Aine Mcloughlin

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Accordion for all genres

London based multi-instrumentalist Aine McLoughlin is not your typical musician. Born and raised in Mullagh Co Cavan, Ireland, she realised from an early age that though she could turn her hand to many instruments (including the guitar and piano), her real passion was for a lesser-loved instrument - the accordion. Starting lessons at just 11 she instantly fell in love with the instrument, and has since competed (and won) many international solo, ensemble and orchestral competitions. After graduating as an accordion teacher, she also appeared on many national and international television shows performing and teaching her beloved instrument. Since moving to London in 2015, Aine has recorded in Abbey Road, Air and Konk Studios, and has covered everything from classical and folk, to contemporary and pop. She’s played top London venues, including Union Chapel and the National Theatre, and has performed in ensembles, chamber orchestras, operettas, traditional folk groups, scottish ceilidhs, Irish ceili pub sessions and french cafe jams (to name a few). She also manages to find the time to perform in the London Accordion Orchestra (under the musical direction of Ian Watson), be a member of modern folk band Hazel Iris, and work on a solo project - a series of compositions to highlight the beauty, simplicity and many techniques of acoustic accordion. Aine is determined to revive the education of accordion with young people, and is currently working on a number of projects and applying for funding to make this happen. She puts her success down to a unique mix of accordion performance, education and music technology, plus a healthy dose of obsession for the instrument. She has no doubt that it’s possible to incorporate accordion in to any style of music, and is looking forward to experimenting more in future!

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I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Ceilidh, Country, Folk rock, Irish rock, Rockabilly, Traditional English folk, Welsh folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Barbershop, Swing, Ragtime, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Gospel, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Originals, Marching, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Funk rock, Funk, Disco, Covers, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Vintage, Tribute, Top 40, Soul, Alternative rock, Indie, Pop rock, Progressive rock, Heavy metal, Britpop, World music, Bossa nova, Bavarian oompah, Balkan, Brazilian music, Argentinian, Cuban music, Flamenco, French music, German music, Greek music, Italian music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Latin, Mariachi, African music, Armenian, Afrobeat, Arabic, Australian music, Asian music, Bollywood, Caribbean music, Calypso, Choro, Cumbia, Indian music, Hawaiian music, Merengue, Polish music, Polka, Salsa, Russian music, Reggae, Polynesian music, Samba, Scottish music, Ska, Skiffle, Tango, Spanish music
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Theatre / Show, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Songwriter, Sound technician, Live looping, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Community music worker
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Ian W, 1 year ago

I invited Aine to play a solo slot in my ‘Push the Buttons’ concert at Union Chapel last December. The concert was a showcase to highlight the huge potential of the accordion in all genres of music. Aine was keen to involve loop pedals with her own composition for solo accordion and electronics. The result was a stunning mix of fine artistic playing by Aine, showing great technique but also a real command over the electronics side of the piece. The audience reception was rapturous and following the concert this was one of the most talked about parts of the program. A fine performance by a wonderful musician.

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Gina M, 1 year ago

We hired Aine for our engagement party as we wanted something a little different. I grew up with my grandad playing the accordion and have always loved the instrument. It was perfect - something out of the ordinary but still with a lot of songs we knew and a few traditional Irish songs mixed in. Everyone was dancing from the first drink!

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