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date: 11 July 2020

Mulvihill, Brendan locked

  • Stephen D. Winick


(b Northampton, England, July 12, 1954). traditional Irish fiddler of English birth. He was born to Irish parents and moved with them to New York in 1965. His father, the fiddler Martin Mulvihill of Ballygoughlin, Co. Limerick, was the best known Irish music teacher in America from the early 1970s until his death in 1987 and was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship in 1984. Mulvihill learned to play fiddle from his father in the Bronx and by 1972 was accomplished enough to win the All-Ireland Fiddle Championship. In the mid-1970s he moved to the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. He formed the group the Irish Tradition with Billy McComiskey and Andy O’Brien, and they became the best known Irish group in the area. In the 1980s he also worked with the touring ensemble the Green Fields of America. He has recorded albums as a soloist, as a member of the Irish Tradition, and as a duo with the pianist Donna Long. Mulvihill is known for his technical virtuosity on the fiddle; he also invented a new ornament in Irish music, an unusual innovation. He has continued to play fiddle in Maryland and has followed in his father’s footsteps to become one of the area’s most respected and sought-after fiddle teachers....

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