The 2014 Southern California Tionól will take place over Halloween weekend, October 31 to November 2, 2014.
Our guests this year is Lúnasa piper and whistler Cillian Vallely. Local lad Patrick D'Arcy will also be there to tame the stragglers. At the reedmaking table we're delighted to welcome our own local reed maestro Michael O'Donovan to offer moral support to one and all.
This years classes and party are back in the home of Gabriel McKeagney.
The concert will be held in the beautiful Spanish Mission town of San Juan Capistrano's Library. You will be familiar with this location from our Tionól with Robbie Hannan.
Friday will be the usual meet and greet/session. Classes will be held during the day on Saturday. Sunday is available for limited private lessons with Cillian and Patrick. Send me an email to book a slot firstname.lastname@example.org
Concert Only: $20 suggested donation at the door.
Anyone that buys a flight to be there gets a $25 discount.
Gabriel McKeagney's home,
29251 Country Hills Rd,
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-1028
7:30PM - San Juan Capistrano Library, 31495 El Camino Real, in San Juan Capistrano - (about a mile from Gaby's house)
|Meet & greet. Please BYOB!
|Beginner Bootcamp & Private Lessons
||Master Class Q&A with Cillian
||Session & Party. Please BYOB!
Limited private lessons available with Cillian and Patrick. Send me an email to book a slot email@example.com
Location for tunes still being figured out.
Airport and Accommodation
Airport: The closest would be John Wayne Airport (Santa Ana) but Long Beach Airport [sometimes cheapest, check out Jet Blue Airways for pricing] or LAX will also work.
We get consistently good rates at the Fairfield Inn Mission Viejo, CA
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Starting at age 7, Cillian Vallely learned the whistle and uilleann pipes from his parents Brian and Eithne at the Armagh Pipers Club, a group that for over 4 decades has fostered the revival of traditional music in the north of Ireland. Since leaving college, he has played professionally and has toured all over North America and Europe in addition to Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia.
Since 1999, he has been a member of the band "Lunasa", with whom he has recorded 6 albums and played at many major festivals including Womad, Glastonbury, Edmonton & Winnipeg Folk Festivals, Lorient Interceltique and The Hollywood Bowl. He has also performed and toured with "Riverdance", Natalie Merchant, Tim O Brien & Mary Chapin-Carpenter in "The Crossing", New York-based "Whirligig", and the "Celtic Jazz Collective" with Lewis Nash and Peter Washington. In the past couple of years, he has worked on various collaborations between traditional and classical music, along with his brother Niall and the composer Micheal O'Suilleabhain.
He has recorded on over 40 albums including "Callan Bridge" with his brother Niall, "On Common Ground" with Kevin Crawford and various guest spots with Natalie Merchant, Alan Simon's "Excalibur" project with Fairport Convention and Moody Blues, "GAIA" with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and Karan Casey. He has recently recorded on two movie soundtracks, "Irish Jam" and "The Golden Boys" and played uilleann pipes on the BBC's "Flight of the Earls" soundtrack.
Patrick D'Arcy hails from Dublin, Ireland and has spent most of his musical life in California.
The recent release of his debut solo album "Wallop The Spot" has received critical acclaim and radio play both in the US and in Ireland.
As well as recording and performing with local bands and producers in Los Angeles, Patrick tours regularly both in the US and internationally. He also participates in online recording sessions with artists all around the world. He is a stalwart of the LA session scene hosting up to three sessions a week for his sins.
He enjoys teaching the Uilleann pipes locally in California as well as at tionóil around the country and now via online methods, to a world wide student body.
In the early days of playing the Uilleann pipes he would venture to County Clare to attend the legendary "Willie Clancy Summer School" in Milltown Malbay. Patrick's piping influences include the old masters such as Seamus Ennis, Willie Clancy and Tommy Reck as well as many contemporary players such as Liam O'Flynn, Mick O'Brien, Jimmy O'Brien-Moran and Ronan Browne.
He is a founding member of the Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club and creator of UilleannObsession.com
Patrick plays two main instruments, one in concert pitch by Koehler & Quinn and the other a "flat set" in B by Geoff Wooff.