Mike Preston R.I.P.

Mike Preston R.I.P.

I just found out that Mike Preston, a Flute player from County Sligo who played for years with the old Tulla Ceili Band before emigrating to New York in 1961 passed away yesterday Friday. He was around 82 years old, the ame age as his long-time friend Mike Rafferty from Galway with whom I visited Preston in his nursing home. just on Thursday morning the day before. Rafferty was able to play a few tunes for Preston who was clearly failing though he tried to talk to us but it wasn’t possible to make out what he was saying. He certainly responded to the music as he smiled and moved his head from side to side.
Don’t have any funeral details yet but he will likely be buried back in Ireland with his wife Dotie, who predecessed him in 2001 and was buried in Gort.
Paul

Re: Mike Preston R.I.P.

That is sad news. Poor Mike Rafferty lost one of his best friends, Joe Madden, and now Mike Preston. But the impact that they had on Irish music will never be forgotten.