Traditional piano

Traditional piano

Can anyone advise me a traditional piano player (may be even a youtuber) be it a solo player o accompanist who i can learn from or at least imitate them.
I know only of Micheal O’ Suilleabhain, are there any other?

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Here are some piano accompanists: Charlie Lennon, Brian McGrath, Felix Dolan, Brendan Dolan, Kathleen (K.T.) Boyle.

As for lead melody, I don’t know many. Kevin Taylor comes to mind, though. And you could check out piano-accordion players’ approach to melody playing as well — some that come to mind are Jimmy Keane and Mirella Murray.

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thank you

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In addition to those already mentioned, Geraldine Cotter and Jim Corry are about as good as they come. Geraldine Cotter, at least, is a consummate melody player as well as an accompanist, and has published a tutor book on the subject. Jim Corry plays accompaniment with the Tulla Ceili Band and is, I believe, an accomplished pianist all round - although I am not aware of any recordings of him playing melody.

It is also worth looking to the Cape Breton tradition for piano playing. Whilst the style of accompaniment is sometimes a bit florid for my taste, the general standard of musicianship is very high and many of the pianists are accomplished at playing melody as well as accompaniment. I don’t know many names in that sphere, but one fine example is Troy McGillivray (also an excellent fiddler).

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All the ones I would have mentioned, like Felix Dolan, Donna Long and Patsy Broderick, have been mentioned already, and lots more besides. You got some great answers, SaiPavel!

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There was a wonderful pianist on an old Kevin Loughlin/John Gordon LP by the name of Mairead McCann. And of course Josephine Keegan. Here she is with Kevin Loughlin, who is playing a tone high on what I think is a C#/D/D# three row:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtF0AFNSFnI

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Looking outside the Irish once again, the legendary Violet Tulloch of Shetland is an exemplary backer of traditional tunes.

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Thank to all of you. I feel I’m going to be very busy this weekend watching all those videos =)

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Lots of good information above.
Here are a few more video links.
(this might not work in all locations)
Ceird an Cheoil, Pianó, The Art of Music Instrument Making, TG4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IXcFzqN_Bc


"The Wandering Minstrel and Tom Billys: two jigs from Seamas Quinn and Gary Hastings. Great piano accompaniment by Adrian Scahill."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIWIlMWkN80


"2 original jigs played by Johnny McCarthy [ fiddle ] and Pat Crowley [ piano ]. The tunes are "Clancy’s Wallet" and "The Currabeg Jig"."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW89pSO1vIY

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Cheers!

Saipavel, Stephen Markham teaches some nice online classes at The Online Academy of Irish Music www.oaim.ie I like his playing very much, and he teaches melody AND accompaniment!

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Violet Tulloch!

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Padraic O’Reilly’s CD (!!!)

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The late Ronnie Cooper from Shetland was a great pianist, he played with The Hamefarers dance band.

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Violet Tulloch, and Jacqueline Schwab

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Mair Scots, Andy Thorburn and Angus Lyon, both Blazin’ Fiddles, past and current. David Milligan, with a slightly more jazzy edge.

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Just been listening again to ‘Frankie goes to town’ (Frankie Gavin, 1989). Charlie Lennon’s piano accompaniment could be a lesson in how to do it. Very neat!

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"Slide’s piano player is good - can’t reember his name offhand."

That would be Eamonn De Barra.

Carl Hession has done some nice work with Frankie Gavin.