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Uilleann Piping I

A chance for complete beginners to begin taming this daunting instrument. This class will start with maintenance basics and how to physically approach playing the uilleann pipes, and end with students able to play a few beginner tunes. Time will be given to techniques for steady playing, basic embellishments, and open/closed playing styles, and relevant aspects of the history of the uilleann pipes and Irish trad music in general. Students will need to come equipped with at least a playable practice set (bag, bellows, and chanter). IMPORTANT NOTE: none of the uilleann pipes available on Amazon or cheaply on eBay are worth purchasing. They are poorly made fakes that are impossible to get playing acceptably.

Contact instructor Conor Freeland with any questions:

Classes are now being held at Winchester Thurston in Shadyside.

Your PayPal payment serves as your registration. You will be contacted with more information about the class closer to the start date.

Refunds, Pro-rates and Cancellation Policy: Refunds will only be issued if Calliope cancels a class due to insufficient enrollment. If that happens, you will be notified in advance and will receive a refund or credit within 30 days from the start of class. No refunds will be given to those who cancel their registration within 2 days before a class starts or after class begins. Classes may not be pro-rated; please plan accordingly. Confirmations will be sent approximately a week before a class starts via email (please specify if you prefer to be contacted by phone).

Class Dates

October 10, 2023 - November 28, 2023


Tuesdays, 6:30-7:45 PM


Conor Freeland
Conor Freeland has been playing the uilleann pipes for almost ten years. Inspired by a childhood love of such bands as The Chieftains, Planxty, and Lunasa, he was taught by all-time greats Joey Abarta and Blackie O'Connell. Learning being a lifelong proce... more



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