Stephen Markham

Stephen Markham is a pianist from Ennis, Co. Clare. He began learning the piano at the age of 8 and quickly completed his classical music training with the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Already a button accordion player and céilí-band drummer, he became influenced by Irish traditional music and the distinctive piano accompaniment of Cape Breton music. He attributes his love for Irish music to his mother, a piano and tin-whistle player whose family hails from Kilfenora, Co. Clare, an area renowned for it’s musical heritage.

Stephen has won All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil titles in ceili band drumming and piano accompaniment at both u18 and senior level and has considerable experience in Fleadh Cheoil adjudication, private tuition and university tuition at the University of Limerick and Maynooth University. Following his degree in Law and European Studies from the University of Limerick, Stephen commenced a Masters in Irish Traditional Music Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, which he completed with first class honours.

He is a founding member of traditional band The Young Irelanders who completed a sellout tour of the United States in 2015. 2016 will see them record a new album and return to the U.S. as well as touring China to perform the ‘Riverdance Symphonic Suite’ composed by Bill Whelan, with full orchestra.  Stephen is also a member of Dublin based alternative pop band Maud in Cahoots (M.i.C) whom he plays piano and synths with. Juxtaposing classical/acoustic instruments with electronic instruments, the band have been touted as ‘ones to watch in 2016’ by many major Irish publications with Hotpress Magazine describing them as “…undisputedly one of the finest unsigned acts in the country.”


A member of fellow OAIM tutor Lisa Canny’s band, Stephen has also played in Dublin based pop band ‘Department’ as well as traditional bands ‘Nuada’ and ‘A Dog Called Rizla’, Stephen also played with folk legend Finbar Furey throughout 2014 and 2015. He has collaborated with many other musicians including Holly Geraghty and Jonathon Roche for their debut album 'Ceolmhar' and has toured extensively on the world stage performing throughout Europe, Australia, Asia, South Africa and North America.

Courses Stephen Markham Teaches:

Piano Foundations - Melody & Accompaniment

Irish Piano Foundations is a course aimed at the player who can already play the piano but who wishes to learn or improve on the primary foundations of playing and accompanying Irish music on the piano. These foundations include: · Right hand melody - Ornamentation, Fingering, Variation and Rhythm · Left Hand Accompaniment - Chord progression, Rhythm and Voicing The course consists of twelve lessons featuring nine tunes with right hand melody and left hand accompaniment. Piano accompaniment is also taught for four of these tunes. Most of the tunes taught in this course are well known allowing the piano [.. Read More]

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Piano Technique

This course is for the intermediate to advanced piano player and suits those that already play traditional music as well as those who want to branch into this music genre. Combining melodic tune playing and accompaniment, the primary aim of this course is to introduce the player to a variety of different traditional tune types as well as how to accompany the tunes taught when playing with others. This course will develop tune repertoire, ornamentation and left hand accompaniment for melody playing. As the piano has the versatility to be both a melodic and accompaniment instrument, the second focus of [.. Read More]

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