Artist Lineup

Billy McComiskey

Billy McComiskey is a highly regarded player and composer of Irish traditional music. A Brooklyn native, he started studying accordion with the late Sean McGlynn from Galway in his early teens. He won the All-Ireland Senior Accordion title in 1986. He formed and played with three outstanding ensembles; Washington DC's Irish Tradition with Brendan Mulvihill and Andy O'Brien, the internationally acclaimed Trian with fiddler Liz Carroll and Daithi Sproule and The Pride of New York with Joanie Madden, Brendan Dolan and Brian Conway. He is known on both sides of the Atlantic as an indefatigable session player, teacher, and promulgator of the music. In 2011, Billy was named Traditional Musician of the Year by the Irish Echo. "Billy McComiskey is the finest and most influential B/C box player ever to emerge from the US. In that sense, Billy’s place within the transatlantic pantheon of Irish button accordionists is both high and secure, and Outside The Box will only strengthen that judgment." Earle Hitchner, The Wall Street Journal / Irish Echo