Paddy Jones passed away on the 30th of May 2020. He was a magic musician and a heart warming person to be around. Until 2018 I had only admired him from afar so I jumped at the opportunity to be interview for a video in 2018.

I had first saw Paddy Jones in May 2014 when he gave a lecture about Sliabh Luachra music at my friends house in Ballydesmond.

Every time I met him since he was so friendly and helpful with lovely bits of advice about life and music. I could listen to him play the fiddle for ever because he had the “draíocht”. Rest in peace Paddy Jones

Insight into Paddy from Rus Bradburd

Rus Bradburd is one of the people responsible for the video series on Paddy being made. Rus wrote a book about his experiences coming to live in Tralee to coach basketball and learning fiddle from Paddy Jones.

This is the book:

https://unmpress.com/books/paddy-hardwood/9780826340276

Rus is here on a podcast about Irish Music called The Blarney Pilgrims. He talks in depth about his time learning with Paddy. He plays some nice tunes and there’s a lovely clip of Paddy playing an air. https://www.blarneypilgrims.com/episodes/rus-bradburd-interview-fiddle