Compiled by Jeroen Nijhof.
Please let me know if you find any errors, or if you know of a link that should be included!
Please let me know if you find any errors, or if you know of a link that should be included!
- An Cat Dubh () from Darmstadt, with Andreas Reich on keyboards and accordion, plays celtic rock. He used to play in Real Ould Paddies () as well, but that band is taking an extended break.
- Cornish music group Anao Atao with Kyt Le Nen Davey on amongst others accordion.
Bangers and Mash
from the Netherlands, with Peter Janssen on (amongst others) accordion
- Banshee in the Kitchen is an all-female trio from Bakersfield, California, with Jill Egland on accordion, flute and bodhran. Banshee in the Kitchen's myspace page
- Harriet Bartlett from Minsterley, England, has been performing playing Celtic music on the piano accordion, at festivals, folk clubs and theatres for the past 5 years. Her debut CD "Eyes Wide Open" was produced by Phil Cunningham, with whom she has regularly performed as well.
Big Blow and the Bushwackers
from Salisbury MD, with Donald Plehn on accordion and a lot more, provide
an exotic folk, celtic sound. They have been described as
"the world's best plumbing band."
- The Big Shoogle are a ceilidh band from Glasgow, with Davie Morrison on accordion and vocals. They've got over 16 years of experience, playing at weddings and events both in the UK and abroad. They play ceilidh with cajun and rock influences, and can play pop/rock covers as well.
- The Blackbirds are a Minneapolis trio with Sam Adams on piano accordion and vocals. They perform traditional tunes and songs from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany, along with modern folk songs and a few original compositions.
consists of Mick Tems on voice and diatonic accordeons and
Patricia Carron-Smith on voice, concertina, and spoons,
(and occasionally others).
Their material, both for concerts and dances, is based firmly in the
traditions and creative spirit of South Wales.
- Ceili Moss is a Celtic group from Namur, with Benjamin Delforge on tin whistle, bodhran, diatonic and chromatic accordion, and djembe.
- Celtok () is a celtick rock band from Switzerland, with Daniel Cloux on accordion.
from Sweden, with Lena Moberg on accordion
- Crasdant is a traditional Welsh band with Stephen Rees on fiddle, pibgorn and accordion
- Frank Edgley from Michigan has played Anglo concertinas for almost 18 years, and repaired them for 15 years; and he now builds them as well. He has played with several Celtic groups in Michigan and Ontario, and teaches as well.
is a family band from Hamilton, Ontario, with
Mary Ann Lozinski on piano accordion.
They play Canadian Celtic-folk music, blending
Irish, Scottish, East Coast, French-Canadian and Old Tyme music.
- The Flying Chaucers with Christopher Evans on melodeon and whistles describe themselves as "the leading exponents of Euro - Celtic music"
- Gáirín from Carson City, Nevada, with Mary Kay Aufrance on piano accordion, play celtic inspired music.
Of the artists on the
(or Xenophile) label,
at least Ad Vielle Que Pourra, Blowzabella, Joe Burke,
Father Charles Coen, Jack Coen,
Collections, John Cunningham, Phil Cunningham, I.K. & His Blue Spots
Dairo, Jackie Daly, Joe Derrane, Tom Doherty, Fairport Convention,
Archie Fisher, Beppe Gambetta, Green Linnet/Listed, Martin Hayes,
House Band, Maria Kalaniemi, Dolores Keane, James Keane, Kips Bay
Ceili Band, The Klezmatics, La Musgana, Jez Lowe, Joanie Madden,
Tommy McMahon, Moving Cloud, Brendan Mulvihill, Triona Ni Dhomhnaill,
Paddy (Offaly) O'Brien, Patrick Street, Reeltime, Russell Family,
Micho Russell, Carla Sciaky, Sharon Shannon, Skylark, Andy M. Stewart,
Rod Stradling, Francisco Ulloa, Värttinä,
John Whelan and John Williams
are involved with squeezeboxes of some kind
(about half of them Celtic, on the Green Linnet label, the other
half non-Celtic on the Xenophile label).
- The Lash from Michigan, with Mike Lynch on piano accordion, describe their sound as "Celtic Mayhem".
- Glyn Lehmann played accordion and blues harp in The Borderers, a Celtic Rock Band from Adelaide
was a band from Vancouver, BC, Canada,
with Amy Stephen on vocals, accordion, pennywhistle and recorder.
They played jazzy acoustic celtic folk.
A review of
Mad Pudding: Dirt & Stone.
- Loreena McKennitt from Canada plays amongst others accord, harp, keyboards, and guitar. According to the Ectophiles' Guide to Good Music, Loreena McKennit her type of music is "Enchanting, evocative/eclectic ethereal traditional and Celtic-influenced folk with an increasingly world flavour".
- MEZ from Hungray plays Celtic folk music mixed with jazz, rock, classical music and a touch of the music of The Pogues. Gábor Batta plays accordion, bouzouki and percussion.
The Middlewich Paddies
from Chesire, England, with Ian Chambers on melodeons and Harmonica
- A review of Narada's Celtic Legacy sampler, with amongst others tracks by The Poozies, John Whelan and Eileen Ivers
- Belgo-Breton band Orion with Raquel Gigot on diatonic and chromatic accordions
Poor Man's Fortune
from Austin, Texas, with Frenchman Serge Laîné (who has
got a PhD in French folk music and literature) on accordion, bagpipes,
hurdy gurdy and bodhrán. They play play "uncommon celtic
music", Breton and Irish.
