Charlie Piggott

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Charlie Piggott
Charlie Piggott playing a Black Dot Hohner Double-Ray, tuned C#/D.
Charlie Piggott playing a Black Dot Hohner Double-Ray, tuned C#/D.
Background information
Born (1948-07-14) 14 July 1948 (age 74)
Cobh, County Cork, Ireland
GenresIrish traditional music
Instrument(s)Tenor Banjo, Button Accordion, Tin Whistle
Years active1970–present

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, County 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",[1] but after damaging his index finger in an accident on tour he reverted to playing the melodeon.[2]

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.[citation needed]

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.[3]

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.[4]

The new millennium saw him team up with the Sliabh Luachra fiddler Gerry Harrington to record a Cló Iar-Chonnacht release: "The New Road".[citation needed]

Piggott is co-author, with Fintan Vallely and photographer Nutan Jacques Piraprez, of Blooming Meadows: The World of Irish Traditional Musicians.[5]

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.[6]

In 2019, Piggott released a solo album called 'The Days That Are Gone'[7] and followed it in 2020 with 'The Trip We Took Over The Mountain',[8] a duo album in collaboration with his son, the fiddle-player & singer Rowan Piggott.


  • 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)
  • The Days That Are Gone (2019)
  • The Trip We Took Over The Mountain (2020)


  1. ^ "Charlie Piggott!". The Irish Tenor Banjo. Archived from the original on 4 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  2. ^ Stradling, Rod (24 May 2000). "Charlie Piggott and Gerry Harrington: The New Road". Review. Musical Traditions. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  3. ^ Laffey, Sean (June 2000). "The Straight New Road". FolkWorld. No. 14. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  4. ^ Potter, Gordon (1996). "The Lonely Stranded Band". Review. The Living Tradition. No. 17. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Blooming Meadows, a book by Fintan Vallely, Nutan, & Charlie Piggott". Fintan Vallely. 10 December 1998. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Charlie Piggott". Alaska folk music and more!. Archived from the original on 13 July 2010. Retrieved 2021-05-08.
  7. ^ "An album by Charlie Piggott".
  8. ^ "An album by Charlie Piggott & Rowan Piggott".

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