Session with the Pipers – NPU

Na Píobairí Uilleann ‘Session with the Pipers’ |

Tim Doyle, comes from a music rich family in North County Wicklow and started playing the whistle under the guidance of his father and older brother at a very young age. He started both traditional and classical violin at the age of 7, but not happy with being a one-instrument player took up the Concertina and Uilleann Pipes soon after.

Tim has been a multiple prizewinner at music festivals in both traditional and classical music, including two all-Ireland titles on the Uilleann Pipes, but enjoys nothing more than arranging and performing music as part of a group or ensemble. He is currently part of two traditional music ensembles and gigs regularly in South Dublin/North Wicklow and he is also one of the founding members and current artistic director of one of Dublin’s newest orchestras Téada Orchestra, who have featured on RTÉ Lyric FM.

Tim studied music at third level at TCD and the RIAM, obtaining an honours degree in composition and a diploma in music teaching and performance. He teaches on the Traditional music and Sting programmes for Music Generation Carlow, and also teaches in various primary schools and music centers in and around Bray, Co. Wicklow.

Barry Gleeson is a traditional singer from Dublin. He has performed at the National Concert Hall, the Mansion House, Dublin City Hall, Belfast City Hall, the National Museum, the National Library of Ireland and at festivals and clubs in Ireland, Britain, Europe and America. He has also sung on radio and television.

In September 2014, Barry provided live illustrations to Nicholas Carolan’s lecture on ‘Irish Songs of Rebellion’ at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. As a result of this visit, a new singers’ club, Gaulín, was established in the Centre Culturel Irlandais. Barry returned to Paris in May 2016 for an Irish-Mexican night of singing with Mariachi Anahuac. At Rathfarnham Castle each year, he performs accompanying songs to readings by actor Val O’Donnell from the book chosen for ’One City One Book’, an initiative of Dublin City Libraries. In August 2016, Grace Toland, Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive, and Barry gave a recital ’1916: A Journey in Song’ at the Milwaukee Irish Fest in Wisconsin, USA

Barry’s solo shows include ‘Irish Writers in Song’, ‘James Joyce in Song’ and ‘Ulysses in Song’. His three critically acclaimed CDs, ‘Path Across the Ocean’, ‘I Heard a Bird at Dawn’ and ‘Tough Night’ have enhanced his reputation as one of Ireland’s foremost traditional singers.

He is delighted to rejoin his NPU friends on Tuesday 6 December for another Session with the Pipers!

Kelly and Colm Gannon have been playing and teaching music for most of their lives. Colm hails from Boston while Kelly is from Ballindine, Co. Mayo, and the music in both of their families stretches back generations. Kelly learnt the Concertina from her mother Bernie Geraghty and Colm learnt the button accordion from his father John and his brother, Sean Gannon. They have played, toured and taught extensively all over Ireland and the US as well as various other countries and cities around the world. Between them, they have taught and performed at nearly every festival and summer/winter school in Ireland. Kelly and Colm continue to perform around the country at various festivals and venues and have featured on numerous recordings.

In October 2013, Colm and Kelly’s passion drove them to open “Gannon’s Traditional Irish Music Shop” in Spiddal Village, Co. Galway!

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