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Instruments I have made or am in the process of making.

Stages of Pipemaking

The making in a set of uilleann pipes is a challenging process which crosses into the boundaries of a variety of skills such as wood turning, leather work, jewellery and reed making.

Over the years I have changed my design and now follow a pattern from plans I have fine tuned over the years.

I get a great kick out of playing an instrument I have made but it’s a greater delight to hear these instruments being played regularly by others.

Prices

Prices start at €1,350 for a basic 1/4 set of uilleann pipes which includes bellows, bag, chanter with integral mounts, a C key, a case and a spare reed.

If you would like more details on other sets, further information can be given on request.

Videos of instruments I have made

Maeve O’Donnell has an All Ireland title for solo uilleann pipes, here she is after taking 1st place in 15-18 Trios in Tyrone Fleadh Cheoil 2018. Maeve O' Donnell (pipes), Anna O' Donnell (fiddle) and Meadhbh Sweeney (flute) from CCÉ, Dungannon, play a multi-part Jig - "Helvic Head".

Arpeggios displaying the full range of this set of uilleann pipe regulators for harmonic accompaniment to the chanter.

 

The Collier's Reel played on one of my entry level chanters which along with bag, bellows and case would form a Basic 1/4 set of Uilleann Pipes.

 
 
Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.
— Johannes Brahms