Accordionist Cailin

Performing traditional songs from around the world, Accordionist Cailin has an impressive resume of Festival & TV appearances, as well as previous clients including Princess Anne, Sting, Jamie Oliver & Guy Ritchie!

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Set List / Repertoire

The Galway Rambler (reel)
Pinch of Snuff (reel)
The Sligo Maid (reel)
Plains of Boyle (hornpipe)
Rockin’ the Boat (jig)
Haste to the Wedding (jig)
JB’s Reel
Mna na hEireann (slow air)
Carolan’s Concerto
Magic Slipper, Johnny Leary’s (polkas)
The Star Above the Garter, Dingle Regatta (slides)
The Coolin (air)
Molly Malone (waltz)
The Marino Waltz

Scotland the Brave (march)
Miss McLeod’s (reel)
Sailor’s Hornpipe
Atholl Highlanders (jig)
Highland Strathspey Set (strathspey)
Margaret’s Waltz
Highland Laddie (highland fling)
Ay Fond Kiss (air)
Little Cascade (reel)
My Love is like a Red Red Rose

La Mer
Under the Bridges of Paris
La Vie en Rose
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg
The Last Time I Saw Paris
Fleur de Paris
No Regrets
Chanson D’Amour
I Love Paris
Under Paris Skies
Breton Wedding March
Nurse’s Waltz
Le Poule Huppe

O Sole Mio
Ah Mari
That’s Amore
Funiculi Funicula
Mambo Italiano
Come Prima
Carnival of Venice
Musica Proibita
C’est a Capri

Eastern European/Russian
Tantz Tantz Yiddelekh
Macedonian Horo
Dark Eyes
Khosid Wedding Dances
Bandura Waltz
Shifting Sands
Moscow Nights

The Blue Danube (Strauss)
Vienna Blood Waltz (Strauss)
Kiss Waltz (Strauss)
The Trout (Schubert)
White Horse Inn (Operetta)

Argentinian, South American
Winter in Buenos Aires (Invierno Porteno)
El Choclo (tango)
JPP’s Tango
Girl from Ipanema
Black Orpheus
El Mercado Testaccio (Chile)
La Partida (Venezuelan)
El Cabure Tango
One Note Samba

Dafydd y Garreg Wen (David of the White Rock)
Y Deryn Pur (The Gentle Dove)
Ar Hyd y Nos (All Through the Night)
Calon Lan (Oh Pure Heart)
The Ash Grove
Ar Lan y Mor (Beside the Sea)

Tune for a Found Harmonium (Penguin Cafe Orchestra)
La Valse D’Amelie (Amelie Soundtrack)
Amsterdam (Jacques Brel)
Concierto de Aranjuez (Joaquin Rodrigo)
Black Orpheus (Brazil)
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg
Moonlight Serenade (Glen Miller)
Can-Can (French)
The Godfather Waltz
From Russia with Love (James Bond)
Goodbye Eddy Street (American Folk)
Never Going Back Again (Fleetwood Mac)
Le Petit Cheval Rouge (French-Canadian)

Songs (with accompanying vocalist/guitarist)
Flower of Scotland
Auld Lang Syne
Will you go Lassie go
Fields of Athenry
In Dublin’s Fair City
Galway Girl
Star of the County Down
Hills of Donegal
Fisherman’s Blues
Mack the Knife
Ring of Fire
I Walk the Line
Rainy Night in Soho
Norwegian Wood
Dirty Old Town
You are my Sunshine
Bright Side of the Road
Brown-Eyed Girl plus many more..

Ceili/Ceilidh/Barndance Repertoire
Gay Gordons
Dashing White Sargant
Circassian Circle
Siege of Ennis
Strip The Willow
Haymakers Jig
Walls of Limerick
Virginia Reel
Canadian Barndance
St. Bernard’s Waltz
The Waves of Tory

Full Biography

* Previous clients include Irish President Mary McAleese, Princess Anne, Guy Ritchie & Sting!
* Festival & TV appearances including Glastonbury & USA's The Late Late Show, as well as performing alongside Jools Holland, The Proclaimers & more! 
* Also available as a Duo, Trio, Quartet & Quintet (please see booking options).

"…intriguing tapestry…beautiful harmony and cosmopolitan taste." - Irish Times

Originally from Ireland, Accordionist Cailin performs a varied repertoire including traditional Celtic, Irish, Scottish, French, Italian, Eastern European, Russian and South American songs.

Born in the highly musical area of Sliabh Luachra in Co. Kerry, she took her first piano accordion lesson at the age of 5 and had won two All-Ireland titles by the age of 18.

