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Tony MacMahon (1939-2021)

Sorry to learn of the passing of one mighty man of music who I knew on and off since meeting Tony MacMahon when I was a kid in the 1960's in Chicago and various other places throughout the years where…

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Mrs. Eileen "Ma" Carroll (1929-2021)

Eileen Carroll (1929-2021) 

And just like the tune Liz wrote for her mom which she named Mrs. Carroll’s Strathspey — Ma Carroll — which is what I always called Mrs. Carroll in my mind — was the embodiment of those…

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Sister Mary and Joseph...

Sister Mary Elizabeth, a devoted follower of Mother Mary, passed away and made her way up to Heaven where she was met at the pearly gates by St. Peter. 

He welcomed her in and asked if she had any questions…

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Joe Burke (1939-2021) 

 

 

Talk of a surreal day on Saturday. I've been working on a 192 track audio project for nearly a year and am now about one-fifth the way through on the first draft of the liner notes. I…

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Yogi Berra Explains Irish Traditional Music (Trad)

 

Yogi Berra Explains Irish Traditional Music (Trad): 

Interviewer: Can you explain Trad? 

Yogi: I can't, but I will. 90% of all Trad is half improvisation. The other half is the part people play while others are playing something they never…

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Joe Biden & Kamala Harris!!

 

My fellow Americans, the people of this nation have spoken. 

They have delivered us a clear victory. A convincing victory. A victory for “We the People.” 

We have won with the most votes ever cast for…

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Brendan Mulkere (1942-2020)

 

I was on my first solo trip to Ireland to compete in the 1977 Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis - after a successful Fleadh, I had a notion to head over to London for a long weekend before going…

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Kevin Henry (1929-2020)

Years back in the corner confessional of the 6511 Club I was with Kevin Henry, his wife Pauline, the late Brendan & Theresa Williams — and behind the counter bartending, bantering, and holding court, was the late Jack Finan…

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Ten Albums

Pre-ramble: Musician Seán Montgomery and Irish Trad music radio presenter Maryann Keifer nominated me for a post-for-ten-days yokeybob album thingy.

I decided to expand it a wee bit as many of my friends don't know much about traditional Irish…

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BPT me arse...

I’ve been doing paid gigs since high school — the first sorta regular gig was with Liz Carroll at Ireland’s 32 here in Chicago on a Friday night — on the small stage right next to the pool table…

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Brian Dennehy...

Sorry to learn of the passing of Brian Dennehy. He was a brilliant actor and very lovely man who was as comfortable with a beer in hand as he was with a script. 

Back in 1984 (not the…

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Ed Ward...

Just learned the sad news that Edward J. Ward passed away earlier this morning. 

Two weeks ago Ed and Catherine Ward opened their home and hearts to Mick Moloney, Liz Carroll, and myself to be with Ed as…

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Jimmy Keane CelticMKE interview

Artist Spotlight: Piano Accordionist Jimmy Keane 

CELTIC MKE·TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2017 

You grew up around music & your parents encouraged you to play, but what drew you to the piano accordion? 

J: It is a bit odd…

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Trad Music Survey May 27-29, 2017 

Trad Music Survey May 27-29, 2017 

Surveyor/Pollster: Jimmy Keane 

100 Participants 

This was a non-scientific survey posted on social media and by direct outreach to some of my musician friends. 

Aside from cleaning up some text…

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A Mighty Squeeze!!

Hi Folks -- the best of the New Year to you! 

Just wanted to give you a sneak peek of a few upcoming shows:


Longtime friend and fellow accordionist John Williams and I are reprising: 

A Mighty

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40th...

Liz Carroll & Jimmy Keane circa 1995 Milwaukee Irish Fest

Next weekend marks the 35th Anniversary of the Milwaukee Irish Fest. The same weekend marks the 40th anniversary of myself and that young lady to my right, Liz Carroll --…

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May 13th...

"Would you be using your spade today? To tell you the truth I'm not. 
For I lent it to you fifty-five years ago and since then I never saw it." ;-))

Myself and my Granddad Paddy Lyne taken in New

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