- The Poozies, is a Scottish/English band, since November 2007 with young accordionist and piper Mairearad Green -- she took over from Karen Tweed. Mairearad also plays with The Anna Massie Band and in Box Club, and she has performed with Karen Polwart and Celtic big band "The Unusual Suspects". Since 2005 there is a mailing list for the Poozies and related bands: chantoozies, and now also a chantoozies myspace page. (there also is an announcement list: poozmusic). Rapalje from Groningen, the Netherlands, with Macael on (amongst others) melodeon and Dieb on (amongst others) accordion, play Irish, Scottish and Dutch folk music.
is a band from Canada, with Geoff Panting on keyboards, button and piano
accordions and vocals, fuse Celtic folk with rock and roll.
They semi-retired at the end of 2000, but reformed in 2008.
- Duo Nadia Birkenstock and Bernd Roth () from Germany play celtic harp and diatonic accordion respectively. They play mostly traditional music, mainly from England, Ireland, Scotland and France, as well as some arrangements of renaissance music and compositions of their own.
- The Rumours of Whiskey Ceilidh Band from South Yorkshire, England, with Ann McCarthy on button accordion and whistle, plays Celtic/ English/ Scandinavian/ American jigs, polkas, hornpipes, klezmer etc. They even include the sheet music for some of the tunes on their album.
Snakes in Exile
from Belgium, with Peter van Aken on vocals, accordion, bodhran and bass,
plays mainly Irish and Scottish folk, but also own songs and
classics from the blues, pop and gospel repertoire
- Spirit of the West is a Canadian celtic folk trio with Tobin Frank guesting on bass and accordion (replacing Linda McRae).
- Squeeze of Scotch is a celtic band from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, with Guy Bruce on piano accordion
Michael Robinson of the Bay Area duo
plays amongst others a Hohner Morino IV N piano accordion
- Stark Raven, from Jenera, Ohio, plays traditional and contemporary Celtic music. Craig Markley on keyboards, accordions, whistles, percussion and vocal
- The Texas Celtic Music Network with information about many bands, gigs, etc.
is a duo from Wales, consisting of Guto Dafis on melodeon and
Gareth Westacott on fiddle. They play and sing traditional Welsh music.
Away from Toreth, Guto Dafis also is a story teller.
- Karen Tweed has played with The Poozies for 17 years, and with SWÅP for 12, but she has now left both. With Timo Alakotila (et al) she recorded the brilliant "May Monday" CD in 2003, and its successor, "Midnight May Monday" (not bad either!) in 2008, and she has played in "Circa Compania" and in the Uiscedwr big band and quartet, and in various duos. Karen Tweed has also published a book, 'Traditional Irish Music' with the transcription of 93 tunes (with a preface by Phil Cunningham), published by Dave Mallinson Publications. There are 2 CDs to go with that, 'Drop of Springwater' and 'the Silver Spire'. Karen also teaches, privately in the UK and Ireland, and at the Sage Gateshead, Linmerick University and Sibelius Academy, Helsinki. Karen Tweed's myspace page
- Aengus, with Jimmy Keane on piano accordion, recorded a CD "All on A Christmas Morning". The group seems to be defunct, Jimmy Keane plays in Bohola now
- Irish band Altan, with Dermot Byrne on accordion
is a German band playing traditional Irish music -- the band is named
after the Donegal town where three of the band members met.
Greg Ostermann plays Irish button accordion.
Guitarist Marcus Metz formerly also played the box in
The Hibernians, but they disbanded in 2001.
- Young Irish band Anam previously had Treasa Harkin on button box.
- Arcady was an Irish group, founded by bodhran player Johnny ("Ringo") McDonagh, with initially Charlie Piggott on banjo, whistles and accordion and Jackie Daly on accordion, and later also Sharon Shannon on accordion.
is the third lineup of Aracady, formed in 2007, with
Rick Epping on harmonicas and concertina.
- Barrowside from New Ross, Wexford, Ireland
- The BBC Radio 2 site features a Virtual Session (Flash): play along with Ian Carr, John McCusker, Michael McGoldrick, Tomai Taylor and Karen Tweed. Altogether there are 50 jigs, reels, hornpipes etc in 20 sets, in a reasonable tempo, with the "dots" (plus chords).
Belturbet Youth Marching Band
from Belturet, Ireland,
plays a selection of traditional Irish music
- The Birkin Tree is an Irish band from Italy with Marcello Scotto on bodhran and conertina
- Celtic rock band Blackthorn from Pennsylvania, with John McGroary on button accordion.
Blood or Whiskey
from Leixlip, Ireland, with Colm Gallagher on tin whistle and accordion (?),
plays Irish music with alternative influences
- Blue Dew is a Dutch band with Sijtze Malda, that mixes Bluegrass and Irish music!
- Bogside Rogues is an Irish Rock band from the Philadelphia area, with Bob Hurst (formerly of Drowsy Maggie) on vocals, accordion, tin whistle, and bodhran. The group has played extensively in the Mid-Atlantic United States, as well as having toured Ireland.
is an Irish traditional band from Chicago, with Jimmy Keane on piano accordion.
Their debut album, bohola,
was released in January 2002.
- According to a Gaeilge (Irish Gaelic)-English dictionary, the Gaelic for 'melodeon' is `bosca ceoil [buska kyole]': music box.
- Mick Bramich has published an Irish Concertina style tutor (for the Anglo)
is a traditional Irish band
with Colette O'Leary on piano accordion,
who also play Scottish, Cape Breton, French-Canadian and Danish
- B/C button accordionist Joe Burke
- Han Speek explains the Irish button box
Buttons & Strings
from Hamburg, with Horst Jahn on accordion
play traditional and contemporary Irish music and songs
- Gudrun Walther from Germany plays fiddle and diatonic accordion and sings in Irish band Cara, and in German folk group Deitsch (the latter also with Johannes "Philipp" Uhlmann on diatonic accordion). Until 2007 she played in all-female Irish band More Maids.
