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Pecker Dunne


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Patrick “Pecker” Dunne (born April 1, 1933, Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland) is an Irish musician. He was born in his parents’ horse-drawn caravan. His family were Irish Travellers, originally from County Wexford, where his father was a fiddle player. In Parley-poet and Chancer, an autobiography transcribed by Micheál Ó hAodha (page 21), he states he lived on New Street Crumlin and Galtymore Road. Drimnagh was considered part of an area known as North Crumlin until the introduction of the postal code system during the mid-1970s. The older residents still remember the family living there. He is one of Ireland’s most noted banjo players (also proficient with fiddle, melodeon and guitar),and is among an elite of Traveller musicians that includes The Fureys.

Dunne became known to a wide Irish audience from his regular busking at GAA sporting fixtures, particularly in Munster. Later he played in England, France, Australia and New York, where he appeared with The Dubliners. He also performed alongside Richard Harris and Stephen Rea in the 1996 feature film Trojan Eddie.

He now lives in Killimer, County Clare with his wife and four children, who continue the musical tradition.

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