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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 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 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
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. Details here.

05/09/16: The earliest motion picture involving uilleann pipes was recently uploaded to YouTube. It's a film titled Kathleen Mavourneen. It was shot in New York in 1906. I wonder what tune he was playing? Update: Apparently thie piper is still unknown. Can anyone elaborate? If so please email me ::: more »

08/28/15: Jim Dowling Uileann Pipe and Trad Festival
Glengarriff ,West Cork is delighted to announce the line-up for the 2016 Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe and Trad Festival, which takes place from 16th to 19th June 2016.
The festival has grown from small beginnings in 2013 to become one of the highlights on Ireland's festival map, attracting the country's top trad musicians and ever bigger audiences.
This year's stellar line-up includes Dervish, Davy Spillane, Connla, The Bonny Men, The Pipers Union, Blackie O'Connell ,Tom Delany,David Power, Sean Mckeon, Eoin O Riabhraigh, Caroline Keane,Liam o Connor and many more including Northumbrian Piper Andy May.
Throughout the weekend, there will be 32 scheduled trad sessions and, if previous years are anything to go by, many more spontaneous sessions. There will also be workshops, master classes and numerous events taking place around Glengarriff village.
Glengarriff, renowned for its breathtaking scenery, is a must-visit destination on the Wild Atlantic Way. The village is packed with lively pubs and superb restaurants. So why not plan your visit to coincide with the Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe and Trad Festival? We look forward to seeing you.
Details of all concerts and events can be found on our website ::: »

08/28/15: Announcing the Southern California Tionól 2015 November 6, 7 & 8. Featuring guest pipers Joey Abarta and Michael Stribling. Pre-registration is heartily encouraged!!! Details available at: See you there! ::: more »

08/03/15: In an attempt to gain more music students I have signed up for a service called - Visit my profile, read my reviews, ask me a question ::: more »

06/05/15: I am now on twitter under the name @piper_darcy - see you in the twittersphere!

05/18/15: The Ne'er Duwels CD is now available for purchase online at

05/11/15: This Saturday, May 17th, a project I've been working on for two years will be launched in Pasadena California! The Ne'er Duwels is the name of the band. It's a festival friendly melenge of four individual musicians that bring their experience and musicality to the table. What a feast! See the Website for details.

04/13/15: New York piper Bill Ochs has released a double CD of Micho Russell recordings to coincide with Micho's 100th birthday. It is available on CD and also on iTunes.

01/22/15: I just created a YouTube playlist featuring videos I have made for students over the years to help them learn tunes. Subscribe and enjoy! Visit The Playlist YouTube

01/02/15: Happy New Year to you all! Thanks for your continued support. May your reeds forever melodiously sing! Enjoy!

06/30/14: Cúirt An Phíobaire Presents a MEGA SESSION. Saturday, 28 June 2014, 7.30 p.m. An Díseart, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland. Featuring Paddy Keenan, Leonard barry, Kevin Rowsome and members of Na Piobairí Uilleann also local musicians and friends flyer ::: more »

05/12/14: The Pipers' Gathering, August 22 - 24, 2014
New Location: Wisdom House, Litchfield, Connecticut
Featured uilleann pipe instructors: Kevin Rowsome and Joey Abarta.
Register now and save money on tuition ! website »

03/10/14: Waterford piper, David Power, has just released a new CD titled "The 18 Moloney" featuring a wonderful historic set of pipes endowed to him by pipemaker Mal White and made by the Moloney brothers of Clare in pre-famine times. David is a piper of exceptional skill and taste, this is not a recording to be missed! more »

02/28/14: Congratulations to Na Piobairi Uilleann on the launch of their new website. Nice job guys! Exciting times ahead! more »

01/04/14: I have added a form to the Classifieds page in an effort to make submitting an ad easier more »

12/24/13: Happy Christmas to everyone in the uilleann piping community. Here's to another year of pumping, squeezing, cramping, scraping, tweeking, tapping, drueling, blistering. May your elbows keep pumping and your fingers keep flayling!

12/16/13: A new reedmaking book is now available. Reedmaking by Martin Gallen, a 70 page full colour step by step guide to his method of reedmaking more »

12/12/13: I am currently sold out of whistles. I am currently researching good quality, affordable instruments to stock. If you have a favourite let me know here »

11/19/13: The Lesson request form has been updated to include the 10% discount for 4 prepaid lessons here»

11/18/13: I'm finally back home from six weeks touring immediatly followed by the SoCalTionol, which I think is a word now. Now all I need to do it smoke a turkey. I think that's the sensible thing to do.

10/09/13: Jimmy O'Brien-Moran has just released "Take Me Tender" the long awaited follow up to his album "Sean Reid's Favourite". It is a tribute to the music of Paddy Conneely, a blind piper who lived in Galway. The darling of his age, Conneely gained national fame when his portrait and an accompanying article appeared in the popular Irish Penny Journal of October 3, 1840 - 173 years ago. Having survived the Great Famine Conneely died on September 11, 1851. However, over 180 pieces of his music had been transcribed by at least five collectors leaving a fascinating record of piping style and repertoire in pre-Famine Ireland ::: more»

10/09/13: Welcome to Caleb Cox of Paradise, Northern California. Read his bio here»

10/07/13: Leonard Barry has just released his new CD titled "New Road". Lot's of tasty tunes! ::: more»

09/19/13: I have added a contact form to the contact page. Send me a hello! ::: more»

09/11/13: I am in the process of updating the iTunes Store within this site. I have gotten as far as Tommy Martin. The links below him may or may now work anymore. It's a pretty comprehensive list of uilleann piping albums and related albums those pipers have played on. Go have a look ::: more»

09/02/13: The Long Beach Fleadh an Irish Music and Oyster Festival is coming up this weeeknd, September 14 & 15, in Long Beach, CA. I will be hosting the "Session Tent" accompanied by Moira Smiley (song), Kira Ott (fiddle), Jimmy Murphy (guitar), Michael Esken (Box etc.) Maire Clerkin (dance). We will each do a 45 min presentation of our instrument and what we do with it and then cap it off in the evening with a ceili dance and session. The session tent schedule looks something like this:


  • 12.00 – 12.45 exhibition 1 - Patrick D'Arcy
  • 1 to 1.45 exhibition 2 - Michael Eskin
  • 2 to 2.45 exhibition 3 - Moira Smiley
  • 3 to 3.45 exhibition 4 - Kira Ott & Jimmy Murphy
  • 4 to 4.45 Ceilí - Maire Clerkin & Whoever Has The Energy
  • 5 to ? Session Mór - The Long Beach Fleadh Ceili Band

  • 12.00 – 12.45 exhibition 1 - Michael Eskin
  • 1 to 1.45 exhibition 2 - Kira Ott
  • 2 to 2.45 exhibition 3 - Patrick D'Arcy
  • 3 to 3.45 exhibition 4 - Jimmy Murphy
  • 4 to 4.45 Ceilí - Maire Clerkin & Whoever Has The Energy
  • 5 to ? Session Mór - The Long Beach Fleadh Ceili Band

I will also be playing with The Ne'er Duwels on the main stage at 2pm on the Saturday. A great family day out!

04/02/13: Check out the new CD from Pat Broaders, Liz Knowles and Kieran O'Hare "Open The Door For Three" ::: more»

03/23/13: Sign up time for piping, whistle & bodhrán lessons. Now that the silly season is behind us I have some time to take on students once again. We can either work using Skype or you can come to my home if you live close by ::: more»

03/12/13: Happy St. Patrick's Week to everyone! Remember the old Irish proverb, "He who pays the piper calls the tune!". May your tunes be often and plentiful!

Click to view cover01/12/13: A Guide to Reed making for the Uilleann Pipes
by Patrick O' Hare
... A guide to reed making for the uilleann pipes is a new publication on the art of reed making by professional reed maker Patrick O' Hare.
Patrick was taught the art of reed making by Dave Hegarty, Francie Mc Peake III and Brian Howard. After many years studying and practicing the art of reed making Patrick is now considered to be one of the fore most experts on reed making today. His reeds are played by a host of top performers such as John Mc Sherry, Sylvain Barou and Blackie O' Connell.
He has taught reed making extensively at numerous tionals and reed making workshops and is a regular teacher at the Pipecraft centre in Dublin. Some of Patricks former reed making students are now considered to be expert reed makers themselves. This new book on the subject is the result of many years hard work studying the craft of reed making and developing a method of reed making which will help to take away the fear that many pipers have when it comes to the dark art.
The book is in A4 format with over 60 high quality full colour photographs, on high quality gloss paper, detailing each of the reed making stages in a clear and concise fashion.
To order contact Paddy at pohare1(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

01/03/13: Happy New Year to you all. Hopefully see you along the way in 2013!

11/28/12: Christmas Special Offer CD Sale! 25% discount if you order by Dec. 25th at

10/23/12: I just signed up for a pretty well put together service called Reverbnation which helps musicians and bands. Might be of use to some of you out there :::

10/23/12: Emmett Gill and Jesse Smith just released a wonderful new CD titled "The Rookery" ::: more»

10/21/12: Réalta take a lively, exciting and respectful approach to Irish traditional music. Reared on a staple diet of The Bothy Band, Planxty and other such classics, this Belfast based band captures the timeless aspects of the tradition and gently infuses them with elements from other musical genre. Performing on dual uilleann pipes, whistles, guitar, bouzouki and bodhrán this multi-instrumentalist group present an enchanting programme of dance music interspersed with the occasional story, air and song. A youthful curiosity is evident in the musical arrangement and is paired with a strict attention to detail in its execution ::: more»

10/20/12: Happy International Uilleann Piping Day everybody! The Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club will be on NPUtv between 11 & 11:30am (PST) as Na Píobairí Uilleann scan the globe for festivities! ::: more»

10/13/12: Pipemaker, Ray Sloan, has been added to the Pipemaker Showcase ::: more»

10/11/12: On the lessons page I have included some sample videos of previous lessons I've given. The tunes include An Rógaire Dubh, Na Ceannabháin Bhána, The Cliffs of Moher, Sixpenny Money, Fraher's Jig, The Rambling Pitchfork, Jenny's Wedding, The Morning Thrush, and The Pure Drop ::: more»

10/08/12: I have added another buying option for my CD that you might find useful. You can buy the physical CD and highest possibe quality download for the price of the CD alone, or you can buy the download only. Includes high res PDF of liner notes too! Enjoy!

09/17/12: Very excited to announce that my CD is now available through iTunes. Wallop the Spot - Patrick D'Arcy

08/22/12: My debut solo CD "Wallop The Spot" is done! It landed on my doorstep on Monday. If you would like to buy one I am currently selling them using Paypal via my website at They will also be available in the next week or two at CDBaby, iTunes etc. Thanks for your support!

08/13/12: My debut solo CD "Wallop The Spot" is almost finished being printed and should be on my doorstep this Saturday. I'm looking forward to its arrival and sharing it with you! Watch this space! :)

07/12/12: Kavan Donohoe Harper & Uileann Piper from Cavan has just recorded the first ever vPipes ® Cd and its coming out at the All Ireland Fleadh in Cavan 2012! ::: more»

07/16/12: Welcome Johnny Redstone to the biography page.

06/29/12: I just added a link to a very promising young pipemaker to the pipemakers page. Makoto Nakatsui of Sapporo, Japan.

06/21/12: I would like to welcome two new pipers to the biography page. Tony Collins and Preston Howard. May God have mercy on your souls!

06/19/12: I'm back now from a moth spent touring in Ireland, Scotland and England with the Getty's. What a great experience! Then it was straight into playing the Irish Fair this past weekend in Irvine. The Sunday night was rounded off by playing a private shindig for the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond MSP, and his entourage at a private home in Hollywood. I look forward to playing a few tunes with you soon. It's the Timmy Nolan's session tonight, if you're around?

05/09/12: RTÉ Radio: The Pipes by John Kelly. Barry McGovern and Conor MacNeill star in 'The Pipes' by writer and broadcaster John Kelly, with original recordings by Liam O'Flynn. A wayward character sells his soul to become a master of the Uilleann Pipes, in a comic odyssey from Enniskillen to New York via 'Augustinian whirlpools of vice'. Producer: Kevin Brew ::: more»

04/04/12: Last weekend I had the pleasure of playing a concert with modern hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty at The Grand Ole Opry as special guests of bluegrass mandolin legend Ricky Skaggs ::: more»

03/17/12: Happy St. Patrick's Day!

02/11/12: I just downloaded a new album by Paddy Moloney and poet John Montague called The Wild Dog Rose. A wonderful selection of poemering, uilleann pipering, whistling, harpering and fluthering. As close to a solo album as we may get from Paddy Moloney. I highly recommend it! ::: more»

01/04/12: Happy New Year everyone. Here's to a happy, healthy and musical 2012!

11/02/11: I have created an iTunes page specific to uilleann piping available for download at the iTunes Store. Please use it often as every purchase helps keep this website going ::: more»

10/05/11: Peter Laban sent me some images of old piping related postcards he has collected over the past few years along with some other items of interest. You can see them on his page ::: more»

08/08/11: Concertina Player, Noel Hill, will give a house concert on Sunday, August 21st, 7:00pm in La Crescenta, CA. Tickets are $20 at the door. Space is limited so please R.S.V.P. to Following the concert there will be a reception/party/session. (BYOB)

07/08/11: I am now selling brand new Generation and Feadóg tin whistles. Currently I have them in the key of D in nickel. If you are interested in other keys let me know ::: more»

06/15/11: The Southern California Tionól this year will take place over the weekend of November 11, 12 & 13. We have secured Jimmy O'Brien-Moran, Michael Cooney and Benedict Koehler with a special appearance by David Quinn this year. It'll be a good one! ::: more»

06/01/11: The Northeast Tionól will take place October 21-24, Gavin's Resort, East Durham, NY. Piping: Nollaig Mac Cárthaigh, Michael Cooney, Tom Creegan, Fiachra O'Regan, Jerry O'Sullivan. Reed Workshop: Seth Gallagher. Fiddle: Oisín MacDiarmada, Willie Kelly ::: more»

05/27/11: Seán Tyrrell, Kevin Glackin and Ronan Browne have just released a CD together named "and so the story goes..." and are currently touring it around Ireland ::: more»

04/22/11: The first Oireachtas of the North American Gaeltacht will take place 1 - 3 July, 2011. As well as language and song there are also instrument competitions, including uilleann piping ::: more»

04/20/11: A recent edition of RTE's The Rolling Wave featured Aoife Ní Bhriain (daughter of Mick O'Brien) and Pádraic Keane (Tommy Keane's son) in the Irish Embasssy in Berlin last month. Aoife (fiddle) recently won the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal 2010 and Pádraic is The TG4 Gradam Ceoil Young Musician of the Year 2011::: play»
Two tunes were also played from the concert in the previous weeks programme at play» (starts at 32.30)

03/07/11: This is fascinating! South Indian Carnatic music played on the violin began with an Irish fiddler/soldier in the British army stationed in India ::: more» more again»

03/03/11: I am playing more shows these days so keep an eye on the "concerts" section on the right for dates. Looking forward to seeing you along the way.

03/03/11: Just getting around to some badly needed maintenence stuff on the site. Things should work better in Safari and Firefox now. Let me know if you notice any issues.

01/31/11: David Quinn sent me new photos of a Tayloresque set he just finished pitched in C! ::: more»

01/29/11: The South East Tionol, February 25-27, 2011. Orlando, Florida. Featuring: Mick O'Brien, Michael Cooney, Kara Doyle, and Pat Sky ::: more»

01/22/11: In May 2007 NPU had some pictures taken of my Koehler & Quinn concert pitched set. The shoot took place at the home of Ronan Browne in Spiddal, Co. Galway and the photographer was Colm Hogan. These beautiful pictures are now available to view on the NPU Source website ::: more»

01/22/11: In The Ould Ago, meaning a long time ago, is a book of Illustrated Irish Folklore book by Johnny McKeagney. It comprises of 200 intricately hand-drawn illustrated pages of Irish traditions, crafts, history, countryside, farming ways, wildlife, myths and customs. All sewn together in a case-bound hardback A3 size cover and printed by Nicholson & Bass. Competition: You could win one of 5 copies of In The Ould Ago. Simply answer the question and submit your details below to enter ::: more»

12/21/10: Coming up on TG4 Monday 27 December 21.15 - Tommy McCarthy: Handing Down the Tunes (new documentary) The programme covers the life of Clare born musician Tommy McCarthy, from his early days growing up on the family farm and learning to play music, to his years spent in London, and his return to live once again in Clare. The themes of music, emigration, and in particular the handing down of the music to his children and grandchildren are central to the narrative, and many of Tommy's contemporaries, such as Joe Burke, Noel Hill and Reg Hall, pay tribute to the man and his music ::: more»

12/15/10: I just want to wish everyone a happy holiday season and I look forward to having tunes with you in the new year.

