Trad piano albums

Trad piano albums

Hi, I hope you are all having a great day!
I would really appreciate some recommendations on your favorite trad albums where piano is the main instrument. The solo piano on The Fiddler’s Friend by Barbara MacDonald Magone is exellent! Are there any albums with piano sets similar to this?
Thanks!

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kind of borderline trad also a fair amount of accessible baroque, Casadh by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin.
I know my description might set off all manner of alarm bells but it’s a genuinely great CD, one of my all-time top 5 CD’s.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f913tHwdBY

This is probably one of the weaker sets on the album IMO.
He has a fair few other cd’s which i haven’t checked out in a while.
This was more the accessible baroque aka o’carolan-related side of things from the same album:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqBQjOj5xqU

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Thanks for both recommendations. And I enjoy baroque, so no worries there!

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The videos are showing as unavailable. I’m guessing it could be a copyright issue since you’re in the UK. Thanks for posting them, though.

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Saileog Ni Cheannabhain. Her album ‘Roithlean’ is a mix of piano, fiddle (viola) & singing but it’s all very well done. Hard to believe it came out in 2016, but it’s one of the more memorable albums for me in ‘recent’ years & one I come back to frequently.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CJVNCzV7Xw


I also like Sean O‘Riada’s farewell a lot. It’s a lot of song airs & O’Carolan tunes & it’s played on an old harpsichord, but it feels very intimate & gets to the heart of the man as a musician. The aforementioned Micheal O Suilleabhain was certainly very influenced by him.

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Thanks, chaos97. I really enjoyed that video! 2016 seems like such a long time ago when you think about it!

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Check out Padraic O’Reilly’s “Down The Ivory Stairs” https://thesession.org/recordings/572 and Donna Long’s “Handprints” https://thesession.org/recordings/573. Most of Josephine Keegan’s albums feature solo piano sets/pieces https://thesession.org/recordings/search?q=keegan. In addition to the album by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin mentioned above, also check out his “Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin” https://thesession.org/recordings/1614 - less a piano album than a “keyboard album”. And for some truly bonkers arrangements, featuring an abundance of “names” from the trad world (which may not be to everyone’s taste), “Cry Of The Mountain” https://thesession.org/recordings/7482.

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Thanks, Aidan!

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Geraldine Cotter’s “Piano+”

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Try anything with Doug MacPhee, Scottish music from Newfoundland.

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Scottish/Cape Breton trad piano albums:
James Ross Greentrax CDTRAX284
Mac Morin MORIN01
Troy MacGillivray “Boomerang” TROLLEY-02
Suzanne Houston “What Will We Play Next?” SAZH002