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Sean Quinn

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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, Sean Quinn, fiddle ; unidentified, fiddle ; Paddy Killoran, fiddle ; unidentified, fiddle ; James Lad O'Beirne, piano] / Unidentified photographer. New York, 1958. Image courtesy Sean Quinn

In some of the posed group photos of 1950s New York Irish musicians, there is one lone youngster with a fiddle among the older men. That was Sean Quinn, oldest son of Louis Quinn. Sean is perhaps the only one in those photos left alive, and he is a font of information on the Irish music scene of the 1950s and ‘60s. Like Andy McGann, Sean took classical instruction, but he pursued it further, attending the famous Juilliard School and acquiring professional-level ability as an orchestral player. Sean never lost touch with his Irish roots, however, and as a teenager in 1965 became the first American-born musician to win an All-Ireland fiddle championship. With his musical siblings, Sean played in the Quinn family band, who toured Ireland in the 1960s and made an LP recording. He remains an active performer and teacher and has issued several recordings that include his own compositions in traditional style.

Now playing: Unidentified, hornpipe / Louis Quinn, fiddle ; Sean Quinn, fiddle
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  1. Unidentified, hornpipe / Louis Quinn, fiddle ; Sean Quinn, fiddle

    Unidentified, hornpipe / Louis Quinn, fiddle ; Sean Quinn, fiddle

  2. Lad O'Beirne's hornpipe [comp. Ed Reavy] / Louis Quinn, fiddle ; Sean Quinn, fiddle

    Lad O'Beirne's hornpipe [comp. Ed Reavy] / Louis Quinn, fiddle ; Sean Quinn, fiddle

Sean Quinn and Seán McGuire / Unidentified photographer
Sean Quinn and Seán McGuire / Unidentified photographer
Sean Quinn, fiddle ; Seán McGuire, fiddle / Unidentified photographer. New York, 1956. Image courtesy Sean Quinn.
 
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Sean Quinn and Seán McGuire / Unidentified photographer

Sean Quinn and Seán McGuire / Unidentified photographer

Sean Quinn and Seán McGuire / Unidentified photographer

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Louis Quinn and Sean Quinn / Unidentified photographer
Louis Quinn and Sean Quinn / Unidentified photographer
Louis Quinn, fiddle ; Sean Quinn fiddle / Unidentified photographer. New York, 1958. Image courtesy Sean Quinn.
 
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Louis Quinn and Sean Quinn / Unidentified photographer

Louis Quinn and Sean Quinn / Unidentified photographer

Louis Quinn and Sean Quinn / Unidentified photographer

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The Quinn family / Unidentified photographer
The Quinn family / Unidentified photographer
The Quinn Family [Sean Quinn, fiddle ; Brian Quinn, piano accordion ; Kathleen Quinn, piano ; Mary Lou Quinn, harp] / Unidentified photographer. New York, 1950s. Image courtesy Sean Quinn.
 
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The Quinn family / Unidentified photographer

The Quinn family / Unidentified photographer

The Quinn family / Unidentified photographer

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The Quinn family band / Unidentified photographer
The Quinn family band / Unidentified photographer
The Quinn family band [Kathleen Quinn, harp ; Sean Quinn, fiddle ; Brian Quinn, piano accordion ; Louis Quinn Jnr, drums ; Mary Lou Quinn, ukelele ; Patrick Quinn, ukelele, Louis Quinn, fiddle ; Kevin Quinn, flute] / Unidentified photographer. New York, 1965. Image courtesy Sean Quinn
 
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The Quinn family band / Unidentified photographer

The Quinn family band / Unidentified photographer

The Quinn family band / Unidentified photographer

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