12/03/10: Errant Elbows - An uilleann pipes audio diary of sorts... ::: more»

11/15/10: Na Píobairí Uilleann Source has been launched! In 2008 and 2009, thanks to funding from The Arts Council, Na Píobairí Uilleann filmed the working methods of four master pipe makers around the world. The result was many hours of footage covering all aspects of making the instrument. In considering the best method for deployment of the material it became clear, given the volume of material and the requirement for backup documentation, that issuing the video on conventional DVD format was not a viable approach. Rather, what was required was the ability to deploy large amounts of video and to organize the clips into meaningful sequential steps with the option of backup photographs, plans and documents for each clip. In exploring this approach, it became obvious that such a web based platform could also be used to deploy other media content and arrange it into Galleries and so the idea of the Source took shape ::: more»

11/08/10: The Southern California Tionol went very well this year. Thanks to our guests, hosts and attendees alike! ::: more»

10/26/10: People interested in taking Skype Lessons with me may be interested to know that I have upgraded my computer system and the results are excellent. Better picture, better audio and better connectivity ::: more»

10/08/10: Ronan Browne has written an article about his listening class. A must read! ::: more»

09/08/10: From Bill Ochs: I have a proposal to keep music education alive in the schools in these belt-tightening times. I've started a new website called where I offer to provide schools with a pennywhistle and an instruction book for just $5 per student. I am throwing in a 44-minute instruction CD for free as a download. All schools have to do is make some homemade drums from found objects and they can have a real marching band that will bring joy to their students and to their communities.
A teacher named Kathy Clyne started a pennywhistle marching band called The Golden Eagles at P.S. 192 in Harlem in the '90s. You can watch a video clip of the Golden Eagles Tin Whistle Band on the home page of
It would be great to see little bands like this spring up all around the country. I hope you will visit the site and then help me spread the word to parents, people in education, and leaders of scout troops and other community groups... ::: more»
08/31/10: Last year, Gary White of the South Eastern Pipers Tionol and Patrick Sky put together a party for pipers at the Skyline village Inn, in the beautiful North Carolina mountains. They had a great time. There was no agendas….workshops or concerts; just hanging out, talking and playing pipes. Mostly it was pipers but they had a few fiddlers and I believe a fluter to boot. Great sessions. They are doing it again this year on September 18-19. All are welcome. Call The Skyline Village Inn and make reservations. Be sure and tell them its of the Irish bagpipes party. If by chance they fill up call the Pine Valley Motel, which is just a mile down the road. Here are their Web pages: -
08/16/10: The Fall Equinox Folk Music Dance & Storytelling Festival will take place on Sunday, September 12, 2010 in Northridge, CA. Loaded with workshops & concerts this is the continuation of the former Solstice Festival. Glad to see its return! ::: more»
08/14/10: Pipemaker Tadhg Crowley's son and Corkonian music shop owner, Michael Crowley, passed on last week ::: more»
08/13/10: Jerry O'Sullivan's new CD "O'Sullivan Meets O'Farrell, volume 2" is now available on CDBaby for download and at Ossian USA for a hard copy. Congratulations Jerry on another wonderful recording!
08/13/10: A spectacular collection has been made available online - "Donated to WIMA by David K. Dunn, this collection contains the manuscripts, books, sheet music, recordings, artifacts and ephemera collected by Michael J. Dunn. Musician and instrument maker/repairer Michael J. Dunn (1855 - 1935), also a captain of the Milwaukee Fire Department, was a contemporary and associate of the famed Irish music collector, Francis O'Neill. It is believed that Dunn received private recordings and other materials belonging to O'Neill after the death of Sergeant James Early of Chicago in 1914.
This collection contains thirty-two wax cylinders recorded sometime between c. 1904 and c. 1914 by Francis O'Neill of Chicago. The cylinders capture performances by noted uilleann piper Patrick Touhey, as well as Chicago musicians James Early, Bernard Delaney, John McFadden, and Edward Cronin. The collection also includes five hand-written manuscripts of Irish tunes, notated copies of O'Neill's Music of Ireland and Dance Music of Ireland (including hand-written music gathered from Touhey and Turlough McSweeney, the Donegal piper), as well as instruments, books, sheet music, and other items from Michael J. Dunn." - The Dunn Family Colection - Francis O'Neill Cylinder's
07/19/10: Jerry O'Sullivan just launched his new website. It is conveniently located at the same URL as his previous one:
07/06/10: There was a recent interview with Jerry O'Sullivan in the Piper's review (May edition). Jim Reilly has put it up on the Hudson River Pipers Club website for all to enjoy. Jerry is ready to release his Volume II of "O’Sullivan Meets O’Farrell" during the Celtic Irish Arts Week in East Durham in a few weeks. He's in Miltown Malbay right now as a guest performer. Jim also has a new website ready to go to correspond with the CD release.
07/06/10: The Summer School at Milwaukee Irish Fest are offering an uilleann pipes workshop taught by Francis McPeake IV. It's a two-hour class on Friday, August 20th ::: more»
06/15/10: The Southern California Tionól 2010 will take place over the weekend of November 5, 6 & 7. Our guests this year will be Tom Creegan, Eamonn Dillon, Joe Kennedy & David Quinn. Events will take place at The McKeagney residence in San Juan Capistrano ::: more»
05/05/10: An article about piper, pipemaker and folklorist Patrick Sky appeared in the Berkley Fine Arts magazine recently. At one point they even mention our club the SCUPC! ::: more»
04/20/10: I just wanted to help spread the word about Oz Whistles. Ted Anderson up in the Bay Area has been flaunting one for a couple of years now and it has always received incredible reviews. I just found one second hand and can firmly state that this is a great whistle. If you are in the market for a high end whistle these can not be beat. ::: more»
04/20/10: The MP3 store, Snocap, I had on this site has gone out of business. If anyone would like to buy a CD of my music please email me. Thanks! ::: email»
04/19/10: Michael Eskin is at it again ::: more»
04/13/10: A very nice programme on the life of Séamus Ennis was aired last night on RTE. You can watch it for a week or so at the following location ::: more»
04/12/10: Another good monthly meeting yesterday of the S.C.U.P.C. This month we were glad to see a couple of new faces ::: more»
04/12/10: A hearty congratulations to Seán McKiernan on receiving the TG4 Gradam Cheoil. Here is a link to the video, Seán's segment starts at 14:30 approximately ::: more»
03/30/10: The Great Northern - Irish Pipers' Club Tionól will take place this year from May 14th to 16th, 2010. Guests include Ivan Goff, Skip Cleavinger and Dáithí Sproule ::: more»
03/30/10: David Quinn has sent me some photos of a beautiful new C set he has completed ::: more»
03/29/10: Bruce Foley has submitted his bio to the Piper Bios page ::: more»
03/29/10: The annual Northeast Irish Pipers' Tionól will be held this year in the Catskills town of East Durham, New York, from 22-25 October. Held on the comfortable grounds of Gavins' Resort, this year's instructors include Gay McKeon, Tiarnan Ó Duinnchinn, Eamonn Dillon, Cillian Vallely, Benedict Koehler and Kara Doyle. Our fiddle instructors are Patrick Ourceau and Rose Conway Flanagan. The tionól will include classes throughout the weekend, workshops in specific areas of interest, reedmaking, an instructors' concert and the Piper's Chair—an opportunity for any registrants to play for their peers and instructors in an informal setting. For more information, please visit our website at ::: more»
03/17/10: Lord bless us and save us! ::: some» & more»
03/05/10: Southern California Uilleann PIpers Club member Steve Pribyl has assembled a great troubleshooting page specific to reeds Uilleann Pipes Reed Adjustment Compendium ::: more»
02/23/10: Piper Michael Cooney has released an excellent solo CD entitled "Just Piping". It is available now on CD Baby ::: more»
02/04/10: Patrick Hutchinson and Jim Ediger have made a very nice CD of pipes and fiddle. It is only available directly from Pat via email. Lovely tunes here and a very easy going pace ::: »
01/27/10: An interesting article from the Irish Times entitled "Piping up for the Pale" which discusses the Temple Bar TradFest and a photographic exhibition, by Mick O’Connor, that is to be held there called "Traditional Music in Dublin" ::: more»
01/25/10: Koehler & Quinn have just completed a new set of incredible detail and beauty. Photos are now added to their page ::: more»
01/11/10: Yesterday's Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club meeting was high-lighted by the arrival of Fel Bautista's new concert pitched set ::: more»
01/11/10: The 2010 St. Louis Tionól, April 16, 17 & 18. Guests include Tom Clarke, Michael Cooney, Benedict Koehler and Leo Rickard ::: more»
12/31/09: Happy New Year 2010 to everyone out there in uilleann piping land. May your reeds sing happily and your keys not stick all year long!
12/29/09: Michael Eskin has added to his 3QuarterSet app for iPhone and iPod Touch. There is now a 4QuarterSet which should be in iTunes by this evening. This version includes a bass regulator and some audio and graphical tweaks ::: more»
12/22/09: 2010 Westcoast Tionól February 12 -14, 2010. Special Guests will be Denis Brooks and Kevin Rowsome. Tom Creegan will also teach. John Pedersen and Aaron Setunsky will undertake the arduous weekend-long tasks of reed making, tweaking and pipe maintaining. You can register for the Tionol using this email address to make a payment on PayPal for $75 - ::: more»
12/17/09: Peter Laban has unearthed a wonderful film clip of James Ennis (the father of Séamus) playing for some dancers ::: more»
12/14/09: The Comhaltas Traditional Music Archive is now online ::: more»
12/11/09: Broadcaster Ciarán Mac Mathúna has passes on ::: more»
12/08/09: I think we can all freely admit that old recordings of traditional Irish music are invaluable to today's player's and enthusiasts alike. This is especially true for pipers. Now there is a must have CD available which contains many of those old recordings, most of which haven't been heard for many years. Now we all can enjoy these pieces of music, previously only heard of in conversation and lore, thanks to the diligent work of Emmett Gill and Gerry Clarke. Oldtime Recordings Vol. 3 Piping Rarities - classic disks never previously issued on vinyl or CD! This is especially exciting for us pipers as this CD contains all uilleann piping! ::: more»
12/07/09: Na Píobairí Uilleann announced today: Irish Music Collections Online The IMCO (Irish Music Collections Online) facility was launched by Terry Moylan at the Breathnach Commemoration on Saturday 5th December.
It consists of modern interactive settings of tune and airs from music collections dating back to the early 18th century. Users can see the tune onscreen in staff notation, cna make it play, and can change the speed, key and pitch of the playback.
This new feature of our site is at

12/07/09: 3QuarterSet, an uilleann pipes iPhone and iPod Touch app by Michael Eskin, is now available on iTunes ::: iTunes»
12/07/09: Pipemaker Joe Kennedy would like to let the piping community know that he has a new email address -
11/30/09: Thanks to Marc Guilloux for notifying me that The French Uilleann Pipers Club is back online after a few years offline ::: more»
11/30/09: Drone Magic - 7th Annual San Francisco International Bagpipe Festival - Saturday, December 5, 2009, Croatian American Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga Ave. San Francisco, CA 94112 - $15 for entire Festival, 16 and under free ::: more»
11/18/09: Another photographic archive has surfaced online. This one is the Kennelly Archive. Some images of Willie Clancy among others appear there. Search for Fleadh, Listowel and Castleisland ::: more »
11/17/09: Fresh photos of the 2009 Southern California Tionól have been posted ::: more»
11/12/09: Photographs of the 2009 Southern California Tionól are now up on the website ::: more »
11/10/09: In August of 2008, Davis Watson sold his Volvo and bought a one-way ticket to Dublin to begin the early stages of research and filming, unaffiliated. This October, it's back to Ireland. Click here for an abstract of Mr. Watson's proposal - An Ancient Among Moderns. Mr. Watson is in the process of trying to raise funding to finish this documentary film. I would encourage you to please help him out in any way you can to help him finish this worthwhile project.
11/10/09: The 2009 Southern California Tionól went off without a hitch. Thanks to our guests Kevin Rowsome, Ivan Goff and Benedict Koehler. Also to Gabriel McKeagney, Larry Dunn, Michael O'Donovan and me.... if I don't thank myself no-one else will so :o) .... As well as all those that attended. It isn't possible without you all. Photos and tales will be popping up soon. Here's to next years event!
11/06/09: Pat & Cathy Sky have released a CD! It's called "Down to us..." and is available direct from Pat or from Ossian USA.
10/30/09: At First Light now have a YouTube Channel. Very nice high quality video of a recent concert in Belfast is available there.
10/14/09: The old Scoiltrad classes are back on the Net. There are about 30 up now, perhaps more in the future but no plans as yet. They are reformatted as is the site. Classes are completely free to use but not to copy and re-distribute and there are no assessments or follow up stuff included ::: more»
08/23/09: Congratulations to Joey Abarta for winning 2nd place in Uilleann Piping at the All Ireland Contest at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2009! ::: more»
08/20/09: The Arizona Uilleann Pipers Society have a new website ::: more»
08/14/09: Irish fiddle legend James Kelly has published a book of 101 compositions entitled "101 Original Tunes Composed by James Kelly" ::: more»
08/13/09: The South Wales Uilleann Pipers now have a website and a regular meeting place ::: more»
08/10/09: Dr. Brian Duggan has developed a very interesting and useful website named "Tunepal". You can play a tune into the site, it will then analyze the notes from its collection of 11,000 ABC files ::: more»
08/04/09: Take a guided tour through 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1 - the headquarters of Na Píobairí Uilleann ::: more»
07/31/09: "Californian Gold" - the cane often fabled by great makers such as Leo Rowsome and more recently Geoff Wooff and Alain Froment (R.I.P.) - is now available to anyone with an internet connection! Local boy, Joseph Sampson, has taken on the task of harvesting and providing this cane for us all. Check out his website to see how he selects and grades and how you can get your hands on the best cane out there ::: more»
06/16/09: The Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club have three events coming up:

  • August 1st - Martin Nolan Workshop & Concert.
  • November 6, 7 & 8 - Southern California Tionól with guests Kevin Rowsome & Benedict Koehler
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    06/08/09: Northeast Tionól - October 23-25, 2009 - East Durham, NY. Guests include: Brian McNamara, Máire Ní Ghráda, Patrick Hutchinson, Bill Ochs, Sean Ryan. Reedmaking: Bruce Childress. Fiddle: Kathleen Collins, Cleek Schrey.
    05/18/09: Thank you very much to Tom, Adele & Flora and all the GNIPC folks, such as Patrick Maun, Patrick Cole & Pat McCormick among others, for such a great weekend in St. Paul ::: more»

    04/21/09: We are very excited in the Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club to be welcoming PIPERLINK to The Neighborhood Church of Pasadena on May 10th, 2009.

    Featuring uilleann pipers Gay McKeon & Tommy Keane, eminent folklorist Seán Donnelly, and vocalist Muireann Nic Ambhlaoibh.

    Click here to download PDF document with details about the show.

