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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 24, 2016 - #irishmusic 6pm then 7pm: Staged Reading Shining City: @iahcchicago 

Shapeshifters Theatre presents a staged reading of Conor McPherson’s haunting 'Shining City' this fall, just in time for Halloween. Elizabeth Ellis directs. 

'Shining City' tells the mysterious tale of two men: John, who believes his deceased wife is haunting their home, and Ian, a renounced priest and new therapist who suffers from a loss of faith. John visits Ian as a client, and both men struggle to make their ways in their new lives. The cast features Jude Hansen, Hilary Holbrook and Matthew Sergot. 

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October 3, 2016 - Tales and Tunes w @iahcchicago @SteppenwolfThtr #irishmusic 

This should be fun next Saturday night at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company with the Irish American Heritage Center folks! 

Here is more about it: Enjoy traditional Irish music and stories with musicians and storytellers from the Irish American Heritage Center at the Steppenwolf Theatre's LookOut Series. LookOut presents a wide variety of work, coming from a diverse array of voices, artists emerging and established alike. The program feautures music on fiddle, keyboards, guitar, bouzouki, uilleann pipes and…

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September 2, 2016 - #StCharles #McNallys Sunday! #Geneva #FVFF Monday! #irishmusic  

Join us as we do a mini-Tour of St. Charles and Geneva with an appearance at  McNally's Pub​ ( Patrick and Karen Cannady with Donald Terao at McNally's Pub!​) on Sunday and then on Monday, Patrick and Karen Cannady traditional Irish music on uilleann pipes and fiddle​ at The 40th Annual Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival​! 1-2pm! See you out in the far west suburbs along the Fox River!  Should be fun!

August 21, 2016 - @MKEIrishFest Kilmaley (@piobagusfidil group) 12:45 Pub Garden Stage #irishmusic 


Karen Cook Cannady - fiddle 
Patrick Cannady - uilleann pipes 
Donald Terao - guitar/bouzouki 

Kilmaley, a Chicago-based trio,(pipes n fiddle (piob agus fidil) group incarnation) performs arrangements of traditional tunes on uilleann pipes, fiddle, guitar, and bouzouki. 

Karen (fiddle) and Patrick (uilleann pipes) Cannady began playing together in 2001. Their music is arresting, spare and rhythmic, employing the full sonic palettes of both instruments. They draw inspiration from the music brought to…

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