Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 46, Page 21

Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 46, Page 21
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22~ Seanchas ~Micho Russell and “The Piper’s Chair”Martin BreenWhile doing some research and field-work for a guide map of Doolin,co. Clare, in 1992, I interviewed afew of the local inhabitants of the area. Ofcourse Micho Russell was the best and mostcolourful informant, and I spent several enter-taining and informative days in the Russellhome gathering information. I had come toknow Micho over many years, playing a fewtunes with him on occasion in O’Connor’sbar. Sadly, Micho, born in 1915, is no longerwith us, having unexpectedly gone to his eter-nal reward as a result of a car accident in1994. His imposing appearance belied hisgreat age. Micho was the genial gentleman ofDoolin, always generous with his time andready to chat to people, to tell them the storiesand folklore of the area, or to sing a song orplay a tune. His tin whistle was always withhim in the inside pocket of his jacket, thoughhe was also known to join the local sessionson the flute. Micho grew up in a musical fam-ily in Doonagore village, which overlooksDoolin. His mother played the concertina, andhis brothers Packie and Gussie were also wellrenowned musicians in the locality andThe Piper’s Chair, DoolinMartin Breen
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