    To make your reservation please email Larry Dunn at

    05/18/09: A hearty CONGRATULATIONS to Joey Abarta for winning the uilleann piping segment of the 2009 Mid-West Fleadh Cheoil this past weekend. He also got first place in accompaniment on bodhrán and second place on whistle ::: more»
    05/04/09: "The Carberry Piper" Bernard Joseph O'Donovan has surfaced again. This time at a younger age and in the National Library of Ireland ::: more»
    03/18/09: Celebrated Irish singer, banjo player, folklorist and seanchaí, Mick Moloney, along with former Riverdance fiddler, Athena Tergis and LA fiddler Melanie Nolley and recently of Sas Diego flutist, dancer, singer and bodhrání Ben Power this Friday evening, the 20th of March at McKeagney's in San Juan Capistrano. Click here for the flyer. Ben Power is accepting reservations this email address "benpower at mac dot com" ::: more»
    03/16/09: Cillian Vallely has a new website to help promote his new CD "On Common Ground" with Kevin Crawford ::: more»
    03/13/09: Joe Shannon turned up on YouTube playing his famed Taylor set. Nice to see Joe play! ::: more»
    03/13/09: A piece of video of note has been brought to my attention by David Quinn. It is of Leo Rowsome playing "The Heather Breeze" for a group of young dancers in a film named "Broth of A Boy" starring Barry Fitzgerald ::: more»
    03/09/09: A very nice online photo collection has become available ::: more»
    03/02/09: John McCormack and Patsy Tuohy at the St Louis World Fair ::: more»
    02/27/09: Boston piper, flautist and pianist Gene Frain passes away ::: more»
    02/27/09: Chris Norman Masterclass, hosted by Jim Walker and the Colburn School / Conservatory. Irish and traditional wooden flute player extraordinaire Chris Norman will be giving a 2-hour masterclass on Monday, March 9 at 7:00pm in Thayer Hall at the Colburn School / Conservatory of Music (Downtown LA, across the street from Disney Concert Hall). Everyone should bring their flutes, as Chris formats his classes for audience participation, and volunteers may be asked to play as well. For those of you not familiar with Chris, you can read about him at his website »
    02/26/09: Happy Birthday to Patrick J. Touhey born February 26, 1865. He'd be 144 today. Thanks to Barry O'Neill for bringing this to my attention.
    02/17/09: I just added the photos accumulated thus far of the West Coast Tionól which took place this past weekend in San Francisco ::: more»
    02/17/09: There is some great music on Clare FM ( surprise, surprise! ;) The Kitchen Sessions have returned and this week come from Willie & Siobhain Kelly's in New Jersey. Featuring players such as Mike Rafferty, Mnsr. Charlie Coen, Martin Mulhaire, Michael Cooney and Jerry O'Sullivan, Kathleen Conneely, Damien Connolly, Mike McHale, Willie and Siobhan, and others. Thanks to Brad Hurley for the tip! ::: more»
    02/12/09: I just watched a powerful old documentary called "The Irishman", about Irish people living & working in England in the 50's and 60's. A Philip Donnellan film for the BBC with advice given by Seamus Ennis. Keep an eye out for the bauld Seamus playing tunes in the lunch room on the whistle! It was never broadcast as it was considered too harsh for public consumption ::: more»
    02/03/09: Just a note to let you know that Geantrai from Master Deery's in Monaghan is being braodcast at, 20.00 Friday night Feb 6th on TG4, Presented by Tiarnan o Duinnchinn, featuring, Stephanie Makem, (singing), Sean, Michael Conor agus Donal McCague (Banjos, guitar and fiddle), Laura Beagan and Barry McLaughlin on fiddle and Rona Dinkin on concertinaSabina McCague on harp with Padraig McGovern on the uilleann pipes, .They are joined for a set with their siblings James McGovern (flute) and Melissa McCague (fiddle) and Sean McElwaine on guitar ::: more»
    02/03/09: Dublin piper Seán McKeon & fiddler Liam O'Connor have just released a CD entitled "Dublin Made Me". You can hear it on their myspace page and buy it from Claddagh Records
    01/27/09: The San Francisco Pipers' Club will host the 2009 West Coast Tionól on February 13-15, 2009 (Presidents' Day weekend). Emmett Gill will be the guest piper ::: more»
    01/27/09: St. Louis Tionól April 3, 4, and 5th, 2009. Guest pipers will be Gay McKeon, Peter Browne, Michael Cooney and Tommy Martin ::: more»
    01/27/09: Vermont Institute of Celtic Arts will host a Scottish Smallpipe / Borderpipe weekend March 14-15, 2009 ::: more»
    01/19/09: Kynch O'Kaine was here visiting for the weekend and mentioned this website. A great resource for tunes! ::: more»
    01/16/09: House Concert: Irish Traditional Music on Harp and Flute featuring Marta Cook on Irish Harp & Ben Power on wooden flute, bodhrán, song, sean nós dance. This is a rare opportunity to see one of the world's finest Irish harpers in Southern California. Monday, January 19th at 8.00pm. Tickets $15. At Eileen and Gabriel McKeagney's in San Juan Capistrano. Bio's and an example of this duo's playing can be heard at - For further information contact Ben at or Eileen at
    01/15/09: Peter Heelan sent me an image of an old postcard of "An Irish Piper" ::: more»
    01/13/09: Photos of a very very fine new Koehler & Quinn concert pitch set have been added to the Koehler & Quinn page ::: more»
    01/07/09: The autobiography of Bill Thomas, New Hampshire, has been added to the "Piper Bios" page. It's nice to have you included Bill, I enjoyed spending time with you at the East Coast Tionol of 2006 ::: more»
    01/05/09: Brendan Ring will be starting to teach piping and reed-making in 2009 at his chateau in the South-West of France. Further details are available on his website ::: more»
    12/15/08: Some very sad news. Tommy Kearney has passed away in Waterford. He was a gent of a man. I remember meeting him at Willie Week and seeing him on his daily walk by my class window. He was always excited to meet other pipers and patient with their entusiasm. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam ::: more»
    12/15/08: An article appears today in The Irish Times about the music collector Canon Goodman. It mentions a TV programme that will air this coming Wednesday on TG4 at 9.30pm entitled "James Goodman: Caomhnóir Ceol". Mick O'Brien and Caoimhín O Raghallaigh will be featured ::: more»
    12/04/08: This months meeting marks the 11th anniversary of the Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club. Now all that's left to do is celebrate in style! Here's to many, many more years of comaraderie with these contraptions!
    11/18/08: JMI The Journal of Music in Ireland has unlocked it's archive to the public. There are lots of great articles and interviews in there to keep you busy ::: more»
    11/14/08: Woodworker and uilleann piper from Fermannagh and California, Gabriel McKeagney, is finally making available his amazing uilleann pipes carvings ::: more»
    11/13/08: 15th William Kennedy Piping Festival, 13th - 16th November 2008. With this years event about to start we would like to announce details of RADIO WKPF. We will be broadcasting several events live from the festival and also repeating highlights of the festival for the following two weeks. Go to and click on the link to gain access. Events covered will be Festival Concert 1 on Friday 14th, Festival Concert 2 on Saturday 15th, A World of Piping 3 on Sunday 16th and the Uilleann Pipes Concert also on the 16th. There are limited tickets available for some events still. Please contact the Market Place Theatre box office for details or contact this address for events outside of the theatre ::: more»
    11/10/08: Sad news of the passing of the great uilleann pipe maker Alain Froment was released over the weekend. May he rest in peace.
    11/04/08: There are photos now posted of last weekends Southern California Tionól on the club website »
    11/04/08: Piper John O'Brien and boxer Paudie O'Connor have released a great CD titled "Wind & Reeds". They also play some nice whistle duets ::: more»
    11/03/08: The Southern California Tionól was a great success. Thanks to everyone that attended and took part in any way especially our teachers Nollaig McCarthaigh, Tommy Martin, Martin Preshaw and Michael O'Donovan. Larry Dunn for keeping it all under control and our hosts Gabriel & Eileen!
    11/03/08: Here are the details on the Eoin O'Riabhaigh and Hammie Hamilton workshops in San Francisco. They will take place next Saturday, November 8th, at the Plough and Stars in San Francisco, on Clement Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Piping workshop: 10:30 - 12 noon. Flute workshop: 12:30 - 2pm. Fee: $20.
    10/30/08: Getting around to adding some photos from the North East Tionól. Thanks to everyone there for such a great weekend ::: more»
    10/20/08: A number of interesting items have turned up on the internet of late. I have added them to the diary section ::: more»
    09/18/08: The Chicago Celtic Fest was a great experience all around, despite the bad weather and Sunday being cancelled due to hurricaine Ike. It was a wonderful oppertunity to meet the Chicago Pipers Club gang and absorb some of the wonderful comeraderie and music there. Thanks to Bob Kellam and the City of Chicago. I'd also like to thank Kieran O'Hare and Pat Broaders for welcoming me and of course Pat & Karen Cannady for all their support and kind friendship.
    09/08/08: STOLEN PIPES: Please keep an eye open for Tim Foley's Martin Preshaw half set which was stolen from his car last night in La Jolla, just north of San Diego. I'll post photos as soon as I get them. Further information and updates are available at the following link ::: more»
    08/28/08: A fabulous old set by Michael Egan is stored at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Naka Ishii was present during a lecture there by Benedict Koehler and took these great photographs ::: more»
    08/25/08: I have added a Pipemaker Showcase section to the Classifieds page. I think it would be a handy way for pipemakers to get their name out there and attract some orders ::: more»
    08/19/08: Some more photos from David Quinn of another fabulous set. This one in the Robert Reid style that he has just finished. I have added them to the Koehler & Quinn page ::: more»
    08/19/08: Newfoundland's first uilleann piping tionol will be held in St. Johns, Newfoundland on the weekend of October 10-12, 2008. Featured pipers will be Gay McKeon and Tommy Keane. This will also mark the inaugural meeting of the Newfoundland Uilleann Pipers Club. This event is kindly sponsored by Culture Ireland and Na Piobairi Uilleann! Contact for further details.
    08/18/08: David Quinn sent me some photographs of a fabulous set in the Taylor style that he has just finished. I have added them to the Koehler & Quinn page ::: more»
    08/14/08: The Southern California Tionól will take place this year from Oct 31st to Nov 2nd... Halloween weekend! Our guests will be Nollaig MacCárthaigh, Tommy Martin, Martin Preshaw and David Quinn. Looking forward to seeing some of you there! ::: more»
    08/13/08: Na Píobairí Uilleann have recently added new videos to their members only resources|download section. Performances by Eliot Grasso, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Kieran O'Hare & Jesse Smith, Gary Hastings & Tara Diamond, Peter Browne, Catherine McEvoy & Joe Kennedy among others ::: more»
    07/30/08: The Irish Traditional Music Archive will be starting to host a lot of their materials digitally online a press release announced today. This is great news! ::: more»
    07/28/08: A note to those awaiting their pipes to be listed for sale on the site. I have received an incredible amount of pipes for sale in the last week. I'll be adding them as soon as I can. Thanks and keep them coming!
    07/22/08: I just received a couple of photos from Jim Reilly of Irish Arts Week. Looked like a great time! ::: more»
    06/04/08: I have created some more merchandise items such as new t-shirts, a bumper sticker, round sticker, mug, fridge magnet, keychain, hat, badge, mousepad, greetings card and a pipers apron! - that sort of thing. The t-shirts can be in any colour and in any style! High fashion, I must say ::: more»
    06/04/08: Armagh Pipers Club are delighted to announce details of the 15th anniversary edition of the William Kennedy Piping Festival to be held in Armagh over the weekend of the 13-16 November 2008. For full programme details please visit Tickets will go on sale 08.08.08. ::: more»
    05/27/08: A new album "Ceol is Piob" has just been released by Stephanie Makem and Tiarnan O Duinnchinn featuring traditional song and uilleann piping ::: more»
    05/23/08: Ronan Browne & Caoimhín O Raghallaigh are on The Full Set this week. I, for one, am a happy camper :) ::: more»
    05/19/08: Thanks to Tom, Adele and Flora and all involved in the G.N.I.P.C. Tionól in St. Paul, MN. What a great weekend! I would like to mention a special thank you to all the Patrick's; Patrick, Patrick and Patrick, thank you ::: more»
    05/19/08: The Tionól and AGM of Na Píobairí Uilleann takes place over the weekend of 23rd – 25th May. This is a significant event as it marks 40 years since the first Tionól in Bettystown in 1968 and many of the original founders will be on hand to reflect on the origins of Na Píobairí Uilleann and the huge growth in piping in the intervening years. In addition to the regular series of lectures, classes and workshops of particular note are: Regulator workshop with Ronan Browne, Airs workshop with Tommy Keane, Reed making with Dave Hegarty & Benedict Koehler, Lecture on the Origins of Na Píobairí Uilleann with Séamus Mac Mathuna and Liam McNulty, Lecture of Music Notation in Transmission of Irish Music with Pat Mitchell, Musical Walking Tour with Mick O’Connor. Click on the link below for a full list of events and to register ::: more»
    04/28/08: Here's To You Ronnie Drew! God bless him ::: more»
    04/28/08: I am starting to list the sold dates on the sold items in the Classifieds section as an interesting note of how fast some of these sets sell ::: more»
    04/15/08: I have decided to discontinue the pipes wanted section. If looking for used pipes check the Classifieds on this site, send me an email or post a request on the Chiff & Fipple Uilleann Pipes forum is the best place to start.
    04/08/08: The SCUPC Spring Tionol was very nice. Mickey Dunne was the calm gentleman we've all come to know. It was a pleasure having him around and was sad to see him go. Looking forward to the next one Mickey!
    03/19/08: We have a SCUPC Spring Tionól coming up on April 5th & 6th. Our guest this year is Mickey Dunne. The Tionól will start around 10:00am at Larry's Dunn's house. Morning workshop from 10-noon, afternoon from 2:00-4:00pm. Registration for the weekend is $75.00, concert only is $20.00. RSVP please to
    03/05/08: A message from Kieran O'Hare: This message is to announce that the Chicago Pipers' Club will hold a meeting at 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, March 30, at the Irish American Heritage Center, at 4626 N. Knox in Chicago. Kevin Henry tells me that at one time there were 32 pipers in Chicago; this will be a good opportunity to see how close to that number we can get! Pipers from Wisconsin, Indiana, and any other state, province, or country are more than welcome to attend. If you have any questions, email me at, or Pat Broaders at
    03/03/08: Photos of The West Coast Tionól, this year held in Seattle, are avaialble at this link. A great weekend by the looks of things ::: more»
    02/25/08: A message from John Prange: Don’t forget that BEOGA are playing in California this weekend and touring the U.S. thereafter. For you Southern Californians they are playing at The LIBRARY in San Juan Capistrano Great Band! Should be a great show. Small venue. Also playing at the Plow in the Stars San Francisco CA Friday and Sunday at Trinity church in San Diego.
    01/28/08: The Great Northern Irish Pipers Club Tionól will take place May 17 & 18, 2008. Guests include Jimmy O'Brien-Moran and myself - G.N.I.P.C. ::: more»
    01/28/08: The Saint Louis Tionól will be held the weekend of April 4 - 6, 2008. Guest pipers will include Tiarnán O Duinnchinn, Michael Cooney, Kieran O'Hare, and Tommy Martin. All the details and registration can be had at ::: more»
    01/17/08: Congratulations to The Hudson River Pipers' Club. They have officially launched a very fine website ::: more»
    01/16/08: Pat McSweeney found an article of interest written by Canon James Goodman. He found it in a book in the Laval University Library called Irish Folk Music and Song by Donal O'Sullivan, illustrations by Muriel Brandt. It was published by Colm O'Lochlainn/Three Candles in 1952. It is attached here as a PDF file ::: more»
    01/01/08: Wishing all my visitors a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. Here's to a great 2008. Keep on piping! - Pat.
    12/09/07: We are celebrating our 10th Anniversary this December at the Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club. We marked the occassion at this months meeting ::: more»
    11/30/07: The North East Pipers' Club Tionól took place over the weekend of October 26 - 28, 2007. Thanks to Neil Begley (Píobaire Inis Fada) for these great photos ::: more»
    11/30/07: All you Russian pipers make your way to Moscow this weekend. Mick O'Brien will be playing with the musical theatre ensemble "Running Beast" written by Michael Holohan to comemmorate the 400th anniversary of the Flight of the Earl's.
    11/28/07: There is a new CD available from the legendary fiddler Bobby Casey called "The Spirit of West Clare". It's available from Copperplate Distribution. Another thing about Copperplate of note is Alan O'Leary's podcast. He also plays a great selection with a couple of piping tracks thrown in to keep the squeezers happy ::: more»
    11/26/07: TG4's Geantraí music programme was broadcast from The Cobblestone Pub in Dublin last night. Featured pipers include Neilidh Mulligan, Conor McKeon and Eoghan Garvey. Here's how to see it: Go to - Then click "Ceol - Cartlann" in the left menu and then go to programme dated 25/11/2007 ::: more»
    11/05/07: The 2007 Southern California Tionól was a great success. Photos and comments will appear as people emerge ::: more»
    11/05/07: It sounds like the 2007 East Coast Tionól was a great success. A great review and photos hav ebeen sent to mee by Molly Josephine Hester ::: more»
    10/25/07: Photographer Timothy Raab has added a section to his site featuring the 2006 East Coast Tionól ::: more»
    10/19/07: Photo of Nicolas Brown , Ontario , Canada added from Peter Laban ::: more»
    10/19/07: Postcard of unknown piper, published NPO Belfast, postmark 1910 ::: more»
    10/15/07: Paddy Moloney of The Chieftain's has been presented with the Honorary Chairman position with the Japan Uilleann Pipers Club ::: more»
    10/03/07: I came across a nice free metronome online at also gives a reliable A440 tone ::: more»
    10/01/07: Ronan Browne is one of the featured artists on a new programme on RTE called "Transatlantic Sessions" ::: more»
    09/25/07: We had a great weekend with Paddy Keenan. Photos and other effigies will surface at some point I'm sure.... and here they are! ::: more»
    09/21/07: Peter Laban has sent me some lovely new photographs. The first are on his page within this site and are of Quilty piper Michael Falsey ::: more»
    The second batch are from a concert he played at Bantry House in Kerry with Kitty Hayes and some other musicians ::: more»
    09/20/07: The Irish Festival of Oulu, Finland brings the City a weekend full of lively events and cultural entertainment, celebrating the richness of Irish culture through dance, art, story telling, an Irish Wolfhound show, and plenty of traditional Irish music. The inaugural festival of 2006 was a huge success and officially put Oulu on the international map of traditional Irish music festivals ::: more»
    08/30/07: Scoil Cheoil na Botha is taking place in Scotstown, Co. Monaghan on the 12th-14th October. The line-up for this years workshops include John Carty, Enda Scahill, June Mc Cormack, Michael Rooney, Tiarnán Dinkin, Damien O'Brien and Oliver Loughlin. For more information go to their website ::: more»
    08/21/07: The Raw Bar Remix, a TV show dedicated to traditional Irish music ::: more»
    08/17/07: Ronan Browne can be seen in concert with Cran on a myspace ::: more»
    08/16/07: Jan Winter has notified me of an interview he has posted to his site with Cillian O'Briein ::: more»
    08/05/07: Emmett Gill was Aine's guest on this weeks Late Session ::: listen»
    08/01/07: Peter Laban just sent along a lovely photo of a session that took place last night in Friel's in Milltown Malbay ::: more»
    07/20/07: I just added a PDF of the Tadhg Crowley Uilleann Pipes Totor to the faq page. Thanks to Dave Collins of the SCUPC for providing it ::: more»
    07/20/07: Added a very nice resource to the Piping links page. National Museums Scotland has lots of interesting Irish piping related material. try using the search function to find other bits and pieces in there ::: more»


    Hi fellow pipers,

    I'm in a bit of a panic at the moment. I've just returned from a gig in Zaragoza/Spain where my pipes went missing. I'm basically playing a waiting game and am unable to work until they show up. I would very much appreciate it if you could keep a keen eye out for them and if you have any information regarding their whereabouts please contact me at

    Below is a description of the pipes:
    A full set of African blackwood concert D uilleann pipes made by Dave Williams with a keyless boxwood chanter made by Sean McAloon.
    The words "Made for John McSherry by Dave Williams, 2000" are engraved on the brass around the stock and one of the tenor regulator keys and mount is broken off.

