"We have been so lucky to have Flo teach at the South East Tionól for the past three years. Flo has the ability to instruct beginners as well as advanced concertinists in the same class at our small annual workshop. Each student has walked away with the confidence, technique and musicality to become a better traditional Irish musician all thanks to Flo. The tunes she chooses to teach and perform come from the very essence of her upbringing and the rich concertina tradition of County Clare. She truly has the gift to communicate her love for the instrument and the music of her home... We are looking forward to having Flo teach at the 2013 South East Tionól in Orlando, Florida"
 Kathleen Cavanagh  South East Tionól Organizer

"Among the minority of younger players who continue to sustain the older dialects of Clare are Jacqui McCarthy, Florence Fahy, Breeda Green, Louise Pyne, and Francis Droney"  
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 "Clare -The Heartland of Irish Concertina



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Tune For September

The Maids Of Castlebar - Reel ​

Hello all and welcome back for this months tune!  With the shorter days coming and the cooler evenings approaching, I will admit it is one of my favourite times of the year.  All things Autumn make me smile, the weather, the hot drinks, warm dinners, cozy Sundays watching games and most of all pumpkin pie with lashings of whipped cream!! ;-)

My daughter Leah started Kindergarten and it is hard to believe that she is already 5!!! Where did the years go?  I had many mixed emotions sending her off. A few tears after I said my goodbyes so she wouldn't see me being silly ;-)  She is so ready for the challenge, yet it was hard letting her go in a way.  It felt like I was losing a little piece of her that I know we had shared these past 5 wonderful years....Almost felt like I wasn't ready to share her yet :-) I am excited for all she will learn and experience and watching her grow and learn is a fabulous thing. She is doing so well and is really enjoying it so far and we couldn't be more proud of her.  I think her little brother is starting to miss playing with her though.  He wanders around now from room to room looking into what mischief he can possible get himself into and what he can climb on when mommy is not looking! It is time to enjoy my time with him now too and make some lovely memories. 

The tune I have picked for this month is a tune I first heard way back when I started competing at age 11 in the  concertina competitions in Ireland.  I have been in love with the reel ever since because it is so musical and bright and happy and lively.  It just catches your attention and stays with you and rightly so.

My wonderful dad's birthday is the end of September and I chose this reel as a tribute to him as I know how much he loves this tune!  I can hear him say "that's a grand reel".  I always know how much he likes a tune when I hear these words. Happy Birthday Month, DAD.  Love you lots xxxx 

I hope you enjoy learning this one!!! 

Happy Fall everyone!!


  • An Buachalán buí .mp32:20

  • The Maids Of Castlebar - Slower1:49


  • The Rookery - Vincent Broderick1:39

  • Garda's Cap1:29

  • Second Victory Jig 2:04

  • Gooseberry Fair Reel.mp31:45

  • The Elusive Magpie2:18

  • Paddy Cronin's Reel1:02

Florence Fahy

  • Dinny O Briens Jig1:23

  • Scoraiochtar1:02

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  • The Smiling Lady1:35

  • The Foggy Morning2:12

On RTE's Raidio na Gaeltachta on the 16th of July last, I was delighted that tracks from my concert was played on Aine Henessey's show "Draíocht an Chonsairtín". I know many of you have asked me for photos and videos of the night and I am trying to source both! The concert was recorded at this past "Consairtin" festival which took place in Ennis in April of this year and which I played for the opening concert on the Thursday night.  I was accompanied by the great Garry O Bhriain on mandocello and I had my student who was attending the classes at the festival Niamh McGillacuddy join me for a tune!  Enjoy listening!  

Below is the radio show link and if you are not familiar with Irish, Google does offer to translate the page or hit the green button that says  "Eist anois". At first, the show has the "nuacht' or "news" in Irish so the actual show starts time is around the 5 minute mark :-)   


Raidio na Gaeltachta, July 16th, "Draoicht An Consairtin"