David Power in concert

David Power

David Power

On Friday 30th November well-known uileann piper from Culnasmear, Dungarvan, David Power will play a concert in Garter Lane Arts Centre.

David learned his piping from Dunmore East piper Tommy Kearney, a nationally renowned piper (Tommy now in his nineties, is still alive and well). After two years or so, David took the road to Miltown Malbay to the Willie Clancy Summer School, where he learned to perfect his art under some of the best known pipers in the country.

“We used to attend workshops there and I was privileged on one occasion to have received lessons from Breandan Breathnach, father of former Minister for Education, Niamh Bhreathnach.” The Willie Clancy Summer School is still a legendary academy of traditional music, having, for example, as many as 500 people learning to play the fiddle in any given year.

In 2003 David moved to the US. “Soon after arriving in the States, I made a solo piping recording,” says David. “I got great help from my friend Donal Clancy from Ring, who lived in Yonkers, NY at the time. He booked me into a studio with little or no delay”. The record, called ‘My Love is in America’, was published the following year by Claddagh Records in Dublin and distributed world-wide and made available on the internet. It received many superb reviews, was the subject of a live radio interview with David, conducted by Myles Dungan on RTE’s Rattlebag. While in New York, David played the pipes and acted in a play on Broadway with Gabriel Byrne, getting rave reviews for his piping from the New York Times.

David and his wife Clare moved back to Coolnasmear, Dungarvan with their two daughters, Niamh and Aoibhe in 2006 and he has performed solo piping concerts in Ireland, England, France, America and New Zealand in 2007.

Book early for this GarterLane concert. Tickets available at the box-office, €15, (€12.50 Garter Lane Friends & concessions) 051-855038, boxoffice@garterlane.ie.

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