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If you would like to learn more about the uilleann pipes (pronounced: illan) then the f.a.q. section is a good place to start. The rest of you know what you're up to... welcome back :)

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 valely 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.

Twice-monthly Celtic and Irish music by the best independent Celtic music groups. Irish drinking songs, Scottish folk songs, bagpipes, music from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Wales, Nova Scotia, Galacia, Australia and the United States. Hosted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards.

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»

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