|I was born in Chicago, Illinois, and moved to a small farm in Co. Cavan, Ireland when I was five months old. I divided my time growing up between the two places, studying accordion with Sean Donaghue in Ireland and Liz Carroll in Chicago, under whose tutelage I won the Midwest Fleadh Ceoil in the Junior and Senior Divisions. At Trinity College Dublin I spent my time hanging out in the Buttery Bar, where I ended up founding the Dublin University Traditional Music Society and writing a Guide to Dublin Pubs which became the object of a libel lawsuit by the Shelbourne Hotel. As a result I still have a thousand or so stacked in my apartment. Let me know if you want to buy one.Crazy about:
I play a Castagnari Tommy accordion, handmade in Recanati, Italy. I think they’re just great, deserving of their fine reputation. Feel free to contact me regarding where to find ‘em!