Tributes paid following death of Galway musician Joe Burke

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Tributes have poured in from across Galway and further afield following the passing of local musician Joe Burke.

The master accordion player passed away peacefully on Saturday surrounded by his family at Galway Hospice.

A native of east Galway, Burke was a master accordion player who inspired generations of younger musicians.

He was born in 1939 in Kilnadeema south of Loughrea and began playing at the age of four.

Burke won the All-Ireland Senior Accordion Championship in Thurles in 1959 and again in 1960 in Boyle.

He performed and recorded music for over 50 years and was acclaimed by audiences worldwide for his style and technique.