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Past Performers

áthas
May ´09
Alan Kelly Gang
Mar ´14
Bays, Randal
Oct ´15
Bays, Randal & Mathias, Davey
Oct ´10
Begley, Brendan & óRaghallaigh, Caoimhín
Oct ´11
bohola
Jan ´13, Oct ´15
Boylan, Turlach & Cory, Dave
Mar ´06
Britton, Tim & Eagan, Pat
Jun ´05
Britton,Tim & Miller, Brian
Jun ´10
Brock McGuire Band
Sep ´05
Bua
Feb ´12
Carey, Kyle & Werth, Craig
Sep ´12
Chicago Reel
Oct ´12
Chulrua
Sep ´05, May ´06, Oct ´07, Aug ´08, Aug ´10
Comas
Nov ´13, May ´15
Conneely, Mick & Munnelly, David
Sep ´13
Cook, Marta & Murphy, Gráinne
Feb ´15
Cooney, Michael & Egan, Pat
Dec ´11
Courtney, Mary
Dec ´13
Cranitch, Matt & Daly, Jackie
Apr ´11
Crowley, Jimmy
Dec ´07
David Munnelly Band
Feb ´08
DeMarco, Tony
Apr ´10
DeMarco, Tony & Butler, Siobhán
Feb ´13
Duffy, Rose
Nov ´12
Dunne, Niamh & Óg Graham, Seán
Sep ´14
Flashpoint
Oct ´14
Flook
May ´05
Foley, Ged
Oct ´08
Fuchsia Band
Sep ´07, Jun ´09, Aug ´11
Full Set
Mar ´13
Gan Bua
Nov ´07
Gavin, Sean & Smith, Jesse
Jun ´12
Gavin, Sean & Friends
Jun ´14
Graham, Len
Apr ´08
Graham, Len & Hart, Brian
May ´12
Heaton, Matt & Shannon
Apr ´06, Nov ´08, May ´09, Apr ´13
Hensold, Dick
Apr ´13
HiB's
Nov ´10
Kane Sisters
Aug ´08
Kastle, Tom
Apr ´16
Keenan, Paddy
Nov ´07, Nov ´09, May ´16
Keenan, Paddy & Walsh, John
May ´14
Kennedy, Nuala
Feb ´14
Landes, Roger & Thompson, Chipper
Apr ´07
Máirtín de Cógáin Project
Apr ´10
Mórga
Aug ´15
MacKenzie, Laura with Rue, Gary
Nov ´11
MacNamara, Andrew, Harrington, Orla & Foley, Ged
Mar ´12
Maguire, Dóna
Nov ´09, Oct ´11
Malcolm, Jim
Sep ´09, Sep ´11, Mar ´14
Martin, Tommy & Gannon, Eileen
Mar ´06
McCormack, Alyth & Marshall, Triona
Oct ´12
McQuaid, Sarah
May ´11, Oct ´13
Munnelly, Flaherty & Masure
Apr ´08
Nugent, Larry
Feb ´10
Nugent, Laurence & O'Brien, Patsy
Mar ´12
O'Beirne, Gerry
Mar ´09, Oct ´14
O'Beirne, Gerry & Shipley, Rosie
Mar ´05
O'Brien, Paddy & Gourley, Nathan
Jun ´15
O'Hare, Kieran
May ´08
Oisre
Jan ´05
Open the Door for Three
Sep ´13
Outside Track
Feb ´11, Apr ´12
Paul McKenna Band
May ´11
Peoples, Tommy
Apr ´05
Rendell, Norah & Miller, Brian
Oct ´08
Rising Gael
Jul ´10
Socks in the Frying Pan
May ´15
Tansey, Seamus
Apr ´08
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin
Feb ´16
Trì Scèalta
Nov ´15
Truckley Howl, The
Mar ´16
Vishtèn
Jun ´13
We Banjo 3
Aug ´13, Sep ´15

2016

September 2016

Tuesday 13 September @ 8:00PM

Chris Newman & Máire Ní Chathasaigh

Location

HOUSE CONCERT & Potluck
near downtown, Champaign, IL

Ticket Prices

$20

Adult

$40

Workshop Only

$50

Workshop+Concert

This will be a HOUSE CONCERT & potluck near downtown Champaign, IL. Seating is very limited. Reservations are required.

