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Irish music accompaniment is, in my humble opinion an undervalued skill. It can make or break a music ensemble. A good accompanist will enhance the playing of others, adding to the musicality of the performance, while a bad accompanist... Well, I'm sure we've all encountered one at one stage or another. The overly loud bodhrán player. The four chord guitar wonder. The clueless keys player. These are just a few of the characters you don't want to end up sitting beside at an Irish music session...
The tin whistle is one of the most popular traditional Irish musical instruments in the world. This is due in large part to its immense playability. This simple instrument is deceptively versatile and the perfect starter instrument for anyone looking to dip their toe into the waters of traditional Irish music for the first time. Lightweight and affordable, the tin whistle is one of the most accessible traditional Irish musical instruments out there. If you're looking to pick up a new instrument...
While the bodhrán was originally (and still can be) played by hand, modern Irish bodhrán playing favours the use of the bodhrán beater - also known as a tipper, stick or cipín. The increasing popularity of the modern Irish bodhrán playing style has seen a huge increase in the variety of bodhrán beaters available. Like bodhráns, beaters now come in all shapes and sizes, with different beaters producing different sounds. So where do you start if you're in the market for a new bodhr...
Piano accordions are contentious instruments. They're like the marmite of the traditional music world. People seem to either love them or hate them. To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure where this bad reputation originated. What I do know however, is that in the right hands, the piano accordion is an absolute joy to listen to! There's no shortage of great players around today, carrying the mantle for this oft-maligned instrument. That's why I've put together this celebration of three of my favo...
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