“…Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., McComiskey remembers recordings of Boston accordion player Joe Derrane constantly being played in his parents’ home. During summers, he hung out at his uncle’s boardinghouse in the Catskill Mountains, where Irish dancers and singers partied and performed. Attracted to the camaraderie, McComiskey soon joined the musicians.
“My first gig was with my uncle,” he said, “I sat beside him and hit a couple of spoons on a table.”
As a teenager, he befriended a regular visitor to his uncle’s home, an accordion player named Sean McGlynn. A pioneer of the technical East Galway style of Irish traditional music, McGlynn taught McComiskey the intricacies of the button accordion. (The instrument uses buttons instead of the piano-style keys seen on other accordions.)..”