NWUP Tionól

October 20th 2007

NWUP is very pleased to announce a Tionól and concert on:

Saturday 20th October with David Power


The Tionól workshops in Uilleann Piping and reed making will run from 9.30am-4.30pm at Manchester Town Hall. At the evening concert will be at the Carlton Club, Whalley Range, Manchester. David will be supported by Manchester band LongNote and Stockport based Michael Rodden.

Hear recordings of David Power at his MySpace page here: MySpace - David Power

Download a track by LongNote here: LongNote - Jig/Hornpipe mp3

Reed making workshops will be run by Andy Faden. Those wishing to take the reed making workshop are advised to allow all day to make a reed. Andy will provide pre-made staples, partially gouged cane and bridles. The aim is that everyone will hopefully finish the day with a working reed.

All workshops will be limited to 10 people.

 Costs are:

Uilleann Workshop £9
Reed Making Workshop £15
Evening Concert £8
Daytime and Concert Ticket £2 off
Concessions £2 off

 The current itinerary for the day is:

9.30am - 10am Arrive and have coffee/tea
10am - 12pm Beginners/Intermediate Uilleann piping class with David Power
10am - 12pm Drop in session for anyone who would like to try some pipes
10am - 12pm Reed making with Andy Faden
12pm - 1pm Lunch
1pm - 3.00pm Intermediate/Advanced Uilleann Piping workshops with David Power
1pm - 4.30pm Reed making with Andy Faden
3.20pm Piping recital with David Power
8.45pm Concert at the Carlton Club

It is important that you book into the workshops you would like to attend as soon as possible. Email enquiries@nwup.org to let us know.

If you wish to buy your ticket in advance please contact us here: enquiries@nwup.org

There will also be space available for general piping, sessions, chat, tea, coffee etc.


Workshop venues are the Council Chamber & Anti Room at Manchester Town Hall.

Click here for Manchester City Council: Town Hall Location

The evening concert will be at The Carlton Club, Carlton Road, Whalley Range, Manchester,

Doors open at 8.15pm for an 8.45pm start.

 David Power was born of a musical family in County Waterford. He played the tin-whistle from a young age, and at 10 was encouraged to take up the uilleann pipes by Jim Horgan, Area Music Teacher with the Vocational Educational Committee.  He took his first lessons with the renowned Waterford piper Tommy Kearney and thereafter with Jimmy O’Brien-Moran, Willie Reynolds, Breandáin Breathnach, Ronan Browne, MacDara MacDonncha and Peter Carberry.  Mainly influenced by Seamus Ennis and Tommy Reck, David won the Senior All-Ireland Piping Championship and the coveted Oireachtas Piping competition in 1992.  He represented Ireland at the Lorient Interceltic Festival the following year.  He was a member of Liam Clancy’s ‘Fairweather Band’ in the early 90’s and belonged to the group ‘Gorumna’ who toured Europe and Asia later in the 90’s.  He researched, compiled, edited and produced a substantial recording and historical biography of his mentor Tommy Kearney which was released by Na Píobairí Uilleann under their Master Pipers series.  He has regularly performed at the Uilleann Piping Showcase Concert of the Willie Clancy Summer Festival, Milltown Malbay, Co. Clare.

In 2003 he moved to the United States and played the pipes in the off-Broadway production of Roger Gillen’s ‘Love’s Pure Light’, recorded piping and tin-whistle music for the Irish Repertory Theatre’s staging of ‘The Field’ and was a member of the cast of the acclaimed recent Broadway production of Eugene O’Neill’s ‘A Touch of the Poet’, starring Gabriel Byrne in which he directed, recorded and performed all music for the show.  His seminal debut solo recording, My Love is in America was released on the Claddagh label to critical acclaim in 2005 and was the subject of a number of radio interviews (including with Myles Dungan on RTE’s Rattlebag) in 2006.  Claddagh released his second recording, Cuachín Ghleann Neifín in February 2007.

David makes regular radio and television appearances in Ireland and abroad, he has shared the stage with stalwarts of Irish traditional music including Martin Hayes, Tony MacMahon, Tommy Peoples and James Kelly.  He regularly performs solo piping concerts in the United States and Canada and has just completed a tour of New Zealand in March 2007.