I have been known to play a 2-Row / 3 Row / 5 Row button accordions and also the piano accordion,
winning several All-Ireland titles, Oireachtas na Gaeilge titles and winner of the accordion section in the last Feis Carman in 1956. I acted as an adjudicator at many Fleadhanna over the years. I was taught by George Ross with whom I played on the Mayglass Céilí Band. I also arranged the piano accompaniments and selections of tunes for the Pride of Erin L.P. featuring this Wexford Céili Band. In later years I was a member of the Tuskar Quartet which broadcast on Ceili House on many occasions. The quartet was comprised of Gerry Forde, fiddle, George Ross, button accordion, Conor Geoghegan, flute and Liam Gaul, piano.
As well as playing traditional music I studied classical piano and composition at university level graduating from University of Limerick, N.U.I. (Maynooth) and the Open University. In latter years I have researched and written six books mainly of a historical nature with two of them, Masters of Irish Music and Glory O!, Glory O!, the life of P.J. McCall dealing with Irish music matters.
During the summer months of July and August I present a radio series on South East Radio entitled Happy Talk on which I talk with interesting local people on local history, music both traditional and classical.
The late George Ross was a virtuoso button accordionist whose performances were enjoyed by a vast audience both at concert, céili, radio or on his 4 78 r.p.m. recordings from 1957. Alas! the memory of such a giant of the accordion world is fast fading into the mists of musical time.