Saturday 24 March 2018

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The cult of Barneyisms finally finds its voice in the words and art of Jim McCann and Wendy Shea, writes Liam Collins

Barney McKenna
Barney McKenna
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

Barneyisms is a word created in the music business to accommodate the unintentional wit and weird logic of Barney McKenna, the famous Dubliners banjo player.

My own favourite takes place during a flight from Dublin to Belgium, where the cream of Ireland's music talent is due to perform at a folk festival.

A nervous Barney McKenna (he had a fear of flying) is sitting beside Finbar Furey when the plane is hit by turbulence.

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