"Cailin is one of the best at coaxing genuine sounds from the stomach Steinway, a sterling musician.” - Irish Voice New York

Career highlights include:
- Performing for Irish President Mary McAleese and the Latvian President at Dublin Castle and for Princess Anne at the Guildhall and at Kensington Palace.
- Being one of 14 handpicked instrumentalists and singers chosen to participate in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall’s first “Irish Sea Sessions” which also featured Dublin’s luminary singer songwriter Damien Dempsey.
- Festival appearances including Glastonbury, Celtic Colours Canada, Celtic Connections Glasgow, HebCelt, Wickham, Milwaukee USA, Lorient Interceltique Brittany, Orkney, Copenhagen, Tonder Denmark, Highlands and Islands, Lovebox, Tate Modern, Wychwood, Return to Camden, From the Heart Barbican, Wimborne, Blas, Moseley, Devizes, Towersey and Trowbridge Festivals.
- Sharing festival billings with Jools Holland, The Chieftains, Maire Ni Bhraonain (Clannad), The Proclaimers, Luka Bloom, Brian Kennedy, Paul Brady, Mary Coughlan and many more.
- Featuring on numerous TV programmes, BBC Alba’s “Horo Geallaidh”, UTV’s “Kelly Show”, RTE’s “The Late Late Show”, “Mary Kennedy Show” and “The High Reel”, TG4's “Ionad Cois Locha” and “Sult”, the latter a collaborative project with Donal Lunny (Bothy Band, Moving Hearts).
- Her albums being aired on RTE Radio, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, Lyric FM, as well as countless regional BBC and radio stations throughout the USA.
- She is also in demand as a studio musician having recorded on albums with Wolfstone, Maire Breatnach, Mark Nevin (Fairground Attraction) and Russian legend Boris Grebenshikov.

In addition to public performances, Cailin has entertained at countless corporate and private events over the last decade. Amongst her many clients are Sting, Jamie Oliver, Antonio Carluccio, Guy Ritchie and Thandie Newton.

Cailin can also perform as a Duo, Trio, Quartet or Quintet - with combinations of Guitar, Violin, Banjo, Percussion & Bass! (please see booking options)


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*Duo/Trio/Quartet/Quintet also available (please see booking options).

Performance Times

2 x 45 minutes sets

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14 Customer Reviews

Performance quality: 5 stars
Sound quality: 5 stars
Behaviour: 5 stars
Communication: 5 stars
Audience engagement: 5 stars
Value for money: 5 stars
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Really created the atmosphere I was hoping for

5 stars - Accordionist Cailin are Highly Recommended
booked Accordionist Cailin for their event in West Sussex

“The right atmosphere was so important at our Tepee party. So much thought and effort had gone into the night from the pagan story teller to the life sized animatronic polar bear. We couldn’t of hoped for a better folk duo. Colette and Micheal completely understood the evening and were so relaxed and happy to sit under the stars next to the fire. Playing tune after tune. That really created the atmosphere I was hoping for. Even stepping in to fill the time when the drummer got lost on his way here and also very happy to play a few carols at the end where 80 of us sang along. We will definitely request them again as not only were they talented musicians but really lovely people!”

Excellent musicians, everything went smoothly

5 stars - Accordionist Cailin are Highly Recommended
booked Accordionist Cailin for their event in London

“Collette and Jason were terrific. Excellent musicians with many compliments about how good they were and how much they enjoyed their music. They arrived in plenty of time and everything went smoothly. Jason even got some of us up and doing some ceilidh dancing in the second set”

We had a brilliant evening! She is an amazing musician!

5 stars - Accordionist Cailin are Highly Recommended
booked Accordionist Cailin for their event in West Midlands

“Colette was accommodating, helpful, friendly, and fitted in with the evenings plans and schedule. Alongside all of that, she is an amazing musician! Thank you Colette, we had a brilliant evening! Many thanks Matt”

Colette is a truly talented musician who has mastered the accordion. This was c...

5 stars - Accordionist Cailin are Highly Recommended
booked Accordionist Cailin for their Wedding at Carlton Mitre Hotel in Surrey

“Colette is a truly talented musician who has mastered the accordion. This was clear not only from the beautiful versions of tunes which she played with Carlene the violinist who was also exceptional, but also that she did not restrict our choice, made further suggestions of music which lends itself to accordion/violin based on the kinds of music we like and learnt a new tune especially for our wedding. In short, this allowed us to have set lists which really reflected our taste and included tunes personal to us and all played excellently. Colette and her violinist are professionals who were equally adept at producing a lovely relaxed atmosphere for our drinks reception and creating a set full of energy for our evening dancing. Best wishes, Mike and Wiebke ”

Thank you so much for the amazing music.

5 stars - Accordionist Cailin are Highly Recommended
booked Accordionist Cailin for their event

“Hi Colette Thank you so much 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.”

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