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Dan, an accordion player, grew up in the Hudson Valley town of Rhinebeck, a short train ride from the big city. He started out on a toy button accordion but by age seven was playing the real thing. His chief musical inspiration was Fr. Charlie Coen, then attached to a parish in nearby Red Hook. The musical priest instilled in Dan a passion for old-time traditional music played without flash or excessive speed. He has recorded a solo CD, an album with fiddler Dylan Foley and one with the band The Yanks. He currently lives in Dublin with his flute-playing wife Christina Dolphin and young daughter Saoirse.

  • Miss Thornton's, reel ; The bag of spuds, reel ; The limestone rock, reel / Dan Gurney ; Dylan Foley

Dylan Foley ; Dan Gurney / Unidentified photographer