I love music and have a great interest in people with stories to tell of the older days of singing and music. I was brought up in a very musical house with sessions on a very regular basis. Local musicians would gather for an all night song and dance affair.
I love all the fleadhs and festivals and enjoy mixing with fellow musicians. My Grandfather, Paddy Doorhy played with the first Ballinakill ceili band and he also played fiddle with the first Leitrim ceili band, he was known far and wide throughout Ireland and won many awards at fleadhs and festivals.He also wrote a few tunes, one of which is widely known throughout Ireland and is called the Leitrim Jig. My Dad, also Paddy,came from Loughrea and he played drums with the great accordion player Joe Burke for many years, and he even got a chance to tour America with him.My mum Kathleen who also plays a touch of music met my dad by following the group to different venues.She was brought up with the Irish language and came from Carraroe, Co.Galway.
Dad is totally my inspiration and hero. He thought me drums from knee high on pub gigs where I would sit on his knee and drum for him. I wrote a song for him on my CD called Dear Dad.