John Vesey and Eddie Cahill came from within a few miles of each other in County Sligo. John was born in 1924 in Ballincurry, and Eddie in 1929 in Ballyglass, not far from the town of Tubbercurry. The area was steeped in music and there were many fine performers of both flute and fiddle willing to pass their music on. Eddies father was a flute player and Johns a fiddle player, and both gained practice and experience at local country house dances. John also came under the tutorage of Michael Gorman, a fiddle player who was later to become so widely know among Irish musicians playing in London.
The dire economic cicumstances of 1940s Ireland forced both men to emigrate, John going first to England, but moving permanently to Philadelphia in 1949. A year later Eddie went to Philadelphia, and, on his first Sunday there, played music with John Vesey. They played together for a number of years, both as a duet and in a ceili band formed by John Vesey. The venues were the standard of the time and place; bars, dance halls, restuarants and concerts, and their own first choice of music was not always what was in demand. They also performed on radio and recorded several tracks together.
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