Our annual Tionól is hosted by the South West Association Of Uilleann Pipers, and pipers of all levels of experience are welcome! This year’s guest tutor is Ronan Browne. The team is completed by support tutor by Nick Scott, while reed maker Alan Burton will be on hand for the whole of the weekend. Workshops to explore repertoire and develop technique, with plenty of time for informal playing and socialising plus ‘The Piper’s Chair’ tutors’ concert on Saturday evening!
Who’s it For?
Most abilities catered for even beginners, provided you have your own practice set. You don’t need to read music as everything is learned by ear.
Ronan Browne plays Irish uilleann pipes, flutes and whistles and was the original piper with both Riverdance and the Afro Celt Sound System and has been performing music publicly since 1977.
“One of the finest pipers of his generation, an innovator who has developed his own unique style” – The Irish Times.
Alan Burton was born in the wilds of West Penwith in Cornwall. He has been playing Uilleann Pipes and making reeds for nearly 20 years. With an ever growing reputation as one of the few reedmakers who can just about breathe life into any old stick, his skills are recognised globally and many pipers all over the world can be found happily playing away with their ‘Burton’ reed. He has taught alongside Dave Hegarty at the Willie Clancy Summer School and has been resident reedmaking tutor for many years at SWAUPs and Tionols. Most recently, Alan demonstrated and taught ‘The Reeds’ at the recent Dave Williams Memorial Weekend.
Nick Scott is one of the UK’s finest exponents of the Uilleann pipes, touring extensively throughout Europe, the UK and the USA with top band ‘Last Night’s Fun’, as well as performing at the Edinburgh Tattoo and with Show of Hands at the Royal Albert Hall.