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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 :)

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

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