Irish Music and the Piano: from Shebeen to Stage

This entertaining and ear-warming special is filled with Irish folk and traditional tunes transcribed, arranged and composed for piano, which is in itself unique. In Ireland, the instrument almost always missing from a traditional Irish music ‘session’ is the piano, but Irish music is increasingly being championed and performed by classical pianists.

The special explores the history of the piano in Irish music and features recordings by Barry Douglas, John O’Connor, Michael McHale and Ruth McGinley. We’ll also hear from the artists themselves, talking about why Irish music is important to them and to classical music in a broader context.


Andrea Blain
Andrea Blain (she/her) is a freelance host/producer for Minnesota Public Radio and APM. She has hosted several national specials in the past and was also a regular host for Music Through the Night. Andrea lived in Northern Ireland prior to working for APM and in May 2022, she returned to live in Ireland. She continues to work on a freelance basis on a variety of projects and broadcasts.


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March 1, 2023 - March 31, 2023

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