Blarney Pilgrims Irish Music Podcast

Episode 93: Jimmy Mullarkey (Accordion)

March 15th, 2021  •  1 hr 3 mins  •  Download (58.6 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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'I could play reels all night if I knew enough of them.' Country Sligo in the '50s and '60s, to London then Sydney. Father, mother and uncle playing the fiddle, learning at country house dances and 'having a go myself.' Ceili House on Radio Athlone, and looking forward to Friday night house sessions. Falling in love with the accordion. Listening to the greats of the London scene; learning the box, digging trenches and labouring; Kentish Town and Holloway Road. Plenty of work in Sydney, and getting out and about playing for dancers.