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Pat O Leary Ceilidhe Band in 1938, which features a large piano accordion

Earliest Origins of the Piano Accordion in Irish traditional music / Sophie Cahalane

A guest blog from Cork piano accordion player Sophie Cahalane. Sophie is studying for an MA in Musiclogy in Maynooth University and spent time in ITMA researching and presenting this blog as part of her coursework.

Irish Jigs and Reels for the Piano Accordion / Gaviani, 1936

“The piano accordion became hugely popular among céilí bands, due to its adaptable nature, having the ability to fill a room with its sound”

Sophie Cahalane
Gems of Irish Songs with Words, Tonic Sol-Fa and Ukulele with Parts for Piano Accordion / 1934
How to Play the Piano Accordion / Adam. F. Elison, 1934

The dawn reel ; Peter street / John Clifford, piano accordion