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08/27/18: The 2018 Southern California Tionól will take place over the weekend of October 26, 27 & 28, 2018. Guests include Joey Abarta, K Padraig O'Kane & our special guest representing NPU, Emmett Gill. We look forward to seeing you there! ::: more»
07/18/2018: REVIEW: Introducing my new flute by Seery Flutes! It's a beauty. It plays strong, easy and perfectly in tune. I can't say enough good things about it. Mine is the delrin model, which I like, as it is basically bulletproof... and you can defend yourself with it! Having said that, it isn't heavy. The turning on the outside has been refined compared to older models I've seen, especially on the head joint, where more material has been subtly removed but it remains thicker around the embouchure. If you are a flute player you are probably familiar with these flutes, they are a popular, affordable (and incredibly well playing) alternative to the traditional wooden flute.
Sadly Des passed away in 2015, which I just found out at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy. I am proud to say that I met him. He lived in Bray, close to my family. I brought him some California cane several years ago for his reeds. He was a gentleman and wonderfully cheery soul. Fortunately, his legacy continues!
10/28/17: I have updated the classified submission recommendations suggesting users create a temporary email address to use on this site. I hope this will help curb spam issues people have experienced.
10/01/17: The Southern California Tionól will take place over the weekend of November 10, 11 & 12. The guest instructor is Patrick Hutchinson ::: more
09/29/17: Tiarnán O Duinnchinn is delighted to launch new solo Piping CD; "Reggish Paddy". Available to download or buy (hard copy posted) from www.tiarnan.ie Here is what Andy Irvine had to say "Tiarnan O Duinnchinn's new album is a revelation. His creative and inventive use of regulators has always been a mind blower for me. Well do I remember listening to him playing on a sunny Summer's day at a fleadh in Cavan a few years ago.I was overcome with emotion.The same feeling I last had listening to Willie Clancy in similar circumstances in Scariff in 1964." ::: link
08/26/17: Uilleann piper Eoin O'Riabhaigh has launched a new website promoting his pipemaking! Best of luck with the new venture Eoin! ::: link
08/18/17: I am very excited to annouce that I have been invited to teach at The Pipers' Gathering, Litchfield, CT. on August 18-20, 2017. Check out their website to sign up or request a private lesson. See you there! ::: more
07/15/17: On July 15th/16th weekend Marco Pollier is making a rare visit to England from Clare as a tutor at the Pat Molloy Summer School in Birmingham, England. He will also be performing at the Saturday night concert.
03/27/17: Website Update: I have removed the old Google Search Box that was in the left menu and added the new version to the top of each page. I think it will help you navigate the site better and find what you are looking for faster. Let me know what you think!
12/09/16: Another great year of uilleann piping has transpired and it's not over yet! Thanks to everyone for visiting the site. Thanks also to all those that listed classified ads. They help keep the wheels greased around here and every contribution is greatly appreciated. Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year to you all!
06/05/16: Cillian Vallely has just released his first solo cd, "The Raven's Rock". It features his brothers Niall (concertina) and Caoimhin (piano) and a few friends that he's played with over the years including Sean Og Graham, Paul Meehan, Ryan McGiver (guitars), Jeremy Kittel (fiddle) & Brian Morrissey (bodhran).
The record is now available on his new website www.CillianVallely.com and can be mailed to all corners of the world. There's also a few clips on there to listen to.
To download the cd, you can go to www.cdbaby.com/cd/cillianvallely
For anyone close to New York City, there's a launch gig on June 11th at the stunning Pier A in lower Manhattan. This will feature some of the musicians on the cd and fellow members of Lunasa including Kevin Crawford, Colin Farrell, and Patrick Doocey.