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Joe Cooley (1924–December 20, 1973) was an Irishmarker musician known for his traditional accordion music.

Cooley was born in Peterswell, Co. Galway in 1924. Both his parents were melodeon players, and Joe began playing accordion at age 10. As a teen, Joe played in the Midlands area and eventually found himself in Dublin in 1945, where he joined the Galway Rovers Band. There in Dublin, he met musicians Sonny Brogan and Johnny Doan, both of whom were to influence Cooley's musical style. Joe was a founding member of the famous Tulla Céilí Band and by accounts, a tireless promoter of Irish traditional music. He is regarded as one of the most accomplished and influential Irish button accordionists. On one occasion, in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, Joe was presented with a beautiful Paolo Soprani C#/D accordion he dubbed "The Box" which would accompany him on his tour of America in the 1970s. Joe returned to Ireland after becoming ill with cancer. He continued playing until shortly before his death. His accordion is now believed to be in the hands of the great Irish accordionist Tony MacMahon of Clare, IE.


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