Tony Lawless
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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 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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Traditional Irish Music Album of the Year, 2014

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 3:30pm 3 Comments

I should have posted this a bit earlier in the year as we announced it in late February.  For those of you that have an interest in traditional Irish music I run a traditional Irish music website called…


Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840 - Now Showing at Art Institute of Chicago

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840, opened at the Art Institute of Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2015, with a special ribbon-cutting featuring bagpipes and local…


Film Review: 'The Irish Pub'

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 5:30pm 7 Comments

The Irish Pub is an absolute gem of a movie that should be seen by everyone.  In an age when we are hooked by the latest box sets from HBO, Netflix or RTE, this film stands alone as the finest example of documentary film making that has come our way in quite a…


When Storytelling and Music Collide

Posted on August 18, 2013 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

Drawing in your audience with an alluring description of the tunes you will be playing is a wonderful addition to the art of music. We had the pleasure of seeing the great Brendan Begley recently at the Harcourt Sessions in Dublin and he shows just how important this is when doing a live…


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At 3:21pm on August 7, 2013, Bit Devine said…

Céad míle fáilte, Tony...Welcome to the New Wild Geese. We look forward to getting to know you and your "Irish" story

At 3:33pm on August 7, 2013,
Founding Member
Nollaig 2016

Welcome aboard Tony.

At 3:35pm on August 7, 2013, Bit Devine said…

Musicians are always welcome, mo chara. How long have you been fiddlig around? ;-)

At 11:56pm on August 9, 2013,
Joe Gannon

Welcome, Tony. My wife and I just in Mayo for two weeks in June and did some shopping in Castelbar and also passed though it several times going to and from our cottage. A lovely town.

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