Frank Maher was raised in The Battery, St. John's, and began his musical career playing harmonica for US Navy ships in the harbour. He later was taught by his mother to play the single-row diatonic accordion. Frank played music with the great Newfoundland musicians of our time including Emile Benoit, Rufus Guinchard, John White, Andy Oliver, Art Stoyles and international stars like Dolores Keane and Jackie Daly. He was part of several groups including the Quidi Vidi Minstrels and the Newfoundland Kitchen Band. He has been a tremendous source of music for the new generation of Newfoundland groups such as Figgy Duff, Red Island, Tickle Harbour, and Christina Smith and Jean Hewson and still is an inspiration to today’s fine accordion players such as Graham Wells and Dave Penny. Frank played with Figgy Duff, the Planks and the Plankerdown Band. For many years Frank joined the sessions at Auntie Crae’s regularly and was heard at benefits and at Folk Night at the Ship Inn. He has been in constant demand as a studio musician and has been recorded on over 35 albums. In recognition of his incredible musicianship, humour, wit and significant contributions to the development and preservation of Newfoundland traditional music, the St. John’s Folk Arts Council awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.