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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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December 4, 2014 - Next PIOBAIRI is this Saturday, December 6th! #irishmusic 

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: 12/6 with more dates to follow. This date is tentative and subject to change, will let folks know should this happen!


Tin whistle and piping tuition is available on Saturdays as well. Contact Patrick Cannady for… Read more

November 20, 2014 - Opportunities to hear uilleann pipes - Fall / Winter 2014-15 #irishmusic 

Chicago: opportunities to hear the uilleann pipes, Fall & Winter 2014-15! #irishmusic In the pub… Ongoing Irish traditional music in Johnny O’Hagan’s in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois USA. The Irish owners of the pub were great supporters of the uilleann pipes at their former pub, the Halsted Harp. Sometimes there were up to three sets humming along at once. Stop by for some tunes on Tuesdays!


October 28, 2014 - International Uilleann Piping Day - Chicago - 2014 #irishmusic 

International Uilleann Piping Day 2014   Chicago                First of all, I want to say a big thanks to Na Piobairi Uilleann for hosting another International Uilleann Piping Day and putting the technical infrastructure and people in place to make it succeed.  I especially wish to thank Ken Lynam, Niall Kelleher, and Daniela Ferretti for their timely communications and helpful suggestions; it would have been a far more difficult event to stage from abroad without their… Read more

October 22, 2014 - Kilmaley at EXPLORE @Steppenwolf 10/23/14 #irishmusic 

EXPLORE: The World of The Night AliveThursday, October 23, 5:30pm
in Steppenwolf’s Rehearsal Hall
758 W North Ave (corner of North & Halsted)

Grab a drink and join us for our first-ever McPherson Slam as Chicago director Matt Miller emcees, Chicago’s hottest actors blaze up Conor McPherson’s greatest scenes. Enjoy Kilmaley, one of Chicago’s coolest traditional Irish bands, a stand-up set from Chicago Irish comedian Adam Burke, a chance to practice your own Irish brogue with professional dialect coach Eva… Read more

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