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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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May 17, 2016 - Recap: Salon Concert w Paddy Keenan @iahcchicago #irishmusic 


Had a terrific evening last night at the Irish American Heritage Center with the mighty Paddy Keenan. This was the 19th edition of our Salon Concerts Chicago series, and one of our most successful. We had a strong and enthusiastic crowd, some of whom had driven from as far away as western Michigan, 140+ miles, to see the Bothy Band alum and legendary uilleann piper work his magic. 

Karen Cook and I opened for Paddy with our friend Steve Ponisciak on piano, playing some of our favorites learned from local…

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May 8, 2016 - Salon Concert w Paddy Keenan May 14th! @iahcchicago #irishmusic 

Join us for another great Salon Concert featuring musician Paddy Keenan Saturday, May 14th! 

Born in Meath and raised in Dublin, Keenan comes from a musical family of settled traveling people. He grew up playing the uilleann pipes and was a founding member of the legendary Bothy Band. He has enjoyed a successful solo career touring the world and recording several important piping CDs along the way. 

His recording credits include all three of the Bothy Band’s studio album, and four successful solo or duet…

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April 28, 2016 - Appearing this weekend! Friday: @IndependenceTap Saturday: @CHIrishRadio @iahcchicago - #irishmusic 

A busy weekend coming up for us!

Friday - April 29, 2016 - We are providing Happy Hour Music at the Independence Tap 6-8pm!  This is a fun Pub with a fantastic collection of beers on tap. Stop by after work if you are in the Old Irving Park neighborhood!

Saturday - April 30, 2016 -  Patrick teaches tin whistle in the early afternoon, then we head over to the Good Morning Ireland Radio Show to talk about the upcoming Salon Concert May 14th featuring Paddy Keenan and our other upcoming events. We grab some…Read more

April 16, 2016 - PIOBAIRI in the Fifth Province - starting the end of April! #irishmusic 

Excited to be returning to the Fifth Province at the Irish American Heritage Center for Saturday tunes in a couple of weeks. We are doing our PÍOBAIRÍ presentation with Patrick's students and our musical colleagues. Stop by and get some food and enjoy live traditional Irish music from 6-7pm on the following dates this spring and summer: 

April 30, May 7, May 21, June 4, June11 and June 18, with more dates to follow. 

Tin whistle and piping classes are also available on Saturday afternoons. Contact…

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April 1, 2016 - Salon Concert w Paddy Keenan May 14th! #IAHC #irishmusic 


Join us for another great Salon Concert featuring musician Paddy Keenan this May.  The Facebook Event is up, Invite your Friends! 

We are excited to be bringing him back, he was here last in 2012!  Here we are playing some tunes at the finale of that concert at the Irish American Heritage Center!


The Paddy Keenan Salon Concert is Saturday, May 14 at 8pm in Room 109. Tickets are $20 for adults and children 18 and under are free. To purchase tickets, click…

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