Sean Garvey comes from a musical family in Walkinstown , Sean himself plays the Button Accordion and a little Piano. He has been working with musical instruments since the Mid 90’s, He started working with instruments back in 1987 working in an instrument repair shop in Notting Hill, London with Archie Mc Phearson.
A few years later when returned home as well as playing in numerous bands around Dublin and working days with Gael Linn Records, Sean decided mid nineties to buy the repair workshop of Paul Kelly in Waltons building doing all Waltons repairs. A few years later and in time Sean brought his workshop home to Walkinstown.
In 2000 Sean started All About Accordions and visited Castelfidardo Italy to get his first introduction to the manufacturing of Accordion.
Throught the 00’s Sean Promoted his All About Accordion business throughout the country setting up Pop Up Shop’s at the Fleadh’s and Willie Clancy Week in Milltown Malbay.
In 2004 Sean went to Castelfidardo with an old Grey Paolo Soprani [which were and are still are in popular demand even to this day ].
This 1948/9 model he borrowed from Con Herbert in Limerick.
Anyway he convinced the Paolo Soprani factory to remake this model. The Jubilee model was launched at the Frankfurt Trade Fair “Music Messe” in 2005. Sean had exclusive distribution rights to the new model until the crash happened in 2007/8.
These models are still available and still popular especially in Competions at the Fleadh Ceoil’s.
Around this time Sean decided with his Nephew to start making Concertinas as the demand was increasing but only being fed by German and English imports. The Irish Concertina Company was the First Irish Company to start making Concertinas. Today employing 5 people in the process.
Today 10 years later we have 3 models including a top of the range model Eirú.
I would like to add to this little piece that back in 1975, I bought my first accordion a 9 couplar Paolo Soprani from the biggest music shop in Dublin at the time in North Frederick Street and only having brought the accordion home did I realize the weight was a huge factor. That night I decided to return to the shop next day to get it exchanged for the 2 couplar. The salesman said No that it was now 2nd Hand and the value was depreciated a lot.
When I set up All About Accordion I was determined to make sure my customers were always happy with their purchase that is why in my advertising I will always say I’m not the big shop in town who don’t want to see you coming back. I want every customer who passes through my door to be happy, I think I live up to that selling Concertinas or Accordions