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Tony MacMahon ( Ennis, Co.marker Clare, Irelandmarker, 1939) is an Irish button accordion player and broadcaster. Among his influences were accordionists Joe Cooley and Sonny Brogan, as well as piper Willie Clancy, fiddler Bobby Casey, and singer and piper Seamus Ennis.

He moved to Dublinmarker in 1957, where he took accordion lessons from Sonny Brogan. Mick Mulcahy has cited him as an influence.

MacMahon, considered by some a purist or a traditionalist, was vocal in his criticism of the River of Sound program, initially on the Late Late Show, and subsequently in his address to the Crossroads Conference. He became embroiled in controversy again in August 2009 after calling the musician Alec Finn a "second rate accompanist," and claiming that neither he or Johnny 'Ringo' MacDonagh were musicians. Further responses to the program were highly critical of MacMahon's comments [703988], drawing attention to his self-appointed status as a guardian of the tradition.


  • Traditional Irish Accordion. CD re-release 2005.
  • I gCnoc na Grai (In Knocknagree) (with Noel Hill, concertina). 1992.
  • Aislingí Ceoil (Music Of Dreams) (with Noel Hill, concertina, and Iarla Ó Lionáird, voice).


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