find ‘em!

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