‘Don’t miss him live’
‘Raw, moving songs’
Experienced Singer, Songwriter and Piano Player Max Greenwood’s musical endeavour is driven by a love of rhythm, harmony, melody & improvisation, his playing infused with Folk traditions, Gospel, Blues & Jazz. Original solo piano work appears on recent EPs Iris and Fern.
Max has sang, played, engineered, produced and collaborated with many artists including Tom Baxter, Liam Ó’Maonlai (Hot House Flowers), Iarla Ó’Lionáird (The Gloaming), Mik Pyro (Republic of Loose), Jack L, Vyvienne Long, Jerry Fish, Albert Hammond, Adrian Crowley, Charlie Winston, Mick Hanly, Gerr Walsh, Fionn Regan, and The London Community Gospel Choir. He currently plays with the folk trio Iona Sound and Blues band Otis. During his Piano Residency at top Dublin restaurant Town Bar & Grill, Max has entertained many high profile cultural icons such as Bono, The Strokes & Alan Rickman. His original music has been used for TV shows and he has played live throughout Europe, America, including SXSW, and on Later with Jools Holland.
Max teaches privately, for Music Generation’s Secondary School projects, and at Third-Level college BIMM Institute, Dublin. A particular interest in engaging, fun and horizon-expanding musical educational experiences for children began with Max’s Arts Council-funded “Life, The Universe and Everything – in a day!”, and “The Evolving World” Songwriting workshops in London, promoting evolutionary and ecological awareness, resulting in albums of original material written and recorded by 7-11 yr-olds in collaboration with professional Songwriters. At Third-level in collaboration with BIMM Institute, Max has developed online, interactive and group-led educational approaches for Songwriting students, using Lecturer-modelled learning to drive strong engagement and peer activity, introducing interactive and portfolio-led assessments into new modules.
During Lockdown 1, Max started Piano Therapy, a YouTube channel experiment featuring piano performances, improvisation, ‘Alphawaves’ (meditative piano audio-visual content), and educational content in development.
“An exceptional touch” – Tom Baxter, Singer-Songwriter
“Savage player, really melodic” – Mik Pyro, Republic of Loose
“Best Piano Player in Ireland” – Stephen Shannon, Producer, Experimental Audio
“Impeccable timing” – Conor Brady (The Blades, Terence Trent D’Arby, Toots & The Maytals)
“Max created a relaxed, free-flowing environment that empowered people to explore their own creativity and expression; combined with a great knowledge of piano, recording, and songwriting. My own songwriting developed into new, unexplored areas based on things I picked up from Max.” – Luke Power, BA Songwriting student.
“An approachable and fun teacher…adapts his style and level to suit what you want to achieve.. Even when I was feeling creatively stunted he always found ways of encouraging me to keep going.. very enthusiastic about helping you reach your potential.”- Fiona Hannon (Darwin’s Daughter), Songwriting Diploma student.
“A reflective process helped me to embrace newer ways to approach my writing….Max always went the extra mile.” – Dr. Fiona Weldon, Songwriting Diploma student.
“Caters for all levels of musicianship… Music Production taught in ways that made sense… enthusiastic and genuinely interested in students musical ability.” – Katie Phelan, BA Songwriting student.
“Feedback was always constructive and clear… a good balance between creative encouragement and a business approach to songwriting/performing.” – Ailsha Davey, Songwriter, Composer.
“Good practical advice with chords and song sections.” – Niall Sheedy, Songwriter.
Recording: Acoustic piano, vocals, digital piano/keyboard parts:
€60/hr, €150 – €200/song, €280/day.
Online Tuition: Piano, Songwriting, Music Production:
First lesson free, €40/lesson thereafter, €180 for 5.