- Biographies of some Ceili Bands from Set Dancing News
led by guitarist and accordionist Václav Vesely,
plays traditional and original music Celtic music -- featuring not just
Irish instruments, but also kora and jembe
- Many Artist Profiles of `Celtic' artists can be found on the Ceolas celtic music archive, and other accordion related info as well (as long as it's celtic, of course). Among them De Dannan, The House Band and Sharon Shannon, Altan, Capercallie, Cherish the Ladies, the Corries, Four Men and a Dog, and Boys of the Lough.
- Cherish The Ladies with Mirella Murray on accordion (and previously with Mary Rafferty on accordion, flute and whistles)
On the the first 8 albums of
played flute, concertina and tin whistle.
- Connemara melodeon player Sonai Choilm Learai ()
- Chulrua with Paddy O'Brien on Irish button accordion. Solo, Paddy O'Brien has recorded 500 traditional Irish tunes, on twelve 60-minute audio cassette tapes.
The Clare Set
is a 6 CD archive of the concertina traditions from County Clare,
remastered from 1970s LPs.
It includes recordings by the Russell Family, Bernard O'Sullivan and
Tommy McMahon, Chris Droney, John Kelly, and others.
- Clochard is a group from Leuven, Belgium, with Ezra Dessers on vocals, diatonic accordion and bodhran. In a previous incarnation they played mainly Flemish folk music, but now they focus on traditional Irish music.
- Colcannon from the Salland region of the Netherlands, with Sijtze Malda on piano accordion
from Longmont, Colorado, with Jean Harrison on fiddle and piano accordion
- Johnny Connolly and Johnny Og Connolly. are an Irish (one-row) melodeon player from Connamara and his son, who plays the two-row button accordion. An interview with Johnny Connolly.
- Johnny B. Connolly is an Irish button box player from Dublin (not to be confused with Johnny Connolly or Johnny og Connolly from Connemara), who now lives in Portland, Oregon. He has performed and recorded with amongst others Kevin Burke, the Chieftains, and Anam. An interview with Johnny B. Connolly on rootsworld.com.
Irish accordion player
- Cuig is (or was?) an Irish band from the North East of England, with Deirdre Ruane on accordeon, melodeon, whistles and occasional fiddle. A review of Cuig: Prospect
- Cut the Mustard are a three to six piece ceilidh band, based in the West Midlands, England, with Roger Champkin on guitar and piano accordion. Apart from playing for dancing they'll also entertain with Irish, Scottish or even 60's songs. A page for Cut the Mustard at agency Hop Till You Drop.
was an Irish diatonic button accordionist from Kanturk, Co. Cork.
He played with many famous bands, including
De Danann, Patrick Street, Buttons and Bows, Arcady, Reel Union and Kinvara.
A Wikipedia entry for
- Luke Daniels plays everything from Irish reels to Brazilian waltzes, Paganini and Bach on a two and a half row button accordion. In 1992 he won BBC Radio 2's Young Traditional Musician of the Year. He has worked with jazz/world fusion group 'Scarp' and as a commissioned composer and soloist for the English National Opera, and he has played for Riverdance, and in UK based quartet Broderick. 2009 he released a studio album, Art of Trio, together with fiddler Kate Kavanagh and guitarist Mike Galvin. A review of Luke Daniels and Jonathan Preiss: Above The Bellow. A review of Luke Daniels: Tarantella.
- Danú with Benny McCarthy on button box are an young Irish traditional music group based in Co. Waterford
from Hannover, Germany, with Georg Möllers on concertina,
play traditional Irish tunes and songs.
- Dervish with Shane Mitchell on accordion. A review of Playing with Fire by Dan Beimborn.
- An Irish Button Accordion Discography ()
Dusty Feet Ceili Band
from Paris, with Jean-Paul Moreau on melodeon,
plays Irish music for set dancing and step dancing.
- Tim Edey is a guitarist and diatonic accordion player from Broadstairs, England, now living in Scotland. In the 2012 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards he won both "Best Musician of the year" and "Best duo", the latter with harmonica player Brendan Power. He has played with many big names in Irish music including Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon and the Chieftans.
- Erick's Irish Music Page (that's Erick Falc'her-Poyroux) includes information about the accordion in Irish music ()
Irish folk trio
from the Netherlands, with Arno Ruis on piano accordion,
plays pub songs, jigs and reels "but differently".
- Fiddlers Green from Erlangen, with Stefan Klug on accordion and bodrhán play "Irish-Independent-Speed-Folk"
- The Fiddlestix Ceilidh band from Surrey, England, with Colette O'Dowd on accordion, play for (Scottish) ceilidhs and barn dances. They also play for Irish ceilidhs, but then as The Cuchulainn Ceilidh Band
from Los Angeles plays a mix of traditional Irish punk music and
hard-core punk rock, though they also have some zydeco and country
influences. Apparently in his former life Matt Henly, their accordion player,
was a professional skateboarder.
- On their latest album, "Maybe Tonight", Four Men and a Dog have Maírtín O'Connor and original band member Dónal Murphy guesting on accordion. In a previous line-up, they also had Conor Keane on accordion.
