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MUSICIANS


The following is a list of traditional Irish musicians with whom Jeff performs:





     



James Keane (accordion)
-James was born to a musical family in Drimnagh, Dublin, and took up the button accordion at the age of six.  He spent his youth surrounded by some of the giants of Irish traditional music; Seamus Ennis, Leo Rowsome, Sonny Brogan and many more.  As a teen, he co-founded the famous Castle Ceili Band, which played to sold out dance halls all over Ireland.  Jeff and James have been performing together at festivals and concerts since 2005.  For more information about James Keane, visit his website at:  www.jameskeane.com








John Williams (accordion, concertina, flute, whistle)
- Born and raised in Chicago, John is a button accordion and concertina player of enormous integrity and respectability.  He received his music from his father Brendan and grandfather Johnny from Doolin, County Clare and has won five All-Ireland titles to his credit.  John was a founding member of the band Solas and he appeared in and composed music for the motion picture Road to Perdition.  Jeff & John have performed together at the Austin Celtic Festival since 2010.  Visit John's website for more info:  www.johnwilliamsmusic.com




 



Johnny B. Connolly (accordion, melodeon)
- Dublin accordion player Johnny B. Connolly and Jeff have been performing together since October 2007 and future tours are currently in the works for this exciting duet. Johnny (now living in Portland OR) is widely known for his Green Linnet album “Bridgetown” and his work with Kevin Burke, Ged Foley, Patrick Ourceau and Aidan Brennan. For more info about Jeff & Johnny, visit their webpage Listen to audio samples below:

* Hamhill Reels
* Fairhaired Boy



 



Christopher Buckley (fiddle)
- Jeff and Christopher performed together in Cluan and continue to collaborate musically for duo performances as well as in trad trio Aidan. Christopher has been playing Irish fiddle since the age of fourteen and has won numerous Fleadh Cheoil awards. In recent years he has joined with Cluan bouzouki player Charles Branch and bodhran player & builder Rob Forkner to form the fabulous trad trio The Tea Merchants.







Jon Milton (flute) - Jon arrived in Austin by way of Lubbock TX and is a sterling performer of the Irish flute and whistle as well as a respected instructor and lecturer on the music.  He and Jeff have performed together as a duet since 2010 and most recently now with trad trio Aidan.  For more information about Jon, visit his website at  www.jonmilton.com



 



Ken Fleming (tenor banjo, accordion, concertina)
- Ken is a phenomenal musician and an emissary of traditional Irish music in the Dallas/Ft Worth area. He was a founding member of the Southwest Celtic Music Association and is currently the director of the Traditional Irish Music Education Society (TIMES) which hosts the O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat as well as regular tune sessions and concerts at Trinity Hall Irish Pub in Dallas TX, where he and Jeff have performed together since 2004.







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