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Billy, an accordion player, has been living in Baltimore for many years now, but he’ll always be a Brooklyn boy at heart and still makes frequent visits back to New York City and the Catskills. Seán McGlynn from Tynagh in east Galway mentored Billy’s musical development and Billy’s most cherished possession is the vintage black Paolo Soprani accordion he inherited from McGlynn. In addition to an All-Ireland championship, Billy has won a National Heritage award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S.A.’s highest award for a traditional musician. Billy has issued two solo recordings and has appeared on many others with Liz Carroll, Brendan Mulvihill Mick Moloney and “The Pride of New York” band.

Pride of New York [Standing: Brendan Dolan ; Brian Conway. Seated: Joanie Madden ; Billy McComiskey] / Unidentified photographer. New York, 2009. Image courtesy Joanie Madden