Traditional Irish Music
As a child Séamus fell in love with traditional Irish music at his home near Mullagh village in West Clare. Josie Mooney, a very good fiddler, used to play at house dances there and throughout West Clare.
As well as Josie, Séamus remembers many other visitors such as Leo Gorman an accordion player from Miltown Malbay, Willie Callanan on tin whistle and concert flute from Quilty, Michael Kelleher, Ennistymon and Paddy Killoughery, near the Cliffs of Moher both great fiddle players. Then there was Mrs Crotty, Willie Clancy, Bernie Normoyle, Joe Cunneen, John Fennell, JP Downes, Michael Falsey and many more.
Séamus played in the seventies with Gus Tierney of the Kilfenora Ceili Band. He moved from West Clare to Galway and was taught to play the accordion by Tommy Coen from Ballinakill, Galway. He also played with Joe Burke and spent a lot of time with Joe Cooley. Séamus based his playing style on the fiddle which was always Séamus's favourite instrument and he was influenced by the fiddlers Tommy Coen, Séamus Connolly and Seán McGuire.
Check out the Séamus Walshe website for more information on Séamus.
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