Martin Tourish

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Martin Tourish biography

Martin Tourish is a Dublin-based accordionist, composer and producer originally from Co. Donegal. Listed in The Rough Guide to Ireland as an accordionist of note and featured in The Rough Guide to Irish Folk Vol. 2, in 2008, he was named “Young Musician of the Year” by TG4 and later scored the music for their award-winning television advertisement, “The More You Look, The More You See”.

In 2014, Martin was awarded a PhD for his research into style in Irish traditional music. Shortly after, he became a member of the seminal band Altan, with whom he performs internationally. The same year also saw the release of his critically acclaimed solo album Under A Red Sky Night.

In recent years, Martin has recorded film music for the Naxos label with The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, played venues such as The Royal Albert Hall with The Chieftains and The Grand Ole Opry with Altan and Ricky Skaggs, presented an episode of the traditional music television show Geantraí and has been involved in the production of around ten albums.

As a composer, his works have been performed by amongst others: Altan, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Triona Marshall, The Contempo Quartet, Martin Hayes and Paddy Moloney.

As an author, he edited Altan: The Tunes (2015), the only collection of Donegal music in print, containing 222 pieces along with the history of each piece. He has also produced two books of arrangements for Universal Edition: Celtic Accordion (2016) and Celtic Ensemble (2017).

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