- Bénédicte and Dominique Renaudin's site about Irish and related music in France, with links to musican's sites, a list of sessions, and some Irish, Scottish, Quebecois music, musette, and music from Central France in ABC format
Friends of Fiddler's Green
from Toronto, Canada, with Alistair Brown on melodeon and Anglo concertina
and Sing Out! columnist Ian Robb on English concertina,
boast six versatile musicians, five fine singers, two brilliant joke tellers,
two widely-sung songwriters, and the occasional Fiery Dragon.
- Gaelic Storm from Santa Monica, California, with Patric Murphy on vocals, spoons, harmonica and (piano) accordion. They can be heard on the soundtrack of the "Titanic" movie.
- Box player Bob Gardiner
The Irish button accordion
- Christian Genieux () from the Chalon sur Saône region of France plays Irish button accordion, C#/D. He plays in a band called "Pure Malt", they play traditional music from Ireland and Quebec. On his site has a page about the Irish button accordion, as well as sheet music / tablature for a few tunes (in Word 97/ gif / midi and mp3 format).
- Glen of Guinness [uses flash] from Switzerland with Françoise Lampo on accordion.
from Cushendun in the Antrim Glens in Northern Ireland,
publishes and distributes recordings of traditional music and dance
from Northern Ireland, as well as music books and educational materials.
Seán's home page there is information about traditional
msuic in the Glens of Antrim, and a list of sessions in Northern
- Greenfield is a traditional Irish band from the Nürnberg/Erlangen area of Germany, with Alex Filip on accordion and piano.
- Guide to accompaniment for Irish traditional music
John "The Yank" Harrington
was an Irish-American old button accordion player from Butte, Montana,
who recorded his first CD at the age of 95. He died in 2004 at the age of 100.
- Heartstone is a band from central Ohio, with Kay Proffitt on piano accordion. They play traditional Irish and Scottish highland dance music.
- Noel Hill is an Irish concertina player, originally from County Clare. He organises the "Noel Hill Irish Concertina School" in various locations in the USA. In 2003 they were held in East Durham, New York (August 3 - 8), in Newberg, Oregon (August 10 - 15) and Cincinnati, Ohio (July 27 - August 1).
In Search Of A Rose
from Germany with Eddie Tap on accordion, vocals and piano,
play Pogues-like music.
- Innisfree Irish Showband from Southern California, with Terry Fleming on accordion
- Irish Coffee is a band from Mülheim an der Ruhr with Gerd Krämer on accordion, spoons and xylophone.
an article at RamblingHouse (formerly irishmusicweb.ie)
- Jody's Heaven is a traditional Irish band from the San Francisco Bay Area, with Jack Gilder on concertina and flute. He also plays in "Tipsy House" and in " Crónán.
- www.folkaccordeon.nl () is a site by Erik de Jong, from Enschede, the Netherlands, mainly about the piano accordion in Irish folk music. Amongst others his site contains a session tune book with 63 tunes, with chords. Erik plays in various bands: in a duo with Tannahill Weaver Roy Gullane, in The Doggy Few, which is the house band of the O'Ceallaigh's pub in Groningen, in Carritwen, and in balfolk collective Gonnagles. ()
is a four time All Ireland Champion button accordionist and founder of
the Castle Ceili Band.
- Irish piano accordionist Alan Kelly
- Piano accordion player Ronnie Kennedy from Donegal, Ireland plays traditional Irish music and standards.
is an Irish/world music band from Dublin, with
Dee Armstrong on amongst others accordion (in the past, anyway).
- Kilshannig is an Dutch band playing traditional Irish music, with Louis Kouwets on C/G anglo concertina and other instruments.
- Mario Kliemann () plays anglo in Six Steps to the Bar, a German band playing Irish music. Quite a few concertina links as well, and he organises a yearly German Concertina Weekend, the 15th of which was held in Bielefeld on May 12 - 14, 2006.
is a Celtic/Irish band from Columbus, Ohio, with Renilda Marshall on
- German Irish folk rock (punk) band Lady Godiva with Christian Eickel on accordion
- Chris Sherburn and Denny Bartly on concertina and guitar/vocals, respectively. The founded the band "Last Night's Fun", but now perform as a duo again.
Josh Lederman y Los Diablos
from Boston, with John Buczkowski on accordion, was formed to combine
Lederman's two favorite pastimes: singing and drinking.
These "Kings of Irish-Jewish Folk-Punk"
make music in the vein of The Pogues and The Gourds,
ith some zydeco thrown in as well.
- Lia Luachra is (was?) a young band from Dublin, with Shane Bracken on concertina, and bodhran. They started in 1997, at/for the Inter Celtic Festival in Lorient.
- Traditional button box player Tony Mac Mahon from County Clare is, according to the Rough Guide to Irish Music, "one of traditional music's most colourful, controversial and vital characters and a superb musician to boot". He is well known in Ireland as a radio and TV presenter, and was a founder member (briefly) of the Bothy Band.
and her brother, Irish button box player
from Tullay, Co. Clare, have
has recorded traditional music from East Clare, both solo and together.
- Not a book but a CD-ROM: madfortrad have produced CD-ROM tutorials for traditional Irish music, for various instruments. That includes one for button accordion with Derek Hickey (of De Dannan) as tutor, one for piano accordion with Karen Tweed, and in May 2002 one will come out for concertina, with Niall Vallely. The CD-ROMs combine video (MPEG), text (HTML), photographs and music notation, and will work on most computers (Windows, Mac, and Linux -- i.e. it works for me). You can download a sample video clip to check whether it works for you. Other than the tutorials, they also sell CDs.
- The Mahones from Canada, with Andrew Brown on tin whistles and accordion.
is a button box player from Ennis, Co. Clare.
