(fiddle) - Born in Ré Buí near Gneeveguilla,
County Kerry, in the 1920’s, Paddy Cronin is considered by many as one of the finest Kerry fiddle players of our time. A true
exponent of the Sliabh Luachra style, he was taught by the master Padraig O'Keeffe. In 1949, Séamus Ennis recorded him
on acetate disc for Radió
Éireann. Shortly after making these recordings, he left Ireland and emigrated to Boston in the United states.
During the 1950s, he continued to record, becoming very well known through the seven 78rpm discs he made for the Copley
early 1970's he went on to record the, "Music In The Glen", "The House In The Glen" The Rakish
Paddy LP with Fiddler Records of Seattle, and ‘Kerry's Own Paddy Cronin’, all of which are now
considered as classic traditional recordings.
In 2007, Cronin was awarded the Lifetime
Achievement Award from TG4, in honour of his contribution to Irish Traditional Music over six decades.