As much as the ukulele is the Stannah stairlift of musical instruments, there’s something automatically thrilling and terrifying at the sight of a real-live button accordion. 

For noted comedienne Sharon Mannion (Bridget & Eamon, Copperface Jacks: The Musical), growing up in deepest, darkest Roscommon proved the perfect breeding ground for such fears, as she proves in her hilarious one-woman show, The Curse Of The Button Accordion. 

Having visited The Whale recently as part of the improv comedy troupe she formed with Joe Rooney (Father Ted) and Danny Kehoe (Moone Boy), Mannion is on home turf here – literally – with a play all about a young woman trying to impress her ex-showband star pops and her country-music-loving mum by stepping out with her shiny new button accordion. Her ticket to fame and parental love soon begins to turn sour though, as Frank The Accordion starts to get the upper hand. 

As all accordions eventually do, of course. 

It’s a play as ridiculous and hilarious as it sounds. Which may explain why it’s been touring the country to enthusiastic auditoriums for the last six months. 

And now it’s Greystones’ turn, as The Curse of The Button Accordion comes to The Whale on Friday 15th February. Just, you know, bring some jazz for the walk home. Just to get your head back in line.



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