The trio comprised of guitarist and vocalist Robbie Oâ€™Connell, accordionist Mick Moloney, and piano accordionist Jimmy Keane formed in the mid 1980s after playing together with the Green Fields of America tour. They collaborated with fiddle virtuoso Liz Carroll to create There Were Roses in 1985, and then released KilKelly in 1987 as a trio.
Described as â€œa national treasure,â€ by Irelandâ€™s top music magazine, Waterford-born guitarist and vocalist Robbie Oâ€™Connell played with the Clancy Brothers off and on throughout the 1990s.
Equally qualified as a musician and anthropologist, Irish-American immigrant Mick Moloney has recorded and/or produced over forty traditional Irish albums, has advised for hundreds of American festivals and concerts. Moloney has also taught at multiple American universities, been featured on PBS, Irish Television, and American Public Television, and holds some of the most prestigious awards in his field.
London native piano accordionist, composer, producer, and arranger Jimmy Keane has been considered the â€œsavior of the piano accordion.â€ Starting his musical career with five consecutive All-Ireland championships, Keane has since recorded and performed with nearly all of the living greats of Irish music.
Chicago-born All-Ireland fiddle champion and National Heritage Award winner, Liz Carroll is considered one of the world’s leading Celtic fiddlers and composers. Named 2001’s "Traditional Artist of the Year,â€ by the Irish Echo, Carroll has become internationally recognized for her dazzling style and original tunes, many of which have entered the traditional repertoire here and abroad.