James Keane was born to a musical family in Drimnagh, Dublin, and took up the button accordion at age six. He spent his youth surrounded by some of the giants of Irish traditional music; Séamus Ennis, Leo Rowsome, Sonny Brogan and many more. As a teen he co-founded the famous Castle Céilí Band, which won the All-Ireland céilí band competition and played to sold out dance halls all over Ireland. James toured Ireland and nurtured a network of the tradition's finest exponents as he became an important figure in the Dublin folk revival. He emigrated to America in 1968 and performed with many of the great Irish musicians in New York and beyond, including performances at Carnegie Hall. In the years since, James has established a worldwide reputation as one of the finest Irish accordion players of our time, and has released a series of highly acclaimed solo recordings. James lives in Queens, New York.