The 2005 Tionól
The 2005 Tionól was held May 21st and 22nd and featured David Power and Tommy Martin. David is from Waterford, Ireland, and is an All-Ireland Champion on the pipes. Tommy is from the Dublin area and is a great piper and will be teaching our reed-making workshop. For more information contact the club at

The event and concert were held at the beautiful College of Visual Arts, 344 Summit Ave. in the heart of the historic Cathedral Hill neighborhood in beautiful Saint Paul, Minnesota. Summit Ave is home to the longest stretch of Victorian homes and architecture in North America!

Below you can view footage from the Saturday evening concert.

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Instructor Bios

David Power

David Power hails from County Waterford, Ireland. He started learning Irish traditional music on the whistle at an early age until it was suggested that (at age 10) he take up the pipes. He was a student of the renowned piper Tommy Kearney, and continued his studies with pipers Jimmy O'Brien-Moran and MacDara MacDoncha. His other influences were Felix Doran, Seamus Ennis, Leo Rowsome and Patsy Touhy. In 1992 David won the Senior All-Ireland Piping Championship as well as the Oireachtas Piping Competition. He served as the Irish Representative Uilleann Piper to the L'Orient InterCeltic Festival in 1993. He has been a featured concert performer at the Willie Clancy Summer School and has numerous radio and television appearances to his credit. David has compiled, edited and produced a seminal recording and biography of his mentor Tommy Kearney, and is completing work on his first solo cd.

David currently is based in New Jersey from where he pursues an active career of teaching and performing throughout North America and Europe.


Tommy Martin

Tommy Martin began his piping journey at age 12. Just four years later he won his first competition at the Annual Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann. Tommy's career as a pan-continental uilleann piper and instructor
began in 1996 with his move to Hong Kong where he performed in numerous pubs. He has since performed in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Singapore, and Tokyo. He has performed all over Europe as well. Tommy has been one of the pipers in the touring company of "Riverdance". Tommy's first cd, "Tommy Martin Uilleann Piper", was released in 2002. He is completing work on his next cd project.

Tommy resides in St. Louis, Missouri where he teaches and performs. Tommy also plays a variety of other instruments including whistle, flute and violin.


Patrick D'Arcy
  Dublin man Pat D'Arcy can be found playing regularly in Los Angeles at live venues both solo and with his band Clann Na Gael. Pat has been a member of LA's music scene since the early 90's playing mandolin with Flogging Molly and hosting sessions in local pubs. He is lucky enough to play recording sessions occasionally for TV, Radio and computer games and makes guest appearances on many recordings and concerts.
Regular trips to Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy and various tionóil around the U.S. has afforded him the luxury of learning from many of todays great players. He now enjoys passing on his knowledge to students at his home and also at meetings of The Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club. The California Traditional Music Society "Summer Solstice Festival" invited Pat as uilleann pipes teacher in 2004 and have graciously extended this invitation for 2005.
He is a founding member of the Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club and its annual Southern California Tionól, which is currently celebrating its seventh year. He is also the host of the website, soon to celebrate its tenth year.

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