Custy's Traditional Music Shop was established in August 1992 by Frances Custy.
Her passion for traditional Irish music led her to pursue her dream of opening up a music shop that would cater for the re-awakening interest in our native music and dance.
From those perilous times of the early 1990's,the shop has created its niche in the traditional Irish music world and has become a must for all those at home and abroad who share this consuming affection.
Frances and John decided to set up an on-line secure webstore in 2000 to cater for the demand from people worldwide who wished to access the real Irish music that was becoming available through the endeavours of independent musicians.Since then,the website has become an integral part of what Custy's is as it establishes a smooth conduit between the local musicians and their admirers worldwide.
The most gratifying aspect of our dealings with people on the web is that the majority of them become regular visitors to the shop,especially during the Summer festival season.
Fundamental to the success of the shop are the people behind the counter.John's brother,Pat O' Connor,has been a regular in the shop for years. He is a well-respected fiddler based in Feakle in East Clare and his expertise and indepth knowledge of Irish music make him invaluable.
Paolo Cerato represents the international component of the shop.He comes from the magical town of Bassano del Grappa in North East Italy and has established himself in the session and teaching scene over the last three years and his sensitive accordion style has earned him great respect amongst his peers.
Maeve Kierse initially came to the shop at the age of six for lessons on tin whistle from Frances.
She quickly progressed and over the years has become a beautiful fiddler with her own unique style (and a closet concertina player). She now teaches with Frances while attending university in Limerick and is indeed a much valued member of Custy's staff.
The shop moved from its original site in 2006 and its new position off O' Connell Street has proved a godsend.It still retains its intimate feel and the extra rooms upstairs, with a host of classes taking place, has transformed it into a real, vibrant community of music.
We look forward to the next 16 years of amazing music, great company and your continued support.