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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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July 24, 2015 - Kilmaley #piobagusfidil group incarnation - @MKEIrishFest - 08/16/15 12:45pm #irishmusic 

Kilmaley: 12:45 Milwaukee Pub Garden Stage, Milwaukee IrishFest 08/16/2015
Karen Cook Cannady (fiddle) & Patrick Cannady (uilleann pipes) play traditional music learned through years of study, absorbing a large & growing repertoire from Chicago’s community of Irish immigrant musicians, & from recordings.

Joined by Donald Terao (guitar/bouzouki), whose accompaniment accentuates harmonies & rhythm inherent to the melodies. We had a special appearance the last two years by Malachy Towey, the great bodhran man… Read more

July 14, 2015 - This just in! Lunchtime Concert - 525 W Monroe - 08/03/15 12pm #MakeMusicChi #irishmusic 

Make Music Chicago 08/03/15 12pm 525 W Monroe! #irishmusic Thanks to Make Music Chicago for asking us to launch their Lunchtime Series: "If you'll be in the downtown area on Mondays, check out the first installment of our Make Music Chicago Lunchtime Series, sponsored by Tishman Speyer! In the lobby of 525 W Monroe St. from 12-12:45pm, Monday (08/03/15) we will feature great irish traditional music from pipes n fiddle (piob agus fidil)."

July 14, 2015 - Great set at @iahcchicago, now on to @JohnnyOHagans tonight, 8pm! #irishmusic 

Thanks to all that came to Patrick and Karen Cannady and Friends (with Steve Ponisciak) at noon in the Fifth Province! 

On to Johnny O'Hagan's for lots of Irish traditional music and song tonight after 8pm! Stop by if you are close to the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago!


Patrick Cannady with a uilleann piping demo and lecture at ‪#‎irishfestchicago‬.



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