Bernardo Yanci

Bernardo Yanci was born in 1926 in Lesaka, Navarre, on the Spanish side of the Basque Country. He was an accomplished accordion player and also was a regular performer at Basque celebrations throughout the Great Basin. He was one of the most notable Basque-American musicians who played a key part of in the preservation of Basque music in the States.


Txantxangorriak (which means robin in Basque) was formed in April 2001 after watching a group of triki and pandero players from Gipuzkoa (Txorimaloak) who were invited by the Jaialdi Committee to participate in Jaialdi 2000.

Josephine "Jo" Murelaga Dickinson

Josephine Murelaga, in the center, playing a Galleazi and Sons 1920's accordion.

Anne Marie Mansisidor

Anne Marie Mansisidor in Haley.

Anne Marie Mansisidor began playing the button accordion (trikitixa) in her thirties. Prior to the accordion, her music background was with the clarinet and piano lessons in school.  Because of her experience with the piano, one would think that Anne Marie would play the piano accordion, but she ended up playing the button accordion because of the strong influence of her father, Ray Mansisidor, and his playing of the button accordion throughout her lifetime.

Dan Ansotegui

2016 - Dan Ansotegui with the Txantxangorriak in the Winnemucca Basque Festival.

Vicente Lizaso "Chispero"

Vicente "Chispero" Lizaso was born on July 17, 1890, in Lekeitio, Bizkaia. He came to the United States and settled in Jordan Valley in 1908 where he worked in the sheep business until moving to Boise in 1911. Chispero played both button and piano accordion and could often be found playing at the Madarieta boarding house. He was one of the earliest musicians in the history of Boise Basque music and also played in Jordan Valley and Mountain Home in the early days for dances.  Chispero continued to play for family gatherings until 1956.

Valen Letemendi Echevarria

1955 -Valen Letemendi - JUHC - Book 29 -00334

Angela Bicandi Larrinaga

1949- Angela Bicandi Larrinaga, playing for youngsters, during the Song of the Basque weekend. JUHC - Bk 42 -00176.

Angela was born on Feb. 12, 1931, in Boise, Idaho. She had a deep and long-lasting love of music. During her studies at St. Teresa’s Academy in Boise, Angela learned to play the accordion. For many years she played at various dances, Basque social events and for a short time, with the Oinkari Basque Dancers. 

Angeles Aldape Murelaga

Angeles (Aldape) Murelaga at Jaialdi 1995.

Pedro Juan Etchamendy

Pedro Juan Etchamendy playing accordion.

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