Glad to be a part of this community. Apart from family and friends my life revolves around traditional Irish music. I run a similar community of people called www.tradconnect.com which seeks to connect traditional Irish musicians around the world. I spend my spare time writing about, listening to and playing music on fiddle and guitar.
I was born and grew up in Castlebar, Co.Mayo in the west of Ireland. Played guitar from a young age and as part of a family band. Played weddings, pubs, parties etc. My Dad played button accordion and was my first introduction to traditional Irish music. Didn't appreciate it in those early years. It took some time in London before it started to take hold. I emigrated to London in 1987 and took up fiddle under Pete Cooper initially and then Brendan Mulkaire a fiddle teacher from Clare. Have played it on and off over the years and have remained inspired from long nights in London in the company of Brendan Mulkere, Brian Rooney, All Ireland Fiddle and Bodhrán Champions Kevin Madden and Peter O' Brien, Tim O' Dowd, John & Caroline Blake, Lamond Gillespie, Declan Folan, Tommy Maree, Sharon & Claire Egan, Marian Gill and gang to name just a few. I could go on.
However devoting too much time to my professional career has left me an average but enthusiastic fiddle and guitar player. I have however been blessed over the years to have shared the company of the above musicians and in the process come to know and understand this music. So for now I try to improve my music and pursue my interest in writing by providing content for the site as we grow and develop. Living a family life in Dublin now with Angela and our three kids who are also learning music, on accordion, concertina and whistle.
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