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Na Píobairí Uilleann Presents:

Session with the Pipers

Tuesday 1st November 2011

Traditional Music Recital

Cian Talty (Uilleann Pipes)
Gerry O’Connor (Fiddle)
Martin Quinn (Accordion)
Nuala Kennedy (Songs/Flute)

The Cobblestone Bar, 77 North King Street, Dublin 7
Starting at 9:30pm (Doors 9.00pm)
Admission: €12.00 (concession €8.00)

Supported by
The Arts Council

About the Musicians
Cian Talty (Uilleann Pipes)
From Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare eighteen year old Cian Talty began playing the pipes at the age of twelve. Up to that point he didn’t show any interest in music, but ironically from a very young age he was always to be found sitting on the pipe case - this was his special seat. Cian is the third generation of pipers in his family. His father Seán and grandfather Martin being great pipers before him. Cian’s style of playing is the style associated with his locality in years gone by. He also possesses a particular affection for slow airs which is not found among the younger generation these days. Cian has performed at festivals and events countrywide and is currently studying music in Waterford.

Gerry O’Connor (Fiddle), Martin Quinn (Accordion)& Nuala Kennedy (Songs/Flute)
Drawing on the rich musical heritage of the Oriel region, Gerry O’Connor, Nuala Kennedy, and Martin Quinn will showcase local songs and tunes many of which have been recorded just this week for an album release in early 2012. With strong influences from Scotland and Europe, Oriel music has developed as an eclectic mix of rhythms and melodies with strong poetical lyrics to the regional songs.

Gerry hails from Dundalk and is the product of four generations of fiddle players. His past recordings have focused strongly on local music and his work as a soloist and as a band member of Lá Lugh and Skylark is well known across the world. Over the past two decades he has recorded and performed with all the leading performers of the Irish music world including members of the Chieftains, Boys of the Lough, Planxty, De Dannan and Bothy Band. His solo album Journeyman has been hailed as one of the significant albums of Irish fiddle music. Gerry is also a violin-maker, music teacher and music producer and is currently directing a Traditional Music Initiative in a number of primary schools in the Drogheda area.

Nuala Kennedy is a singer and flautist playing traditional music from Scotland, Ireland and from the fathomless realms of her own imagination. Her debut traditional album ‘The New Shoes’ was voted album of the week in the Irish Times and was featured in Hotpress’ Top Ten Folk Albums of 2009. Her second solo album ‘Tune In’ was voted as one of the top ten albums of 2010 by Irish Times readers.  She has worked with a diverse range of artists including Will Oldham, Norman Blake, Euros Childs,  Cathal McConnell, Caoimhin O’Raghaillaigh and the late great Canadian composer Oliver Schroer with whom she recorded ‘Enthralled’, a duo album of original compositions due to be released in 2011.

Martin comes from a family of musicians and raconteurs of traditional stories from just outside the village of Mullaghabane in South Armagh. He has performed and recorded with a number of eminent line-ups including Lá Lugh, Dorsa, Josephine Keegan, Angelina Carberry, Paul Bradley and Cathal McConnell. His self-titled album with Angelina Carberry was included in the top 10 list of Traditional recordings by Earle Hitchner of the Irish Echo, a prominent newspaper within the Irish-American community in USA. Martin has developed an innovative and unique approach to playing the bass on the Button Accordion, developing and tuning new chords for the instrument based on the regulators of the Uilleann Pipes. He is also in keen demand as a restorer of accordion restorers and also as an accordion tutor.

About Na Píobairí Uilleann

Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU), the Society of Uilleann Pipers was founded in 1968 at grassroots level by pipers with the aim of protecting a threatened art form. Now, over forty three years later, NPU is a thriving arts organisation with thousands of members, dedicated to servicing the aims and needs of uilleann pipers worldwide. It is the ambition of NPU to establish the music of the uilleann pipes as a major art form around the world in the 21st century. Since unveiling its restored Georgian premises at 15 Henrietta St, Dublin in January 2007, NPU has been busy catering for the expanding demand for regular tuition as well as releasing a number of significant publications and recordings. With demand for pipes considerably exceeding supply, a dedicated Training Centre – PipeCraft - has been established to deliver training in the very highly skilled craft of uilleann pipemaking. NPU’s commitment to tuition, both on a weekly basis at its premises and internationally, continues to grow, along with its public performance programme.
NPU also maintains a significant online presence. Source, our web-based piping and traditional music resource, makes available our accumulated training, tutorial and archive materials to lovers of Irish music around the world.
Na Píobairí Uilleann’s primary funding agencies include the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, The Arts Council / An Comhairle Ealaíonn and Dublin City Council

Contact Details
Na Píobairí Uilleann, 15 Henrietta St., Dublin 1, Ireland
Tel: +353-1-8730093



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