Mary Lou Murelaga Guerricabeitia

2016 - Mary Lou Guerricabeitia in the Basque Museum & Cultural Center.

Mary Lou began playing accordion in 1954, at nine years of age. Like her sister, Josephine, she began taking lessons from Kelland Clark. Soon afterward, her father started teaching her Basque songs that he had known by heart for years. He taught her a number of old jotasporrusaldas, and marches. As a member of the Oinkari Basque Dancers from 1960 to 1964, Mary often joined with Dave Lachiondo, Ray Mansisidor, and Jim Jausoro to accompany the dancers. Mary Lou has been playing at family get-togethers since 1964 and performed at Jaialdi' 87. Since the late 1980s, Mary Lou has been busy playing both the button accordion and piano accordion at various festivals, for gatherings at the Basque Museum and for Basques who are homebound or in assisted living. She also sings with the Biotzetik Basque Choir.

Mary Lou includes in her list of musical instruments, the spoons, bones, the ukulele, the guitar, and the tambourine. She has taught songs to the Boise'ko Gasteak (Boise's 2-13 year old dance group) dancers for fifteen years1. She is also one of the key sources for the research of Basque music and musicians in the Basque Museum & Cultural Center.

Basque Music of Boise, Tradizioa bizirik...The tradition lives!CD, Basque Museum & Cultural Center, 1995.

1960's - Mary Lou Murelaga

1990's - Mary Murelaga and Ray Mansisidor, Paseo.

Audio Recording: 
Jota, M. Murelaga Guerricabeitia/M. Berriochoa, 1.
Porrusalda, M. Murelaga Guerricabeitia/M. Berriochoa, 1.