Cross Cultural Music, Song & Dance on the banks of the Bann.

Mickey Crawley

Mickey Crawley was originally from Cushendall and his Mother bought him an accordion which he began playing at twelve years old. He started off playing and singing in the house, family parties and neighbour’s gatherings in the Glens. Once married and moved to Dunloy his wife Margaret encouraged him to join Dunloy Comhaltas to learn traditional music after the death of his brother. His tutor at the time was Ronnie Bamber from Cullybackey and from that grew a great friendship which lasted right up until Ronnie passed away a few years ago. Ronnie introduced Mickey to the fleadh scene and from there he met a lot of friends and other musicians. He played and sang in various groups including the Skerry Ramblers, which was a Dunloy based folk and traditional group. He began to experiment more in the country music scene but never steered far from his traditional music roots. During this time Mickey and Margaret raised three children, Michael junior and twins Martin and Moira. Moira and Martin carried on Mickey’s music tradition through Dunloy Comhaltas and eventually formed their own family group. To the present day Mickey still plays at various sessions and parties and still attends the local fleadhs. The family group has now expanded to include Mickey’s grandchildren, Marcella, Grace-Anne and Mary-Theresa.

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