Connie the Soldier

This tune is associated with the Ballydesmond fiddle player Jim O'Keeffe

Jim O'Keeffe's bio from the The Handed Down Sliabh Luachra Archive

Jim O’Keeffe (Fiddle). A pupil of Pádraig O Keeffe. Born into a musical family in Ballinahulla, Ballydesmond, his father and grandfather were both fiddle players. He had a unique style of playing. He taught music himself for a while in the early days, Jim spent a good deal of his working life in the Kanturk area. Helped to set up the ‘stage’ in Knocknacolon where he played with Seán Lynch, Pat Cashman, Ted Winters and a young Jackie Daly among others. Also played with the Seán Lynch Céilí Band and the Duhallow Céilí Band. Died in his mid 90s in 2014.

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