To begin at the beginning, I was born on the 18th of February 1947 in the townland of The Rock near Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, and lived there until the sixties when the family moved to the townland of Ougham. The first Irish Music I heard was my father whistling reels and jigs. He also was a fine singer and he had all the old Irish ballads which he had learned from his mother. My father’s brother Joe and sister Kathleen were both musicians. Joe played the flute and Kathleen played the fiddle. Joe was my first teacher and started teaching me the tin whistle when I was about ten years old.