Carl Hession is a notable Irish composer, arranger and pianist. His background includes many elements of his education in both traditional and modern (including jazz) and classical music.
Originally from Galway, Ireland, he participated in competitions at various Fleadhs throughout the country. He has All Ireland titles to his credit as a soloist and as a member of duets and trios with flute player Matt Molloy and accordion player Joe Burke. He studied classical piano at University College Cork where he completed a B. A. in music, specialising in keyboard improvisation. He then performed with violin virtuoso Stéphane Grappelli.
Hession played with the ceili band Shaskeen, with whom he recorded several albums, and with Paul Brock's band Moving Cloud. He also worked with traditional musician friends Frankie Gavin and Joe Derrane and jazz/blues singer Mary Coughlan. With Gavin he recorded The Full Score (TARA 4020). Gavin also played on Hession's album Ceol Inne Ceol Inniu - Old Time New Time, along with Jackie Daly, Steve Cooney, Kevin Crawford and others. He also made recordings with jazz guitarist Louis Stewart.
For several years he was part of the highly-successful Rhythm of the Dance team with the National Dance Company of Ireland.
Carl Hessions skill is found in the compositions he has written and arranged for a number of orchestras and ensembles and his collaboration with Aidan O'Carroll on the album Songs My Mother Taught Me .With Shaskeen
The Shaskeen, Release Records BRL 4053.
Green Groves of Erin. Traditional Irish Music and Song, Release Records XRL5001
The Ash Plant, Release Records XRL5005
Traditional Irish Music, Release Records. Audiocassette, 12 tracks.
Celtic Aura - Irish Traditional Music - compilation - 1990
Mo Chairdin - with Paul Brock and Manus McGuire
Old Time, New Time - 1995
Moving Cloud - 1995
Return to Inis Mór - 1996
Tra Water's Edge - 1997
Fox Glove - with Moving Cloud - 1998
Joe Derrane with Carl Hession
Songs my Mother Taught Me - by Aidan O'Carroll
Heart of Ireland - Collection of Celtic Songs - Compilation - 1998
Shamrocks & Holy - An Irish Christmas Celebration - compilation - 2000