Hailing from Eyrecourt in County Galway, Martin Mulhaire grew up in a musical family. His father, Tommy Mulhaire, played several instrume...
Hailing from Eyrecourt in County Galway, Martin Mulhaire grew up in a musical family. His father, Tommy Mulhaire, played several instruments including the fiddle and tin whistle. Martin started on the fiddle, but eventually turned to the accordion at age fourteen. He learned his early repertoire primarily by listening to other traditional musicians and later went on to win an all Ireland on the button accordion in the fifties. Martin visited the United States in 1958 as a member of The Tulla Ceili Band and stayed on. He is a renowned accordion player but he is equally well know as a composer. Included on Martin's CD, Warming Up, are seven of his compositions, recorded with Seamus Connolly, Jack Coen and Felix Dolan. Like all good tunes in the traditional idiom, they sound old. That's why Irish traditional musicians like them and want to play them. Already several of Martin's tunes have become standard session tunes on both side of the Atlantic.