December 2017,

Some fanstic news. Uilleann piping has been recognised by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a symbol of intangiable cultural heritage of Ireland. Congratulations to Na Piobairi Uilleann for their work towards this recognition.

Looking forward to get back to the teaching this September, Come along to the classes for some tunes and craic !

Looking forward to get back to the teaching this September, Come along to the classes for some tunes and craic !

8th , 9th August 2017.

I had the pleasure of being invited to teach a two day reed making workshop at the Pipe Craft Centre in Dublin, The workshops were hosted by Na Piobairi Uilleann, society of Uilleann pipers and were a success as each student completed a crowing reed and made progress developing thier skills using the tools required. Great to see the enthusiasm for reedmaking !

Up coming Reed making workshop Reed Making for Uilleann Pipes with Aaron O'Hagan Learn to make an Uilleann Pipe reed from start to finish with Belfast piper and pipe maker Aaron O’Hagan. Date: Wednesday 2nd August 2017 Time: 2pm Location: Ulster University, York Street

Up coming Reed making workshop

Reed Making for Uilleann Pipes with Aaron O'Hagan

Learn to make an Uilleann Pipe reed from start to finish with Belfast
piper and pipe maker Aaron O’Hagan.

Date: Wednesday 2nd August 2017
Time: 2pm
Location: Ulster University, York Street

A recently finished set of uilleann pipes in the key of C. They have a lovely warm, mellow and crisp tone. Perfect for playing at home without disturbing family and neighbours. Sound clips below !

A recently finished set of uilleann pipes in the key of C. They have a lovely warm, mellow and crisp tone. Perfect for playing at home without disturbing family and neighbours. Sound clips below !

25th March 2017

I was privileged to teach at the John Kennedy Weekend up in Ballycastle. The weekend was orgaised to celebrate the contribution of John Kennedy to traditional msuic of county Antrim. It was a great weekend of tunes and craic. Very encouraging to see such a strong piping community in Ballycastle.

1st Jan 2017

Some new exciting projects in the pipeline for 2017, watch this space for updates. Happy new year !

I've had a fantastic experience travelling to the Sori International music festival in South Korea in October with the Réalta guys.  Also had few gigs in Amsterdam too. Back to the pipe making and looking forward to the Armagh piping festival 2016 !

Just back from Gig'n The Bann. Good craic with the Réalta lads and great to catch up with the Goitse lads too ! 

Just finished this full set in D, check out some photos here and in the gallery!

Had so much fun making this video for the opening track on our new album, click below to view.

It has been fantastic to get the new Réalta album out ! Available from the band website at www.realtamusic.com

 

Excited to announce recording , mixing and mastering is finished on Réalta's second studio album "Clear Skies". Looking forward to the Belfast launch at an Droichead on the 16th of April !

Looking forward to teaching the reed making workshop at Na Píobairi Uilleanns Breandán Breathnach Commemoration event. It will be held at 15 Henrietta St, Dublin on Saturday 5th December. Classes run from 10 am to 3;30pm.  For booking, contact Na Píobairí Uilleann on 018730093 or email info@pipers.ie

Looking forward to teaching the reed making workshop at Na Píobairi Uilleanns Breandán Breathnach Commemoration event. It will be held at 15 Henrietta St, Dublin on Saturday 5th December. Classes run from 10 am to 3;30pm.  For booking, contact Na Píobairí Uilleann on 018730093 or email info@pipers.ie

Great to be on BBC Radio Ulster's Arts Show last Wednesday with Marty Cullen for a short interview on the making and history of the Uilleann Pipes, here's the clip below!


Delighted to be teaching a reed making workshop at the Soma festival in Castlewellan, Co. Down on the 18th of July. Looks like it will be a great festival, with loads of great gigs. Paddy Keenan will be teaching the first workshop of the day beginning at 11am followed by an opportunity to try the pipes and my reed making workshop at 3:30pm http://www.somafestival.com/event/piping-tionol/

Soma Festival July 2015