Sandy Brechin

  • Prices: £30 per hour
  • Location: EH3 9JJ
  • Instrument(s) Taught: Piano Accordion
  • Ages: 6+
  • Genres Covered: Scottish/Irish, Traditional, Folk
  • Contact: [email protected]

Teacher's Biography:

Sandy Brechin is one of Scotland’s best-known accordionists, famous for his lightning-fast playing and hilarious on-stage humour. He has developed his own unique approach to the art of accordion playing and his innovative style is instantly recognisable: a combination of slick, incredibly fast finger-work on the melody and a revolutionary method of syncopation on the bass. Sandy was the first in Scotland to play professionally the small 48 bass size of accordion, which is now pretty much his trademark. Despite its small size and range, Sandy gets a huge sound out of it.

Sandy is a highly experience piano accordion tutor with a long history of teaching, both privately and for a variety of organisations in the UK and around the world. He has developed his own fingering method for the keyboard and a unique syncopated style of bass accompaniment, which many students have learnt to their benefit. He is the full-time accordion tutor at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton, a government-funded post he has held for many years. Sandy would be delighted to help you to play the accordion, whether a beginner or more experienced player.

Music Qualifications / Achievements:

  • Teaching for over twenty years
  • Accordion tutor at The National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton for the last ten years
  • Regular Feis teacher at Feisean all over Scotland
  • Guest lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow and at the University of Edinburgh
  • Accordion tutor at Orkney Traditional Music Project 2017-18
  • Full time musician and record company owner


“If you want to hear what an accordion can do in the right hands, put it in the right and left hands of Sandy Brechin.” – The Living Tradition

“An accordionist with attitude as well as loads of talent.” – fRoots

“Brechin is an amazing accordion player.” – Dirty Linen

“Love your music. You are the reason why I still play the accordion” – Nic Smith, Facebook


To book your first lesson with me, or to find out more about my lessons, don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing me on [email protected].

Has Been Teaching Music For

5 Years+



Youngest Student Age Taught


DBS Certification

Standard Disclosure (Scotland)

Public Liability Insurance


Genres Covered

Scottish/Irish, Traditional, Folk

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