Her self-titled solo debut got very good reviews from the likes
of Dirty Linen and FolkRoots.
- Leo McCann is an Irish button accordionist (and tin whistle player) based in Scotland. He has played in quite a few bands: Drop the Box, Upstairs in a Tent, Corner House and Dibidil and Malinky. He has also recorded a solo CD.
- Ronan Nolan's Irish Melodeon page. The site also contains bibliographies of amongst other box players Joe Burke and Sharon Shannon and concertina players Mrs Crotty and Gerdie Cummane.
with Kevin Schramm on button accordion play Irish music with Norteño,
cajun and middle eastern influences.
Kevin has more accordion parts then ever, and in fact every Mollys owns
at least one accordion!
won an award (interview)
- The David Munnelly band led by Irish button accordionist David Munnelly, plays West Mayo style traditional music.
- Gerry Murray is an Irish piano accordionist, bouzouki and whistle player, now living in Brussels, Belgium. He is a founder member of traditional Irish band Shantalla, and has also played with bands like Kadril and Orion. He also teaches -- workshops in various countries, and in Brussels workshops via cultural organisation Muziekpublique, as well as private tuition.
was the first American-born musician ever to win the Senior
All-Ireland Championship on the button accordion--for both the two-row
and three-row button boxes (B/C and B/C/C#).
He has been performing professionally in the New York area and recording
for the past 25 years. He also teaches and tunes accordions.
A video of
- The Northeast Ceili Band from Boston and New York with Mike Reynolds on Irish button accordion and Kevin Killeen on piano accordion
- Mícheál O'Raghallaigh is a concertina and accordion player from Co. Meath, Ireland. He plays or used to play in Dublin based traditional band Providence, and in the Táin Céilí Band.
is an Irish dancer and dance accordion player from Australia, now living
He danced with "Riverdance - The Show" from 2001 to 2004,
but left to concentrate on his music.
He recorded an album "Soley Solos" with pianist Robert Bertram,
and a solo album "Dance Each Moment".
- Máirtín O'Connor is one of the foremost Irish button accordionists. He has played in bands like Reel Union, De Dannan and The Boys of the Lough, he was the first accordion soloist on River Dance, and he has guested on loads of albums -- amongst others albums from Aly Bain, Carlos Nunez, Kepa Junkera, Mark Knopfler and Rod Stewart. He has also played on Volume 2 and 3 of "Paris Musette".. A review of Mairtin O'Connor: "Chatterbox"
- Irish (American) piano accordion player and singer Dermot O'Brien
is a young button accordion player from Castlemaine, Co. Kerry. He started playing accordion at the tender age of five. He has played at sessions and Fleadh Ceoil with many seasoned performers over the years.
An interview with Michael O'Brien
- Gearoid O hAllmhurain is an Irish anglo concertina player.
- The German band Paddy Goes To Holyhead () has had a number of accordion and keyboard players throughout the years: Andreas Reich (now An Cat Dubh), Jo Naumann, Jürgen Köhler and currently Rüdiger Kist.
with Jackie Daly on accordion is the band who turned
Simon Jeffe's "Music for a Found Harmonium" into a traditional
A Wikipedia article for
- At the age of ca. 10, Asher Perkins has already played with the Chieftains.
- Irish diatonic button accordionist Charlie Piggott was the banjo player of De Dannan, but switched to diatonic accordion when he got his left hand damaged. He played with Arcady, and in a duo with fiddler Gerry Harrington.
James T. Fearnly used to wear out accordions in
Later on, James McNally played (piano) accordion, whistle, uilleann
pipes, etc. The band split up August 1996.
- Dan Possumato from Anchorage, Alaska, has released a CD with Irish Traditional Music on the melodeon and button accordion. He also plays in trio Fánaí.
- Irish rock group The Prodigals with Gregory Grene on lead vocals and button accordion
is a piano accordion player specialising in Irish Ceili music.
Currently he performs with McElroys Ceili Band from Co. Down,
Northern Ireland. He also records with drummer Seamus McCullough.
- Reel Trad from Knocknacarra, Galway, are an Irish traditional duo and husband and wife, Martin Quinn and Angelina Carberry, on button accordian and banjo respectively. Martin also tunes and repairs accordions, and he teaches the box as well. He also plays in the group "Dorsa".
- Reeltime is a traditional Irish band with Éilís Egan and additionally Luke Daniels on accordion (both of whom play or have played in Riverdance as well). I don't know whether the band still exists -- the page was last updated in 1998. In any case Luke Daniels doesn't play with them anymore.
Ireland's national broadcaster RTE has a program
every Saturday, with traditional Irish music. The program can be listened
to on-line (in RealAudio), with the archive stretching back to 2004.
- Saint Bushmill's Choir is a 7-piece drunken Irish band from Seattle, with Rob Witmer on accordion. They are "a Clash cover band that mostly plays Pogues songs".
- Sharon Shannon. A Ceolas page for Sharon Shannon. An interview with Sharon Shannon. A Sharon Shannon biography at RamblingHouse.
is a young traditional band from Dublin, with
Aogán Lynch on concertina and whistles.
- Graeme Smith published an article in Ethnomusicology, volume 41, no. 3 (1997), entitled Modern-Style Irish Accordion Playing: History, Biography, and Class. He also wrote an article about Annie Proulx's Musicology, mainly about "Accordion Crimes".
