Mention of Johnny O'Leary reminds me of the edition of RTE Television's recent "Come West Along The Road" which was devoted to Johhny O'Leary. Featured interesting footage of Padraic O'Keeffe and lots of reminiscing about O'Keeffe.
While we're (more or less) on the subject. I've been tempted for some time to buy a concertina ... it's not the Irish music we're discussing here which sold me so much as Gay Woods' intro to the "Dark-Eyed Sailor" on Steeleye Span's "Hark The Village Wait" album. I've put off getting one on account of the price and the fact that the only way to keep my instrument acquisition sysndrome in check is to be ruthless. However I've recently seen advertised a 20-key Bruner anglo concertina for sale for an astounding £80 or thereabouts. I can certainly afford this ... problem is I don't know if the box would be at all playable. Anybody out there got a cheapo Bruner? How do you find it?