    Also missing are two Overton low whistles (D and F)

    John McSherry
    06/20/07: A new TV show on RTÉONE called The Full Set started recently and features Liam O'Flynn and Paddy Glackin ::: more»
    06/07/07: I stumbled across a wonderful print from 1829 of a different blind piper than the one we are familiar with ::: more»
    06/06/07: I have been invited back to teach this year at the California Traditional Music Society Solstice Festival. My workshops and performances will take place on Sunday the 24th of June. Visit their website for advance booking (and a price break) ::: more»
    06/04/07: Come West Along The Road on TG4 dedicated the full show to a Planxty concert from 1983. Click on "Ceol - Cartlann" on the left side of the page and then "Siar an Bóthar - 01/06/2007" ::: more»
    05/29/07: Video this time of Ronan Browne featured on RTE's The View playing with Peadar O'Loughlin, Maeve Donnolly and Sean Corcoran ::: more»
    05/19/07: Céilí House broadcast this week from Henrietta Street with The Pipers Ceili Band ::: more»
    04/27/07: Ronan Browne is featured on Lyric FM for April 15th playing a live concert ::: more»
    04/18/07: A set for sale on Ebay has risen some interest. It is in a Taylor-ish style and includes other interesting bits and pieces ::: more»
    04/09/07: Congratulations to Liam O'Flynn on being awarded the TG4 Gradam Ceoil last Friday night ::: more»
    04/09/07: Note forwarded from Pat Sky: “Hello fellow pipers, This is an announcement that I have waited for 20 years to do. I am going to retire from working a straight job on the last day of May. My wife, Cathy, and I will be moving to Spruce Pine North Carolina soon, where I will set up shop and try to survive like a normal person. For the first time in many, many years I will be able to travel, so I will be available to do reed making, repair and piping workshops, at house concerts and Tionol’s. So, if anyone out there is planning an event please put me on your “possibilities’ list. All the best, Pat Sky” ::: more»
    04/02/07: The 2007 Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club Spring Tionól with guest David Power was a great success. Click the link to check out photos of the event ::: more»
    04/01/07: Liam O'Flynn is on this weeks Late Session ::: more»
    03/13/07: I have added google ads to the right of the home page. I have received reports that this isn't working properly on some systems, namely Safari and Mozilla based browsers. If you are experiencing this problem I apologize, I am doing everything I can to fix it. If you know how to fix it please let me know at »
    02/23/07: Updated the Diary 2007 page with photos from last weekends tionóil in both San Francisco and An Rinn, Waterford as well as a Mardi Gras session in Nashville! ::: more»
    02/22/07: Na Píobairí Uilleann Spain will host their fourth annual tionól over the weekend of 24th and 25th March 2007. Guest piper will be Robbie Hannan ::: more»
    02/20/07: I would like to congratulate Na Píobairí Uilleann on the official opening by An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern T.D. of their newly refurbishment of 16 Henrietta Street. There are photos and news of the event at the NPU website. It was also recorded by Peter Browne of RTÉ for his show The Rolling Wave ::: more»
    01/31/07: Jimmy O'Brien-Moran hosts this weeks Geantraí on TG4. Available online at Click "Ceol - Cartlann" in the left menu and find the date 30/1/2007 ::: more»
    22/01/07: I just got set up with Skype and think it could be a great tool for teaching the pipes. All you need is a webcam and a decent internet connection. Webcams come with most new machines and if not you can get one for $20 ::: more»
    17/01/07: Chicago piper Kieran O'Hare has a new website up at of all things! ::: more»
    15/01/07: Finally Boston has its own pipers' club! Molly Josephine Hester and Jonathan Hohl Kennedy sent me some pictures from the meeting on 9 January 2007 ::: more»
    10/01/07: Pipemaker Joe Kennedy would like his customers to know that he hasn't forgotten about them. Everyone that placed an order is still in his book. He's just catching up after his move back to Canada. Joe can be contacted at with any further questions ::: more»
    10/01/07: Christy McNamara - photographer and musician from Ennis, Co. Clare, has a new website launched today. He will be having an exhibition of his photographic music work at the Morrison Hotel Gallery on Sunset Blvd. opening on the 13th of March. For this he will also be launching his album which includes Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill and they will perform with him at this opening and launch. He will be moving the exhibition to the Morrison Hotel Gallery in La Jolla, CA with an opening on the 30th & 31st of March. He will also be having music and an album launch there ::: more»
    03/01/07: Congratulations to the Boston Uilleann Uilleann Pipers Club. Their first meeting of the new year is coming up on Tuesday, Jan 9th, 2007. All information about the club, including details of the upcoming meeting, can be found by joining the Google group at... ::: more»
    02/01/07: Happy New Year! May all your piping dreams come true in 2007!
    19/12/06: I have been recording music for over a decade now and thought that it was time to share some of it with you as myself! Most of these tracks were recorded with singer/songwriter Ric Blair for his CD's. Five of the tracks were recorded live in concert during an evening called "Pat D'Arcy & Friends" in San Juan Capistrano, California on June 17, 2006 [The Cual Aodh/Fraher's Jigs - The Rocky Road to Dublin/The Dusty Miller Jigs - An Fáinne Ór - The Ace & Deuce of Pipering - An Leanbh Sídhe/The Independent Hornpipe] I hope you enjoy the few tunes! ::: more»
    05/12/06: 27th Lark Camp - Celebration Of World Music, Song & Dance 2007 July 27 - August 4, 2007. Music & Dance Workshops, Cabins, Dances, Parties, Sessions, Great Food, Dance Hall, Dining Hall, Camping, Fire Circles, Mendocino Woodlands Redwoods. Full Camp 8 Days or Half Camp 4 Days ::: more»
    27/11/06: The San Francisco Pipers' Club will host the 2007 West Coast Tionól on February 16-18, 2007 (Presidents' Day weekend). Mickey Dunne will be the guest piper. Peter Heelan and Conall O'Raghallaigh will also be teaching some of the classes. John Pedersen and Ted Anderson will lead reedmaking/repair sessions and help with general pipe maintenance throughout the weekend ::: more»
    02/11/06: Added photos of the first Tokyo Uilleann Pipers Club meeting ::: more»
    01/11/06: Added a bit of a write up on the East Coast Tionól with lashings of photos from Neil Begley ::: more»
    25/10/06: Congratulations to Robbie Hannan for being appointed as chairman of Na Píobairí Uilleann ::: more»
    20/10/06: Pipemaker Bill Haneman has undertaken the task of making Capt. Francis O'Neill's "Irish Minstrels and Musicians" available online. If you haven't read this book it is an absolute must read for any piper ::: more»
    17/10/06: Still ravelling my hank after two weekends in a row of tionól madness. The East Coast Tionól and The Southern California Tionól. Great fun was had at each. Thanks to everyone at either end of the continent for all their hard work in making these events happen. Particularly Susanne Ward, Larry Dunn and Gabriel & Eileen McKeagney ::: more»
    19/09/06: New Pipers' Gathering CD Released! This CD contains 21 tracks of live performances from our 2005 concerts by Brian McNamara, Dick Hensold, Matt Seattle, Hamish Moore, Julian Goodacre, Ellen MacPhee, Anthony Santoro, and Emmett Gill ::: more»
    13/09/06: Celtic Fest Chicago Uilleann Pipe Tionol Tent. Sept. 16th, 17th. with Tommy Martin, David Powers, Cillian Vallely, Tim Britton, Pat Cannady, Jeff Lindblade, Kevin Henry, Brendan McKinney, Sean Ryan and many more. All performances and the workshop are free and will take place on the Uilleann Pipe Stage, Columbus and Jackson, Grant Park, downtown Chicago. The Uilleann Pipe Workshop is for all levels, please bring your pipes or just come and listen. All are welcome. For more info: ::: more»
    11/09/06: Paddy Keenan is going on tour. The schedule is available on the Compass Records website ::: more»
    08/09/06: Wonderful video clip of Seamus Ennis on YouTube playing "An Raibh Tú ar an gCarraig" ::: more»
    06/09/06: New piper added to the Piper Bios page ::: more»
    05/09/06: Tionól Update: We just received word that pipemaker Martin Preshaw will be joining us for the tionól this year along with Tommy Keane, Marion McCarthy, David Quinn, Michael Hubbert, Michael O'Donovan & Kevin Crehan ::: more»
    05/09/06: Photos from our Canadian correspondant Patrick McSweeney of the 2006 Quebec Celtic Festival have been added to the diary section ::: more»
    01/09/06: Photos of the 2006 Pipers' Weekend in Killington, Vt. have been added to the diary section ::: more»
    30/08/06: Cultra Tionól is coming up. It takes place in the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Holywood. Co Down on Saturday 23 September beginning at 10.30am. Piping classes will cater for players of all abilities and the piping teachers will be Eliot Grasso and Mick O'Brien. The reed-making workshop will be conducted by Bill Haneman. The event will close with a short recital featuring Eliot and Mick beginning at 3:30pm. For further information conctact Robbie Hannan at Belfast 90 39 5065 or ::: more»
    24/08/06: 13th William Kennedy Piping Festival, Armagh. 15th-19th November, 2006. Their 40th anniversary! Concerts will feature Liam O'Flynn & The Pipers Call Band; Lúnasa, Flook, Buille, Jarlath Henderson, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Michael McGoldrick with Ed Boyd & John Joe Kelly; Ensemble Shanbehzadeh from Iran: and the Anxo Lorenzo Band from Galicia and many more. Other highlights over the weekend include performances from Robbie Hannan & Dermot McLaughlin; Sean McKeon & Liam O'Connor; Brendan Ring & friends; Jimmy O'Brien-Moran. For full line-up, ticket information and everything else please visit: or email them at
    04/08/06: TG4 is now streaming it's TV shows online! WOO HOO! Lot's of wonderful music to hear and see! Let's hope it continues! ::: more»
    28/07/06: Nashville Tennessee piper Dr. Lewis Blevins has produced a book of writings and paintings from his own hand. "Tea In Connemara" is the title ::: more»
    28/07/06: Morsel's added to the radio page of Finbar Furey and Ronan Browne on the Rattlebag programme ::: more»
    20/07/06: Added a link to ClareFM to the Radio links page ::: more»
    18/07/06: A fellow SCUPC member just aquired a photo of John S. Wayland. I've included it and tied some previous elements together ::: more»
    13/07/06: The Late Session airs live from the opening weekend of Willie Week. On tonight's show, we feature more music, song and chat from Scoil Shamhraigh Willie Clancy in Miltown Malbay and salute the life of MÍcheál Ó Domhnaill. The featured pipers tonight include David Power & Pat Broderick ::: more»
    13/07/06: The Bloom of Youth features as the second guest on tonight's programme Dublin Uilleann piper Mikey Smyth ::: more»
    06/07/06: The Late Session airs live from the opening weekend of Willie Week. Featuring pipers Tommy Keane, Jimmy O'Brien-Moran & Liam O'Flynn ::: more»
    22/06/06: Paddy Keenan played a concert at the Chateau Ramezay Museum in Montreal on Monday evening 19th June ::: more»
    20/06/06: A brand new Koehler & Quinn set is nearing completion ::: more»
    15/06/06: James Donal Faulkner would like all pipers with a sense of humour to know that his book "A Piper in Brazil" is now available online ::: more»
    14/06/06: Moved my websites to a new hosting company over the past week. Sorry for any breakdown in service. Looks like we're back full stream now... more space and more features at my fingertips... I luv da! If you notice anything that seems not to be working please let me know - thanks!
    08/06/06: Piper Emmett Gill sent me the news that a new CD of 78s, never previously re-released including Morrison, McKenna, Tom Ennis and more, is now available. Sample's, both graphical and MP3 are available on their website ::: more»
    02/06/06: Jan Winter from Sweden sent me an article he wrote of an interview with pipemaker Eugene Lambe ::: more»
    30/05/06: Céilí House had the University of Limerick Irish World Academy of Music & Dance on the show the other night ::: real audio »
    30/05/06: John McSherry and Donal O'Connor of At First Light were this past weekends guests on The Late Session to promote their new CD Tripswitch ::: real audio »
    23/05/06: If you are interested in uilleann piping and/or whistle tuition, accompanied by a wallop of some Irish craic, somewhere a little closer to home this summer, check out Pacific Institute of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts runs from 9-14 July in Parksville, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Instructor this year is Martin Nolan from Dublin more»
    23/05/06: Ivan Goff and Sligo-style fiddler Tony DeMarco cruised into the Philadelphia Irish Center for a great concert last Friday night more»
    22/05/06: Returned home safely last night from a wonderful weekend of music in St. Paul, Minnesota. The GNIPC Tionól was taking place with Jerry O'Sullivan, Joe Smith and myself doing a bit of teaching. Thank you so much to Tom Klein and all the Northern Irish pipers for such a great weekend of good music, good will and good fun!
    22/05/06: Gay McKeon is back on the radio. This time on The Late Session to discuss the NPU Tionól to take place this coming weekend real audio »
    18/05/06: Céilí House was down in Kerry this past weekend and featured a couple of great pipers. Dave Hegarty and Soirce Ní Muiré more»
    17/05/06: Rob Forkner just received his Joe Kennedy B set and so has sent me millions of photos of them. I have posted a selection on the Diary 2006 page. Beautiful looking set, hopefully hear them first hand some day! ::: more»
    11/05/06: More news from Jonathan Parker about David Page has been sent in. Contact has been made between Chicago and San Diego! [once there be sure to click on the link for the full article] ::: more»
    08/05/06: Two interesting shows this week from RTÉ. The first on Céilí House featured a rake of pipers to publicise the 2006 NPU Tionól to be held in Dublin 26 - 28 May real audio. Then on the Late Session, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh was on talking about her new solo CD real audio
    03/05/06: The 3rd Francis McPeake International Summer School July 2006. The 3rd Francis McPeake International Summer School promises an immersion in Traditional music with workshops, recitals, sessions, sessions afloat, intimate gigs, concerts and ceilithe etc. Tutors for 2006 include Ronan Browne, Donogh Hennessey, Joe & Anne Burke, Seamus Tansey, Jesse Smith, Dennis Liddy, Paul Phillips etc with gigs featuring Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Mary Bergin & Alec Finn and The Pauline Scanlon & Donogh Hennessey Band etc ::: more»
    01/05/06: The Great Northern Irish Pipers Club of St.Paul, Minnesota had their tionól concert from last year aired on a local radio programme named KFAI. Featured performers are Patrick D'Arcy, Pat Cannady and Karen Cook, Tommy Martin, and David Power ::: more»
    01/05/06: Friends of the Pipers' Gathering! The organizers want you to be aware that registration will begin in May for the 2006 Gathering. They are also pleased to announce this years instructors as well as the launch of the new website ::: more»
    14/04/06: More David Page information has been added to the article from The Boys of San Diego ::: more»
    10/04/06: Ronan Browne and Peadar O'Loughlin can be seen in video form playing live on the Irish Philadelphia website ::: more»
    06/04/06: A big thank you to Jonathan Parker of San Diego for assembling information and articles about Dublin piper Dave Page. Dave moved to the U.S. in the 1950's ::: more»
    05/04/06: At First Light have a new CD coming out soon. Check out sound samples and artwork on their site :::
    22/03/06: Evertjan 't Hart sent me a couple of nice photos of the Bothy Band performing in Holland around 1979 ::: more»
    20/03/06: Very nice video clip of Dan O'Dowd playing his Egan set ::: more»
    13/03/06: Na Píobairí Uilleann have a new website! Check it out at
    13/03/06: Nice video stream of Jerry O'Sullivan, Donal Clancy and Bernadette Fee in concert at Trinity Church in New York ::: more»
    07/03/06: Today's update: added a piper to the Piper Bio section. ::: more»
    06/03/06: Today's update: added photos to the 2006 Diary section. ::: more»
    02/03/06: The funniest eh, stuff, I've heard in a long time! Deedle-aidle-eedle-aidle-eedle! :) ::: more»
    21/02/06: Dragged myself up to The West Coast Tionól in Seattle this past weekend. Finally met Eliot Grasso face to face after many years of long distance correspondance, mighty player and a gent of man. Lot's of tunes flying about the place. Had some with Dennis Brookes on Friday night. It was unusually dry but the Holy Order held up. A very enjoyable weekend all around. Anyone with photos send them along and I'll pop them up on the site. ::: more»
    21/02/06: Kíla piper Eoin Dillon is featured on this weeks edition of The Late Session ::: more»
    10/02/06: Added new items to the SHOP pages for your pleasure. Some new items are highlighted in the rotating banner to the right. Browse around and buy something ::: more»
    09/02/06: Updates are now availalbe of the David Williams Tribute Weekend which took place the last weekend in October, 2006. Video footage is available on Phil Hardy's KerryWhistles website ::: more»
    03/02/06: Played a gig for U2 yesterday ::: more»
    24/01/06: Another year, another diary page. Thanks to Rob Forkner for kicking the year off ::: more»
    10/01/06: The West Coast Tionól will take place over President's Day weekend February 17, 18 & 19 in Seattle this year. Piping instructors will be Denis Brooks, David Power and Tom Creegan. Reedmaking will be David Daye ::: more»
    09/01/06: The St. Louis Tionól will be held the weekend of March 31st to April 2nd 2006. Guests will be Ronan Browne and Peadar O'Loughlin ::: more»
    09/01/06: The South East Tionól will be held the weekend of March 25-26, 2006. Guests will be David Power and Patrick Hutchinson ::: more»
    09/01/06: The 2006 NWUP Tionól workshops will run from 9am-5pm on Saturday 25th February at Manchester Town Hall, followed by a concert in the evening at St. Catherine's Social Club, Didsbury, Manchester, UK. Guest piper will be Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn. Reed making workshops will be run by Alan Burton. More info on our website ::: more»
    04/01/06: Tommy Martin ha a new CD out called "Shady Woods". You can get it via his website ::: more»
    30/12/05: The eagerly anticipated Peter Laban and Kitty Hayes pipes and concertina duet CD "They'll Be Good Yet" is due out any day now. The CD will be available at their website »
    29/12/05: Interview with Tiarnán Ó Duinnchin on “The Music of Words” an RTÉ Radio 1 show ::: more»
    13/12/05: Added two new radio programmes to the Radio Links page. The shows are both from RTÉ Radio 1. The first is Instrumentals and the second is Ceol Don Domhnaigh ::: more»
    04/12/05: Lots of updates made recently to the 'Diary 2005' page. Go have a gander... ::: more»
    21/11/05: Pipemaker Peter Hunter's workshop is open once again for orders ::: more»
    17/11/05: The Pipers’ Gathering is auctioning a new set of Hamish Moore Scottish smallpipes in the key of D. The pipes are ebony with solid silver ferrules and boxwood mounts. The bellows are cherry with double skin leather. A portion of the sale price will go to the Pipers’ Gathering to help support the event, and qualifies as a tax-deductible charitable contribution ::: more»
    15/11/05: Just returned from a lovely trip home to visit the family and have the daughter baptised (proud daddy). Getting over the jet-lag I found some time today to make some updates to the site. Added two piper bios, added photos to the diary section, added two new items to the classifieds, updated the concerts section (the Maeve's session is no more) and added a photo of my new popping valve to the Koehler & Quinn page. I think that covers it :)
    21/10/05: Added an MP3 to Tommy Martin's Simack chanter classified advert ::: more»
    19/10/05: Patrick Sky sent me a fabulous photo of himself and Tommy Reck ::: more»
    10/12/05: The 2005 Southern California Tionól was a roaring success. Thanks to our esteemed guests Máire Ní Ghráda, Jimmy O'Brien-Moran and Benedict Koehler for their hard work and patience. Thanks to Larry Dunn for his organizational skills, Gabriel & Eileen McKeagney for hosting the event and all the rest of the lads that chipped in particularly Steve Farrell and Nicholas ::: more»
    05/10/05: From NPU: Congratulations to Sean Mc Keon who has been chosen for the TG4 'Gradam Ceoil' as Young Musician of the Year, just a couple of years after his brother Conor received the same award. The presentation will be made at a concert in the Cork Opera House on the 12th of November, and the concert will be broadcast by TG4 shortly afterwards. The other award winners were: Jackie Daly - Musician of the year; Maighréad Ní Dhomnhaill - Singer of the year; Josephine Keegan - Composer of the year; Peadar O'Loughlin - Lifetime award ::: more»  video»
    28/09/05: Missing Pipes Update: Good news! Leonard's pipes have been returned ::: more»
    21/09/05: Missing Pipes: Leonard Barry's pipes are missing. Eamonn Curran boxwood chanter with Brendan Ring body. There was a wooden Grinter 'F' whistle also ::: more»
    09/09/05: The Cork Pipers Club - Cumann na bPiobairi, Corcaigh have a new website ::: more»
    07/09/05: Iain Cameron. If you see this please contact me, thanks ::: email»
    31/08/05: David Power was interviewed on Rattlebag last Monday. Here is the interview ::: more»
    26/08/05: Reminder: From David Dickerson: The CelticFest, Jackson, MS with guest piper Tim Britton takes place in two weeks - Sept. 10-11, 2005. Everybody needs to get their RSVP's in ASAP! ::: more»
    23/08/05: I have set up a BLOG for anyone interested in attending the Southern California Tionól. The idea is that you can connect with people and arrange room sharing and car pooling etc ::: more»
    18/08/05: Lots of great stuff on The Late Session lately ::: more»
    10/08/05: A concert section is now active on the top right of the page. I'll try to keep it up to date with information about my upcoming performances ::: more»
    28/07/05: I just joined Mick Coyne's website and spent some time browsing through the members area. It has really come together well. Tons of tunes and technique all available in exchange for signing up (which is free btw!) It's a fabulous resource to pipers and I'd heartily encourage taking the plunge ::: more»
    28/07/05: Added some more techniques in sheet music form to the F.A.Q. page ::: more»
    25/07/05: Updated photographs of pipemaker Mark Donohoe's pipes ::: more»
    22/07/05: RTÉ's Céilí House host Kieran Hanrahan has a new radio show named THe Bloom of Youth. Here's what they say on the site - "The Bloom of Youth is a six-part series which will feature 12 players and singers who are all in their twenties and whom reflect the popularity of traditional music among younger people today." ::: more»
    21/07/05: CelticFest in Jackson, MS, will host a tionól on September 10th and 11th, 2005. Tim Britton will be teaching, giving lessons on pipes maintenance and playing ::: more»
    21/07/05: Northern piper Boyd Peters pointed out to me that there was a Late Session Live show that I had missed which featured Liam O'Flynn. It is now listed among my radio archives ::: more»
    08/06/05: The Cúltra Tionól takes place here in the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Holywood, Co Down on Saturday 24 September, beginning at 10.30am. Piping teachers will Seán McKeon and Ciarán McPhelimey, reed-making workshop conducted by Andreas Rogge. The event will close with a recital featuring the teachers beginning at 3.30pm. Admission £10, under 18s £5. Pipers of all abilities welcome. To book a place telephone Maurenn Paige at the musuem at Belfast 90 395061.
    31/05/05: We had a fantastic time with Mikie Smyth this past weekend. He's now on his way to New Zealand for a few weeks and will be returning to give another workshop and house concert on June 24-26, 2005. Mark your calendars! ::: more»
    20/05/05: Looking forward to seeing some of you over the weekend at the Great Northern Irish Pipers Club Tionól - St. Paul, Minnesota ::: more»
    17/05/05: Traditional Irish music cartoon strip based in South Africa! ::: more»
    10/05/05: Updated content on the Diary 2005, Koehler & Quinn and Classifieds pages.
    08/05/05: UPDATE! Thankfully Eoin has retrieved his pipes. You can visit his website at ::: more»
    29/04/05: STOLEN PIPES! Friday 29th of April 2005 03:35 pm - Reward offered for return of uileann pipes. A substantial reward has been offered for the safe return of a set of uileann pipes which went missing in Tralee this week. Leading piper Eoin Duignan is offering €500 for their return. Mr Duignan has had the pipes for 38 years and says they are of little value to anyone else. He says they are a unique set of pipes and therefore easily identifiable.
    25/04/05: Added a new t-shirt style if you are in need of some new threads... pocket logo. Here's a sample graphic All t-shirt's are available in male/female and infant sizes and styles and also in a wise variety of colours ::: more»
    25/04/05: Updated the Video Shop to include a pre-order for The Boys (& Girl) From The County Clare DVD ::: more»
    25/04/05: Updated the Book Shop to include Pale Rainbow. A book of sean nós songs which includes possible translations ::: more»
    15/04/05: Updated the Music Shop to include CD's by The Dubliners ::: more»
    12/04/05: Emmett Gill sent me a scan of a nice old postcard. Have a look and let us know if you know anything about it ::: more»
    12/04/05: The CD is selling very well. Thanks to everyone that has ordered one so far! ::: more»
    11/04/05: A double CD set is now available of the 2004 SCUPC Tionól concert. Musicians featured are Mick O'Brien, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Benedict Koehler, Pat D'Arcy & Kynch O'Kaine. The set is listed at $20 plus shipping. All proceeds go directly to the Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club ::: more»
    08/04/05: Since my last update I've had the chance to look at Mick Coyne's website. There is a load of nice information in there along with online lessons and a music shop. My favourite section so far is "What Pipers Think".... how did he know? :) ::: more»
    06/04/05: Ennis/Liverpool piper Mick Coyne now has a website loaded with information including a very informative page dedicated to Andy Conroy ::: more»
    01/04/05: Eric Rigler is going to be performing at the Laguna High School Theater this Sat at 7:30 with a Concert titled Scotland in Laguna. For info and tickets call Rich 949-283-5518
    20/03/05: Added audio sample to the Classifieds section for Mike Gravina's Wooff set.... if I only had the moola!!!!! ::: more»
    15/03/05: This weeks Late Session features piping from Kevin O'Farrell, Maití Jo Shéamais, Jimmy O'Brien-Moran and Mick O'Brien ::: more»
    01/03/05: Added video clips from the San Francisco Tionól ::: more»
    01/03/05: Added a donation feature at the bottom of the left menu. If you feel the urge to help support this site, thank you, every penny is greatly appreciated.
    28/02/05: San Francisco Tionól photos added ::: more»
    23/02/05: 2nd Annual Floating Tionól June 10th-14th 2005 ::: more»
    23/02/05: Thanks to the San Francisco Pipers Club for organising such an enjoyable weekend. It was great to see everyone. Here's to the next one!
    14/02/05: Added an article written by Patrick Hutchinson entitled “A Simple Non-Return Valve for Uilleann Pipe Chanters” to the Pipers Review page ::: more»
    08/02/05: Added a selection of photos of my beautiful new bellows, which accompanies my new D set, to the Koehler & Quinn page ::: more»
    02/02/05: Pipers Review readers in search of the Eamonn Dillon and Neillidh Mulligan transcription tunes follow this link ::: more»
    01/02/05: Joe Shannon article by Paul Keating ::: more»
    19/01/05: A sad show this week bidding farwell to two great Irish musicians. Flute legend P.J. Crotty and piping legend Joe Shannon ::: more»
    10/01/05: RTÉ show Nationwide featuring Limerickman Mickey Dunne and his family ::: more»
    06/01/05: Some nice audio on BBC NI featuring Mick & Caoimhín as well as Jarlath Henderson ::: more»
    06/01/05: This page on the BBC NI website features video clips of Brian Vallely and the late Dave Williams. If anyone can assist me in obtaining a copy of this please contact me ::: more»
    03/01/05: Happy New Year everyone. I look forward to meeting you all at the various tionóil and music schools this year ::: more»
    20/12/04: Added the odd photo of a new set from the Koehler & Quinn workshop. A D set in the Tayloresque style ::: more»
    10/12/04: I found another bundle of photos of this years tionól. They are now live on the website ::: more»
    09/12/04: Tommy Martin sent me some top stuff (once again). This time an old album cover featuring Tommy Reck and his pipes ::: more»
    02/12/04: Sorry to impose this on the site but I am deeply disturbed by the arrogance behind this sort of thing. Sign this petition and help save Irelands Heart and Soul - The Hill of Tara Further Information: - Sign The Petition:
    01/12/04: Buy someone an t-shirt for Christmas. Available in a variety of colours ::: more»
    30/11/04: The most recent Late Session featured a concert of Liam O'Flynn playing solo on the pipes ::: more»
    19/11/04: Surrey pipemaker Chris Bayley sent me an excerpt of interest from the 1947 L.T.C.Rolts' book "The Silver and the Green" ::: more»
    17/11/04: Received a couple of photos from Hans-Joerg Podworny of the oldest and tallest boxwood trees in the world ::: more»
    15/11/04: Gabriel McKeagney's pipes miraculously have made it home! Click here to read the LA Times article By Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer ::: more»
    12/11/04: Announcing some important and exciting changes in the Pipers' Gathering for 2005. The location and the timing of the event this year will both be moving. The reasons for these changes are detailed on their website ::: more»
    02/11/04: More photos have been added of the 2004 Southern California Tionól to the website ::: more»
    01/11/04: The Late Session radio programme has started archiving their own shows [about time]. I will continue to archive piping related features on their show as I enjoy having them on hand. This digital tradition continues with this weeks show featuring Jimmy O'Brien-Moran at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy ::: more»
    01/11/04: Whistle maker Phil Hardy posted some excellent clips of Paddy Keenan in concert to his Kerry Whistles website. While you are there browse around and check out the other clips and why not buy a whistle? ::: more»
    26/10/04: The 2004 So Cal Tionol was an amazing success! Thanks to everyone for coming and making the weekend possible. A special thank you to Gabriel & Eileen McKeagney for opening their home to us all once again! Also to our guests Mick O'Brien, Caoimhín O Raghallaigh and Benedict Koehler for your hard work and senses of humour! Thanks also to David Quinn, Michael Hubbert & Michael Burke for gracing us and also to Cillian Vallely who made great effort to be with us on the Sunday of the tionól. Photos and further reviews will be posted soon. If you have some you'd like to share please send them along to ::: more»
    21/10/04: NPR interview with Paddy Keenan from March 17, 2003. Paddy talks about his new pipes by Dave Williams and the process involved ::: more»
    20/10/04: Very sad news. Pipemaker, Dave Williams was killed in a car crash yesterday. Details of the incident will be posted as I hear them. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal. Tributes and updates are available on the Chiff & Fipple message board. ::: more». Here is a link to the newspaper report ::: more» To send your condolences please contact: The Williams Family, Windmill Workshops, Waltham, Grimsby, South Humberside, DN37 OJZ, England. Tel: 01472-828865 Fax: 01472-828865

