Tony MacMahon Biography (Wikipedia)
Tony MacMahon ( Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland, 18 April 1939) is an Irish button accordion player and radio and television broadcaster.
Tony MacMahon's chief early inspiration, accordionist Joe Cooley, was a frequent caller at the MacMahon home from 1949 until 1954, when Cooley left Ireland for the USA. MacMahon has described the memory of Cooley's music as being "embedded in his DNA.". Other influences from the locality were piper Willie Clancy and fiddler Bobby Casey.
In 1957 MacMahon moved to Dublin to train as a teacher, where he came into contact with accordionist Sonny Brogan and fiddler John Kelly. Travelling in North America in 1964, in both New York and Dublin, he shared a flat with piper and singer Seamus Ennis, whom he credits as an important influence on his playing of slow airs.
MacMahon plays the accordion in the "press-and-draw" style of his mentor Joe Cooley. He is regarded as an exceptionally powerful performer, particularly of slow airs, and has been described as an "iconic figure in traditional music circles". His own attitude to his music, and his chosen instrument, can be ambivalent, however: "I wouldn’t regard my own music either as traditional or indeed anything to write home about. [...] For longer than I care to remember, I have hacked my way through tunes of beauty and tenderness on stage."
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