The 2015 Southern California Tionól will take place over the weekend of November 6, 7 & 8, 2015.
Our guests this year are our very own prodigal Joey Abarta and Tallahassee piper Michael Stribling. At the reedmaking table we're delighted to welcome our own local reed maestro Michael O'Donovan to offer moral support to one and all.
This years classes and party are back in the home of Gabriel McKeagney.
The concert will be held in the beautiful Spanish Mission town of San Juan Capistrano's Library. You will be familiar with this location from our Tionól last year and also one with Robbie Hannan many moons ago.
Friday will be the usual meet and greet/session. Classes will be held during the day on Saturday. Sunday is available for limited private lessons with Joey and Michael. Send me an email to book a slot firstname.lastname@example.org
Concert Only: $20 suggested donation at the door.
Anyone that buys a flight to be there gets a $25 discount.
Gabriel McKeagney's home, San Juan Capistrano.
7:30PM - San Juan Capistrano Library, 31495 El Camino Real, in San Juan Capistrano - (about a mile from Gaby's house)
|Meet & greet. Please BYOB!
|Beginner Bootcamp & Private Lessons
||Patsy Touhey Lecture with Mr. Stribling
||Session & Party. Please BYOB!
Limited private lessons available with Michael and Joey are available. Send me an email to book a slot email@example.com
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.
We get consistently good rates at the Fairfield Inn Mission Viejo, CA
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Joey Abarta has spent the last ten years touring North America, Europe, and Asia, teaching and performing music on the uilleann pipes. A Los Angeles native, he first received instruction on the pipes from Dubliner Pat D'Arcy, a founding member of the Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club.
His musical skills have been further honed by several visits to Ireland, a year-long stint working in Japan, and continuing relationships with master pipers. In August of 2009, Joey's accomplished playing won him an All-Ireland championship, placing second worldwide at the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann.
Currently based in Boston, Joey divides his attention between performance, teaching, and recording. In addition to performing solo, he tours with Mick Moloney and the group The Green Fields of America; while at home, he organizes the meetings of the Boston Pipers Club, teaches for Comhaltas' Boston Music School, and organizes various traditional music concerts and events.
Hailing from sunny Tallahassee, Florida, Michael Stribling is an award winning Uilleann Piper and Irish musician. In County Cavan, Ireland he competed and won the title of "All Ireland Champion" on the Uilleann Pipes at the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann. Michael has been mentored by piping greats such as Jerry O'Sullivan and Mickey Dunne. His style exhibits technical punctuation with a rhythmical drive, and is heavily influenced by the music of Uilleann piping master, Patsy Touhey. He regularly joins the Internationally touring Irish bands Fullset and Runa, where he plays the Uilleann pipes, wooden flute, and tin whistle. When he isn't playing music, Michael competes in Ironman triathlons across the United States.