    20/10/04: James Ennis's Bagpipes

    Many years ago Séamus Ennis left his father James's bagpipes in trust with my father Tom Mulligan. The pipes had no bag attached to them and had two boxes of chanter and drone reeds.

    Now over 25 years later, in conjuntion with Séamus' sister Ursula, we have restored them to full working order. This task of getting them back in playing order has been recently carried out ith great dedication and skill by piper Dave Rickard from Cabra, Dublin. I had the pleasure of hearing him playing them in my house two weeks ago. They would seem to be mellower than the sound of modern bagpipes and have a lovely balance between chanter and drones. Dave tells me that they appear to be an R.G. Lawrie set. There is also a Brian Boru chanter along with the stamped Lawrie Chanter. James Ennis, who died in January 1964 aged 75 years, played these pipes before he took up the uilleann pipes and played them before he got married in 1917. Séamus himself also played these bagpipes. James I'm told, was the leading piper with the Dublin Pipers Club in the early 20th Century and played them right up to about 1947. (I hope to get further information on James Ennis and his bagpiping days in the near future and if anyone can help in this respect I would be very grateful - contact:

    The Ennis family have decided to donate this set of bagpipes to the Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre and this will take place at the Piping Recital as part of the Scoil Shamhna Shéamuis Ennis in Naul, County Dublin, next Friday at 8.30 pm. We will get an opportunity to see and hear them on the night when Dave Rickard will play them.

    Néillidh Mulligan
    20th October 2004

    28/09/04: Tommy Martin the "St. Louis" piper sent me another installment for the Diary section ::: more»
    18/09/04: Congratulations to Jarlath Henderson for winning the BBC Radio2 "Young Folk Musician of the Year" award for 2004 ::: more1» ::: more2»
    15/09/04: The RTÉ Radio 1 documentary on the life and music of Willie Clancy, produced by Peter Browne in 2002 entitled "Lashings of Music" that aired on Tuesday September 7th 2004 is now archived on the Radio page ::: more»
    13/09/04: More great shots scavenged from the Chiff & Fipple Message Board are now up on the Diary 2004 page ::: more»
    27/08/04: Added photos of a Willie Rowsome C set and a great old photo of Jem Byrne ::: Techie update: Thanks to David Moulton for sending me an automatically resizing pop up window script that I have implemented on the Diary 2004 page... it's a great help... no really.... it is! ::: more»
    16/08/04: Just added a great old photo and some information on piper Philip Martin to the Diary 2004 page ::: more»
    13/08/04: Received some photos of a Rowsomesque set just completed by Koehler & Quinn ::: more»
    11/08/04: Added more photos to the Diary 2004 page ::: more»
    09/08/04: This weeks Céilí House radio programme features archived material from Bobby Casey, Micho Russell, Junior Crehan, The McPeake Family and Paddy Canny. Great stuff! ::: more»
    06/08/04: Following a recent discussion on the topic of mounts on the Chiff & Fipple message board many interesting and historic examples arose ::: more»
    28/07/04: Added photos of a set made in the 18th Century by a maker named Thomas Scott of London that is currently for sale on Ebay ::: more»
    15/07/04: If you haven't already seen it you should visit the Dutch Pipers Club website. Mickie Smyth was the guest piper at the Belgian Tionól this year and they have some wonderful sound files and video for you to indulge in. A must see and hear! ::: more»
    11/07/04: This weeks Late Session show is broadcast from the last day of Willie Week 2004. Featuring Robbie Hannan's afternoon recital ::: more»
    10/07/04: This weeks Céilí House radio programme features an archived interview from 1971 with Willie Clancy conducted by Micheál Ó Domhnaill ::: more»
    06/07/04: Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland: ULSTER FOLK AND TRANSPORT MUSEUM Cultra, Holywood, Co. Down, N. Ireland. Uilleann piping classes/recital Saturday 25 September 10.30am - 5.00pm
    • Teachers: Mick O'Brien
      Maurice Bradley
    • Reed-making: Geoff Wooff
    Uilleann Piping classes for players of all abilities will be held in the museum from 10.30am until 12.30pm and from 1.30pm until 2.45pm. Reed-making will be held in the same venue from 10.30am until 3.30pm.

