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2021 Obit: Tony MacMahon

GUEST 09 Oct 21 - 08:35 AM
Felipa 09 Oct 21 - 09:44 AM
GUEST,Peter Laban 09 Oct 21 - 10:02 AM
The Sandman 09 Oct 21 - 10:16 AM
GUEST,Martin Ryan 10 Oct 21 - 12:01 PM
Dave Hanson 10 Oct 21 - 02:20 PM
GUEST,Peter Laban 10 Oct 21 - 02:25 PM
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Subject: Obit: Tony MacMahon
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Oct 21 - 08:35 AM

The death has taken place of broadcaster and accordionist extraordinaire Tony MacMahon.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tony MacMahon
From: Felipa
Date: 09 Oct 21 - 09:44 AM

I heard the announcement on Raidió na Gaeltachta this morning. Tony was 82 years old. Tony McMahon was well-enough known in Ireland that the Irish president Michael D. Higgins paid public tribute to him. There was a documentary made about McMahon in 2019, and he himself presented radio and t.v. series about traditional music, including The Long Note and The Pure Drop. The documentary was made after McMahon was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, which was robbing him of the ability to play music.

https://www.rte.ie/gaeilge/2019/0123/1025002-slan-leis-an-gceol-how-we-made-the-intimate-portrait/


introducing and playing Port na bPúcaí

presenting and playing with Barney McKenna

Tony McMahon and Steve Cooney, 2012


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tony MacMahon
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 09 Oct 21 - 10:02 AM

Here is his paper presented to the 1996 Crossroads conference:

Tony MacMahon: The language of passion


There was a documentary about his collaboration with the Kronos Quartet. There was a vox pop after their concert. One man commented that if ever MacMahon would go off on one of his rants about the purity of music we could now tell him we saw him tear the arse off Port na bPucai with Kronos.

A complex man of many talents.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Tony MacMahon
From: The Sandman
Date: 09 Oct 21 - 10:16 AM

thanks for the music r i p


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: Tony MacMahon
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 10 Oct 21 - 12:01 PM

As Peter says, a complex man. May he rest in peace.

Here's a somewhat unusual clip of his musicmaking, to add to those posted by Peter ...

Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine

Regards


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: Tony MacMahon
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 10 Oct 21 - 02:20 PM

He did a tour of Ireland with the great Barney McKenna great music from 2 great musicians, much of it on youTube.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: Tony MacMahon
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 10 Oct 21 - 02:25 PM

They actually travelled into Europe in their 2CV, busking along the way and ended up not speaking to each other for a decade or three only reconciling shortly before McKenna's death.


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Subject: RE: 2021 Obit: Tony MacMahon
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 13 Oct 21 - 07:14 AM

A fine box player, whatever else he did- I heard him many times at the Sunday morning sessions at the Favourite pub , off Holloway Road in London.

   Jimmy Power would end the session (sometimes continued outside!) at
2 pm with a loud ' Have youse no homes to go to- Roast Beef & Yorkshire pudding'- RIP Tony M- there's a lovely track or two of him on the Topic LP from the pub..


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