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Charlie Piggott

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Occupation(s)  Musician
Genres  Music of Ireland
Role  Musical Artist
Name  Charlie Piggott
Years active  1970-present

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Born  14 July 1948 (age 67) Cobh, County Cork, Ireland (1948-07-14)
Instruments  Tenor Banjo, Button Accordion, Tin Whistle
Associated acts  De Dannan The Lonely Stranded Band Gerry Harrington
Books  Blooming Meadows: The World of Irish Traditional Musicians
Similar People  Alec Finn, John Faulkner, De Dannan, Frankie Gavin, Jackie Daly

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Charlie Piggott (born 14 July 1948) is an Irish traditional musician, best known as a founding member of De Dannan and has toured extensively in Europe, Canada, and the US. He grew up playing music in County Cork, where his first instrument was the button accordion. In the early 1970s Piggott played banjo in sessions at Galway's Cellar Bar with Frankie Gavin (fiddle), Alec Finn (bouzouki) and Johnnie "Ringo" McDonagh (bodhrán). In 1973, the group Dé Dannan was formed from sessions at Tigh Hughes, An Spidéal, Co. Galway. Piggott 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", but after damaging his index finger in an accident on tour he reverted to playing the melodeon. In 1976, he was a featured artist of the Smithsonian Institution, at the Festival of American Folk Life, for the American bicentennial. Today he plays a Black Dot Hohner Double-Ray, tuned C#/D. Piggott has revived many rare traditional melodies and has a reputation for performing them in accordance with the ethos of older players who have passed the music on. He later founded the Lonely Stranded Band with Miriam Collins (concertina) and Joe Corcoran (bouzouki, guitar & vocals) and their 1996 album met with great success. The new millennium saw him team up with the Sliabh Luachra fiddler Gerry Harrington to record a Clo Iar Chonnachta release: The New Road. Piggott has also established a considerable reputation as a lecturer, with a great knowledge of traditional music and musicians. He is co-author, with Fintan Vallely and photographer Nutan Jacques Piraprez, of Blooming Meadows: The World of Irish Traditional Musicians. Having worked for a long time as a professional musician in Galway featuring regularly on television and radio, he still plays at traditional music festivals in the area.


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  • De Danann (1975)
  • Selected Jigs Reels and Songs (1977)
  • The Mist Covered Mountain (1980)
  • Star-Spangled Molly (1981) (see The De Dannan Collection)
  • Best of De Dannan (1981)
  • The Lonely Stranded Band (1996)
  • The New Road (2000)
  • References

    Charlie Piggott Wikipedia