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Benny McCarthy

Benny McCarthy Catskills Irish Arts Week

BIOGRAPHY:

Benny is from Deelish in Co.Waterford. He started playing at the age of 13 and was mentored by none other than accordion legend Bobby Gardiner. Like most musicians he travelled all over Ireland to sessions and festivals meeting and playing with musicians from all regions and styles. His influences include Bobby Gardiner, Jackie Daly, Mairtin O’Connor to mention just a few. Benny was Oireachtas champion on both Button accordion and 10-key Melodeon in 1994.

In 1995 he founded the band “Danú” with whom he still manages and performs with to this day. Over the years he has been involved in a variety of other bands and projects.

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