Paddy Keenan

Paddy Keenan

 Suncook, New Hampshire, USA

Paddy Keenan's virtuosity on the uilleann pipes, combined with the ferocity of his playing, have led to him being called "the Jimi Hendrix of the pipes", and his genius for improvisation and counter-melody have also seen him compared with jazz great John Coltrane. His performances are astonishing!


The Keenans were an Irish Travelling family steeped in traditional music; both Paddy's father and grandfather were uilleann pipers, and Paddy's flowing, open-fingered style of playing can be traced directly from the style of the great Travelling pipers. Paddy himself took up the pipes at the age of ten. In the early 1970s he joined with a group of fellow musicians in Dublin and together they formed the legendary Bothy Band. The Bothy Band forever changed the face of Irish traditional music, merging a driving rhythm section with traditional Irish tunes in ways that had never been heard before. One reviewer who saw them live likened the experience to "being in a jet when it suddenly whipped into full throttle along the runway". Since the break-up of the band, Paddy has pursued a solo career. He regularly performs in the US, Canada, Ireland, Europe, Australia and the Far East. He has composed and arranged music for several films, and was featured, along with Liam O Maonlai, in the 2007 documentary, "Dambe: The Mali Project", which follows the two musicians as they travel through Mali, culminating in their performances at Le Festival au Desert in Essoukane. Generally acknowledged as the most accomplished uilleann piper performing today, Paddy is certainly one of the most brilliant musicians of his generation.


With the Bothy Band:
Bothy Band 1975
Old Hag You Have Killed Me
Out of the Wind Into the Sun
After Hours
Best of the Bothy Band
Bothy Band Live in Concert

Solo Albums:
Paddy Keenan (eponymous)
Poirt an Phiobaire
Na Keen Affair
Long Grazing Acre

Other Recordings:
Doublin'-- Paddy Glackin and Paddy Keenan
Dancin' to the Ceili Band-- The Bucks
Music in the Meadow: Live From Wolf Trap, The Washington Irish Festival
Gaelic Roots Festival at Boston College
The Piping Concert: Celtic Connections
Forgotten Roots: Celtic Colours International Festival
Live From the Katherine Cornell Theater

As Guest Musician:
Triona-- Triona Ni Dhomhnaill
Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill (eponymous)
Undocumented Dancing-- Pat Kilbride
Traditional Irish Music-- James Kelly
Famine Remembrance-- Patrick Cassidy
Os Amores Libres-- Carlos Nunez
The Windy Gap-- Larry Nugent
Two Journeys-- Tim O'Brien
What You Know-- Patsy O'Brien
Aon Do Tri-- John Walsh

Set List

The set list comprises of traditional Irish jigs, reels, hornpipes and slow airs; original compositions by Paddy; and songs and guitar solos, which vary according to the accompanist