Bridge Ceili Band 1972 – Jigs, Paddy Fahy’s and Kevin Loughlin’s.
From the Bridge Ceili Band website:
“Normally there would only be four fiddlers in a céilí band, and maybe two or three accordions, but the Bridge produced a new sound in having five fiddles one accordion and two flutes carrying the melody. Up till recently the band still had the same line out. Eugene Nolan believes that if you have more than one accordion they will tend to dominate the music, it also becomes harder for the accordion players to play exactly together.
The band won the Leinster Fleadh Cheoil only five weeks after they were formed. The band next went on to win the All-Ireland that year in Listowel. Martin Fallon (R.I.P.) a native of Roscommon was a fiddle player in that All-Ireland team. The other fiddle players were Denis Ryan from Offaly and Maura Connelly also from Offaly, Tony Coen who was a native of Galway and Tom Aherne from Laois. The accordion player was Ellen Comerford from Offaly. On piano was Pat O’Meara a native of Tipperary. The flute players were Joe Smullen from Offaly and Eugene Nolan from Kildare. The drummer was Jim (The Hopper) McGrath from Offaly.”
Ellen Flanagan Comerford was Sheila Doorley’s accordion teacher back in Offaly.