Musician Cormac Begley: ‘I regret the few times I didn't trust my gut and I trusted others instead’

The concertina player is proficient on 13 different versions of the instrument and has recorded with other artists such as Lankum, Ye Vagabonds and Lisa O’Neill

Cormac Begley: the concertina player originally wanted to be a world champion boxer.

“A beast of a musician”. That was one typical online comment after a video of the West Kerry concertina player Cormac Begley went viral last June, clocking up over four million views.

Recorded against a backdrop of the Blasket Islands, it shows him performing a tune called To War written for his godson’s second birthday. “It’s not a celebration of war,” Begley later explained, “but a command to go to war when you’re left with ...