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Chris Droney

Bellharbour, County Clare

Born in 1924 at Bellharbour, overlooking the Atlantic, Chris says that taking on the heritage of concertina playing was, for him, almost as natural as inheriting the family farm. From an early age, Chris would listen to his father James playing the concertina and he encouraged his young son to take up the instrument teaching him many of the tunes he still plays today. As Chris got older, he began to play music with neighbours including John and Micko Linnane who played fiddles and piccolos and together they formed a small band, providing music for dances in the nearby town of Kinvara.

With the founding of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and Fleadh Cheoil the hEireann in the 1950’s Chris Droney’s music began to reach a wider audience and soon he joined Comhaltas tours of Britain, the USA and Canada. Chris has a style unique among concertina players which was developed primarily with dancers in mind and over the years he has played with the Kilfenora and Four Court Ceili Bands. Chris has recorded several solo albums and has the unique distinction of having won 9 Senior All Ireland concertina titles.
Boys Of The Town, Jim Droney's Jigs - Chris Droney
Chris Droney
Chris Droney