Watch this space for the latest on the Chicago Pipers!

January 16, 2014 4 comments


Uilleann piping lessons, events, travels, will share here, watch this space!

International Uilleann Piping Day 2014 – Chicago!

September 30, 2014 Leave a comment


Saturday, October 18, 2014 is International Uilleann Piping Day, a global event dedicated to the celebration of this historic and fascinating Irish instrument. Na Piobairi Uilleann, the Dublin-based international pipers club, is the primary organizer and sponsor. To mark the occasion, NPU members organize many small gatherings all over the world and these events can take many forms. Events take place in locations as far flung as Singapore, South Africa, Malaysia, Russia, Japan, Rome, and Paris, not to mention places like Dublin, Galway, Waterford, Wexford, Cork, Derry, and Armagh. A day long webcast of these events is a featured part of the celebration.

The Chicago gathering for IUPD will take place at the Irish American Heritage Center and will be hosted by Patrick Cannady, NPU member, veteran piper, and music teacher. The event will feature a brief performance for the NPU webcast, a short presentation on the pipes, and live streaming of other IUPD events from around the world. Refreshments will be served. This event is open to the public and there is no cover charge, but space is very limited. For more details, please contact Patrick at (773) 426-8001 or email

Uilleann Piping in Chicago’s Loop July 9, 2014 12-1pm

We were asked to play for the July 9 – Irish Fest Preview at Daley Plaza at 12pm, bringing uilleann piping to downtown Chicago! The Irish American Heritage Center (IAHC) will celebrate its’ upcoming Irish Fest, July 11-14 with a sneak preview at the Daley Plaza of music.

Hear some uilleann pipes on another radio show, Skinny and Houli Show Saturday!


On Skinny and Houli Show July 5, 2014 to talk about our summer adventures, like IrishFest Chicago, Milwaukee IrishFest and Johnny O’Hagan’s Tuesdays, along with other events!

Listen: WCEV AM 1450 on Saturdays starting at 3:05 PM cst, or on TuneInRadio. Podcast available after broadcast, will post when up on their website.

More about the “Skinny and Houli Show”: This freewheeling talk radio dialogue features Chicago’s own James “Skinny” Sheahan and Mike “Houli” Houlihan, two of Chicago’s most irreverent and irrepressible personalities. Discussing what’s happening in the city each week, the hosts dissect the news, politics, sports and entertainment scene with their trademark wit and a showcase a variety of community activists and neighborhood heroes.

Two Irish Radio Shows Saturday, June 28, 2014 10:00-11:30am WPNA

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On the Hagerty Irish Hour Show June 28, 2014 to talk about our summer adventures, like IrishFest Chicago, Milwaukee IrishFest and Johnny O’Hagan’s Tuesdays, along with other events!

Listen: WPNA AM 1490 on Saturdays starting 10 until around 11:30 AM CDT,

or on TuneInRadio, search for WPNA

More about the “Hagerty Irish Hour”: The Hagerty Family Irish Hour is truly one of Chicago’s most treasured traditions, the show is especially treasured amongst Chicago’s Irish, or Irish at heart. The Hagerty Family has played great Irish music and has also supported the Chicago-Irish community for fifty years. Please join us every week, from 9:00-11:00 A.M. on Saturday mornings to hear a variety of Irish music and news of what is happening in and around the Irish community.

On the O’Connor Radio Show June 28, 2014 to talk about our summer adventures, like IrishFest Chicago, Milwaukee IrishFest and Johnny O’Hagan’s Tuesdays, along with other events!

Listen: WPNA AM 1490 on Saturdays starting at 11:00 AM CDT, or on TuneInRadio.

More about the “O’Connor Radio Show”: On November 5, 1971, the Mike O’Connor Show made its debut. Time raced around the clock every week. Mike became so involved in visiting with the folks in the studio, the music, sports, and news from home that most of the time he forgot to mention the fact the he sold insurance. Much to the surprise of Mike and his wife, he LOVED hosting the radio show. Soon he became known around town as Mike O’Connor, radio show host. And, oh yes. He sold insurance too.

Breege Looney (owner of The Abbey Pub) joined the program around 1986, and Mike’s daughter Siobhainn came on board in 1991. Mike retired from the show in 2005. The Mike O’Connor Show, now The O’Connor Show, continues today run by Siobhainn O’Connor with Breege Looney and Margaret O’Connor manning the other mikes. #irishmusic

Make Music Chicago, uilleann piping in Hyde Park and the West Loop!


We enjoyed playing for the music teachers and students at Joan’s Studio for The Performing Arts Saturday for Make Music Chicago. Patrick Cannady took the opportunity to give a little talk whilst tuning his drones and regulators, explaining how the uilleann pipes work to an interested audience. We then played lots of reels, jigs, hornpipes, set dances and airs for them, what a great venue! #irishmusic #MakeMusicChi

Tin Whistle and Uilleann Pipes Instruction available from Patrick Cannady


Patrick Cannady – Tin Whistle and Uilleann Pipes Instruction by the Chicago Pipers: As announced on the Blarney on the Air Radio Show, Patrick Cannady is extending an offer to young people that may be interested in playing the uilleann pipes to start off on the tin whistle with him. This can assist the aspiring uilleann piper in learning the music before acquiring a set. Comment here for more information!

Great times bringing uilleann piping (and Irish fiddling) to New Orleans!


Thanks to all that came out to see us at The Irish House! Great to play rowdy Chicago Irish music in New Orleans! The uilleann pipes reeds seemed to like the humidity! Watch this space for more about uilleann piping and tin whistle instruction and more about our summer shows!


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