"..he quickly learned about the Piper's Club on Saturday Nights (Dublin 1951)
and befreinded musicians from many parts of the country. On one of these nights,
Willie Clancy said to Joe, "would you like to hear a good fiddler?",
and took him to the home of Tommy Potts in Crumlin...there were no formal lessons,
but Joe easily picked up Tommy's technique of Rolling, Chords, and double-stops.
His music incoporates the best of the Clare tradition with that of
his two great influences: Tommy Potts, and Bobby Casey-
to produce a style which is pure Joe Ryan, nothing more.
From the liner notes of An Buachaill Dreoite
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