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Despite the popularity of B/C tuning within the modern world of traditional Irish music, the C#/D press and draw system was actually around first! This traditional style of Irish button accordion playing is based on the simple 10 key one row melodeon system. So it makes sense, due to the popularity of the Irish melodeon, that the C#/D accordion would follow in its footsteps. Like the B/C system, there has been no shortage of brilliant press and draw accordion players over the years. But who are ...
In what has already been a strange and unpredictable year, the emerging trend that has most taken me by surprise is the sudden surge in the popularity of sea shanties. For reasons this auld fella may never understand, there's been a resurgence of these nautical working songs. How did all begin? Climb aboard and we'll go on a quick adventure... The Wellerman It all started when a young Scottish man's rendition of the 19th century whaling song, Soon May the Wellerman Come - or The Wellerman as it...
Whether you prefer to strum along to lively Irish dance tunes or to accompany soulful Irish ballads, there's no shortage of talented Irish bouzouki players to look to for inspiration. From Donal Lunny to Alec Finn and Andy Irvine these legendary players have done it all! I often receive requests from Irish bouzouki and mandolin players who want to follow in the footsteps of these masters, but don't know where to start. More and more have listened to the likes of the brilliant Daoirí Farrell an...
I love nothing better than learning a new tune. Exploring how the melody is shaped. How it feels under your fingers. Taking the time to practice and perfect before adding your own personal touches. Judging by the number of requests I receive for tune recommendations, my customers agree. Luckily, within the Irish music tradition, there’s no shortage of tunes to learn. Our rich musical heritage is blessed with a wealth of repertoire that has been handed down from generation to generation. This...

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McNeela Wooden Button Accordion - best C#/D players

The Greatest C#/D Accordion Players of All Time

Despite the popularity of B/C tuning within the modern world of traditional Irish music, the C#/D press and draw system ...

The Very Irish Roots of Sea Shanties

In what has already been a strange and unpredictable year, the emerging trend that has most taken me by surprise is the ...

The Top Five Irish Ballads for Irish Bouzouki Play

Whether you prefer to strum along to lively Irish dance tunes or to accompany soulful Irish ballads, there’s no sh...
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