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Vincent Harrison, 1927–2009

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

Vincent Harrison (1927–2009) was born in Tullycooley, Dromahair, County Leitrim. His chief musical influences as a youth were his fiddle-playing mother Mary, her flute-playing brother Hughie Travers, and Drumkeeran fiddler Joe “Lackey” Gallagher. Soon after arriving in New York in 1954, his older brother Joe, who had preceded him to the Bronx, directed him to Lad O’Beirne. Vincent and Lad struck up a lasting musical friendship and recorded some duets on O’Beirne’s home-made disc recorder. Vincent was also a close musical friend of Martin Wynne. In 1988, he returned to Ireland, where he lived in Clontarf, Dublin near his sister Moira and took great pleasure in passing on his musical knowledge to younger players in the capital.

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

James Lad O'Beirne and Vincent Harrison / Unidentified photographer
James Lad O'Beirne and Vincent Harrison / Unidentified photographer
 
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James Lad O'Beirne and Vincent Harrison / Unidentified photographer

James Lad O'Beirne and Vincent Harrison / Unidentified photographer

James Lad O'Beirne and Vincent Harrison / Unidentified photographer

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Vincent Harrison, fiddle / Steven de Paoire
Vincent Harrison, fiddle / Steven de Paoire
 
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Vincent Harrison, fiddle / Steven de Paoire

Vincent Harrison, fiddle / Steven de Paoire

Vincent Harrison, fiddle / Steven de Paoire

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Vincent Harrison / Mick O'Connor
Vincent Harrison / Mick O'Connor
Vincent Harrison, fiddle / Mick O'Connor. Dublin, 2007. Image courtesy Mick O'Connor.
 
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Vincent Harrison / Mick O'Connor

Vincent Harrison / Mick O'Connor

Vincent Harrison / Mick O'Connor

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