Hailing from Tuar-na-Fola, in the Mullaghareirk mountains west-Limerick, on the Cork/Kerry border Joanne O’Connor’s music is steeped in the Sliabh Luachra tradition. Her grandmother was a cousin to two of the region’s finest musicians Denis Murphy and Julie Clifford.
Joanne is very proud of this family connection and her playing is reflects her close associations with Sliabh Luachra and her desire to maintain the region’s musical style. Indeed she is happiest when playing Polkas and Slides.
Joanne has been immersed in traditional Irish and Country Music throughout her life. Both her parents were musicians and her mother a traditional singer. Her father, grandfather, aunts and uncle were members of the Abbey Dance band that toured the nation throughout the 1960’s.
Joanne began playing banjo and mandolin at the age of 6 on the banjo. Later she went on to learn fiddle and piano. Her music influences include, John Carty, Mick O’Connor and Kieran Hanrahan.
A popular and in demand tutor Joanne teaches music workshops at various festivals in Ireland and abroad each year, she is also a much sought after Fleadh competition’s adjudicator.
She has toured and recorded with groups including, Planxty O’Rourke ( Limerick/Clare), The Gleann an Iolair Céilí Band ( Derry).