Tom Walsh has dedicated his life and career to preserving traditional Irish music. A former vice-chairman of the Seery/Curry branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eirann, Walsh garnered acclaim for his performance at the North American Irish Music Conference in Syracuse, NY, in 1993. Descended from a family who emigrated to the United States from Tipperary, Ireland, Walsh has continued to explore the music of his ancestral roots. In addition to playing piano accordion and tin whistle and singing for the Mountain Laurel Ceili Band, he's worked frequently with Galway-born fiddler and accordionist Ed Burke, pianist Cindy Smith, and Tipperary-born drummer/announcer Pat Kennedy. He teaches tin whistle.