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Martin Wynne, 1916–1998

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Tommy McCarey, fiddle ; Martin Wynne, fiddle ; Louis Quinn, fiddle / Unidentified photographer. New York, 1970s. Image courtesy Seán Quinn

Martin Wynne (1913–1998), from Everlawn, Bunninadden in south County Sligo, arrived in New York in 1948 after spending some years before and after the war in London, where he played with fiddler Joe O’Dowd in dance halls run by their fellow Sligo man Johnny Muldoon. Martin was immediately welcomed into New York’s elite Irish music circles among players who already knew his reputation as a composer of newly minted “traditional” melodies. A shy and retiring man, Wynne did not record or play in dance bands in New York. But he loved a good session and was always ready to share a tune with younger players, most notably Brian Conway, who credits Martin with teaching him the intricacies of the old Sligo bowing style. In 1989, Martin returned to Sligo, where he was made the honorary president of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, held that year in Sligo town.

Tim Fitzpatrick's reel / Vincent Harrison, fiddle ; Martin Wynne, fiddle ; Mick O'Connor, speech in English

Speech ; Martin Wynne's no. 2 [comp. Martin Wynne], reel ; Maud Miller, reel / Martin Wynne ; Vincent Harrison

Now playing: Martin Wynne, speech ; The lady on the island, reel ; Wexford lasses, reel / Martin Wynne, fiddle ; Jack McKenna, electric guitar
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  1. Martin Wynne, speech ; The lady on the island, reel ; Wexford lasses, reel / Martin Wynne, fiddle ; Jack McKenna, electric guitar

    Martin Wynne, speech ; The lady on the island, reel ; Wexford lasses, reel / Martin Wynne, fiddle ; Jack McKenna, electric guitar

  2. The bunch of keys, reel / James Lad O'Beirne, fiddle ; Martin Wynne, fiddle

    The bunch of keys, reel / James Lad O'Beirne, fiddle ; Martin Wynne, fiddle

  3. The boys of the lough, reel ; The lady on the island, reel / James Lad O'Beirne, fiddle ; Martin Wynne, fiddle

    The boys of the lough, reel ; The lady on the island, reel / James Lad O'Beirne, fiddle ; Martin Wynne, fiddle

  4. Untitled, hornpipe ; Lad O'Beirne's [comp. Ed Reavy], hornpipe / James Lad O'Beirne, fiddle ; Martin Wynne, fiddle

    Untitled, hornpipe ; Lad O'Beirne's [comp. Ed Reavy], hornpipe / James Lad O'Beirne, fiddle ; Martin Wynne, fiddle

  5. The boys of Ballisodare, hop jig ; Tommy Hunt's, hop jig / James Lad O'Beirne, fiddle ; Martin Wynne, fiddle

    The boys of Ballisodare, hop jig ; Tommy Hunt's, hop jig / James Lad O'Beirne, fiddle ; Martin Wynne, fiddle

  6. Jack McKenna, speech ; The humours of Castlefinn, reel / Jim McGowan, flute ; Martin Wynne, fiddle ; Jack McKenna, electric guitar

    Jack McKenna, speech ; The humours of Castlefinn, reel / Jim McGowan, flute ; Martin Wynne, fiddle ; Jack McKenna, electric guitar

  7. The echoes of Bunninadden [The king of the clans], reel ; The boys of Ballisodare, reel / James Lad O'Beirne, fiddle ; Martin Wynne, fiddle

    The echoes of Bunninadden [The king of the clans], reel ; The boys of Ballisodare, reel / James Lad O'Beirne, fiddle ; Martin Wynne, fiddle

The Turlough O'Carolan Irish music club / Unidentified photographer
The Turlough O'Carolan Irish music club / Unidentified photographer
The Turlough O'Carolan Irish music club [Back row, 3rd from left: Andy Conroy, flute ; Middle row, extreme right: Louis Quinn, fiddle ; Front row: Martin Wynne, fiddle ; unidentified, fiddle ; Vincent Harrison, fiddle ; unidentified, fiddle ; Paddy Reynolds, fiddle ; unidentified, fiddle, Seán Quinn, fiddle ; unidentified, fiddle ; Paddy Killoran, fiddle ; unidentified, fiddle ; James Lad O'Beirne, piano] / Unidentified photographer. New York, 1958. Image courtesy Seán Quinn.
 
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The Turlough O'Carolan Irish music club / Unidentified photographer

The Turlough O'Carolan Irish music club / Unidentified photographer

The Turlough O'Carolan Irish music club / Unidentified photographer

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Vincent Harrison ; Jack Coen ; Paddy Reynolds ; Martin Wynne / Deb Putman
Vincent Harrison ; Jack Coen ; Paddy Reynolds ; Martin Wynne / Deb Putman
Vincent Harrison, fiddle ; Jack Coen, fiddle ; Paddy Reynolds, fiddle ; Martin Wynne, fiddle / Deb Putman. Home of Tony De Marco, Staten Island, New York, 1990. Image courtesy Deb Putman.
 
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Vincent Harrison ; Jack Coen ; Paddy Reynolds ; Martin Wynne / Deb Putman

Vincent Harrison ; Jack Coen ; Paddy Reynolds ; Martin Wynne / Deb Putman

Vincent Harrison ; Jack Coen ; Paddy Reynolds ; Martin Wynne / Deb Putman

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