‘Don’t miss him live’
‘Raw, moving songs’
An experienced, critically acclaimed Singer-songwriter, Piano Player and Teacher, Max’s musical endeavour is driven by a love of rhythm, harmony, melody & improvisation, his playing influenced by Folk traditions, Gospel, Blues & Jazz. Original solo piano work appears on recent EPs Iris and Fern.
Max has sang, played, engineered, produced and written 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. Max has entertained many wealthy and high profile cultural icons such as Bono, The Coors, The Strokes, Alan Rickman during his Piano Residency at top Dublin restaurant Town Bar & Grill 2009 – 2015 and other engagements. His original music has been used for TV shows and he has played live on Later with Jools Holland.
With a long-standing interest in education, Max teaches privately and at BIMM Institute, Dublin. In 2003 he founded SongRise and ran “Life, The Universe and Everything – in a day!”, and “The Evolving World”, Arts Council-funded Songwriting workshops for 7-11yr-old children with The Premises Studios, London, promoting evolutionary and ecological awareness, and producing original song material, written and performed by children with professional Songwriters.
During a recently completed BIMM-commissioned 3rd-level research project, Max developed new, portfolio-led, online community-supported learning methods for Songwriting students, driven by Tutor-Modelled Learning, remotely deliverable, and creating strong engagement. The research instigated the rewriting of two Songwriting course 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.