Aaron O’Hagan is a musician and maker of fine instruments, specialising in uilleann pipes. Born in Belfast, Aaron’s first introduction to traditional Irish music was through his grandfather James, learning his first notes on the tin whistle and getting a few tunes from him. This was the start of a new path for life.
Aaron progressed onto the flute and pipes later, learning from local musician Brendan Mulholland and Belfast piper Patrick O’Hare.
In the pursuit of a good quality instrument and the right sound, Aaron began to utilise his inherent love for the creative process. He was motivated to embark on the journey into reed making and later into pipe making. Inspired by past masters such as Leo Rowsome and Crowleys, Aarons instruments have a distinctive tone. A warm blend of notes coming from drones and regulators is complemented by a crisp brightness from the chanter. This all combines to give a powerful, resonant sound rich in colour and depth. Aaron plays his own set of pipes and can be found playing at home and abroad with the band Réalta or in one of the many sessions on the lively Belfast scene.