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Junior Crehan

Ballymakea Beg, Mullagh, County Clare
Fiddle, Concertina, Singer, Storyteller

Martin 'Junior' Crehan was born in 1908 in the townland of Ballymakea Beg, Mullagh, Co. Clare into a house of flute players, concertina players and dancers.

Junior learnt the concertina from his own mother and later learned the fiddle from John ‘Scully’ Casey, the father of Bobby Casey. Junior played with Scully Casey at house dances,crossroad’s dances, American wakes and weddings.1954 to 1962, he played in the Laoichtin Naofa Ceili band with Willie Clancy, Martin Talty and other musicians in the Miltown area. His main recording, outside of several compilations, is the "Ceoil an Chlair" LP which also features fiddlers Patrick Kelly, John Kelly, Bobby Casey and Joe Ryan.

Junior was a noted composer, with many of his tunes now firmly in the general traditional music repertoire including ‘Caislean an Óir’, ‘Farewell to Miltow’", ‘The Mist Covered Mountain’ and ‘Junior Crehan's Favourite’ (also known as the Knotted Cord) which was recorded by Planxty.

He was also a writer of songs including one dedicated to Scully Casey and another to Willie Clancy. Junior was also a master storyteller and an accomplished set dancer. He was involved in the founding of the Willie Clancy Summer School in 1973 and served as it's President up until his death in 1998, having taught there for 25 years.

Junior featured in several national television and radio programmes and was the subject of a radio documentary in 1984. He was named Clareman of the year in 1989. The Crehan house was always open to musicians and students a tradition proudly carried on by his own family today.
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Martin ‘Junior’ Crehan
Martin ‘Junior’ Crehan