Seamus Tansey
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Seamus Tansey


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Seamus Tansey is a well renowned flute player from Gurteen, Co Sligo, known all over Ireland and beyond. Seamus remembers his mother playing the fiddle and his father playing the tin whistle when he was younger. He was drawn to the tin whistle because it was easier to play, he says, and he didn’t like the fiddle because it appeared so complicated to him at the time. He recalls Christmas time when the Wrenboys came around to the house. He says their flute playing was amazing and he absolutely loved the music they played. He listened to them with awe and wanted to play like them from that day forward. Seamus discusses the bodhran players of today and of long ago and explains the differences in playing. He was inspired by musicians and names those who influenced him. Seamus recalls playing the flute at a young age in the All Ireland competitions and he has great memories of the competition he faced. He provides a descriptive account of the céilidhs long ago which lasted for five hours, and describes the atmosphere and the dances. Seamus has a great love for Irish music and is determined to keep the tradition alive.

Additional information


Disk, MP3

Audio series:

Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series


160 kbps

Download time limit:

48 hours

File size(s):

20.24 MB, 14.69 MB, 19.69 MB, 15.28 MB

Number of files:


Product ID:



A Musician

Recorded by:

Joe McGowan