Irish Musicians in The Bronx

Irish Musicians in The Bronx – a Brief Oral History

Donie Ryan, banjo

Donie Ryan, banjo

Donie Ryan was born and raised in County Tipperary and learned music from a number of members of his family, including his father and uncle. 

After playing sessions around home for a number of years, he brought his banjo overseas and toured through France, Germany and the United States. 

In this interview, Donie talked about his time playing Irish music in continental Europe, sessions in New York City, and discussed the particulars of the banjo in traditional music.  Also, he played a number of tunes on the banjo both solo, and with John Redmon on the button accordion.

Here is a clip of Donie playing a set of tune on the tenor banjo:

Here is a clip of Donie playing a set of tunes with John Redmond on button accordion:

Written by bronxtunes

September 8, 2010 at 9:59 am

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