Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton has been playing offbeat accordion music since 1987, when he won the Nebraska State Accordion Contest at the Czech Festival in Wilber, Nebraska. He has used the squeeze box for playing all kinds of music not normally associated with free-reed instruments, as well as standard accordion material.
Daddy Squeeze also enjoys mixing up styles and genres that don't generally seem compatible. "Music out of context", or "Ethno-clectic Bop" is the result of his gender-bending experiments with Celtic, Tex-Mex, Creole, Blues, Jazz, Scandinavian, Polka and pop music.
Tom is one of the Upper Midwest's leading performers on the uilleann pipes, the traditional bagpipe of Ireland. He was a member the early ‘90s group Clumsy Lovers (winner of the 1996 Minnesota Music Award for Best Traditional Music Group), as well as the groundbreaking Field Day. He has performed or recorded with Laura MacKenzie, Dean Magraw, Katie McMahon, Daithi Sproule, Dan “Daddy Squeeze” Newton, The HiBs, Chad McAnally, story teller Kevin Kling, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, St. Olaf Orchestra, Twin Cities Women’s Choir, and The Actors Theatre of Minnesota. Solo and in ensemble, Tom has been heard on Minnesota Public Radio’s “The Morning Show”, and “Midmorning” as well as KFAI Radio’s “Century Song”. He is a member of the Great Northern Irish Pipers’ Club (GNIPC), a non-profit organization devoted to fostering uilleann piping in the Upper Midwest. He teaches uilleann piping at The Center for Irish Music.