Switch accordionist and musicologist Paddy O’Brien was created Sept 13, 1945 in Daingean, Region Offaly, Ireland; after spending many years traveling the Irish countryside learning and collecting traditional tunes and folklore — on the decades, he’d amass a lot more than 3000 jigs, reels, airs and marches — he produced his professional debut in 1966 using the Ballinamere Céilí Music group, later on touring the eastern U.S. with Seán and Kathleen Ryan. In 1969 — the entire year he received the to begin four best honors within the Oireachtas Competition single accordion competition — O’Brien relocated to Dublin, where he frequently performed pubs alongside fiddlers John Kelly and Joe Ryan; until 1978, he also used the Castle Céilí Music group, concurrently support Ceoltoiri Laighean aswell. Named All-Ireland older accordion champ in 1975, 3 years later on O’Brien returned towards the U.S. to become listed on fiddler Wayne Kelly and guitarist Dáithí Sproule within the trio Bowhand, which debuted using the Shanachie launch COULD IT BE Yourself?; Springtime in the Air flow adopted in 1980, and in 1983 he officially resolved in Minneapolis. With banjo participant Seán O’Driscoll and vocalist/guitarist Tom Dahill, O’Brien following shaped the group Hill 16, issuing a self-titled LP in 1984; he produced his long-awaited single debut in 1988, issuing Stranger on the Gate on Green Linnet. Using a 1994 offer from the Country wide Endowment for the Arts, he documented some 500 traditional tracks for the substantial Paddy O’Brien Melody Collection: AN INDIVIDUAL Treasury of Irish Jigs and Reels; the next year, O’Brien shaped the group Chulrua with vocalist/guitarist Pat Egan and piper Michael Cooney.