tunebook 69 tunes.

grandson of thatchers, son of a lilter, jaws harp and box player, my family roots are in north mayo with dad (92) lisaniska/foxford and mum (90) tullnahoo/midfield with more scattered in mayo, kildare, dublin, yorkshire, suffolk, buckinghamshire, hampshire, surrey, kent, london, new york, canada and australia

i’m one of the london irish tradheads whose seen a few heads, heard a few heads, drunk a few with a few heads and played with a few …

‘‘ah it’s great crack - sure there’s nothing to beat the crack - especially on the periphery of the crack’’
paul gallagher 1999 (sligo - wooden flute and a great head and player)

love mum and dad for a truly splendid (old cultural style) rearing with ‘love of music and nature’ and knew both grandmothers as a kid - staying in our ancestrial cottage fetching water from the well up the field

early influences were dad with his dunlop reel to reel tapes (ceili’s off the radio) and showing me how to play miss mc’cloud’s reel on the organ (my first tune) - my first hippy guitar teacher, followed by tony (the swinging doors - one of my dad’s irish showbands), kevin boyle (le cheile), chet atkins, jimi hendrix, richie blackmore (deep purple - the colour of heather which i seek to preserve), dick gaughan, john etheridge, wizz jones, david byrne and kelly joe phelps

a special thanks to tommy 0’sullivan (sliabh notes) for showing me a revolutionary guitar tuning : cgcgcd (open c sus 2) after a mad session backstreets of east dulwich four decades ago - he claimed to have made it up but either way the harmonics still blow me away to this day

all of these have made me think about my ‘chosen’ more than i may of before or since .

a final word from dad ‘‘sure we’re only passing the time - and that’s all there is to it’’