Harp and Guitar workshops are available. Please send email to pipers.hut@gmail.com if interested.

MÁIRE is one of Ireland’s most important and influential traditional musicians , in 2001 receiving Irish music's most prestigious award, that of TRADITIONAL MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR - GRADAM CHEOIL TG4 - "for the excellence and pioneering force of her music, the remarkable growth she has brought to the music of the harp and for the positive influence she has had on the young generation of harpers". She began to play the harp at the age of eleven. A West Cork background steeped in the oral tradition led her, while still a teenager, to develop new techniques that made it possible for the first time to play traditional music on the harp in a stylistically accurate way. She won the All-Ireland and Pan-Celtic Harp Competitions several times and in 1985 recorded the first harp album ever to concentrate on traditional Irish dance music, The New-Strung Harp - "an intensely passionate and intelligent record and a milestone in Irish harp music" THE IRISH EXAMINER. Her approach has been profoundly influential wherever lever harps are played - “a single-handed reinvention of the harp”. Recent harp festival performances world-wide have included a solo concert at the 11th World Harp Congress, Vancouver; Swiss Harp Festival, International Harp School, Wells, B.C., Canada, and VII Rio Harp Festival, Rio de Janeiro. Two volumes of her arrangements have been published: The Irish Harper Vols. I and II. She contributed two articles about the Irish harp and modes in Irish music to the Companion to Irish Traditional Music (Cork University Press) and is profiled there, in Celtic Women in Music (Quarry Books, Canada) and in the Rough Guide to Irish Music. "Her work restores the harp to its true voice" THE IRISH TIMES.

CHRIS is a "brilliant English master of the acoustic guitar" (THE DAILY TELEGRAPH), a "dazzling player” (ACOUSTIC GUITAR, USA) whose work is "nothing short of brilliant" (DIRTY LINEN, USA). He began to play guitar at the age of four and at fourteen played his first paid gig in a folk club. A prolific composer, arranger and record producer, he's played with luminaries of many musical worlds: folk (harper Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Boys of the Lough, Aly Bain, Kathryn Tickell, Danny Thompson), jazz (Stéphane Grappelli, Diz Disley and Danny Thompson again) and comedy (Fred Wedlock, the Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra) - receiving a silver disc for producing Fred's international hit The Oldest Swinger in Town, to which he also composed the tune and which reached No 2 in the charts in the UK and No 1 in several other countries. As Fred’s Musical Director and bandleader, appearances on such iconic national TV progammes as BBC’s Top of the Pops followed. One day in 1985 he decided he'd really rather play interesting music than pursue interesting paychecks, so turned his back on the commercial world and returned to his folk and improvisational roots. He has since concentrated on composition, the traditional music of these islands and beyond, and bluegrass and its intersection with the cutting edge of swing jazz - he and Beppe Gambetta are probably the most highly-regarded American-style flatpickers in the world who are not from the US, and he has shared the stage on a number of occasions with Beppe, Dan Crary, Mark Cosgrove and many other such luminaries. He is a regular flatpick guitar instructor and performer at Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp, held annually in Maryville, TN - here are links to Chris performing there with Dan Crary and with Mark Cosgrove. In addition to his work with Máire, Chris toured until 1997 as a member of Boys of the Lough in North America, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Denmark, China and Italy. He has been principal guitar tutor for Newcastle University’s Folk B.Mus course since its inception. His book of guitar compositions and arrangements Adventures with a Flatpick was published in 2001. His 1998 solo CD Fretwork was “a stunning and stylistically-varied album, heaving with good tunes, from one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” FOLK ROOTS (UK) “Dazzling” ACOUSTIC GUITAR (USA) “Revered” TAPLAS (Wales) “Spectacular” TIME OUT. His fourth solo CD Still Getting Away with It was released to critical acclaim in 2010 - see above.

Tuesday 27 September @ 8:00PM

Seán Tyrrell

Location

HOUSE CONCERT & Potluck
near downtown, Champaign, IL

Ticket Prices

$20

Adult

This will be a HOUSE CONCERT & potluck near downtown Champaign, IL. Seating is very limited. Reservations are required.

