Johnny Mickey Barry

Johnny Mickey Barry (?-1981) was a concertina player from Toureendarby, northeast of Newmarket. He played in a “two-handed” style–that is, he played the upper and lower octaves simultaneously which gave a richer and louder sound. He had a great store of tunes from his teacher Tom Billy Murphy. Toureendarby box player Timmy O’Connor considered himself Barry’s pupil, and Jackie Daly gave credit to him as an influence on his first LP.

Learned from: Tom Billy Murphy
Taught: Timmy O’Connor
Played with: DD Cronin, Jim Keeffe, Jackie Daly

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