Button accordion player Máirtín O’Connor has been performing Irish traditional music since the 1970s as a member of De Dannan and The Boys of the Lough, and he was a major force in the music behind Riverdance. A native of Galway, O’Connor has also crossed over into popular music as a session player for projects by Rod Stewart, Elvis Costello, Mark Knopfler, Townes Van Zandt, the Waterboys and many others. In their SMF debut, the Máirtín O’Connor Trio consists of O’Connor on accordion, Cathel Hayden on fiddle and banjo and Patrick Doocey on guitar. The Irish Times writes: “Genius is an overused word, but it sits lightly on the shoulders of Galwegian accordionist and tune composer Máirtín O’Connor…His impish, quizzical style is as distinctive as a fingerprint.”
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