Southern California Tionól
November 5, 6 & 7

The 2010 Southern California Tionól will take place over the weekend of November 5, 6 & 7, 2010.

We are delighted this year to welcome three exquisite pipers - Tom Creegan, Eamonn Dillon as well as pipemakers Joe Kennedy & David Quinn. Tom & Eamonn will handle the playing classes while Joe will set up at the reed table. Joining Joe at the reedmaking table will be our local reed maestro Michael O'Donovan.

This years event will be held in the McKeagney residence in the beautiful Spanish Mission town of San Juan Capistrano. Friday will be the usual meet and greet/session. Classes will be held during the day on Saturday and Sunday with a concert on the Saturday evening at a local community hall.

Pre-registration: (up to Oct. 15): $85
Late pre-registration: (Oct. 16 to Nov. 2): $100
On-site registration: $150
Concert Only: $15 in advance, $20 suggested donation at the door.
To pre-register please specify:
  • Your skill level i.e. beginner, intermediate or advanced (please be modest).
  • Send your check for $85 made payable to "So.Cal. Uilleann Pipers' Club" to this address:
So.Cal. Uilleann Pipers' Club
c/o Larry Dunn
7153 Knowlton Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2215

Workshop Location:

The McKeagney's, 29251 Country Hills Rd, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-1028

Concert Location:

7:30PM - Community Center: 30201 Outpost Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 (about a mile from Gaby's house)

Meet & greet. Please BYOB!
10:30AM-12:30PM 12:30-2PM 2-4PM 6-7:30PM 7:30-10:30PM 10:30-12AM
Lunch Intermediate/Advanced
Dinner Concert Session & Party. Please BYOB!
Reedmaking Reedmaking
11:00AM-1PM 1-2PM 2-4PM 4-5PM 5-6PM  
Lunch A Q&A With K&Q Pipers Chair
Attendees play a tune or two each for anyone that's left
End & Farewells
A Q&A With K&Q
Reedmaking Reedmaking

Airport and Accommodation
Airport: The closest would be John Wayne Airport (Santa Ana) but Long Beach Airport [sometimes cheapest, check out Jet Blue Airways for pricing] or LAX will also work.

Guest Bios

Tom Creegan
Anyone who has not heard a master play the Irish pipes is in for a treat! Tom Creegan grew up in Dublin learning in one of the best environments possible, the Pipers' Club headquarters on Thomas Street. He played extensively in Europe and Canada before moving to Seattle where he started the band as "The Suffering Gaels." He has long been widely regarded as one of the foremost pipers in North America. Concert appearances have included numerous dates with such luminaries as Kevin Burke, James Kelly, and Johnny Cunningham. He teaches tin whistle and pipes and has served on the teaching faculty of the Lark in the Morning summer school in California, The Friday Harbor Irish Music Camp, and CeltFest on Vancouver Island. Tom is in big demand for recording, and has appeared on many, including a CD of music from Hawaii!

Eamonn Dillon
Born in West Belfast, Northern Ireland, Uillleann Piper and whistle player EAMONN DILLON has toured and recorded both as a solo artist and with a varied group of performers, touring shows and bands. Working between the US, Canada and Europe , he has performed and recorded as a featured artist in both traditional , theatrical and mixed genre ensembles, including NEEDFIRE, JOHN MCDERMOTT, (The Irish Tenors,) CELTIC BRIDGE, KING JAMES, SARAH PACKIAM, & PALOMA FAITH amongst others.

He first learned the tin whistle from his father, and TARA DIAMOND, before getting his first set of UILLEANN PIPES, made by the great master SEAN MCALOON , who mentored him while starting out.

He is currently in pre-production in the U.S. on his new solo CD, featuring his sister , acclaimed fiddle player ROISIN DILLON formerly of CHERISH THE LADIES, and other guest musicians and vocalists.
Joe Kennedy
I was born in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada, and lived in a rural home outside of the town. As a child I enjoyed an active life and investigated many mechanical devices. I once destroyed an antique clock by taking it apart to see how it worked. It never told time again. My father had a wood turning lathe, he made table and chair legs as a hobby. By watching him operate the lathe I taught myself to run it. While he was away of course. I spent many enjoyable hours on that lathe making toys for myself. Later in life I made my first chanter on the same lathe.

I was introduced to Irish music in the 1970s by a television programme called 'The Irish Rovers'. Several of the members of the group were from the North of Ireland. In the early 1990s I discovered the Union pipes, it wasn't long before I purchaced a practice set.

Not long after that I produced a chanter, then a set of drones. With the help of friend Geoff Wooff I dabled at making pipes untill 2000 when I began building pipes full time. I specialize in narrow bore full sets. After seven years in the business I feel I've finished my apprenticeship and continue to learn and produce the best pipes I can build. I hope to continue being a pipemaker as long I'm able. Or until I win the lottery!
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