Southern California Tionól
November 11 - 13

The 2016 Southern California Tionól will take place over the weekend of November 11, 12 & 13, 2016.

Our guests this year will be Eliot Grasso and K Pádraig O'Kane. Helping K.P. 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. Joseph Sampson will be on hand to help with reed making duties.

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 followed by the concert that evening. Sunday will be a more relaxed day of learning and piping lore.

Registration: $100
Concert Only: $20 suggested donation at the door.

Anyone that buys a flight to be there gets a $25 discount.

Workshop Location:

Gabriel McKeagney's home, San Juan Capistrano.

Concert Location:

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!
10:30AM-12:30PM 12:30-2PM 2-3PM 3-4PM 6-7:30PM 7:30-10:30PM 10:30-12AM
Beginner Bootcamp & Private Lessons Lunch Classes Classes Dinner Concert Session & Party. Please BYOB!
Reedmaking Reedmaking

11:00am - 12:30pm: A piping related presentation will take place featuring our guests.

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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Guest Bios

Eliot Grasso

Eliot Grasso is one of the foremost Irish musicians in North America. He has performed for the National Heritage Awards, for President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton at the National Endowment for the Arts Awards, and for Irish President Mary Robinson, Irish Ambassador to the United States Sean O hUigin, Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, President of Sinn Féin Gerry Adams, and other heads of state.

Eliot has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Constitution Hall, the Library of Congress, the National Building Museum, National Geographic, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Saint Patrick's Cathedral (Dublin, Ireland), Sterling Castle (Sterling, Scotland), and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, MD).

He has also appeared as a guest artist on National Public Radio for "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor, and for RTE's Irish traditional music program "The Rolling Wave," presented by Peter Browne in Dublin, Ireland. Eliot has performed with renowned actor Russell Crowe, The Chieftains, the Green Fields of America, Distinguished Global Professor of Ethnomusicology Dr. Mick Moloney, and Ensemble Galilei.

Link: eliotgrasso.com

K Pádraig O'Kane

K. Pádraig O'Kane is based in Miami, Florida. Aside from being a professor of music at the Miami International University of Art and Design, he has been piping and making reeds for over 15 years. Pádraig O’Kane has studied with master reed makers Benedict Keohler, Peter Hunter, Tom Aebi, Dave Hegarty, and Tim Britton. All of which, have had a great influence on his reed making style. In 2015, he taught a 3-day reed making course at Na Píobairí Uilleann's Pipe Craft workshop. O’Kane’s deep understanding of methodology, coupled with his many years of making reeds, provide an “anyone-can-do-this!” experience.

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