Irish Musicians in The Bronx

Irish Musicians in The Bronx – a Brief Oral History

Bernadette Fee, fiddle

Bernadette Fee (fiddle), John Redmond (accordion)

Bernadette Fee (fiddle), John Redmond (accordion)

Bernadette Fee is a talented fiddler and champion Irish dancer.  Raised in Astoria, she has been on the Irish music scene for decades, and currently runs a number of sessions around the New York City area.  She can also be found playing with the group Morning Star.

Bernie stopped by Lehman College on September 18, 2008 to discuss the role of music in her family, and to play a few tunes with our own John Redmond.  In the interview, she talked about the importance of Irish culture to her immigrant parents, and her personal route to the violin.  She talked about her dancing, and a few of the accolades she has earned.

Bernie also brought up the wonderful environment in which she learned the fiddle as a child, and the older generation of New York City musicians and dancers who helped her and acted as mentors and role models.  She and Artist in Residence John Redmond also played three sets of tunes.

Selected excerpts:

Here is Bernie solo playing a set of tunes:

Here is Bernie talking about learning the fiddle from Maureen Glynn and others:

Here is a brief clip of Bernie and John playing another set:

Written by bronxtunes

September 10, 2010 at 12:07 am

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