This list starts with players I mentioned in Volume 1, published in 2000.
These players have all had a different impact on the development of styles and this is a subjective collection. By giving a little information on these players, the intention is that you will hopefully like the sound of some of these guitarists and check them out further yourself. There’a a discography for these players in Volume 1.
Peerie Willie Johnson
Since the release of his solo album in 1980 Arty was one of the most sought after accompanists on the traditional music scene today. He played on countless folk albums in Ireland. In accompanying, his style is first and foremost rhythmic. He used primarily dropped D tuning, and in his playing you can hear a percussive, crispy top end as well as a beefy bass sound. He passed away in December 2019.
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill
From here down, the list contains players who I discovered after Volume 1 was published, and are listed in Volume 2.
Tim’s guitar accompaniment shows his intimate familiarity with the melodies as he’s also a fine accordion player. He plays nylon strung guitar and has a style strongly reminiscent of Steve Cooney’s. He tunes to Dropped D and uses a capo as an essential part of his playing. He makes great use of very fast rhythmic flourishes and there’s great dynamic fire in his playing. He’s been a popular choice as an accompanist, playing with many leading musicians, including Sharon Shannon, Brendan Power, Seamus Begley and The Chieftains.