Chicago Reel

Jonathan Whitall

Jonathan Whitall is originally from Pittsburgh, where he grew up studying classical piano and violin. A family friend introduced him to Irish music in the mid-1990s, and he became interested in the tunes, studying the work of masters such as Tommy Peoples and John Doherty. He honed his technique playing with Donnybrook and other Chicago-area musicians. More recently, he has turned his attention to the distinctive style of Cape Breton music, taking inspiration from musicians including Glenn Graham, Joel Chaisson and Troy MacGillivray. Drawing from a variety of traditions as well as his extensive tune knowledge, he brings intricate, energetic and tasteful accompaniment to the band. He also fiddles with The Cosmic Otters, a contra dance band.