Irish Musicians in The Bronx

Irish Musicians in The Bronx – a Brief Oral History

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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

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