"Florence stands out for her commitment to the north Co. Clare traditional style of playing that she learned growing up in that area of western Ireland. Her playing always brought to mind my visits to Clare and Galway in years past, and evoked memories of great players like Chris Droney, Tony Crehan, Gerdie Commane and other players from an earlier generation.
Apart from her mastery of the instrument, Florence is a gifted teacher. We've offered concertina classes at the Friday Harbor Week for over ten years and have engaged several different instructors, all of them talented and famous, but no one has received the kind of very high praise from our students that Florence has had. Students comment on her patience and her ability to articulate not only the technical aspects but also the essence of the music. She's had a great influence on players of the concertina in our part of the country, and I can point to several here in Seattle who would count her as a major influence"
Fiddler, Guitarist, Composer & Artistic Director of the Friday Harbor Irish Music Week in Seattle, Washington.
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