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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.
Chicago based:
A Feast Of Irish Folk - with Mary Caraway and Erik Carlsen, Blarney On The Air - with Shay Clarke, The Brian Noonan Show - with Brian Noonan, The Patti Vasquez Show - with Patti Vasquez, Windy City Irish Radio - with Mike Shevlin and Tim Taylor, Irish Hour with the Hagerty Family, Mr. Fix-It On The Road with Lou Manfredini

Regional and International:
Celtic Roots Radio - with Raymond McCullough, Kitchen Party Ceilidh - with Dave Bagdade and Eclectic - Women of Substance Radio.

CBS Morning Show: remote with Vince Gerasole, (this upcoming St. Patrick's Day: AMHQ with Sam Champion, Early Today with Al Roker)

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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April 22, 2014 - Tuesday nights at Johnny O'Hagan's 

Just up the road from the Halsted Harp, Johnny O'Hagan's is where we are now hosting Irish traditional music on Tuesdays, 8pm!Here is what one reviewer had to say about the pub: "We stopped in to check out the newly renovated bar. It's terrific! As soon as we stepped in, I felt like we were transported to Ireland. Lively bar, live Irish music, best Guinness I've ever tasted and… Read more

April 18, 2014 - Projects, events and gigs!  

So we have been very busy with projects, events and gigs! We have launched a successful Salon Concert Chicago Series, featuring Chicago-based Irish traditional musicians, singers and dancers. Are currently working on archival recording (sheet music and audio) of  one of our mentor's music Successful advance bookings of St. Patrick’s season gigs, with only pleasant-to-do-gigs… Read more

March 11, 2014: WGN Radio, Bubbly Brunch, watch this space for more! 

We were asked to be on WGN Radio at 11:00pm Wednesday night to talk about upcoming events this spring with Kathy O'Neill. We are looking forward to playing some tunes and chatting about all the St. Patrick's Season activities coming up! An addition to the schedule: Bubbly Brunch at the City Winery Chicago Sunday, doors at 10:30, brunch a la carte 11:30am-2:30pm. Really looking forward to this one!  

February 24, 2014 - PIOBAIRI for March 2014! 

PÍOBAIRÍ, a presentation hosted by Patrick Cannady, Karen Cook Cannady with Patrick's students and musical colleagues, continues through 2014 in the Fifth Province Pub at the Irish American Heritage Center. Sample the pub menu and enjoy the music 6-7:30PM on the following Saturdays going forward: 3/1, 4/5, 5/3, 6/7 with more dates to follow.Note the time change from 5 to 6pm!

February 17, 2014 - We are appearing on Windy City Irish Radio 02/19/14 

We were asked to be on a new Irish radio show to talk about upcoming events this spring.  We are looking forward to playing some tunes and chatting about all the activities coming up, including the ongoing Salon Concert Series Chicago, with the next one this Friday! More about the show: "A new radio show targeting Chicago's large Irish community recently began.… Read more

February 2, 2014 - Launching Irish traditional music at Johnny O'Hagan's! 

Join us Thursday, 02/06/14 8pm as we launch Irish traditional music at Johnny O'Hagan's! Hospitality stellar! #irishmusic #irishsession  We had dinner there last week and the food is delicious, we recommend the Plank - broiled salmon and the Marian's Fish and Chips. What a beautiful space to have music, really looking forward to Thursday.  We are also continuing live Irish traditional music at the Halsted Harp in Lincoln Park!

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