“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
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
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
Walk on Boy
is at the Door
The Log Driver's
Solo UK Concerts
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 performanceshere
I have CDs for sale with samples to listen tohere.
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.
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
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
2010 - Folk clubs in Warwick, Islington, Swindon, Stortford and
workshops at the Hands on Music event, Concertinas at
2009 - Broadstairs (with fiddler Paul Friedman) and the Bell and
2008 - Towersey, Bradfield and Whitby festivals.
2007 - Sidmouth, Bradfield, Broadstairs and Whitby
2006 - Old Derby Gaol, Warwick and Ulverston