What are folks saying about my music?

“What a refreshing sound!” - Sing out!

“Brilliant concertina player” -
Vin Garbutt

"Fab" -
Heather Wood

"Supremely entertaining" -
Colin Dipper

“You went down very well and we took you to our hearts” - Clive Pownceby, Bothy Folk Club

“Amazing concertina player from America. Really swings. You’ve got to be a truly great Anglo concertina player to be able to get music like that out of the squeezebox. Great stuff” - Mike Harding

“Thank you for one of our best evenings entertainments. A fantastic evening at the Folk Club - Jody is a great communicator and musician. He held the audience in his hand for his whole performance." - John Cave, Seaford Folk Club

“Jody has a style all of his own and it's highly addictive. Not just a player but a great singer as well - old-time, rag time, music hall, a good time all around.” - John Bentham from Tigerfolk in Derbyshire

“Technical fireworks... exceptional skills... very exciting playing... he's able to make the anglo-concertina sound like a mouth organ... bending and blurring notes, so that his playing could never be mistaken for that of an English or even Irish player. ” - Rod Stradling, Musical Traditions

"Jody is an Anglo concertina virtuoso from the USA with a joyful, energetic & distinctive style; he's a master of American contra dance, old-time and music-hall. He's a fine singer. He writes stonkingly good tunes, too.” -
Lewes Saturday Folk Club

"Jody was excellent with a great presence, interesting and unusual songs and, for me as an anglo player, really inspiring box playing." - Colin Andrews in Devon's "What's Afoot"

"Jody’s songs were witty, gritty, true, humorous or full of pathos speaking of the human condition, interspersed with his charming introductions, which really drew such a keen interest. Throughout the evening Jody drew spontaneous participation from his listeners, he will definitely be booked again!" -
Eileen Ann Moore, Acorn Folk Club

"Jody's storytelling abilities through his music are captivating. His musicianship wonderful and playing unsurpassed". - Perry Werner

“It is very late Sunday night, and still I have your wonderful playing vividly in my mind. Believe me when I say that not in years have I enjoyed a live performance of any music--ANY MUSIC--as much as I did your presentation last Friday. You exude an ecstatic exuberance as you command/cajole/caress your concertina with energy found from the inmost part of your soul, your physical breath transmitted to the very reed itself. Your music had lilt, elegance, delight, grace, zest, and was so buoyant that its clarion call brought the audience to the art of Terpsichore.” - David Cannata

Fishing Blues


Walk on Boy


The Wolf
is at the Door


The Log Driver's
Waltz


Princess
Poo-Poo-Ly

Solo UK Concerts

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I sing vintage American songs and play tunes on the Anglo concertina. Though I’m from New York City, I love to perform across the pond where folks really appreciate what I’m up to. 

My concerts in England offer a warm and engaging solo presentation of traditional and popular American songs from yesteryear. From witty and humorous ditties to songs that explore the depths of the human condition, my singing tells American stories that are hilarious, gritty and true… stories of train wrecks and wrecked marriages, death row convicts and lonesome lovers, heroes, losers, swaggering braggarts, lazy slackers and slapstick fools. Plan to join in on the chorus.

My love affair with the concertina goes back thirty years. I play often at local New York contra dances with a number of bands. I’ve played extensively for morris and sword teams and also many Playford dances here in NYC.
Want to hear more?

Youtube video productions and live club performances here
I have CDs for sale with samples to listen to
here.
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2016 - St Neots Folk Club in Cambridgeshire, Admiral Benbow in Penzance, Black Diamond in Birmingham, Bothy Folk Club in Southport, Pete Coe House Concert in Ripponden, Kiveton Park, Calstock Arts Center, Dorking, Bracknell, Warwick Folk Club, Shammick Accoustic in Combe Martin, North Devon, Chesham Folk Club, Swindon Folk Club, Walthemstow Folk Club.

2015 - The Tiger in Derbyshire, Midway Folk Club in Stockport, Readifolk in Reading, Faversham Folk Club, Seaford Folk Club, Horsham Folk Club, Chichester Folk Club, Haverfolk in NE London, Orpington Folk Club in Kent.

2014 - Great Knight in Northampton, Dorking Folk Club, Old Oak Concerts in Derby, Electric Palace in Harwich, The Tump in Coventry, The Goose is Out in London, Lewes Saturday Folk Club, Nellie's in Tonbridge Kent, Ringwood folk Club in Hampshire, Admiral Benbow in Penzance, Bodmin Folk Club.

2013 - Uxbridge Folk Club, Swindon Folk Club, Towersey workshop and concert, Hoy at Anchor in Leigh on Sea, Folk at the Royal Oak in Lewes, Shammick Acoustic in Combe Martin, Devizes Folk Club.

2012 -
Tenterden Festival Kent, Haddenham Village hall Bucks, Bury St Edmunds OXJAM including a concertina workshop, Whitstable Labour Club Kent, Cambridge Folk Club, Cambridge BBC interview, Herga Folk Club Pinner, Baldock & Letchworth Hertfordshire, Seaford Folk Club East Sussex, The Tump Coventry.

2011 - Foc's'le Folk Club Southhampton, The Tump Coventry, Lewes Saturday Folk Club, Bell & Jorrocks Pub Frittenden, Faversham Folk Club, The Anchor Byfleet, Swindon Folk Club, Acorn Folk Club Minehead, Walthamstow Folk Club, workshop for the International Concertina association.

2010 - Folk clubs in Warwick, Islington, Swindon, Stortford and workshops at the Hands on Music event, Concertinas at Witney. 

2009 - Broadstairs (with fiddler Paul Friedman) and the Bell and Jorrocks Pub.

2008 - Towersey, Bradfield and Whitby festivals.

2007 - Sidmouth, Bradfield, Broadstairs and Whitby festivals. 

2006 - Old Derby Gaol, Warwick and Ulverston festivals.

Jody Kruskal's
UK Concert and Workshop Schedule, Past and Future
(Schedule Details)

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