A sporadic, sometimes periodic, and quite possibly idiotic bits of info, thoughts, and musings about music and other stuff...


Me liz marty at faheys

Myself, Liz Carroll, and Marty Fahey in the early 1970's

Myself, Liz Carroll, and Marty Fahey taken by Sis Fahey at their home in the early 1970's. We gave Mary (Sis) a grand farewell yesterday and the house took in a new family last week. A ton of music, memories, and laughs happened in that living room. Not too much fashion sense though... ;-))

Sis fahey

Mary "Sis" Fahey (May 10, 1925 -- May 22, 2016)

A lovely woman whom I am glad to have known since I was a kid...

Mary T. Fahey (née Campbell) "Sis," devoted wife of the late Martin J. Fahey, loving stepmother to Sheila (the late James Wallenius) and Marty (Patti) Fahey; very proud grandmother of Erik (Maura) Wallenius, Gavin, Trevor and Connor Fahey; beloved cousin of Eileen Bray and Mary Costello Makowski; aunt to Bob Rakow, Jr. (Annette). 

She was born and raised in Chicago to Irish immigrant parents from Co. Mayo, the late John Campbell and Ann…

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Con cup

Broken Pledge Ceili Band...

Proud to be part of the winning Broken Pledge Ceili Band at the 2016 Midwest Fleadh Cheoil!!!
Allie accordion 1


Allie was my muse. She would lie and listen for hours to many a sour note (and the odd sweet one too) - but none more sweet to me than her gentle song and prodding bark to let me know it was my turn to pay heed to her and play, and chase, and give her endless fingertip belly caresses 

Little one 
Your time has come 
Pastures a plenty to roam 
Treats galore now you are home 
Snuggles, hugs, and kisses 
Pain free paradise 
Peace at last... 

We love you Allie 
June 20, 2001 - January 27, 2016

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A mighty squeeze

A Mighty Squeeze!!

Hi Folks -- the best of the New Year to you! 

Just wanted to give you a sneak peek of a few upcoming shows:

Longtime friend and fellow accordionist John Williams and I are reprising: 

A Mighty Squeeze 

We've three shows planned: 

Saturday, March 5th
10PM TIckets Available
Chief O'Neill's
3471 N Elston
Chicago Il 60618 

Tickets via our trusted online partner Brown Paper Tickets 


or by calling them directly: 800-838-3006 



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'm bcttng vwls. Cnsnnts r nxt...

-- Jmm Kn

Me liz mke 1996


Liz Carroll & Jimmy Keane circa 1995 Milwaukee Irish Fest

Next weekend marks the 35th Anniversary of the Milwaukee Irish Fest. The same weekend marks the 40th anniversary of myself and that young lady to my right, Liz Carroll -- geez, I wonder what ever became of her??? ;-)) -- winning the All-Ireland Duets -- it's like synchronized swimming without the water… ;-)) 

Oh, and Liz won the All-Ireland Fiddle that year too. 

And I won one too -- not on the fiddle, just on the squeezable one.

So be on the…

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Me mcgowan bw


a year ago this past Saturday we had our last conversation McGowan. Well, it was by text so didn't really count, although I did enjoy watching you attempt to do so with those big semi-mangled fingers atop the innocent clamshell phone you had until you got upgraded to a more confusing smartphone that had even stumped your brainiac side. I hope heaven is going good for you Jimmy. And remember, he is God and doesn't like to be yelled at too often, even when she makes a mistake and calls people home way, way…

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