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Denis Murphy, 1910–1974

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Joe Madden's Orchestra [Back row: unidentified, guitar ; unidentified, guitar ; Tommy Brady, drums ; Sam Lamby, saxophone ; Jerry Cooney, saxophone. Front row: Jack Coen, flute ; Denis Murphy, fiddle ; Paddy Reynolds, fiddle ; unidentified, singer ; Joe Madden, accordion ; unidentified, trumpet ; unidentified, saxophone] / Unidentified photographer. New York, 1966. Image courtesy Joanie Madden.

One of the fiddlers Charlie Mulvihill played a lot with was Denis Murphy, a native of Lisheen, County Kerry who spent much of the years from 1942 to 1965 in New York. Murphy is known today as one of the great champions of Sliabh Luachra polkas and slides, but in the Big Apple he fitted in well with the Sligo-style fiddle players of the Bronx and even recorded a few 78 sides for Frank Fallon’s Celtic label, some with flute player Charlie Higgins in the Ballinamore Céilí Band.

Now playing: Fisherman's hornpipe ; Welch's hornpipe / Denis Murphy, fiddle ; unidentified, piano
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    Fisherman's hornpipe ; Welch's hornpipe / Denis Murphy, fiddle ; unidentified, piano

Denis Muphy ; Charlie Mulvihill ; James Lad O'Beirne / Unidentified photographer
Denis Muphy ; Charlie Mulvihill ; James Lad O'Beirne / Unidentified photographer
Denis Murphy, fiddle ; Charlie Mulvihill, accordion ; James Lad O'Beirne, fiddle / Unidentified photographer. New York, 1950s.
 
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Denis Muphy ; Charlie Mulvihill ; James Lad O'Beirne / Unidentified photographer

Denis Muphy ; Charlie Mulvihill ; James Lad O'Beirne / Unidentified photographer

Denis Muphy ; Charlie Mulvihill ; James Lad O'Beirne / Unidentified photographer

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Members of the Irish Musician's Association NYC, 1960s / Unidentified photographer
Members of the Irish Musician's Association NYC, 1960s / Unidentified photographer
Members of the Irish Musician's Association NYC, 1950s [Back row: Denis Murphy, fiddle ; Peggy Riordan, fiddle ; unidentified, fiddle ; Joe Lamont, fiddle ; unidentified, fiddle ; unidentified, fiddle ; unidentified, fiddle ; unidentified, fiddle ; Eddie McKenna, Jim Morrison, fiddle. Midde row: unidentified ; Joe Carr, guitar ; Joe Mills, accordion ; Bernie Monahan, accordion ; Jim Coogan, accordion ; Gerry Campbell, accordion ; Gene Kelly, accordion. Front row: John Slattery, flute ; Barney Flynn, flute ; Jackie Riordan ; John King, flute ; Mae Kelly, fiddle] / Unidentified photographer. New York, 1950s.
 
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Members of the Irish Musician's Association NYC, 1960s / Unidentified photographer

Members of the Irish Musician's Association NYC, 1960s / Unidentified photographer

Members of the Irish Musician's Association NYC, 1960s / Unidentified photographer

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