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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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
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 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.
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
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 UilleannObsession.com website, soon
to celebrate its tenth year.