About Patty

Patty Furlong, originally from Bronx, New  York, plays the Irish button accordion in the key of C#/D and B/C.  In her teen-age years, as a student of Martin Mulvihill, Patty won numerous New York titles as placing at the Fleadh Cheoil  in Ireland in both solo and group titles.

She has played with the world renown group "The Chieftains" as well as being an original member of "Cherish the Ladies".  Patty and members of her band  "Coolmagort" have performed throughout the U.S (including Alaska), Canada, Bermuda, and Ireland.

Recent festival and concert appearances  include:

  • Alaska -  tour
  • Bermuda St. Patricks' Day Celebration -
  • Quebec International Accordion Festival -  Montmagny, Canada
  • The Gathering Trad Festival -  Killarney, Ireland
  • North Texas Irish Festival - Dallas, Texas       
  • Miramichi Celtic Festival - New Brunswick, Canada
  • Mid Summer Nights Concert Series @ Lincoln Center, New York City

  • Recordings

Her 1st solo recording "Patty Furlong - Traditional Irish Music on Button Accordion" was named one of the top recordings in 1999 by the Irish Voice.

Patty can also be heard on "Sean Quinn's -  Stick to the Tar" and on Sean's latest CD  "The Mountain is Still Standing".

Patty was asked to record on a compilation CD of various cultural music genres on the CD  " The Wheels of the World."

Teaching Experience: 

Patty has taught  young students weekly for the past 15 years. Some of these students have competed and placed at the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh Cheoil in New York and have competed and placed at the Fleadh Cheoil in Ireland.

Patty has taken the TTCT course - administered by Comhaltas Ceoltori Eireann ( CCE) - the music organization in Dublin, Ireland.   This course certifies music teachers in Ireland to officially teach Irish music in Ireland.

She has taught at  the following summer schools   

  • Swannanoah Irish Arts Week, North Carolina,
  • Augusta Heritage Center, Elkins, West Virginia 
  • Catskills Irish Arts Week, East Durham, New York
Patty's teaching experience expands from Irish Music. She has a master's in nursing education and nursing education. She has taught nursing at NYU and is currently assistant professor of nursing at a local college.

"Her playing is marked by technical brilliance, infectious good humor and impeccable traditional taste."
- Irish Voice