Being asked to play for ‘Laochra ar Láir’ at Gradam Ceoil TG4 was a huge honour for me, especially as we (Westport/Mayo) lost the fantastic character Mick Lavelle recently. I remember Mick coming to our house when I was young and he’d instantly liven a session with a bit of diddling and then have everyone buckled laughing with one of his great stories or funny songs. He was naturally hilarious and twas always great to bump into him on the street and have the craic with him in Westport. He really will be so missed by everyone in Westport.






Mick Lavelle





Many years ago I remember meeting Éamon De Buitléir and he was very encouraging to me about my music. I was saddened to find out that Seán McNamara from the Liverpool céile band had also passed on in the last year. We were both on the same memorable Comhaltas tour back in 1991. On another Comhaltas tour that year I stayed with the great character that was Paddy Reynolds in Boston and I remember well the enormous spread of food and the session went on all night in his house. I also remember fondly Martin Fay from the Cheiftains. He was another great character that will be sorely missed. And of course I met Barney McKenna manys the time on the road, he was great craic. Antoninette McKenna was a wonderful harper who I had the pleasure of meeting and the harping world is sad to let her go.

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