- Stinkeye from California, with Tom Schneider on Irish button accordion, plays and sings music from famous beer-brewing countries of the world (including Ireland)
from Northern California with Daniel Schoenfeld on piano accordion and
- Tara Music is a Celtic record label, who have published CDs by amongst others Beginish (with Brendan Begley), Alan Kelly, Josephine Marsh and Máirtín O'Connor (see biographies on the site).
- Téada is a young traditional Irish band with Paul Finn on button accordion
Tears for Beers
from Germany, with Bert Ritscher on accordion, mixes Irish music
- Throat Wobbler Mangrove is an Irish/Dutch folk band from Eindhoven, the Netherlands, with Rudi Bekkers on vocals, accordion, harmonica, and tin whistle. ()
- Time to Time is a 4-piece band from Paris, with Jean-Paul Moreau on accordion and melodeon. They play Irish traditional music from Clare and East-Galway.
is an Irish folk band from Germany,
with Uwe A.O. Heinlein on accordion and other instruments
- Eltjo Toorn Played accordion, melodeon, tin whistles and mandolin in the Dutch traditional Irish band Shannon. On his Celtic Music home page he has some information on Dutch folk magazines/ societies. An overview of traditional Celtic music and dance in the Netherlands
- The Tulla Ceili Band from Co Clare, with Sean Donnelly and Michael McKee on accordion
is an Anglo concertina player from Armagh, living in Cork.
- Seamus Walshe has recorded music from his home region, West Clare
- English-born, Irish-bred button box player John Whelan. A review of his Celtic Reflections CD (I hope that's not what it sounds like... but according to Han Speek it is: `there is a box, but mostly it's drowned in synths') Another Celtic Reflections review.
is a button accordion and concertina player from Chicago.
He was one of the founder members of Solas, and has recorded solo as well.
Apart from performing, he teaches (in Chicago and at workshops),
and he sells Saltarelle accordions.
- Sean Wilson from county Derry is an irish piano accordionist and singer. Another Sean Wilson page.
- The Alexander Brothers, Tom on accordion and Jack on piano, have been touring the world professionally since 1958. Their music company "Greyfriars Music" has recently published an accordion music album called "The Flying Scotsman".
- Battlefield Band is named after the Glasgow suburb of the same name, with -currently- Alan Reid on keyboards, guitar and vocals
is a band from Glasgow, fronted by four young accordionists:
Mairearad Green, Gary Innes, Angus Lyon and John Somerville.
A myspace page for
- Scot Sandy Brechin plays accordion in Seelyhoo and in Burach -- and he has recorded a few pretty wild solo CDs. He also teaches, both privately and at workshops such as Accordions at Witney and Folkworks Summer Schools. A Burach page. A review of Seelyhoo's Leetera All Burach and Sandy Brechin CDs (as well as his tune book and instructional video) can be bought via the first link above; Sandy Brechin's solo CDs are also available from musicforaccordion.com
- Scottish melodeon and Anglo player and folk singer Alistair Brown lived in Canada from 1972 to 2002. There he became a member of Friends of Fiddler's Green, with which he still plays. In 2002 he returned to the UK, to live in Cornwall, where he performs regularly at clubs and festivals.
Caledonia Celtic Band
from Poland, with Wojciech Jurgiel on accordion,
performs traditional and modern Celtic music (Scottish, Irish and Breton).
- Capercaillie from Scotland, with Donald Shaw on accordion.
- Paul Chamberlain from Bowden, Scotland, has won a number of national competitions in Scotland, and in 1999 he was awarded Second Place in the Under 18 Classical section at the UK National Accordion Championships. He plays both piano accordion and free-bass button accordion (which he studied with Djordje Gajic). Paul Chamberlain performs works ranging from classical bayan works and transcriptions to French & continental music and Scottish traditional music. He also composes a wide range of accordion music; on musicforaccordion.com the sheet music for a few musette tunes are for sale.
The Scottish Concertina,
is a collection of articles by Stuart Eydmann (and one by Simon Thoumire)
- The Corries (Roy Williamson and Ronnie Browne), with Roy Williamson on concertina amongst many stringy things.
- Croft No Five was a band from Scotland, with John Somerville on accordion; they split up summer 2006. They combined traditional and original melodies with dance and funk grooves, in a style similar to Shooglenifty's. Their official site has gone, but Croft No Five still have a myspace page.
proves one can play Celtic music on a piano accordion.
He has played in
and often plays with fiddler Aly Bain.
A website for
Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain,
and a page for
Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain
at Green Linnet.
- The Currie Brothers are accordionists / multi-instrumentalists from Milngavie, Glasgow. With Real Audio and MP3 soundclips. Some album manuscripts can be downloaded.
- Blair Douglas, a fouding member of RunRig. An interview with Blair Douglas.
from Glengarry County in Eastern Ontario,
with Nelson MacPherson on button accordion, guitar and vocals,
plays traditional Scottish, Irish, and Canadian Celtic music, blended
with contemporary rock and pop.
- Jock Tamson's Bairns is a traditional Scottisch group with Norman Chalmers on amongst others concertina.
- John Lockhart is an accordionist from the island of Orkney, off the North coast of Scotland. With his friend Tommy Watt he forms "The Toetappers".
from Oban, Scotland,
has played with Rusty Nail, Blackeyed Biddy, and Canadian Celtic band
Clan Terra; nowadays he plays in Ceilid band
and in trio The Shoes
- Ian Lowthian is a great accordionist from the Scottish borders. He trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London, but still palys traditional Scottish music - as well as his own compositions. He used to play in duo with Catriona MacDonald. He has edited/arranged a book of (traditional and modern) Scottish Folk Tunes
- Angus Lyon was NAO British champion by the time he was 13, and turned professional in 1999. He has since recorded a solo CD, "the Long Road", and a second CD, "Simple Tricks" with fiddler Ruaridh Campbell. He has also recorded and performed with the likes of Yusuf Islam and Maartin Alcock. And He played on the sound track of the ITV Series "Distant Shores" -- and appeared in two episodes of the second series. Apparently the on screen band was called "Curnal Salts and the most excellent Budge Bothers"...
