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Patty, an accordion player, grew up in the Bronx. Her father played the old D/C# Irish-American button accordion but wanted Patty to play the piano accordion, which he thought was more “American.” Patty preferred the button box and eventually got her way. She started on the C#/D system but alternates now with a B/C box. As a student of Martin Mulvihill, she was a successful fleadh competitor, taking a teenage All-Ireland championship. Her trio partners of the day were Margie Mulvihill and Rose Flanagan, who are today her partners in teaching at the Pearl River School of Music. She performed in the original Cherish the Ladies concerts, had recorded a solo CD and once featured as a guest performer with the Chieftains.

Lou Quinn Jnr, fiddle ; Patty Furlong, accordion ; Sean Quinn, guitar ; Brendan Dolan / Unidentified photographer, 2009