    A recital featuring the tutors will be held in the museum beginning at 3.30pm. Admission to classes/reed-making and recital £10.00 (under 18s, concessions, £5.00). Admission to recital only £5.00. To book a place contact Robbie Hannan at Belfast 90395065.
    04/07/04: The fourth, and final, in a series of uilleann piping performances from the Willie Clancy Summer School 2003 which are being featured throughout the month of June 2004. This week Ciarán Mac Feilimidh's evening piping recital is featured ::: more»
    30/06/04: Joe McKenna was featured on Céilí House last Saturday night ::: more»
    28/06/04: Brian McNamara and David Power are featured on the most recent Late Session radio programme ::: more»
    28/06/04: For the CTMS Solstice Festival I wrote up technical playing guidelines for the students. I thought they'd be of use here also so they've been added to the F.A.Q. page ::: more»
    28/06/04: Thanks to everyone for showing up to the CTMS Solstice Festival class on Saturday! There were nineteen people attending all together to learn more about the uilleann pipes. Only three of which had pipes and were SCUPC members. It was great to see all the new faces! Looking forward to seeing you at piping events in the future ::: more»
    25/06/04: Brian McNamara's new CD "Fort of the Jewels" is now available via his website It is to be launched at Willie Clancy Summer School (Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare) on July 4th, 2004 at 4pm. The Leitrim Launch is on July 18th, 2004 at 8pm in Drumshanbo Community Centre, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim ::: more»
    24/06/04: Added photos of the Willie Rousome set in Bb Brad Angus recently refurbished ::: more»
    23/06/04: Late Session audio updates on the Radio Link's page featuring pipers' Ronan Browne and Emmett Gill at Willie Clancy Summer School ::: more»
    14/06/04: Check out the Osaka Tionól 2004 photos ::: more»
    09/06/04: Added a tunes page to the links section. There are links and downloads on this page. If you have a favourite website for finding good versions of tunes please send me the link and I'll include it ::: more»
    08/06/04: Interview with Martin Hayes on RTÉ's The View ::: more»
    02/06/04: Patrick Sky has made public his knowledge about reedmaking in a free Word document available for download on the F.A.Q. page ::: more»
    01/06/04: Fiddler James Kelly has just finished a solo CD Melodic Journeys ::: more»
    30/04/04: Received a follow up form David Power ::: more»
    26/04/04: I was sent a photo by a friend of mine from her trip to Ireland last year. Pretty funny coincidence if you ask me :) Check it out ::: more»
    26/04/04: Received an excellent photo from the clinically debateable Tom Klein with his bio for the Piper Bios page ::: more»
    19/04/04: Patrick Sky is starting to make a budget practice set consisting of a straight ebony chanter with no keys, an imitation leather stitched bag and leather bellows. No Ivory, very plain. All that said, Pat says this chanter plays just as well as a fully keyed model. Going price is $600.00 and right now the wait is only 2 months. He can also build a budget set with two drones… the tenor and the baritone; no ivoreen or brass trimming; no removable drone stock (the drones tied directly into the bag) and no off/on switch, for $950.00. The drones alone would be $450.00. Delivery in 2-3 months. Chanter alone is $350.00. If you respond by Email please use his home address: - Patrick Sky: (919) 929-2048
    13/04/04: I received a few great emails over the weekend with photos attached that have now been added to the Diary 2004 page ::: more»
    06/04/04: Na Píobairí Uilleann is proud to announce the release of the first in their projected series STÓR PÍOBAIREACHTA (Piping from the Archives). This will consist of recordings of Sean McAloon on uilleann pipes, fortuitously recorded in the early 1970s and now published for the first time ::: more»
    24/03/04: Added another radio station to the Radio page.
    23/03/04: Added a rotating banner to this homepage [above right] to good quality Irish music on Amazon. Click it to try it out! Check out my Music Shop for a comprehensive list of Irish music easily available online ::: more»
    05/03/04: Didn't make it to the Planxty reunion gigs? Well stick on your favourite Planxty album and pay Christy Moores website a visit. He has a photo diary of one of the shows at Vicar Street. Browse through the rest of his site while you're there, lot's of other great stuff on there aswell ::: more»
    04/03/04: The Doran Weekend in Glendalough was once again visited by Paul Eliasberg, his wife and their new baby ::: more»
    25/02/04: Added audio of the launch of the "Leo Rowsome Collection of Irish Music" on Céilí House to the Radio Links page ::: more»
    19/02/04: Received some photos of the West Coast Tionól 2004 from Mari Hoiland who was the photographer in residence last weekend. Nice to see Michael Eskin with his new regulators on his Kirk Lynch set ::: more»
    16/02/04: Edmund Tunney asked me to forward this on: "Francis McPeake School of Music - 1st World Irish Music Championships and International Summer School" ::: more»
    16/02/04: We had a visitor yesterday to our session in Santa Monica. A bouzouki player from Sweden by the name of Bert Deivert. Bert just finished a nice CD with piper Christy O'Leary. The CD is available through their website at
    11/02/04: I added a few new releases and items I missed to the Shop section... have a browse around ::: more»
    02/02/04: Eliot Grasso's long awaited debut recording "Standing Room Only" is now available ::: more»
    02/02/04: RTÉ's More Than Museums radio programme had a nice documentary on last Thursday night about Na Píobairí Uilleann. Featuring commentary by Terry Moylan and Neillidh Mulligan making a reed ::: more»
    30/01/04: Finally set up all the diary pages so that each photo will open in its own window. You can grab the corner of these windows and resize them as the images, quite often, are bigger than they will appear... depending on how you have your browser set up.
    29/01/04: The seventh Saint Louis TIONOL and Mississippi River Celtic Music Festival will be held April 2, 3, and 4th. All the details are available on the web site at along with registration information. Guest teachers this year will be Tommy Martin and Michael Cooney. Kevin Henry will be coming down from Chicago to do reeds. Other teachers will include Tommy Peoples, Mary Bergin, John Carty, along with others to round out the weekend. If any questions, please e-mail Mike Mullins at ::: more»
    28/01/04: Southern California Tionól reviews and photos have been moved from the Diary section to the Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club (SCUPC) website
    15/01/04: Jonathan Kanter sent news to the Uilleann Pipe Mailing List of an article about Geoff Wooff in the Irish Echo ::: more»
    15/01/04: Tom Kennedy just notified me that the 2003 Al Purcell Tionól was a great success. Check out their site for a full report and photographs ::: more»
    13/01/04: Céilí House this week featured Mick O'Brien & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Michael O'Raghallaigh and others ::: more»
    03/01/04: Peter Laban sent me a new photo for his page. ::: more»
    03/01/04: THE FIRST ANNUAL FLOATING TIONOL, 19-22 JUNE 2004, For Uilleann pipes. The full Tionol experience with piping lessons, reed making workshops and maintenance sessions with a leading pipe maker, pub sessions at a different location each evening, aboard a traditional narrow boat on the upper reaches of the River Thames. Cruising from the heart of England's famous and majestic city of Oxford to the head of the river and back, through a timeless and idyllic rural landscape. You can also help crew the vessel if you can find the time! Price, including boat hire, full English breakfast, superb buffet lunch, all lessons and workshops as well as a reed making kit is £250 sterling. Places are limited so early booking is advised. Please contact me by 'phone on ENGLAND 01865 727942 between 9am and 10pm GMT.
    Hope to see you there,
    Sean Lally
    29/12/03: Wishing you all a Happy New Year in Piping 2004!
    15/12/03: Another piper biography has been added ::: more»
    12/12/03: Terry Moylan sent me two excellent photos of Séamus Ennis at the Termonfechin Tionól to replace a bad copy of the same picture I already had ::: more»
    10/12/03: Kevin Rietmann sent me yet another album cover from the Abbey Tavern days ::: more»
    09/12/03: A student of mine Joey Abarta was hired as the piper in Josh Groban's latest video. The piper you hear is Eric Rigler, the piper you see is Joey Abarta and the pipes you see is my Lambe set with Preshaw chanter. This is a high bandwidth link ::: more»
    08/12/03: A photo was sold on eBay around June, 1999 which I saved and placed on this site here. The photo was of a smart young man playing a nice looking set of pipes and was taken in Skibereen around the turn of the 19th & 20th centuries. This past weekend I received an email from the subjects Grandson asking for further information on the photo and its whereabouts. He also included more information on his Grandfather and four more photos ::: more»
    08/12/03: Gay Mckeon will be teaching and performing in Birmingham, England on the 25th of Jan 2004, starting at 12 lunch till late. It's also hoped that Alan Burton will be able to make it to teach reed making. The cost will be £5. Contact Marcus Coulter for further information.
    02/12/03: Added another Piper Bio ::: more»
    25/11/03: The 2nd Annual Southern California Tionól was a great success and pleasure to attend ::: more»
    21/11/03: The Salt Lake Piping Club now has it's own website, now linked on the Piping Links page ::: more»
    20/11/03: Added a link to "The Millennium Stage" at the "JFK Center for the Performing Arts" ::: more»
    20/11/03: To the Shop I added the book "Reed Design for Early Woodwinds". An interesting book with a self descriptive title ::: more»
    19/11/03: "Following a period of rehearsal and a low-key concert in the West of Ireland the Original Planxty lineup have announced a series of Irish concerts for Jan and Feb 2004. The concerts already confirmed include 6 concerts in Dublin's 'Vicar Street' and 2 more in The Glór Center, Ennis Co. Clare." - Tara Music ::: more»
    18/11/03: The Late Session continues the Liberty Hall concert series. Fabulous 'piping' here by Micheál O'Raghallaigh solo on concertina followed by Eileen O'Brien and Deirdre McSherry from Lough Derg ::: more»
    17/11/03: A new piper has been added to the Piper Bios page. This time from España! ::: more»
    13/11/03: Received another LP cover from Kevin Rietmann of an old Abbey Tavern record featuring Tommy Reck on the cover ::: more»
    13/11/03: More photos have been added to the Koehler & Quinn Workshop page of thier latest set in B of pearwood, boxwood and brass ::: more»
    13/11/03: Added two more pipers to the Piper Bios page ::: more»
    11/11/03: Received photos from David Quinn of the latest set to come from the K&Q Workshop ::: more»
    10/11/03: In the left hand menu area I've added a search box. You can use this for either searching this site or the web.
    10/11/03: Added a few items to the shop. Namely the Rounder Collections "Traditional Irish Music In America" and "Light Through the Leaves". These collections feature tracks by pipers Al Purcell, Joe Shannon and Tim Britton ::: more»
    07/11/03: Mick O'Brien & Caoimhín O Raghallaigh were featured on RTÉ's "The Late Session" last Sunday night from Liberty Hall ::: more»
    07/11/03: Carel Lanters sent me a photo of a photo he printed up for an art exhibition in Holland ::: more»
    30/10/03: I reworked the site slightly so that it would allign to the center of the page. It was bothering me that on bigger screens it was shoved over to the left.
    21/10/03: Added more pipers to the Piper Bios section ::: more»
    21/10/03: A Piper Bio section has been added under the EXTRAS section. Please submit your photo and bio here ::: more»
    21/10/03: The Chris Langan Weekend 2004 have a great new website ::: more»
    20/10/03: Added some new releases to the Shop section ::: more»
    20/10/03: I just came across a nice feature on the Custy's Shop website. They now feature video of musicians with new releases playing live in the shop ::: more»
    20/10/03: Peter Laban sent me another photo for his page ::: more»
    20/10/03: Received another bio from a piper. This one living in Japan ::: more»
    17/10/03: Peter Laban sent me a couple of new photos for his page ::: more»
    07/10/03: On the 2003 page in the Diary section I have updated the photos to open in a presized window. This window is resizable and is set reasonable large so you won't need to resize too often. It would have taken months for me to set it to the size of each individual graphic - (if anyone knows how to do this on the fly please let me know). Also, no little hand pops up to show that these graphics are links so just click on them and you'll get the gist of what I'm talking about ::: more»
    06/10/03: Thanks to everyone that has submitted portraits and bios. I'll be getting them up on the site as soon as I can.
    03/10/03: Received a piper bio from Chicago piper Pat Cannady ::: more»
    03/10/03: Welcome to the new and improved There are bound to be lot's of broken links and other issues so please let me know if you encounter anything at - ENJOY! - Patrick.
  • 29/09/03 - The Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club now have our own dedicated website. The address is
  • 23/09/03 - The Armagh Pipers Club have a new website including promotion for the William Kennedy Piping Festival in November ::: more»
  • 19/09/03 - Q. What's the eighteenth letter in the alphabet? A. ARRRRRRR! .... Happy Talk Like Pirate Day! Yarrr!
  • 18/09/03 - The East Coast Pipers have a new website to go along with their Tionól ::: more»
  • 16/09/03 - Added a photo of an old piper, possibly John Doherty's father??? Can anyone enlighten us? ::: more»
  • 14/09/03 - Added photos of Pat Cannady's lovely new B set by Koehler & Quinn to thier page ::: more»
  • 08/09/03 - Added eBay item information of an old set that looked quite interesting ::: more»
  • 05/09/03 - Pipemaker Bradley M. Angus now has a website ::: more»
  • 05/09/03 - Claddagh Records have a nice fresh new website up at It looks like the claddagh ring logo needs a bit of cleaning up though as it's shape is lost in the bevel effect.
  • 04/09/03 - The Pipers Gathering website is now up to date with photos from their most recent event ::: more»
  • 04/09/03 - Our prayers are with Liam O'Flynn, his wife and family. Jane O'Fylnn was injured during a one-day horse trial on Saturday last ::: more»
  • 03/09/03 - Received some infor on the mysterious unnamed piper ::: more»
  • 28/08/03 - Added a very interesting looking lesson book/CD collection from L.E. McCullough to The Music Shop as well as various other bits and pieces ::: more»
  • 28/08/03 - Lewis Blevins sent me photos of his new set, the Koehler & Quinn beehive set ::: more»
  • 26/08/03 - Ken Rickett's sent on some loevely photos of an Egan C set recently refurbished by Dave Williams ::: more»
  • 21/08/03 - Added an item of curiosity to the Patsty Touhey section on Page5g. What do you make of it? ::: more»
  • 20/08/03 - Modified the Radio section slightly on Page2. Hopefully making it a bit easier to navigate ::: more»
  • 19/08/03 - Néillidh Mulligan talks to The Late Session's Áine Hensey about his new album "An Tobair Glé" ::: more»
  • 15/08/03 - Kevin Rietmann sent me a link to another article of interest. This one is about Geoff Woof in the Warnambool Standard from 1986 ::: more»
  • 14/08/03 - Found some lovely snippets in the An Píobaire archives on the NPU website.
    + The first is a poem by Ronnie Wathen about Geoff Wooff ::: more»
    + The second is a slagging given to R.L. O'Meally by Eamonn Ceant in 1902 ::: more»
    + The third is Liam Ó Floinn on Séamus Ennis' passing ::: more»
  • 13/08/03 - Learn how to curse in Irish! This one should come in handy... thanks to Kevin Rietmann for this link ;) ::: more»
  • 13/08/03 - Added some more artists to the Music Shop. If you have any recommendations of item's to add please let me know them ::: more»
  • 13/08/03 - Leo Rickard has a great new website. Click the link to check it out
  • 22/07/03 - Wrote up a bit of an article today about Willie Week ::: more»
  • 22/07/03 - Had some nice tunes with Maurice Bradley last Saturday night. Maurice is visiting at the moment from Derry ::: more»
  • 17/07/03 - The 2003 East Coast Tionol will be held on October 10-12th at the University of North Carolina Campus, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Guest piper this year is Eoin Ó Riabhaigh ::: more»
  • 16/07/03 - Also added the back cover and a transcription from Ken Rickett's for the Séamus Ennis Masters of Irish Music album ::: more»
  • 16/07/03 - Added a clip of Conor McKeon playing on the Radio na Gaeltachta programme Turas Ceoil ::: more»
  • 15/07/03 - The Late Session this week highlight's the Willie Clancy Summer School 2003 featuring Ronan Browne, Mick O'Brien & Caoimhín Ó Raghalaigh ::: more»
  • 14/07/03 - So... back from Willie Week yesterday, what a great week. Met load's of great people and had some great tunes around the place. Had classes with Mick O'Brien which were great and listened to some fabulous music around the town too. More to follow as I wake up over the next few days.... I was travelling with my good friend Michael Eskin who has his photos of the trip already up on the web. Here's the link>
  • 01/07/03 - On Sunday night's Late Session Áine introduces Néillidh Mulligan's new album An Tobar Glé. A clip is available of Néillidh playing The Thrush In The Morning and Colonel Frasier here.
  • 30/06/03 - Added two sets of photos today. One set from David Quinn of the Taylor style set he made for Charlie Mooney and the other set from Ken Ricketts of a Treoir cover featuring Tommy Reck ::: Quinn more» ::: Reck more»
  • 26/06/03 - Added a Humidifier section to the Music Store ::: more»
  • 23/06/03 - Had some nice tunes with Michael Eskin and Larry Dunn this weekend at the California Traditional Music Society's Summer Solstice Festival. As it happened this year the evening festivities were only a mile from where I live so I couldn't stay away which led to a couple of rather late nights, a thing I am not used to in my convalescing years ;) Here are some photos Michael's wife Linda took while we were squeezing our guts out more»
  • 11/06/03 - Added items to the store ::: more»
  • 10/06/03 - Photographs of the Willie Rousome boxwood C# set belonging to Kevin Rowsome were sent to me by David Quinn along with shots of his ebony copy and various other odds and ends including additional photos of the recently finished mopane B set ::: more»
  • 09/06/03 - Announcing The Pipers Gathering 2003 in North Hero, VT. Saturday, August 23 through Monday August 25, 2003 at the Shore Acres Inn. Instructors and performers this year include:
    Uilleann Pipes: Jimmy O'Brien-Moran, Jerry O'Sullivan, Benedict Koehler, & Deborah Quigley
    Scottish Smallpipes: Barry Shears, Iain Mac Harg, & Fin Moore
    Northumbrian Pipes: Chris Ormston & Ian Lawther
    Border Pipes: Fin Moore
    Further information and registration forms visit the web site at
  • 06/06/03 - Peter Laban sent me some beautiful fresh new photos. Go to his page to see ::: more»
  • 06/06/03 - Photos added to the Koehler & Quinn page and also to page5l
  • 03/06/03 - Barry O'Neill sent me an interestingly appropriate item from a 1935 New York Times ::: more»
  • 03/06/03 - Received some new photos for the Koehler & Quinn page ::: more»
    Gabriel McKeagney's pipes have been stolen from within his house. Items include his:
    1. Leo Rowsome practice set! In ebony, ivory and nickel ivory with a C natural key PHOTO
    2. Andreas Rogge B chanter: stained black plumwood, no keys and wooden top.
    3. Charles Roberts 1/2 set in brass, faux ivory and african blackwood.
    4. Martin Kerrigan chanter and two regs in ebony, faux ivory and nickel silver.
    5. Between 40 and 70 CD's were stolen.
    Nothing else of significance was stolen.

