Episode 93: Jimmy Mullarkey (Accordion)
'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 dances. 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.
In this episode Jimmy plays:
George White's and The Galway Rambler
The Haunted House Set
The Stone of Destiny
The Sally Gardens and The Sligo Maid
('...two of the old favourites I learned when I was growing up...')
The picture of Jimmy that we're using for this episode was taken by Ian Stewart - thanks for permission to use it, Ian.
The players you can hear on the audio recorded at Tangambalanga are Jimmy, Joe Fitzgerald, Jamie Molloy, Jody Moran, Gerry McKeague, Edel McBride, Kit Joyce, Declan Simpson, John Joe Noonan, Paul Gallagher, Ian Stewart and others. Apologies to anybody I've missed - it was that kind of weekend.
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