A native of the slower moving West of Ireland, Seán took his time before committing himself to record his first solo album. Seán emigrated to New York in 1968 put together a band "Apples In Winter" and recorded an album in 1974. This did not last too long due to internal differences within the band. He later moved to San Francisco and began a solo career where he rubbed shoulders with some of the greats of the folk scene. Eventually he tired of the road now having a young son and returning to Ireland in the late seventies he continued to work at his music, but seldom played professionally. In 1978 he began working for University College Galway, based in the heart of the Burren in county Clare. He was invited to 'guest' on two albums with renowned uilleann piper Davy Spillane and having toured with Davy soon got a taste for the road again.

All of his time off the road had led to a huge catalogue of new material that he was now anxious to record.It was during this time in his hide away in Clare that he first encountered since his school days the amazing, forward thinking 18th century poem for all ages "Cúirt An Mheán Oíche", "The Midnight Court" by Brian Merriman, translated by David Marcus. It fascinated him (All 1,206 lines of it). He set it to music and approached the renowned Druid theatre Galway with the idea of putting it on as traditional opera with a cast of ten musicians and singers. Regarded by the critics as the hit of the Galway Arts Festival when Druid staged his traditional opera in 1992. It went on to tour Ireland with more than 100 performances and in 2008 Seán took a two-man version to the Edinburgh Fringe to critical acclaim. In 2012 it was staged for the first time in San Francisco as a solo piece.

Many years and albums later Seán has toured with: Liam Lewis, Steve Hanks, Tommy Peoples, Jack Geary, Fergus Feely, Kevin Glackin, Ronan Brown, Seán Potts, Paul Mc Grattan, Davy Spillane, Paddy Keenan, 'The Visit' with Little John Nee and poet Mary O'Malley. Shaskeen and Kilfenora Ceili bands.

More recently he has concentrated on touring a solo version of "The Midnight Court" and solo concerts.

October 2016

Saturday 8 October @ 8:00PM

Alison Perkins & Nicolas Brown

Location

HOUSE CONCERT & Potluck
near downtown, Champaign, IL

Ticket Prices

$15

Adult

This will be a HOUSE CONCERT & potluck near downtown Champaign, IL. Seating is very limited. Reservations are required.

Alison Perkins (fiddler of Detroit-based Irish band Finvarra's Wren) and Nicolas Brown have been playing Irish traditional music on uilleann pipes and fiddle together for close to a decade. As individuals, they have performed onstage at festivals and concerts across the U.S and Canada. Together they are bringing their close musical partnership to the stage. Introducing old Irish tunes with new feeling, they will bring forth the beauty found in jigs, reels, and more.

Born in Illinois and raised in Ontario, Nicolas Brown first started playing Irish music when he was in his late teens. His pipe teacher gave him two CDs: one of Willie Clancy and one of Seamus Ennis which he proceeded to listen to on repeat for the next year. Eventually, he got his own set of pipes and a flute (and some more CDs!) and set out on his journey down the Irish music rabbit hole. Over the past 15 years, Nicolas has not only become a very proficient musician, but has also developed a vast knowledge of Irish music history, including of old musicians, tune histories, Irish music in America, and more. Nicolas has performed and given workshops at various venues and festivals in Canada and the US.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Alison Perkins grew up in a household filled with music. The daughter of musicians, she attended her first concerts when she was still in diapers. As a child, she learned the fiddle from Irishman Mick Gavin, whose lovely Clare fiddling is imprinted on Alison's musical style. During her teenage years, she had success in music competitions, winning in her age group at the Midwest Irish Fiddle championship 6 years in a row before "retiring" at the old age of 18. She was also a member of many award winning groups, trios and duets. As she neared adulthood, Alison grew from precocious child to masterful young player--something that hasn't gone unrecognized by the community. At age 19, in 2007, she was invited by Irish singing legend Sean Keane to go on a Canadian and American tour. Her work with her much praised family band, Finvarra's Wren, has awarded her the honor of playing music all over North America, from Ontario, Canada to Austin, Texas.