    Please keep an eye out for these items and spread the word. I'm hoping to have photos up asap on my site of them to identify anything popping up on eBay etc. Anyone with leads please contact Gabriel at

    Thanks everyone,

  • 23/05/03CLICK HERE to read the Orange County Register story. transcript
  • 22/05/03CLICK HERE to read the LA Times story. transcript
  • 15/05/03 - Added a new page due to the latest influx of photos from people... keep them coming folks! Included are photos of the 2003 West Coast Tionól and some great cover images of out of print LP's and documents ::: more»
  • 07/05/03 - Birmingham, England pipemaker Marcus Coulter sent me some images of his work ::: more»
  • 05/05/03 - Posted more photos of David Quinn's "beehive set" to his page. The baritone regulator, just finished yesterday with sprinklings of other parts ::: more»
  • 05/05/03 - Received some lovely photos of Tom Dahill and his Willie Rousome pipes from Ken Ricketts ::: more»
  • 30/04/03 - Mr. David Quinn has sent me a photo of a beautiful chanter that he and the esteemed Benedict Koehler have just finished. This may become a regular feature, hopefully leading to a dedicated page to the topic!? This particular chanter looks to be a C made of castella box also known as lemonwood, brass and ivory, David please correct me if I'm mistaken. The mounts seem to be influenced by the beautiful old Kenna [Kenna chanter, body by Ryan, mounts added later] "beehive set". Thanks for the photos Sir, this will be an excellent addition to the site! This is now a regular feature :) and can be viewed by clicking on page5k in the dropdown menu's or by clicking here on ::: more»
  • 30/04/03 - Added a link to some video of Leonard Barry introducing the uilleann pipes on what I think to be a Austrian website BM:BWK. Also added some scans of vintage Irish postcards ::: more»
  • 28/04/03 - Received some photos of Larry Dunn's B half set by Peter Hunter which is currently being transformed by Brad Angus ::: more»
  • 25/04/03 - The 2003 East Coast Tionol will be held on October 10-12th at the University of North Carolina Campus, Chapel Hill, North Carolina ::: more»
  • 21/04/03 - This weeks "Lán a Mhála" radio program has some great piping from Neillidh Mulligan ::: more»
  • 16/04/03 - Added a few shots of my Wooff B chanter to accompany comments made on the Chiff & Fipple message board about F natural key placement. Also, added a photo of my Rogge D chanter to demonstrate the key placement Andreas uses, this is to accompany a different topic also on the Chiff & Fipple message board. ::: more»
  • 07/04/03 - Just got back from Austin Texas this morning where I was playing with the Ric Blair Band. Made it to the session in B.D. Reilly's Pub lastnight which was great. Thanks to Mario for telling me about it and Rob for "being there" ;) Hopefully we'll be able to do it again soon! :)
  • 31/03/03 - In the "Music Shop" I added an Electronics section featuring tools useful to pipers for documenting classes and events they attend for posterity and also for learning ::: more»
  • 27/03/03 - Added a link to Lán a Mhála, a show hosted by Meaití Joe Shéamuis on Radio na Gaeltachta ::: more»
  • 26/03/03 - Added a banner to a band I play in. You never know, maybe we'll get a couple of gigs out of it? ::: more»
  • 24/03/03 - Pipemaker Kirk Lynch now has a website ::: more»
  • 21/03/03 - I have added a lot more stuff to the "Music Shop" in the form of a non-piping related traditional music and Irish comedy section ::: more»
  • 19/03/03 - An excellent article on the making of elder drone reeds has been posted on the Uilleann Pipers Club Denmark website. Just go there and click on "artikler".
  • 18/03/03 - A brief interview with Paddy Keenan can be heard via the NPR website ::: more»
  • 18/03/03 - Fel Bautista sent me some more wonders from the piping enclaves of Southern California. This time it's some selected pages from a "An Píobaire" from September 1978 ::: more»
  • 11/03/03 - Have a look at Paul Eliasberg's website for some great pictures of the Johnny Doran Weekend held annually in Glendalough, Co. Wicklow ::: more»
  • 09/03/03 - The Late Session features commentary on the release of the new publication "The Leo Rowsome Collection of Irish Music" published by Walton's ::: more»
  • 05/03/03 - I had the good fortune last weekend to play a few gigs in St. Paul, Minnesota. It was 0ºF but it was still lovely and the hospitality and piping was great! ::: more»
  • 20/02/03 - The fair Lewis Blevin's told me about at the San Francisco Tionól last weekend. I've been listening to it all day and think it to be quite good. Give it a listen and make up your own mind ::: more»
  • 19/02/03 - The St.Louis Tionól? March 28, 29, 30. Details are at Guests this year include Brian McNamara, Michael Piper Cooney, Isaac Alderson and Kevin Henry ::: more»
  • 19/02/03 - Still in recovery mode from the excellent West Coast Tionól. It was great fun, and great to see the rest of the inflicted members of this crude west coast cult ;) It was also wonderful to see some East Coasters aswell, Suzanne Ward, Pat Murray, Anthony Santoro and of course the esteemed David Quinn and Benedict Koehler. I'll get a few photos up on the site before the week is out I'm sure.
  • 13/02/03 - See some of you this weekend at the Frisco Toenail... I think there might be a bit of fun had.... maybe ;) ::: more»
  • 11/02/03 - Updated the Late Session Archives so now there's a download and stream option ::: more»
  • 06/02/03 - Added highlights from last Sunday nights Late Session which featured the playing of Mick O'Brien on the new "Goodman Collection" recording quite heavily ::: more»
  • 06/02/03 - Fel sent me another great piece of "piper-mania". A stamp of a piper, not sure who the piper is, possibly Leon Rowsome?? Any ideas anyone? ::: more»
  • 05/02/03 - Added some great old pieces from Fel Bautista. The first San Francisco Tionól invitation and a newsclipping with photo of Dennis Brookes ::: more»
  • 04/02/03 - I have added a new page to the site to highlight uilleann piping CDs, videos, books etc that are easily available over the web. I'm calling the page the "Music Shop" Just follow the obnoxious link at the top of the page. It won't be blinking forever.... it's just for the weekend to catch your attention :) ::: more»
  • 03/02/03 - The Arizona Uilleann Pipers Society will be a having a workshop and concert with Eric Olson on March 7th & 8th ::: more»
  • 30/01/03 - RTÉ's programme Nationwide have video clip about the Armagh Pipers Club on their website. The 28K version is the only one available, the 56K links to a clip of "Are you being served?"??!?! Take a look at Nationwide ::: here>
  • 27/01/03 - Iris na bPíobairí, The Irish Pipers' Club transcription in The Pipers Review of Bonnie Ann as played by Robbie Hannan, accompanying audio samples here ::: more»
  • 23/01/03 - Can you spot the real Tom Klein? ::: more»
  • 13/01/03 - Brian McNamara has a new website ::: more»
  • 13/01/03 - Peter Laban sent me a nice photo of tunes being had. This one was taken by Mick O'Brien ::: more»
  • 08/01/03 - Going to the San Francisco Tionól? It takes place on Feb. 14-16th. Find out further details here ::: more»
  • 08/01/03 - The Chris Langan Tionól is coming up in Toronto on Jan 17-19th ::: more»
  • 30/12/02 - The Al Purcell Tionól took place during September of 2002. Tom Kennedy sent me some photos and a review of the event. Click here for more»
  • 10/12/02 - Meanwhile.... I've mustered up the strength to add some curious photos of Dr. Lewis Blevins and some grüvie little video clips of the Southern California Tionól. Enjoy! ::: more»
  • 10/12/02 - Warning! Personal message! - It's been crazy around here lately. Joy and Myself are going through escrow on a house, our first, so you can imagine our current frame of mind :)
  • 04/12/02 - Peter Laban sent me over a new photo of Mick O'Brien and Caoiminh Ó Raghallaigh, he is Geoff Wooff's apprentice pipemaker ::: more»
  • 29/10/02 - Added my photos and Larry's along with a synopsis of the Southern California Tionól ::: more»
  • 29/10/02 - The first official Southern California Tionól was a great success. Everyone had a fabulous time and learned a ton of technique from Robbie Hannan. Photos and a full review will be available later today with any luck.
  • 17/10/02 - The East Coast Pipers' Tionól 2002 went very nicely by the sounds of things. Here are a few photos Lewis Blevins sent me for the site ::: more»
  • 19/09/02 - There's a new B set in the club ::: more»
  • 12/09/02 - Peter Laban sent me two more to add to the ones he sent on the 9th ::: more»
  • 09/09/02 - Peter Laban sent me four new photos for his page from Willie Week 2002 ::: more»
  • 06/09/02 - Added a few photos of a visit home earlier in the year ::: more»
  • 05/09/02 - Stephen Vickers sent me some photos of his work to promote the fact that himself and Dessie Seery have merged forces in pipemaking. A batch of these sets has just been finished and is ready for sale ::: more»
  • 22/08/02 - I will be closing down the Message Centre on August 26th. There is so much valuable information in there that it seems a shame. The company that has hosted the page say, "Due to the high cost of offering this free service, we regret that we will shortly be shutting down and BeSeen services on August 26th, 2002." That's the way it goes I suppose. It became very hard to manage towards the end and the download time was excessive for modem users. If you have an uilleann piping question that needs answering I recommend the following services, both are excellent and worth checking in on regularly.
  • 16/08/02 - If you are planning to attend the East Coast Pipers' Tionol this year in the seaside town of Rockland, Maine, October 11-13, be sure to visit the website for an IMPORTANT UPDATE ::: more»
  • 14/08/02 - Added some great old photos of some of Geoff Wooff's first customers ::: more»
  • 13/08/02 - The San Francisco Tionól will be happening again this year. President's Day Weekend, Feb. 14, 15, 16 2003! Contact Ted Anderson of the San Francisco Pipers Club for more info at
  • 08/08/02 - The 2002 East Coast Tionól has it's website going now. Take note that the address is different from the original one being publicised! ::: more»
  • 24/07/02 - Added an article on "Getting In Tune With Your Regs" which I sent to the Uilleann Pipe Mailing List in reply to a question from Bernard Grigsby on tuning the regulators and I thought it might be of use here too ::: more»
  • 24/07/02 - Eddie Climo of the South Western Association of Uilleann Pipers has revised his "Handbook For The Uilleann Pipes". Very useful, you can download it *free* via their webite ::: more»
  • 22/07/02 - Benedict Koehler will be teaching at the Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp on August 11-18, 2002. Uilleann pipes instruction and reed-making will be available. Deckers, Clorado (1 hour soutth-west of Denver) ::: more»
  • 22/07/02 - Twelve year old, fifth generation piper Mikey Doran playing the pipes for the BBC ::: more»
  • 18/07/02 - Archived a section of Robbie Hannan's radio show Cúlán. Very nice stuff well worth a listen ::: more»
  • 11/07/02 - The Cobblestone Sessions is a new CD that will feature plenty of good music with an emphasis on piping and fiddling. Pipers recorded include Nollaig Mac Cárthaig; Tommy Martin; Cormac Cannon; Kevin Rowsome; Donncha Dwyer; Eoin Garvey and Néillidh Mulligan ::: more»
  • 08/07/02 - I received a ton of photos from Belfast piper, Fergus Maunsell today and have added them to the end of the photo pages. Thanks Fergus! ::: more»
  • 28/06/02 - Martin Nolan & Seán Óg Potts both have new releases available. Check out the Claddagh records website for ::: more»
  • 27/06/02 - Robbie Hannan's radio programme Cúlán is now available on the web. Go to the BBC website for ::: more»
  • 26/06/02 - Added an MP3 of Tommy Reck and Barney McKenna playing "The Cook In The Kitchen" live at the Gaeity (I think) Theatre years ago ::: more»
  • 21/06/02 - Added a few more excellent photos from the Peter Laban collection. See if you can spot the new ones ::: more»
  • 20/06/02 - Please join us for the first of many regular weekly sessions at: Dalt's Grill, 3500 W. Olive at Riverside, Burbank., California. Tel: 818 953 7750. Beginning Friday, June 21st at 8pm. So if you're in the Los Angeles area please swing by! ::: more»
  • 17/06/02 - 2002 East Coast Pipers' Tionól: October 11-13th, 2002 on the beautiful coast of Rockland, Maine. The tionol features Irish piper Máire Ní Ghráda and pipemaker/piper Geoff Wooff, who will be joined by Benedict Koehler, Patrick Hutchinson and Willy Kelly. Registration begins Friday evening at 6 pm. Piping and fiddle workshops will go on throughout Saturday and Sunday, highlighted by a public concert and a session Saturday night. The registration fee is $65 and includes all aspects of the piping weekend, including the concert. For more information or a registration packet, phone or email Susanne Ward at 207 594-5434 or The website is under construction and will be at ::: more»
  • 10/06/02 - An article entitled "Getting Started With Regulators" by Geoff Wooff has been added. This article first appeared in "The Pipers' Review" 1996 Spring issue Vol. XV No. 2. Thanks to Wally Charm for allowing me to post this article here. The photo of Geoff is © Peter Laban ::: more»
  • 22/05/02 - Na Píobairí Uilleann have a new website well worth having a look at. It has members areas too so if you arn't an NPU member (which you most definitely should be!!!) go to and sign up ::: more»
  • 20/05/02 - Todd Denman has a new CD available from his website, samples also available ::: more»
  • 10/04/02 - FInally added a few photos of the 2002 North West Tionól in Seattle that happened last February ::: more»
  • 08/04/02 -

