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05/06/13: Kieran O'Hare Teaches at 2013 O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat
Kieran O'Hare, a highly respected and sought-after performer and instructor of Irish music on the uilleann pipes, will teach at the 10th annual O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat on October 25-27, 2013 at the Lakeview Camp & Conference Center in Waxahachie, Texas. The retreat features three days of instruction on instruments common to the Irish tradition and brings in top players/teachers from Ireland and the U.S. Named for a local piper named Jim O'Flaherty, the retreat previously has had Jerry O'Sullivan, Mickey Dunne, Tom Creegan and Louise Mulcahy teach the pipes.
In 1994, Kieran received the honor of being the first American-born player of Irish music invited to perform in the annual 'Ace and Deuce of Piping' concert, held in Ireland's National Concert Hall. Since then, he has made countless appearances at festivals and concerts in North America, Japan, China, and Europe. Currently, with his wife the fiddler Liz Knowles, Kieran is touring the world as musical director of the France-based show Celtic Legends.
At the retreat, students receive six 90-minute classes, three one-hour enrichment classes and three 90-minute workshops over the three days. Also, there are concerts at all meals and each evening followed by sessions -- some instructor-led, some not. For all of the details, go to www.oflahertyretreat.org. Online enrollment is underway ::: more»
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!
01/12/13: 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 www.patrickdarcymusic.com
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! http://patrickdarcy.bandcamp.com
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 PatrickDarcyMusic.com. 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»