The Time Out Podcast

The Time Out Podcast EP 32 With Guest Charlie Arkins November 5th '20

November 05, 2020 Tony McGettigan Episode 32
The Time Out Podcast
The Time Out Podcast EP 32 With Guest Charlie Arkins November 5th '20
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Ireland has produced a lot of fine musicians down through the years, but when it comes to fiddle playing Charlie Arkins sits among the very finest. Taught by his late father, Charlie's first big break came in the mid 70's when along with the Cotton Mill Boys, he won Opportunity Knocks, a competition the band would go on to win multiple times. Charlie played in bands alongside the likes of John Hogan and Robert Mizzell but spent most time as a member of Jimmy Buckley'a band; nigh on 20 years. Charlie recently retired and is now enjoying life with his wife in their homeplace of Co. Westmeath. I caught up with him for a chat and to reflect on his great career playing both the fiddle and harmonica. Hope you enjoy the interview! 

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First Learning The Fiddle
Joining The Cotton Mill Boys/Oppertunity Knocks
Donegal Memories
Working As A Psychiatric Nurse 66-69
10 Years With John Hogan's Band
19 Years With Jimmy Buckley's Band
The US Presidential Election
Some Of Charlies Favourite Things
Playing In The Galtymore
Orange Blossom Special