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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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October 18, 2014 - Celebrating International Uilleann Piping Day 2014 - Chicago! 

Saturday, October 18, 2014 is International Uilleann Piping Day, a global event dedicated to the celebration of this historic and fascinating Irish instrument. Na Piobairi Uilleann, the Dublin-based international pipers club, is the primary organizer and sponsor.

To mark the occasion, NPU members organize many small gatherings all over the world and these events can take many forms. Events take place in locations as far flung as Singapore, South Africa, Malaysia, Russia, Japan, Rome, and Paris, as well as in… Read more

September 22, 2014 - Busy weekend ahead, putting on a show, then playing a show! #irishmusic 

Unusual busy weekend ahead, akin to our Milwaukee IrishFest weekend last month, where we assisted with the Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny show and then went to Milwaukee for our gigs.

First, we assist in the Salon Concert Series, which continues with Jamie O'Reilly and Michael Smith presenting "Songs of a Catholic Childhood" at the Irish American Heritage Center Friday night at 8pm.

Then Saturday we adjourn to Borelli's PIzza for a GoGirlsMusic Showcase 2124 W Lawrence, Chicago at 8pm, this should be an… Read more

August 22, 2014 - Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny Review #irishmusic 

What a whirlwind of a time!! First, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny put on a stellar show at the Irish American Heritage Center (see review below), then we went up to Milwaukee Irish Fest to enjoy the music and craic and to do a slot  at the Pub Garden Stage. Our impressions of Milwaukee IrishFest will be covered in the next Blog Post, first up, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny: Review by Patrick Cannady.

"Thursday night, August 14 saw the return of two iconic performers to Chicago, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny.  The… Read more

August 16, 2014 - Looking forward to our Pub Garden Set Sunday 12:45pm 

We are excited to be returning to the Pub Garden Stage Sunday - Kilmaley: 12:45 (piobagusfidil +2) 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 classic recordings. Joined by Donald Terao (guitar/bouzouki), whose accompaniment accentuates harmonies & rhythm inherent to the melodies. Extra special guest, the venerable… Read more

July 25, 2014 - Make Music Chicago Lunchtime Series - Post IrishFest Recovery 

We were excited to be asked to participate in a lunchtime series @MakeMusicChi #irishmusic

Thanks to the Francis O'Neill Club - Chicago Ceili and Set Dancing for including us in their newsletter:
"Pipes n Fiddle (piob agus fidil) - Downtown, Chicago - Monday, July 28
"We were asked to participate in a lunchtime concert series for Make Music Chicago We will be at 222 N LaSalle Street, downtown Chicago on Monday, 07/28/14 12:00-12:45pm! #irishmusic" (Karen Cook Cannady & Patrick Cannady)"

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