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Welcome to the website, piobagusfidil (piob agus fidil or pipes and fiddle) of Chicago-based musicians Patrick Cannady, uilleann piper, and Karen Cook Cannady, fiddler. If you are looking for an uilleann piper and a fiddler in Chicago that play very traditional Irish music, you have come to the right place!

Karen (fiddle) and Patrick (uilleann pipes) play traditional music learned through years of study, absorbing a large and growing repertoire from Chicago’s community of Irish immigrant and Irish American musicians, from old tune collections, and from recordings old and new. They have traveled thousands of miles to learn from masters, and spent countless hours honing and refining their sound, both at home and in the rough-and-tumble Chicago session scene. They play at folk festivals, regional and national trad music events, and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. They are at work recording a collection of tunes presently.

They have been on radio and television and have had tracks featured on both Irish and regional radio.

For more information on our group incarnation, Kilmaley, check out About Us .

Have a look around and contact them (via the Contact Page) if you have more questions about music for your party or special event or you would like some uilleann piping lessons!

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November 16, 2015 - @SalonConcertChi @davidpowerup Concert Recap (10/24/15) #irishmusic 

The Salon Concerts Chicago series presented its sixteenth concert Saturday night, October 24th, featuring David Power, an uilleann piper from Dungarvan, Waterford and renowned Chicago native, guitarist Dennis Cahill , as headliners.

The all-ages, enthusiastic crowd was treated to David’s exemplary musicianship on both concert and flat pitch uilleann pipes. He was ably accompanied by Dennis’s spare, lyrical guitar playing. Highlights of the evening included a beautiful air, “Ur Chnoc Chein Mhic Chainte,” a… Read more

October 19, 2015 - @SalonConcertChi Radio Appearances! @davidpowerup 6pm whpk.org @piobagusfidil wdcb.org #irishmusic 

8pm: Don't miss Blarney on the Air tonight as we have music from Karen Cook and Patrick Cannady......HUP!
Also we have music from David Power, Dennis Cahill, Martin Hayes, The High Kings, The Gloaming, Frank McNamara and his Orchestra, and From Waterford, Mossy Moran, ...Up she flew and the cock flattened her.  (photo from Blarney On The Air taping in July 2011)

At 6pm, David Power will be chatting with Erik about the upcoming Salon Concert at the Irish American Heritage Center

September 14, 2015 - Staged Reading @iahcchicago, @JohnnyOHagans, Irish Radio Listening Room @ThirdCoast, 10th Anniversary Hooley @IrishBistro #irishmusic 

In one of the most full weeks for music ever (not in St. Patrick's Season), here is what we are up to this week!
  • Monday: Staged Reading - The Beauty Queen of Linnane - Irish American Heritage Center
  • Tuesday: Irish traditional music - Johnny O'Hagan's Pub
  • Thursday: An Evening of Irish Radio - Irish American Heritage Center
  • Friday:  10th Anniversary Anniversary Hooley - Mrs. Murphy's and Sons Irish Bistro
For more information about all these events, check out our Events page:

September 7, 2015 - IRISH UILLEANN PIPES & FIDDLE - Fox Valley Folk Festival #irishmusic 

Patrick & Karen Cannady

The Irish Uilleann Pipes and Fiddle - Presentation and Concert Patrick and Karen Cannady - Monday, September 7, 2015 4-5pm Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival Geneva, IL

We are doing a presentation and concert with uilleann pipes and fiddle at Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival!

Patrick has done an uilleann pipes presentation many times and this time he will be joined by Karen on the fiddle. He has presented at the… Read more

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