    Geoff Wooff - Silver Anniversary Set
    To mark 25 years of pipe-making, Geoff Wooff intends to produce a Silver anniversary set!
    This instrument will be ready by May/June 2003 and its purchase is open to anyone, either on or not on his extremely long waiting list.
    The set will be made in Black Ebony with solid Silver keys and ferrules and Mammoth Ivory mounts.
    His preference is to produce this ‘one off’ set in the key of B or C, but a different key could be stipulated by the successful applicant.
    This is a genuine opportunity for anyone to ‘short circuit’ the current 13 year wait!
    Letters of interest to:
    Geoff Wooff, Miltown Malbay, co. Clare, Ireland.
  • 21/03/02 - Another new pipers club has sprung up, Cumann na Piobairi Uilleann Inis Fada (The Long Island Uilleann Pipers Club). They have been having monthly meetings, and have planned a workshop with Jerry O'Sullivan on April 28, 2002. Also, the Irish arts center in NYC is having an uilleann pipe day on April 6, 2002 with Jerry O'Sullivan, Ivan Goff, Cillian Vallely and Seth Gallagher ::: more»
  • 11/03/02 - The Jackson Mississippi Tionól is Sept 6,7,8. Piping instruction by Bruce Childress and Pat Sky. E-mail James Clark for more»
  • 05/03/02 - There is a new pipers club starting in Victoria, Australia. Coincidentally it's called "The Uilleann Pipers Association Of Victoria (UPAV)" more»
  • 26/02/02 - Bob Gardiner sent me photos from the 2002 Chris Langan Weekend more»
  • 31/01/02 -  In case any of you are comically inclined and you are in the Los Angeles or New York areas.... my favourite comedian Billy Connolly will be performing limited shows. If you can at all go... do! Ticket Information
  • 28/01/02 - The RTÉ TV show Léargas dedicated a show to the uilleann pipes on the 15th of January. Looks like it was a great show, if anyone has it recorded can they please get in touch me me? Thanks! more»
  • 28/01/02 - Added am mp3 of The Ashgrove by Tommy Reck to Peter Laban's page.
  • 20/01/02 - Click here for 2002 West Coast Tionól information.
  • 17/01/02 - Added a few interesting links to page2 that have turned up on the Uilleann Pipe Mailing List recently.
  • 16/01/02 - Posted new question on the Quiz Pop-up, hit "Refresh" on your browser or F5 on your keyboard to re-open the page.
  • 09/01/02 - Added the Robbie Hannan workshop photos and a bit of a review of the weekend more»
  • 02/01/02 - Happy New Year everyone. Hope you had a great holiday season. I just got back and have a few things to add to the page for the start of the new year so stay tuned! Also.... I can't think of any more questions that will work in the type of poll I've been running. If you have a question you'd like answered that would be useful to a survey please submit it here
  • 12/12/01 - Kynch O'Kaine sent me the Seán Óg Potts' recital at Willie Week so I've added it to the Late Session section of the Radio area on PAGE2 more»
  • 06/12/01 - Made a couple of audio clips from a Tommy Reck tape I have. Added them to Peter Laban's page beside the photos of Tommy more»
  • 26/11/01 - Updated Peter Laban's page with two new photos more»
  • 19/11/01 - Just had a fabulous weekend with Robbie Hannan, Paddy Glackin and Lillis Ó Laoire at their exhibition and workshop in UCLA. We had a great class and a great laugh too. Hopefully the boys will be back again sooner rather then later! Photos should be popping up over the next couple of weeks.
  • 15/11/01 - Added a quiz to the site. If you have a question you would like answered e-mail it to me and I'll add it.
  • 13/11/01 - Added a great shot to Peter Laban's page more»
  • 07/11/01 - Cáit Reed, Paddy O'Neill and Richard Gee will be playing at the Celtic Arts Center, Los Angeles, on December 1st. more»
  • 01/11/01 - Also added the next photo from Peter Laban. This one is of Joe Doyle and Al Purcell at Willie Week more»
  • 01/11/01 - Added the final Late Session clip featuring Mick O'Brien this time more»
  • 29/10/01 - New York Tionól photos and banter have been added to PAGE5H more»
  • 23/10/01 - Added a Todd Denman Workshop page with photos from Michael Eskin (thanks again Michael) I also replaced the conventional links for navigating through the photo pages with a dropdown menu to help simplify navigation more»
  • 23/10/01 - The latest Late Session clip featuring Jimmy O'Brien-Moran has been added to the archive more»
  • 23/10/01 - The third new photo from Peter Laban is up on PAGE5E more»
  • 16/10/01 - The Late Session are airing some great clips from Scoil Samhradh Willie Clancy. They started on the 5th with Seán Potts Jnr. and continued this past Friday with Brian McNamara. I missed Seán's performance but caught Brians, here it is... more»
  • 15/10/01 - The second photo from Peter Laban is now live!!! more»
  • 09/10/01 - Peter Laban has sent me a few more photos. The first of them is a classic and is now up on his page more»
  • 09/10/01 - Just got back from the North East Tionól. It was everything a tionól should be, a hearty congratulations to Seth and all involved. Photos and banter will be appearing soon.
  • 10/09/01 - On Saturday November 17 at the Fowler Museum, UCLA an exhibition featuring the music of both Robbie Hannan and Paddy Glackin will be presenting the "The NorthernFiddler: Irish Traditional Fiddle Playing in Donegal and Tyrone 1977 - 79". Piping and fiddling workshops will be held from 12:00-2:00. "A Conversation on Irish Traditional Music", will be held from 4:00 to 6:00, followed by the concert at 8:00. Contact me for further information or call the Fowler Museum, UCLA at (310) 825-8655. Pre-registration is very important so please Sign up here!
  • 02/09/01 - Chulrua - Irish trio consisting of Paddy O'Brian, Pat Eagan and Tim Britton, will be playing on November 20, 2001 (Tuesday) at 8 p.m. at the CTMS Folk Music Center, 16953 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316 (In Encino Park, A Block West of Balboa Blvd). $15 advance/$17 at the door. For more information call (818) 817-7756, or see
  • 31/08/01 - Paddy Keenan is coming to LA! He'll be playing in McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica on the 23rd of September at 7pm. Tickets are $15 - on sale 4th of Sept. more»
  • 17/08/01 - Thanks to John Touhey of San Diego for providing me with three *very* interesting links relating to old Irish recordings. He supplied the three links with audio in the Phonograph section more»
  • 16/08/01 - Added a Phonograph section, something I am getting more interested in after purchasing a few 78's of Patsy Touhey and Tom Ennis. I just bought a Columbia Grafonola which plays the discs really well. It has an adjustable speed arm so you can tune the disc to play at the right speed as we know both these guys played in D... or there abouts more»
  • 09/08/01 - Claddagh Records have started updating the New Releases section of their website on a regular bases. Lot's of great material available through them and brief yet good reviews of each new release more»
  • 07/08/01 - STOLEN PIPES! - On May 22nd in Nantes, France, a set of Froment drones and regulaters and a Robbie Hughes chanter were stolen, there were no bellows with the set. The mainstock was engraved with the following:
    "Made for Didier Jaffredo by AG Froment Kenmare 1991".
    The chanter had no keys, the back D was modified similar to that on a Froment chanter and the front holes were flattened with a file, it was also unreeded. Another distinguishing feature is that white cotton was used to wrap all the joints.
    The owner is offering a reward equivalent to 5000french francs for information that leads to their retreival.
    Please contact Greg Dolan at with any possible leads.
  • 28/07/01 - Lot's of good stuff on The Late Session this week. John McSherry and Mike McGoldrick open the show with a tune from their new release "At First Light" on Vertical records and a tune from Ronan Browne's new CD "The Wynd You Know".
  • 23/07/01 - A classic album that has influened countless musicians over the years and hasn't been available for about 40 years has been rereleased on Shanachie. It used to be called "All Ireland Champions" but now has the elongated title of "An Historic Recording of Irish Traditional Music From County Clare and East Galway"
  • 20/07/01 - Added three brilliant photos of Séamus Ennis, Johnny Doran and Patsy and Mae Touhey to page5g. more»
  • 17/07/01 - Seán Potts has a new tutor available on CD-ROM. It is available through the website.... a damn fine site too, both are well worth checking out! more»
  • 12/07/01 - Watch this space for a workshop coming up towards the end of October. Pipes and fiddle will be the instruments taught. I'll keep you posted as things develop.
  • 03/07/01 - The first Al Purcell Tionól will be held in Detroit on 28th - 30th September 2001. A link has been added to the tionól section on page2. Also updated links etc. Found a link to Copperplate Distribution that is quite interesting! They have a great clientele! more»
  • 29/06/01 - Added more shtuff - links and the like to page2. I'm not telling you which ones they are.... you'll just have to look for yourself :) more»
  • 14/06/01 - Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. I was browsing through the links on page2 and noticed several are now broken or out of date. If you have further information on this please let me know of new locations or eliminations so I can update the site further, thanks. The few broken links I noticed were to Richard Katz, Italian Pipers Society and John Peter Pruden via Joel Joy.
  • 11/06/01 - I'm baaack...... Hi everyone, thanks for all the kind wishes on my marriage to Joy. We had a great honeymoon in Italy and in Dublin with a great assembly of family and friends, it was brilliant to see them all again. So now it's back to work and the pipes.... I took them out last night and they worked beautifully straight out of the box.... PHEW! I have to admit I was a bit out of it from the flight and the week of drinking we had in Dublin but it was lovely to play them again. Aaanyway.... I've deleted all those damned adverts off the Message Centre and will be on top of it for the foreseeable future, sorry for the inconvenience, I am looking into a new service and have been recommended a few good looking ones, I'll keep you up to date.
  • 08/05/01 - Finally, with a duet album alongside fiddler Kevin Glackin due out this week, Davy Spillane has launched his very own 'official' website more»
  • 08/05/01 - Check out this Hurling Game. It has absolutely nothing to do with the pipes but it is good fun :)
  • 27/04/01 - Article of Davy Spillane being interviewed by Sinéad O'Connor added to page2 more»
  • 13/04/01 - Posted a photo of a the guys from the club that went to Flagstaff to see Liam O'Flynn play for St. Patrick's Day. How's that for dedication, what was it? 600 miles each way?!?! more»
  • 12/04/01 - Refined further the Radio section on page2 and added a link to "Mo Cheol Thú", Ciarán MacMathúna's wonderful radio programme. This weeks show has some great segments on fiddler Dennis Murphy and piper Garrett Barry more»
  • 10/04/01 - Added a piping poem by Séamus O'Sullivan, 1912, called "A Piper" more»
  • 15/03/01 - Added three photos from Martin Stillion who plays with me on occasion with the Ric Blair Band . They were taken when we played in Hawai'i! Such a beautiful experience.... more»
  • 06/03/01 - Sal Borges has sent me a load of photos of the San Francisco Tionól. Thanks Sal! Some lovely clear photographs here. Something tells me you've done this before Sal? more»
  • 23/02/01 - Okay, so I have a few photos up of the San Francisco Tionól that took place last weekend. There are more on the way from several sources so keep an eye out more»
  • 22/02/01 - There is a new way to learn Irish traditional music my friends and it's only a mouse click away! It's called ScoilTrad and it's the brainchild of three very accomplished and respected thespians ( I said thespians ) of this idiom, namely piper Eoin O Riabhaigh, flutist Conal O Gráda and fiddler Kevin Glackin. It will be launched in March 2001 but has a splash page to give you a feel for what's to come so stand by! more»
  • 20/02/01 - The San Francisco Tionól was brilliant as always. Thanks to Conall O'Raghallaigh for organizing the weekend so well. Gay McKeon and Seán Óg Potts were the guest pipers. They taught the intermediate/advanced classes while Kevin Carr took the beginners classes. Such lumineries as Andreas Rogge, David Quinn and Benedict Koehler were also in attendance. All the San Francisco bunch were there of course causing trouble as usual ;) More on this as I get my photos developed...
  • 16/02/01 - Robert Gardiner sent me some photographs of his trips to Scoil Acla 2000 and the Chris Langan Weekend in Toronto 2001 more»
  • 31/01/01 - The SCPC 3rd Anniversary was on 12/03/00. Once again we had a great meeting. Gabriel sent me up some photos which are now on PAGE5f more»
  • 17/01/01 - Music Schools section added on the links page. If I am missing a school with a website please let me know more»
  • 17/01/01 - Bill Ochs asked me to get the word out that The Irish Center in New York are hosting a workshop with Cillian Vallely more»
  • 02/01/01 - Added the San Francisco Tionól 2001 to the "Coming Up" section on PAGE4
  • 02/01/01 - Ceolnet, a new website hosted by RTÉ. Dedicated to Irish traditional music and the RTÉ Archive more»
  • 01/01/2001 - Happy New Year! Go bheirimíd beo in anseo arís!
  • 30/11/00 - Added a couple of more links to the Other Links and Radio Online sections more»
  • 28/11/00 - A bunch of photos of Brad Angus and his work have been posted to PAGE5f more»
  • 28/11/00 - Radio station added to the Radio Online section more»
  • 27/11/00 - The Late Session from Nov 24th has an interview from 1972 with Willie Clancy more»
  • 21/11/00 - Found a nice article about Seth Gallagher on the Hudson Valley site which includes a snippet of video more»
  • 20/11/00 - Lámh ar lámh - Friends of The Mater. A CD created to raise money for colon cancer research at The Mater Hospital, Dublin. The music ranges from lively house set-dancing, plaintiff singing, elequont solo's to tight ensemble playing. Musician's include Pádraic MacMathúna, Liam O'Flynn, Sean Keane and Arty McGlynn more»
  • 20/11/00 - Leo Rickard has a new solo piping recording available. Order it directly from the man himself at
  • 01/11/00 - I found a great old photo of the first NPU meeting in 1968. Also a nice one I had forgotten about of Al Purcell more»
  • 27/10/00 - Added a Webcam section with views of Dublin (so far). If you know of other webcams in Ireland please let me know more»
  • 23/10/00 - Iain Cameron sent me some great photos of some famous old sets and their players more»
  • 18/10/00 - The Arizona Uilleann Pipers Society had their first workshop this past weekend with 'yours truly' as the guest more»
  • 18/10/00 - Week five's photos have been added to Peter Laban's page more»
  • 16/10/00 - Todd Denman has released a new album. Listen to samples on the Aniar Records site.
  • 11/10/00 - Week four's photos have been added to Peter Laban's page more»
  • 09/10/00 - Added groovy little   symbols to mark links with audio and video streams more»
  • 04/10/00 - Added a couple of Irish music radio site links more»
  • 04/10/00 - Week three's photos have been added to Peter's Laban's page more»
  • 02/10/00 - I was out of town for a few days and on my return was faced with the news of Al Purcell's passing away. It is a huge shock. He was an absolute gentleman and was loved by so many.

    There is a lovely dedication to him at the CCÉ Detroit-Windsor Branch's website where you can add your condolences.

    Rest in peace Al, you will be deeply missed.
  • 27/09/00 - Week two's photos have been added to Peter's page. more»
  • 20/09/00 - Starting today, I will be installing three photos a week into Peter Laban's page. Thanks Peter! Enjoy..... more»
  • 01/09/00 - More navigation features have been added in the form of a drop down menu. Also added links to PAGE2
  • 30/08/00 - Added photo and link from Joel Joy's website on the portrait of John Peter Pruden (1778-1868) by W.C. Forster more»
  • 03/08/00 - Added a section describing the pipes to PAGE3
  • 26/07/00 - More links have been added (of course). A couple of note are Michael Dooley, Brian McNamara and a hilarious cartoon called Zookman that is well worth a visit. You can search for these using the search box or just browse PAGE2 for them.
  • 13/07/00 - So, I'm back from Willie week. Had a brilliant time and met some great people. I'm sure elements of the week will be popping up as my photos get developed. I'll try not to post anything incriminating ;)
  • I have built a page showcasing some of Peter Laban's wonderful photographs more»
  • Pat Sky has new editions of the books he has meticulously re-issued. Click here for prices and contact info -
  • Mick Coyne sent me this link to his site. The site contains audio streams from his new album. Some lovely tight playing. He's also linked on PAGE2
  • A Message Center has been added for you to discuss piping related topics, advertise pipes for sale and exchange information. Make sure to read the Message Center before you leave and contribute as you please.
  • I search the internet regularly for new or modified links and add them to PAGE2. This is becoming so frequent that I won't announce it here anymore, I'll just update the "Latest Updates" date (above).
    Having said that, I would like to direct you to RTÉ's Late Session audio streams as I think they are a valuable asset to the Irish music community. The archives I have chosen have particular interest to pipers.
    Also, the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann site is very good and has several tunes to learn, plus it contains several video and audio clips.
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  • Jimmy O'Brien-Moran has made an A drone for his pipes. more»
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  • Thanks to my Mum & Dad for posting over this newspaper clipping about the Johnny Doran Weekend in Tinahely on PAGE5C
  • Jimmy O'Brien-Moran has made an A drone for his pipes. Check out PAGE5C for further details.
  • Another article written by Robbie Hannan for An Teanga Bheo has been added to PAGE2.
  • ! The Late Session will be airing shows in May reporting on the Johnny Doran Weekend which commemorated the 50th Anniversary of Johnny's death. Some of the featured pipers include John Purcell (grandson of Johnny Doran), Leo Rickard, Daniel O'Sullivan, Paddy Keenan with Tommy O' Sullivan, Kevin Rowsome, John Rooney and Micky Dunne.
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  • Thanks to Mark Walstrom for sending me this Eb' Kenna(?) photo on PAGE5C
  • Thanks to Alphie Mulligan for sending me this photo and info about his lovely set. See PAGE5C for more.
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