Angelina Carberry & Martin Quinn

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From two great musical families and traditions:
A dynamic musical partnership of unparalleled, seasoned playing

Angelina Carberry & Martin Quinn are a husband-and-wife duo with deep family and musical roots in Irish music. They combine their talents on tenor banjo and button accordion for a performance of tightly-knit music honed by years of old-fashioned family music-making and modern-day tours with bands.

Reviews: On the Top 10 Traditional Albums of 2003

"There's nothing bashful about a banjo and a button accordion, and in the wrong hands these instruments, separately or together, can blare. Fortunately, they're in the right hands here... on tunes performed at a blissfully unfrenetic pace with an enviable ripeness and discipline throughout. This is sweet-spot, session-seasoned playing from two superb young instrumentalists. "   Earl Hitchner, The Irish Echo

"Angelina has the most beautiful,subtle,unhurried pace to her banjo playing. She is joined here by her box playing partner, Martin from Armagh, and the musical empathy between the two is perfect."
  Custy's Music, Ennis, County Clare

Video clip
  2007 Catskills Irish Arts Week
Sound clips

   McCarthy's/Andy McGann's reels MP3 file
   Tenpenny Piece/Peeler & the Goat jigs MP3 file
Upcoming Engagements
Promotional Materials
  Promotional sheet
  Press Photo download
Staging Requirements

Angelina Carberry

"Angelina's beguiling ability on tenor banjo"

Angelina Carberry was born in Manchester, England but returned to Ireland in the 90s, well-rooted in the music of her County Longford family. Although she started on the tinwhistle, she quickly followed in the footsteps of her grandfather Kevin and took up the banjo. The Carberry clan had her father Peter on button accordion, his uncle Peter on uilleann pipes, his son Noel on uilleann pipes, and Peter's grandsons Diarmuid and Kevin on uilleann pipes.

In 1998 she recorded Memories of the Holla with her father Peter, which won critical acclaim from newspapers and Irish music journalists. Though her style echoes that of her grandfather, Kevin, who was a well-known player at Longford ceilis and house dances, Angelina has developed a light-handed, sparkling touch on the banjo. Angelina?s unmistakable banjo style is nicely captured on her solo 2005 CD, An Traidisiún Beo, which was hailed by Irish Music Magazine as ?a landmark recording in traditional Irish music.?

Besides being actively engaged in the Galway music scene, she tours with the all-female traditional group, the Bumblebees. The group, which includes harper/fiddler Laoise Kelly, accordionist Colette O?Leary and Angelina on banjo and mandolin, has played throughout Ireland and Europe. She has recorded two albums with the band.

Reviews: On the Top 10 list of Traditional Albums of 2005

" This spellbinding album of four-string banjo music by Carberry ...shows how versatile the instrument can be, and Knocknacarra, Galway's Angelina Carberry also demonstrates that ease isn't the same as easy. Joy flows through everything she plays.   Earl Hitchner, The Irish Echo


"...this is beautifully paced, artfully performed and downright happy collection of reels, jigs, highlands and hornpipes."
Norman Chalmers
  The Scotsman

Sound clips
Finbarr Dwyer's reel MP3 file
Paddy Fahy's hornpipe MP3 file
Performer Website

Martin Quinn

Martin Quinn comes from Armagh from a family of accomplished musicians and storytellers. Martin took up the accordion in 1981 and since then he has developed a highly refined unique style and is regarded as one of Ireland's finest exponent's of the accordion.

Since 1994 Martin has been touring Europe and the US and has appeared at many festivals in France, Finland, Britain and Germany. In addition to his solo appearances and those with his wife Angelina, Martin also performs with the traditional group na Dorsa, with whom he has recorded 2 CDs. He?s also toured with Lá Lugh.Martin and with players such as Gerry (fiddle) O'Connor and Gerry Harrington of the group Doon.

Martin has been featured on TV and radio at home in Ireland as well as internationally. His recording credits include tracks on Paul Bradley?s fine solo album The Atlantic Roar and more recently on composer Josephine Keegan ?s double CD Lifeswork.

"Martin has a very fine solo version of the old song Ailliliú na Gamhna, the lovey unrushed style shows to advantage in the couple of barn-dances. I also loved the togetherness of the playing ...More, please, and soon.   
John Brophy, Irish Music Magazine


    " . . . Tradition glancing backwards and forwards at the same time. Mighty fine! "
The Irish Times

Sound clips

McNamara's/Carricknagavna Barndance MP3 file

Performer Website
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