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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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January 28, 2016 - 01/29/16: Happy Hour Music @IndependenceTap & 02/01/16: pre-play music - on Monday night! - #irishmusic 

Friday, January 29, 2016 6-8pm: Excited to be playing some Happy Hour Music at the Independence Tap Friday January 29th - Irish Traditional with Kilmaley (piobagusfidil + 1)

"Juno and the Paycock" is Monday, February 1. The Fifth Province opens at 6pm and the reading begins at 7pm. The audience is invited to stay for a post-show discussion with director Elizabeth Ellis and the cast. Patrick and Karen Cannady and Friends will play traditional Irish music before and after the reading. 

Tickets for the…

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January 4, 2016 - Providing pre-play music for Shadow Of A Gunman - #irishmusic #IAHC 

We are providing pre-play and intermission music for the first Staged Reading of the New Year!

Shapeshifters Theatre continues its series of staged readings this winter in the Fifth Province Pub. Readings are held the first Monday of each month. Kicking off the winter series on Monday, January 4 is "The Shadow of a Gunman", the first in Irish playwright Sean O'Casey's "Dublin Trilogy". 

"Gunman" centers on the mistaken identity of a building tenant who is thought to be an IRA assassin. The play is followed…

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November 16, 2015 - @SalonConcertChi @davidpowerup Concert Recap (10/24/15) #irishmusic 

The Salon Concerts Chicago series presented its sixteenth concert Saturday night, October 24th, featuring David Power, an uilleann piper from Dungarvan, Waterford and renowned Chicago native, guitarist Dennis Cahill , as headliners.

The all-ages, enthusiastic crowd was treated to David’s exemplary musicianship on both concert and flat pitch uilleann pipes. He was ably accompanied by Dennis’s spare, lyrical guitar playing. Highlights of the evening included a beautiful air, “Ur Chnoc Chein Mhic Chainte,” a…

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