Scottish Highland button box player and band leader
has recorded 23 albums in over 40 years of playing.
- Nicol McLaren is the Chairman of The National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs. In 1984 he formed the Glencraig Scottish Dance Band. He presents a weekly Scottish Dance Music programme, "Sporrans a Burlin'" on Heartland FM.
- Brian McNeill, who was one of the founding members of the Battlefield Band, plays fiddle, concertina, and a host of other instruments - and he is a renowned songwriter.
from Scotland is based in Houston, Texas, since 1998.
He plays the Shand Morino (British chromatic) and the single row melodeon.
He plays Scottish and ceilidh music;
back in Scotland he used to play in the Tain Scottish Dance Band.
- Musicinscotland.com is an on-line music shop that sells Scottish and Celtic CDs, DVDs, videos and books world-wide. Their catalogue includes a CDs or DVDs of almost a hundred accordionists.
- raretunes.org is an online archive of recordings of mainly Scottish traditional and popular music, ranging copies from 78rpm records to recent recordings -- including many recordings of accordionists and concertina players, like Bobby MacLeod, Will Starr, Emile Vacher (playing a reel and a hornpipe!) or Alexander Prince, and Norman Chalmers (of Jock Tamson's Bairns)
is a label specialising in Scottish music and video.
Amongst others, they have produced a Jimmy Shand video and CDs,
and various ceilidh CDs.
- Alan and Jan Roy from Inverness, Scotland, with Alan on accordion, have performed together for some 20 years. They have played in Britain, Canada and the USA, as well as on the cruise ships "Canberra", "Oriana" and the "QE2".
- Runrig with Malcolm Jones on various accordions, guitars, amps etc. Elizabeth's Runrig Page with links to many others.
is a singer/accordionist who won BBC Radio Scotland's
2002 Young Traditional Musician Award. With her own band she has recorded
her first CD;
She is also member of (and the vocalist of) KODA,
Keith Dickson's Accordion Orchestra.
A page for
at the Footstompin record label.
A review of
Emily Smith's A Day Like Today
- Smithfield Fair from Baton Rouge, Lousiana, with Jan Smith on amongst others accordion, plays Scottish traditional and original music.
- A tribute to Will Starr (1922-1976), "King of the Scottish Accordionists". He became Scottish accordion champion at the age of 10, and started playing professionally at the age of 14.
plays Scottish traditional music
on piano, keyboards and accordion, in bands such as
Mouth Music, Wolfstone, Ceolbeg,
(also with Freeland Barbour),
The Hoovers, and
The Peatbog Faeries
- Rob Thorn is a a young professional accordion player in West Yorkshire, UK, who has recorded a CD with up-beat Scottish, Irish and Continental music. "The Rob Thorn Band" are available for private functions including weddings, special occasions, ceilidhs, etc.
- Simon Thoumire is a Scottish concertina player who plays (and composes) contemporary traditional music. The Simon Thoumire Three record was called "March, Strathspey & Surreal" -- that sort of sums it up. He plays in Seannachie, The Simon Thoumire Three, in a duo with Fergus MacKenzie, and with his Simon Thoumire Orchestra. He has produced records for the Scottish tourist market under the pseudonym Hamish McGregor ("30 great traditional tunes with the unique feature of Scottish place-names in the titles" -- if that is what sells in tourist shops...). Furthermore, he plays concertina and lowland pipes in Scottish traditional band Keep it UP. Most of his CDs are published on his own Footstompin' Records label (formerly Tartan Tapes)
is a Scottish traditional music ensemble with
Stuart Eydmann on fiddle and concertina.
- Robert Whitehead from Bothal, Northumberland, is the only Englishman to have won the Senior Scottish Traditional Accordion Championship. he performs both solo and with his own band, the Danelaw Country Dance Band (which has Christopher Whitehead on accordion as well).
- Frances Wilkins plays English concertina. She played professionally for a few years in the Shetland-based band Sølan, but in 2001 she started a degree in ethnomusicology, and she is currently doing a PhD at the University of Aberdeen.
- Accordionist, caller and teacher Nicolas Bainbridge from Kirkfieldbank in Scotland, leads a Scottish Ceilidh band "The Assembly Players", and also organises Playford style dances and workshops.
- Beggars Belief is an accordion-led ceilidh band based in South Yorkshire. Funky folk-rock style available for festivals and private events all over the UK.
Benachally Ceilidh Band
from Scotland, with Jim Leighton on midi accordion and piano.
- BigNationalCeilidh on October 18, 2008 is a night with ceilidhs all over the UK with proceeds going to the charity Water Aid.
- Scottish accordionist (and squeezebox list regular) Gary Blair.
Bracken Rigg Barn Dance Band
is a traditional Scottish/Irish accordion & fiddle band,
from South Yorkshire, with Geoff Wright on accordion
(Northumbrian tunes a speciality).
- Cabrach is a ceilidh band from Aberdeenshire, with Frances Wilkins on concertina.
- The Cairnhill Ceilidh Band from Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland, was formed in 1982 by accordionist Iain Buchanan.
are a Ceilidh band from Edingburgh, led by Alex Ross on accordion.
They specialise in Ceilidh Weddings, and have performed all over the world.
