Georgina Sambell

Lex Paton

Oil on canvas

In 1997 Lex decided to learn to play Irish music on his button accordion practicing in his kitchen with two friends every Thursday night. Within a year, sessions moved out to his garage forming ‘Lex’s Shed’. In its heyday around 20 musicians played at the sessions each week. During the 18 years that the shed was in action around 40-50 people had taken part in the informal sessions, with many performing together under the name ‘Lex’s Shed’ to raise money for charity.
Two music groups: Cill-Airne and The Likely Celts were formed as a result of the musicians meeting, playing and bonding over a scone and a cuppa in Lex’s shed.