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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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June 30, 2015 - on Midwest Radio - Mayo, Ireland TONIGHT! 5pm! #irishmusic 

Joe Byrne, presenter from midwestradio.ie contacted us today! We will be on from 5-6pm on midwestradio.ie!   "Patrick and Karen ... you may remember me from Lannigan's last May ...?? Joe Byrne here just to say that I will be broadcasting the tunes you played that Sunday night ... they will be included on the Late Show tonight on Mid West Radio www.midwestradio.ie from 11pm to 12pm (Irish time). Your lovely music is part of the fourth programme in the series The Chicago Mayo Sessions. I managed to… Read more

June 26, 2015 - on July 12th: Uilleann Pipes Demo & Lecture #irishmusic @IAHF @iahchicago 

Looking forward to this presentation about the uilleann pipes! Patrick has done this demo and lecture at the Center several times. He has also presented it at the University of Chicago Folk Festival, The Session Conference in Milwaukee and the Fox Valley Folk Festival.

July 12th, 3pm, Irish American Heritage Festival Irish American Heritage Center

Learn about the inner workings of the world's most complex bagpipe, the Irish Uilleann Pipes.

June 15, 2015 - In the next week: Tues: @JohnnyOHagans & Sun: @MakeMusicChi #irishmusic 

In the next week....

Tuesday: Looking forward to many tunes at Johnny O'Hagan's on Tuesday. Between the break in the incessant rains and the special guests coming in from the north, a great night will be had!

Then.. Sunday, June 21st:

We are performing at the Chicago Riverwalk for Make Music Chicago at "The Cove" and "Wabash Avenue Underbridge" We are looking forward to bringing Irish traditional music on uilleann pipes, fiddle and bouzouki to the Chicago River! 

May 4, 2015 - Excited to be performing again for Make Music Chicago 2015 #irishmusic #MMC2015 #ChicagoRiverwalk 

Make Music Chicago 2015 - The Cove and the Wabash Avenue Underbridge at Chicago Riverwalk #MMC2015 #MakeMusicChicago #irishmusic
Piobagusfidil is playing Irish traditional music as part of the Make Music Chicago event June 21, 2015!

Make Music Chicago is a live, one-day music festival on the first day of summer that celebrates the ability of everyone to make music.

People of all ages, music of all genres, and amateurs, part-time professionals, and marquee artists will gather throughout the day in Chicago’s… Read more

April 14, 2015 - Thanks @ChooseChicago Friday Faves - @JohnnyOHagans #irishmusic 

As featured on the Friday Faves: Tuesday Irish Music! . @ChooseChicago ‪#‎TravelTuesday‬ ‪#‎irishmusic‬ @JohnnyOHagans 8pm ‪#‎Lakeview‬ 3374 N Clark Great Irish Hospitality! What's Your Favorite Music Venue in Chicago on Choose Chicago " Here at Choose Chicago, we believe one of the best ways to jumpstart a truly epic experience in Chicago is to get ideas from the people who know the city best. Our locals, some of the greatest ambassadors of Chicago you can find, are invaluable resources for discovering the… Read more

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