- The Carlyle Family from Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland, with father Matt on accordion, play Scottish Dance Music as a family band. They play for accordion & fiddle clubs, weddings, ceilidhs etc.
- Ceilidh Minogue with Gregor Lowrey on accordion is based in Scotland but plays all over -- including Tunisia, Bahrain & on BBC's "Monarch of the Glen"
Clyde Valley Ceilidh Band,
based in Central Scotland, was (re)formed in 2000.
The band includes band leader Allan Smith on accordion
and Alex Graham on 2nd accordion.
They are available for parties, weddings and all functions including
St Andrews and Burns Associations near and far.
- Coila is a Scottish ceilidh band from Ayrshire, with Willie Weir on accordion, who have been playing at ceilidhs, weddings and corporate functions since 1989.
- The Colin Dewar Scottish Dance Band, with Alasdair MacLeod on 2nd accordion, have been playing together for twenty years.
is an all-girl ceilidh band from Aberdeen, with
Frances Wilkins on concertina.
- The Fiddlestix Ceilidh band from Surrey, England, with Colette O'Dowd on accordion, play for (Scottish) ceilidhs and barn dances. They also play for Irish ceilidhs, but then as The Cuchulainn Ceilidh Band
- The Graham Geddes Wedding Band are one of the most established wedding and function bands in Scotland. They play music from traditional Scottish ceilidh dances to popular songs of the decades.
Glenhoulachan Midgie Club Ceilidh Band
from in and around Dumbarton in the West of Scotland,
with Billy MacPhee on accordion, plays for ceilidhs all over
Scotland, the British Isles and further afield.
- Gypsy's Kiss is an Irish Ceilidh band from Bristol, UK, with Dave Rowlands on accordion. A page for Gypsy's Kiss at agency Hop Till You Drop.
- Haste to the Wedding from Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, is a five piece folk band specialising in Traditional Ceilidh Dance Music and Song.
plays amongst others in the ceilidh band Òran Mor
(with also Bobby Stewart on accordions)
- Highland Country is a duo from Paraparaumu, New Zealand, consisting of Tom Calder on accordion and Christine Down on rhythm guitar. They play at dances, Scottish, Irish, country, ballroom etc.
- Hoogie is a Scottish ceilidh band with Dougie Hunter on piano accordion. They play at festivals, concerts, dances and functions.
is a lively ceilidh band from Aberdeen, Scotland,
led by accordionist Charlie Abel.
- Lismore Ceilidh Band from Haddington, Central Scotland, with Stewart Wilson and Morag Black on accordion
- The Loudon Ceilidh Band are a three-piece Scottish Ceilidh band, with Guy Wiley on accordion
is a ceilidh band from Edinburgh, led by button accordionist Norman Mackay.
- Alasdair MacCuish & The Black Rose Ceilidh Band from Glasgow, with Alasdair MacCuish and Scott Gordon on accordions. A page for Alasdair MacCuish & The Black Rose Ceilidh Band at Footstompin' Records.
- Norman Mackay's Ceilidh Experience from Edinburgh, with Norman Mackay on accordion.
is a barn dance and ceilidh band from Barnet.
- The Ian Muir Sound with Ian Muir on accordion (and sometimes Derek Hamilton on 2nd accordion)
- The Music Makars is a Scottish Dance band from Meadville, Pennsylvania, with Etienne Ozorak on piano accordion
Scottish accordionist and band leader
plays both solo (often at Accordion & Fiddle clubs) and
with his ceilidh band.
He also teaches -- since 2003 he has been lecturer in traditional music
at Perth College.
- Max Rankin's Arcadia Music Agency can provide (Scottish) solo accordionists, accordion and fiddle duos, and Scottish and English ceilidh bands
- Accordionist and band leader Donald Ross from London has founded various "themed" bands: Scottish Reeling and Ceilidh band The Highlanders, which consists primarily of ex-BBC musicians; and Italian, French, German, Russian bands and the " Don Ross Easy-Listening Ensemble".
Grand Chain Scottish Dance Resource
with information about all kinds of Scottish Dance:
Scottish Country Dance, Ceilidh, etc. Amongst others it has a list
of Scottish dance bands.
- Scottish Internet Radio has various ceilidh programmes.
- Jimmy Shand was the grand old man of Scottish Country Dance Music. A FAQ for Richard Thompson (ex-Fairport Convention) has an item on Jimmy Shand. He died December 2000. Rel Records has published many Jimmy Shand CDs and videos. A Jimmy Shand tribute.
Star of the North Ceilidh Band
from Groningen, the Netherlands,
with Geert Oude Weernink and Elke Meiborg on diatonic accordion
- Musician and TEFL teacher Leslie Thompson from Devon, England, plays traidtional dance tunes from the British Isles in The Seven Stars Ceildh Band, and English folk music in the 3dB English Ceilidh Band Under his Ukrainian name of Basil Bunelik (his mother is Ukrainian, and he has lived there) he plays East-European music.
- The 3dB Ceilidh Band from Devon, UK is led by accordionist Leslie Thompson and includes Chris Jewell on Melodeon and Mike Cosgrave, guitar. The band evolved out of the Seven Stars Ceilidh Band and has played for hundreds of weddings, parties and barn dances spanning over twenty years. They play English, Scottish and Irish traditional folk music, with a dash of Ukrainian thrown in.
The Vatersay Boys
are a ceilidh band from the island of Vatersay (in the Outer Hebrides),
with brothers Andy and Michael Campbell on accordion.
- Wardlaw Scottish Dance Band with Kenny Thomson and Stuart Thomson on accordion
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