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Paddy Keenan

House Concert: Friday August 1 8:00pm

Concert: $20 advance reservation, $25 at the door

The usual reminder, a house is just a house and only holds so many (about 45) and this one will definitely sell out. 
Send an e-mail to rmacdiarmid@cogeco.ca to book your spot for the concert or immersion weekend

Paddy Keenan’s spectacular virtuosity on the uilleann pipes is legendary. He achieved international renown in the 1970s for his solo recordings and his work with the late, lamented Bothy Band, a group that revolutionized the sound of Irish traditional music. Paddy’s piping prowess has not faded over the decades and his talent for up-tempo improvisation on reels, jigs and hornpipes must be heard to be believed. Paddy is also one of the great exponents of the “low whistle,” an instrument with an intimate, breathy tone that makes it a perfect vehicle for slow airs.

Paddy Keenan was born in Trim, Co. Meath, to John Keenan, Sr. of Westmeath and the former Mary Bravender of Co. Cavan. The Keenans were a Travelling family steeped in traditional music; both Paddy's father and grandfather were uilleann pipers. Paddy himself took up the pipes at the age of ten, playing his first major concert at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, when he was 14. He later played with the rest of his family in a group called The Pavees.

Paddy's flowing, open-fingered style of playing can be traced directly from the style of such great Travelling pipers as Johnny Doran; both Paddy's father and grandfather played in the same style. Although often compared to Doran, Paddy was 19 or 20 when he first heard a tape of Doran's playing; his own style is a direct result of his father's tutelage and influence

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