A trio of awesome virtuosity and drive – the legendary Joe Burke on accordion, piper Michael Cooney, and singer/guitarist Terry Corcoran.
Joe Burke, East Galway accordion player, has influenced innumerable box players worldwide through his illustrious career.
From his first public performance in 1955 to current recordings and tours, Burke has held a special place in the rolls of Irish traditional musicians. Known for his stylish use of triplets and rolls, he was been the recipient of awards such as the AIB Traditional Musician of the Year Award 1997and Gradam An Chomhaltais 2003.
A well-loved and respected teacher, Burke has offered his expertise to students from Co. Leitrim, Ireland to Paris, France, Dallas, Texas and various logging and fishing towns in Alaska.
He frequently performs with his wife, accordion and guitar player Anne Conroy Burke and has recorded with many musical greats including Andy McCann and Felix Dolan, Sean Maguire and Josephine Keegan, Michael Cooney and Terry Corcoran, Charlie Lennon, Frankie Gavin, Kevin Burke, Brian Conway, Noreen O’Donoghue and Mike Rafferty.
Tipperary native uilleann piper Michael Cooney came from a family of pipers as his father and uncles were highland pipers in the Sean Tracey Pipe Band, founded by his grandfather and great-uncles. At a very young age, Cooney’s father took him all over the country for the best musical instruction available.
His early teachers included legendary fiddler Sean Ryan, and tin whitsle player Dan Cleary, the leader of the Ballinamere Ceili Band. During the folk revival of the early 1970s, Cooney received his first set of pipes. Because pipers were few and far between in the hills of Tipperary, Cooney learned his repertoire from local accordion and fiddle players and his piping techniques from the recordings uilleann pipe legends Willie Clancy and Seamus Eagan.
In the 1980s, Cooney won several All-Ireland solo championships in both the pipes and whistle competitions and toured the US with Andy McGann, Paddy Reynolds, and Joe Burke. In 1986, the duo released an album, Happy to Meet, Sorry to Part (Green Linnet) with the accompaniment of guitarist and vocalist Terry Corcoran. Since then, Conney recorded his first solo effort A Stone’s Throw (Green Linnet) featuring Sligo fiddler Kevin Burke.
Singer/guitarist Terry Corcoran has been featured on albums such as the Smithsonian Folkways’ Classic Maritime Music (2004), and Green Linnet’s Celtophile collection’s The Celts Rise Again (1998), and has worked with button accordion player Larry Egan among others.