David DiGiuseppe is a multi-faceted performer who has been playing professionally since 1978. A nationally recognized accordionist, DiGiuseppe is known for his fiery and emotive playing and offers a variety of programs, including music from Celtic, French, Italian, and American traditions.
David currently tours the US with his New England-style contra dance bands Contrazz, FootLoose and The Ivory Boys. DiGiuseppe is also a member of the trio Craicdown performing acoustic roots music.
As a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and storyteller, David presents programs for schools, arts councils, libraries, and museums throughout the Carolinas, offering fun family concerts and educational lecture/performances on American and Carolina history.
A Brief History
DiGiuseppe’s musical career began at the tender age of three in the local barber shop, where he was often lifted onto a chair and encouraged to sing his favorite songs. At the impressionable age of eight, he was taking accordion lessons, becoming a model student at Petteruti’s School of Music in Providence, RI. By twelve, the accordion was in the closet and Beatles’ tunes could be heard emanating from his guitar.
David began playing professionally as a mandolinist in 1978 while living in Worcester, MA. Never content at doing too much of the same thing, from 1978-85 he performed with: Steamfoot, a bluegrass band; Castle Hill String Band, a bluegrass and jug band; Musique Noveaux, performing avant-garde classical music; Two Finger Snap, an acoustic jazz quartet; the Providence Mandolin Orchestra; and the Cambridge Harmonica Orchestra.
In 1985 he moved to Durham, NC where for three years he toured and recorded with the well-loved Big Zucchini Washboard Bandits, performing throughout the United States and Canada.
Since then he has performed with nationally acclaimed Cajun singer and songwriter J.J. Reneaux, singer and songwriter Jonathan Byrd, guitarist Danny Gotham, flutist Mike Casey, songwriter Tokyo Rosenthal, and many others.
In 1989 David received an Emerging Artists Grant from the Durham (NC) Arts Council to study Irish accordion styles with the noted Irish American musician Jimmy Keane.
In 2009 his composition Le Vin was nominated for a Just Plain Folks Music Award in the World Song category.
David is featured on many recordings, including his release Movin’ on, his second CD Welcome to Heaven…, and his first solo recording South of Andromeda. Reviewer John O’Regan of Ireland wrote, “a player of immense talent and vision, David is a musician worth encountering”.
With his band FootLoose, he has released four recordings—Trip to the Moon and FootLoose, both collections of contra dance music; Everdance, a compilation of waltzes; and Steppin’ Out, a collection of couples dance music.
Dance! Dance! Dance! features the high-energy contra dance music of his band Contrazz.
Drawing from both traditional sources as well as penning much of their own material, Craicdown’s debut CD entitled Roads features both songs and instrumental pieces ranging in style from Americana to reggae-sounding vocals, from Celtic influenced jigs and reels to the music of Brazil and Argentina.
David has published four books for the accordion through Mel Bay Publishing. His newest, Learn Blues Accordion is a one-of-a-kind method book teaching how to play blues on the squeezebox.
The Mighty Accordion–The Complete Guide to Mastering Left Hand Bass/Chord Patterns is a unique and much-needed guide to playing the bass side of the accordion, offering a comprehensive collection of progressive exercises for learning and mastering bass/chord patterns.
100 Tunes for Piano Accordion is an extensive collection of reels, jigs, hornpipes and polkas from the French Canadian, Cape Breton, Scottish, Shetland, New England, and Southern Old Time traditions.
David’s first book 100 Irish Tunes for Piano Accordion is a collection of traditional Irish jigs and reels arranged for the accordion.