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Hughie Kennedy

Button Accordion Teacher - Cork

About Hughie Kennedy


Hugh Kennedy, is a native of Cork City with musical roots coming from both sides of the family. A versatile musician, who can perform as a solo artist but can easily blend in with other musicians. He is capable of enhancing an impromptu session and enjoys different musical styles and genres. The button accordion is his primary instrument while he also plays tin whistle and bodhrán.


Hugh has performed in Ireland and abroad over the past few years. He toured extensively across the USA in 2017 with 'The Young Irelanders'. He was chosen as the button accordion player to tour with this renowned group. Hugh has built a large portfolio of musical experiences which include playing numerous weddings, senior dancing competitions, cruise ships, concerts, liner tours, ceilís, festivals, fleadh cheoils, and other musical projects. He featured live on national radio including the infamous ceilí house for the Temple Bar tradfest in January 2016.

Hugh is completing his debut solo album which he is recording and producing in his home studio. Hugh now resides at his home in Cork where he performs regularly around the city.


He has been passing on his musical expertise by teaching music over the past few years. Hugh teaches button accordion in group classes as well as one to one tuition. He is flexible with all levels, ages and well experienced in providing online lessons. Hugh charges €40 per hour, €35 for 45 mins and €25 for 30 mins. 


Contact Hugh by email: or ph: +353 89 4121464

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Hughie Kennedy: Bio


Hughie Kennedy is a master musician and a great teacher. He works with me, where I am at on my B/C button box, with positive energy! Hughie helps me choose traditional tunes that fit on the box and how to give them that Irish lilt. He is amazing at modelling and teaching ornamentation. I look forward to my Zoom lessons and recordings from Hughie!


 I took up the B/C box two years ago and have been attending lessons with Hughie since. Working with Hughie is inspirational. He has a huge bank of tunes, has a vast knowledge of all Irish music..... but most of all, hIs enthusiasm is infectious. Before Covid, we worked together, one on one, but since we've worked online. I highly recommend Hughie as a teacher and now consider him a very close friend and mentor. 


Hugh is indeed a gifted musician and inspiring teacher. My son Séan Óg is 13 and really enjoys his button accordion class with Hugh. Hugh is energetic and engaging and has a wonderful talent in encouraging his students to be the best they can be. As a parent, I am so pleased with Séan Ógs progress and it's a big plus that Hugh's class is lively and fun. 


Hugh Kennedy has been teaching button accordion to my son Darragh, aged 13 for a number of years. I find Hugh to be very friendly, pleasant, obliging and always enthusiastic. Darragh has great time for him and enjoys his lessons. Hugh has given him confidence in his music abilities and an interest in the instrument, which tends to diminish as boys reach their teenage years. I am glad that we met Hugh and he teaches my son as I'm not sure he would have stuck with it with another teacher.


Hughie Kennedy: Testimonial


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