Solo Accordion Player Performer Colette was born in the highly musical area of Sliabh Luachra in Co. Kerry in the south west of Ireland. Her musical career began at the age of five when she took her first piano accordion lesson. By the age of eighteen, she had won two All-Ireland titles. From 1996-2002, she released two albums and performed worldwide with highly acclaimed all girl Irish group The Bumblebees.
Colette’s solo album release in 2002 “The Attic Room” “weaves an intriguing tapestry of music from Ireland, Scotland, Italy, France and Eastern Europe, with zest, vitality and cosmopolitan taste” (The Living Tradition). Colette’s Quartet are England’s premier band for weddings, ceili’s, parties and corporate events.
One of the most respected bands on the circuit for the past six years, they have performed for Sting, Her Excellence President Mary McAleese at Dublin Castle, Princess Anne at the Guildhalll, Antonio Carluccio, Jasper Conran as well as at countless Scottish, Irish and Italian weddings and corporate events.
Audio Clips Representing Different Genres
American Folk – Goodbye Eddy Street
Their diverse repertoire ranges from enthralling reels, jigs, hornpipes and marches to meltingly beautiful airs and songs from Scotland and Ireland. In addition, they weave a rich tapestry of melodies from France, Galicia, Italy, Canada, Cape Breton, Eastern Europe, Argentina and Louisiana with style and cosmopolitan taste.
This year they performed at numerous festivals including Glastonbury, Celtic Connections, Tate Modern, Wychwood, Wimborne, Lovebox, Blas and Return to Camden. They have toured extensively throughout Austria, Germany, Italy, France, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Past international festivals include L’Orient Interceltique Brittany, Milwaukee US and Celtic Colours, Canada. With their driving energy and exuberance, they are guaranteed to bring any festival, concert, conference, wedding, ceili, ceilidh, barndance, event or celebration to life!
Colette can be hired as
Duo (Accordion + guitar/vocals)
Trio (As Duo + violin)
Quartet (As Trio + bass/uilleann pipes/ceili caller if required)
“Colette is a highly respected piano accordionist and her solo album “The Attic Room” combines breath-taking virtuosity with a genuine love and feeling for the music she plays” (Hot Press).
“Colette is one of the best at coaxing genuine sounds from the stomach Steinway, a sterling musician” (Irish Voice New York).
re Wedding at Regent’s Canal, London 3rd
Thank you so much for playing at our wedding, you were absolutely brilliant and everyone was talking about what a beautiful touch your playing was, it turned something nice into something magical, and my mother even commented about what a lovely and charming woman you are too. We can’t believe you took the time to learn the music we had suggested, including the L’Atalante theme, we are very grateful indeed. We had a really amazing day and you contributed significantly to thank – so thank you. Best wishes
– Brendan and Fionnuala
re wedding at Ham Polo Club
Thank you so much to The Long Notes for the amazing music you provided us on our wedding day. So many guests commented on how your music created the perfect atmosphere. The tune – “Ceremony” – that you learnt for us was just so wonderful and a few people stated it put the hairs up on the back of their neck when you played it. Thank you. With best wishes
– Tara and Mick
re Ceili in The Brewery, Chiswell St. London EC1 4SD
“We were delighted with our choice of Colette and her band for our recent charity céilí in central London. Their energetic caller was amazing in the number of dances she knew and the ability she had to persuade the crowd to get on their feet and dance. The music was exactly what we were looking for, the musicians very accomplished and always ready to take suggestions, and they played a mix of old favourites and some new dances to ensure that novices and experienced céilí goers had great fun. We will certainly be contacting them next time around!” Thanks
– Judith Ni Bhreaslain
re Wedding at Candid Arts Trust, 3 Torrens St. London EC1V 1NQ – 2nd September 2006
“Thank you thank you for playing at our wedding! We had a truly fabulous evening, the music was excellent, the atmosphere was high and the dance floor was packed all night. Everyone commented on what talented musicians Colette’s band were and the whole ambience of the evening including the sensitivity of the caller, helped our two families get to know each other. Thanks again.”
– Bríd Scanlon
re Three Crowns Pub, Stoke Newington, London, St. Patrick’s Day
“Thank you so much for playing the Three Crowns, the evening was enjoyed tremendously by both customers and staff alike and the feed back was amazing about the event .Its a rarity to see such passion for the music and such pure talent outside of Ireland. A truly captivating experience. Go raibh mile maith agat.”
– Neala Marie McPhail
The Irish Washerwoman
Pinch of Snuff
The Silver Spear
Mna na hEireann
Magic Slipper, Johnny Leary’s Polkas
Ar Eireann Ni Nosfainn Ce Hi (Air)
Highland Strathspey Set
Ay Fond Kiss
Under the Bridges of Paris
La Vie en Rose
The Last Time I Saw Paris
Breton Wedding March
Carnival of Venice
Tantz Tantz Yiddelekh
Khosid Wedding Dances
Winter in Buenos Aires (Invierno Porteno)
Tune for a Found Harmonium
The Godfather Waltz
El Mercado Testaccio (Chile)
Goodbye Eddy Street (American)
Never Going Back Again (Fleetwood Mac)
Le Petit Cheval Rouge (French-Canadian)
Flower of Scotland
Auld Lang Syne
Fields of Athenry
Ring of Fire
I Walk the Line
Dirty Old Town
Brown-Eyed Girl plus many more..
Dashing White Sargant
Siege of Ennis
Strip The Willow
Walls of Limerick
Eastern European Accordion Player, French Accordion Player, Scottish Accordion Player, French Accordionist , Irish Accordion Musician.