Mary McCarthy’s approach to piano playing is routed in her Irish background in traditional
music and her on-going involvement with musicians in this field in Scotland and Ireland.
Mary’s friendship with Ronald Stevenson, Eddie McGuire and the late Margaret Fay Shaw
has helped her develop her own piano style, retaining the qualities of sound appropriate to the
beauty of the melodies in the Gaelic tradition. Mary gives concerts in numerous countries
around the world, often linking folk music from other sources with suitable classical music.
Her CD Molaidh Uist is often played on radio and was dedicated to Margaret Fay Shaw on
her 100 th birthday.
Mary has been piano tutor on the Scottish Music Degree Course in the Royal Scottish
Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) since its inception. Her first student was James
Ross – they now perform Scottish and Irish music on 2 pianos, most recently on the BBC
Radio 3 “Pianothon” in November 2008.
‘Pianist Mary McCarthy beguiles with understatement and glistens with melodic clarity… this is the only solo piano recording of the Gaelic and Irish Tradition that I can recommend without hesitation.’ Peter Urpeth reviewing In Praise of Uist Molaidh livintradition.co.uk
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