‘Don’t miss him live’
‘Raw, moving songs’
An experienced and critically acclaimed Singer-songwriter, Piano Player and Teacher living in Dublin, Ireland, Max’s musical endeavour is driven by a love of rhythm, harmony, melody & improvisation. His work draws influence from Gospel, Blues & Jazz. Recent twin EPs Iris and Fern feature original solo piano pieces. Max’s delicate, expressive touch on the piano features live and on recordings by many artists including Tom Baxter, Mik Pyro, Jack L, Vyvienne Long, Jerry Fish, Albert Hammond, Iarla O’Lionaird, Adrian Crowley, Mick Hanly, Gerr Walsh, Fionn Regan, and The London Community Gospel Choir. He currently plays with the folk trio Iona Sound and the Blues band Otis.
In August 2020 Max started Piano Therapy, a new YouTube channel experiment featuring weekly uploads of piano performances, improvisation, ‘Alphawaves’ (meditative piano audio-visual content), with some educational content in development – see videos featured below.
Max teaches privately and at BIMM Institute, Dublin.
“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/song, €250/day.
Online Tuition: Piano, Songwriting, Music Production:
First lesson free, €40/lesson thereafter, €180 for 5.