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Noel Hill Interview

2017-09-10

Sharing interviews recorded at the All Ireland Fleadh 2017 in Ennis Co Clare with Dennis Cahill, Oisín Mac Diarmada, Noel Hill, Kevin Crawford, Dylan Foley, Patrick Doocey, Joanie Madden, Don Stiffe, John Carty and Kieran Hanrahan.

Noel Hill was born in Caherea in West County Clare, Ireland, into a big family with 7 siblings. His parents and grandparents were all concertina players. He was particularly influenced by his uncle, Padraig A Chnoic, (Paddy Hill). He lived in a house which was the last house in the area to hold the traditional Irish House dance, where musicians were always welcomed; particularly towards the end of the year when farm work was done. It was at these events that he learned his early tunes, rather than from the radio, books or records. He started playing at 9 and was lucky to have heard endless hours of Willie Clancy, Paddy Canny, Peter O’Loughlin, Paddy Murphy, and Micky Hanrahan. Much of the music in his repertoire today comes from the music he learned as a child from these great players. Noel wanted to be a piper, but pipes were not readily available. He played the concertina which had been initially purchased for his older brother.

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