It resembles an expanding suitcase, but in Dan Newton’s hands the ungainly accordion becomes an instrument of remarkable poise and grace. Daddy Squeeze, as Newton is known, is as close to a true minstrel as we have in this area, spreading his squeezable joy wherever he can find an audience. He’s the rare musician who can travel from “A Prairie Home Companion” to nightclubs to senior residences to cafes literally without skipping a beat.”
- Keith Goetzman, tcmusic.net
Since 1987, accordionist Dan Newton has been dazzling audiences everywhere with his sparkling skills and vast repertoire. A performance by Dan is like a one-man festival of world music. With a command of styles ranging from French Musette to Latin and Tex-Mex, Cajun and Zydeco to Blues and Swing, and Celtic to Country, Dan proves to be no ordinary accordion player. He uses his astonishing squeeze-box prowess to support a warm, inviting vocal style and seasons his performance with stories that are both humorous and enlightening.
Dan’s charming delivery and unique style makes him a popular performer on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” radio show. He has appeared at venues of all kinds, including the Lincoln Center in New York, festivals in San Antonio, Texas, Vienna, Austria, Finland, Winnipeg, California, Chicago, Boston, Maine, Wisconsin, Kansas, Iowa, and Minnesota.
Dan has a longstanding commitment to performing for the senior community. He presents an average of 100 shows per year at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and independent living residences. His repertoire includes popular “oldies”, old-time and polka, sing-alongs, country, and ethnic favorites.