Noel Hill


Noel Hill, the doyen of the Irish concertina, hails from Caherea, in West Clare. His parents and grandparents were concertina players and his playing was particularly influenced by his uncle, Padraig A Chnoic.

Noel has played professionally since the late 1970s. His critically acclaimed album’s include Noel Hill and Tony Linane (1979), Í gCnoc Na Graí (1985), with celebrated accordionist Tony MacMahon, The Irish Concertina One (1988), Aislingí Céoil (1993), with Tony MacMahon and Iarla Ó Lionáird and The Irish Concertina Two (2005).

Noel has played throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong and Australia. He teaches at his own Noel Hill Irish Concertina Schools in Ireland and the United States.

Noel will be on stage with Brian McGrath at the Friday evening concert in The Crown Hotel. On Saturday morning he will be giving a concertina workshop and hosting a tutor led session with Sorcha Costello and Peter McAlinden on Saturday afternoon from 3pm.