Peter Carberry hails from the Holla, in Kenagh, County Longford. He is a highly accomplished accordion and banjo player. Peter emigrated to Manchester in the late 1960’s where he played with the likes of Felix Doran, Michael Gorman, Des Donnelly Senior and later had a hand in teaching Mike McGoldrick and Dezi Donnelly and others.
Peter lost the top of the second finger on his right hand in a freak accident. Undaunted, he compensated by playing second-finger parts with his third finger.
In recent years, Peter radically changed his accordion playing style. He swapped the established B/C style for the old-style ‘press-and-draw’ Csharp/D style on advice from friend and virtuoso player, Martin O’Connor. On the “Memories from the Holla” album, Peter plays a B/C box, but with Csharp/D fingering. One would expect a flatter general response, given that the tunes are presented a full tone flatter than normal. The opposite is true in fact, the music flows throughout.
You can listen to short samples from some of the tracks from this artist using the player below.
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