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!

Opportunities to see and hear the uilleann pipes Fall-Winter 2014-15! #uilleann #irishmusic

November 20, 2014 Leave a comment


Chicago: opportunities to hear the uilleann pipes, Fall & Winter 2014-15! Weekly: In the pub… Ongoing Irish traditional music in Johnny O’Hagan’s in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois USA. The Irish owners of the pub were great supporters of the uilleann pipes at their former pub, the Halsted Harp. Sometimes there were up to three sets humming along at once. Stop by for some tunes on Tuesdays.

Recap: International Uilleann Piping Day Chicago – 2014

November 14, 2014 Leave a comment

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International Uilleann Piping Day 2014

First of all, I want to say a big thanks to Na Piobairi Uilleann for hosting another International Uilleann Piping Day and putting the technical infrastructure and people in place to make it succeed. I especially wish to thank Ken Lynam, Niall Kelleher, and Daniela Ferretti for their timely communications and helpful suggestions; it would have been a far more difficult event to stage from abroad without their valuable assistance.

Our day began with us waking to the Armagh Pipers Club event already in progress, and hearing some especially fine piping from their young pipers. The APC continues to do exemplary work in the training of young musicians and are to be much admired for it.

We arrived at our venue, the Irish American Heritage Center about two and half hours before our webcast time. We had a job to do in terms of getting the room ready for the event, particularly with regard to technical setup. Fortunately, we had expert audio and video tech support from John Curran, who set up our camera, microphones, and sound mixing. With John’s energy and knowledge we were able to run a sound check and leave time for other preparations.

Sean Curran of Lake Forest, Illinois by way of Clontarf, Dublin, was first up on our webcast, playing some beautiful hornpipes he learned over the summer while in Ireland. Sean is progressing very well 3 years into his piping journey, and is getting to the point where it is no longer much work at all for him to learn new tunes or acquire new techniques. A great deal of fun musical explorations and discovery await him, and it’s a privilege to be able to guide him on this part of his musical journey. I later joined him for a set of reels, and then my wife Karen and I played a pipe and fiddle duet for a little while.

Karen and I have been playing together for about twelve years now and we do many small gigs around the Chicago-Milwaukee area. Our set featured some tunes acquired from the local session scene as well as a Carolan tune, Thomas Burke. We try to play tightly together and in a cooperative manner; it usually works and is great fun, too.
I want to take a few lines to thank Karen for her tireless effort to make IUPD Chicago 2014 a happening. Karen was immensely valuable in getting the event off the ground with her energy, enthusiasm, and positive thinking. She played a significant role in relaying communications, coming up with ideas, and helping with logistics. It would have been three times as difficult without her.

We were pleased to have the company of some of the students from Chicago’s Academy of Irish Music, particularly Catriona Byrne and Nick Peresin, two excellent whistlers and students of the Academy’s director, Noel Rice. Noel grew up in a musical family in Geashill, County Offaly, and was in contact with many of the fine Midlands musicians of the 40s and 50s, including Sean Ryan, Paddy (Tipperary) O’Brien, Dan Cleary, and Mickey Dowling. Noel, who played whistle and flute, was also befriended by Andy Conroy, famed inventor of the staccato “dodecatuplet,” who set him up with a Leo Rowsome bag, bellows and chanter and gave him piping lessons. Later, they shared an apartment in New York for a time after Noel emigrated. Because of this contact with Andy, Noel has a fondness for certain old piping tunes and makes sure his students learn some of them as part of his tutelage. Nick and Catriona played The Salamanca and the Langstern Pony during part of our webcast.

To finish our official webcast, we had a grand finale featuring the Academy’s arrangement of O’Farrell’s Welcome to Limerick with Sean Curran and myself playing. We were also joined by flute, cello, fiddles, viola, whistle, bouzouki, and bodhran for a big, lush, full sound. Not a bad morning’s work at all!

We enjoyed the rest of the day playing tunes informally, gobbling baked goods and drinking tea, apart from a little 10-minute link up with Dublin towards the end of their webcast. We played a few tunes and I chatted with Ken Lynam briefly, and wished everyone well before concluding the linkup.

We would like to do this again next year, thanks again to all who participated in making it happen. Plans are already afoot for next year, including a more ambitious musical program. See you then!
Patrick Cannady

Looking forward to the NPUTV Live Stream 10/18/2014!

October 17, 2014 Leave a comment


From NPU:Thanks to Patrick, Karen and John for putting together another great IUPD in Chicago this year. We’ll all be watching tomorrow on

We will be on from 11-11:45am CDT with music and chat, then again for 10 minutes during the Dublin time.

You can follow along on Facebook (International Uilleann Piping Day) or our accounts (piobagusfidil & Uilleann Pipes Instruction by the Chicago Pipers) or on Twitter: @NaPiobairi @piobagusfidil hashtag #IUPD2014

Thanks to A Feast of Irish Folk for their support of International Uilleann Piping Day Chicago 2014!

October 14, 2014 Leave a comment


Thanks to Chicago Irish Radio’s A Feast Of Irish Folk’s Erik Carlson and Mary Caraway for their support of International Uilleann Piping Day Chicago 2014!

Erik: International Uilleann Piping Day is a global event dedicated to a celebration of this historic and fascinating instrument. The International Uilleann Piping Day Chicago gathering is going to take place at the Irish American Heritage Center, hosted by veteran piper Patrick Cannady with a short performance, presentation of the pipes and video cam, with live sound and events from around the world, so that explains why it is at 11am. It is free of charge and open to the public and refreshments will be served and if you want to find out more about the uilleann pipes, this is the way to do it!

Erik: And if you like the uilleann pipes, which you heard on that last track there, as played by Mark Donnelly, then you should know that October 18th is International Uilleann Piping Day, this Saturday, is free of charge and open to the public, at the Irish American Heritage Center. It goes from 11am to ?. They will have international live streaming, Patrick Cannady will be running the show. Last time I went it was really a lot of fun. Go check that out if you like the pipes, and if you don’t like the pipes, go there and see why you should.

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.


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