"The playing is from the heart of the tune, never hurried;
never sold short, generous and good-humoured..."
- The Living Tradition
Charlie Piggott was one of the founding members of De Danann, with whom he toured extensively in Europe, Canada and the US and has recorded several albums. He was also a member of the Irish musical group invited by the Smithsonian Institute to participate in the festival of American Folklife (1976) as part of the bi-centennial celebrations. Charlie plays in the old style and many of his seminal recordings have caused him to be hailed as "one of the most influential Irish banjoists of the generation". Recently, Charlie re-released The New Road (with Gerry Harrington), as well as his first solo album, The Days That Are Gone. A new duo album with his son, Rowan, is titled The Trip We Took Over The Mountain, and is available to order from the CDs page.
"a superb player... a superb touch..."
- Irish Ways Radio
The Trip We Took Over The Mountain
This new album by father & son duo, Charlie Piggott (button accordion) and Rowan Piggott (fiddle) is out now!
Most of the sets on this 15 track album were put together on a short tour that took them from Miltown Malbay over the Burren to Rowan's childhood home of Kinvara. As well as jigs, reels, polkas, marches, slip-jigs, waltzes, slides, flings and hornpipes, the album features a couple of songs from Rowan.
Order now from the CDs page.
The Lark On The Strand
Singer Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaíoch and three musicians Charlie Piggott (accordion), Gerry Harrington (fiddle) and Peter Browne (uilleann pipes) undertook a musical tour of Ireland in 2000. A recording was made which was kept but gradually forgotten over a twenty-year period. However, it surfaced again through a chance discovery, lying in a cardboard box in an attic during the pandemic lockdown period of 2020 and it was a fortunate find!
The music and song sounded fresh and had much of the spirit and spontaneity that can often accompany a live onstage occasion.
There is plenty of variety here – nineteen tracks in all – with songs in Irish and English, trios, duets and solos playing reels, double jigs, slip jigs, hornpipes, polkas, slides, marches, slow airs and a set dance.
It can be ordered from Bandcamp here.
In Conversation With Charlie Piggott
– The Sirius Arts Centre
"For this unique lunchtime event Charlie will play a little, talk a little and invite you to join him in conversation in an informal environment. Charlie is a consummate musician, delightful storyteller, and avid historian of the tradition. He has established a considerable reputation as a lecturer, with a great knowledge of traditional music and musicians."