Southern California Tionól
October 26 - 28

The 2018 Southern California Tionól will take place over the weekend of October 26, 27 & 28, 2018.

Our guests this year will be Joey Abarta with special guest representing NPU, Emmett Gill. For reedmaking we're delighted to welcome K Padraig O'Kane.

Michael Eskin will present the Fagerstrom Uilleann Technopipes and explain it's pros and cons.

Davis Watson will launch his film "Good Piping" on DVD. More info at www.GoodPipingFilm.com

This years classes and party are in the home of Gabriel & Eileen McKeagney.

The concert will be held in the beautiful Spanish Mission town of San Juan Capistrano's Library.

Friday evening will be al 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 attend earns a $25 discount off registration.

Workshop Location:

Gabriel McKeagney's home, San Juan Capistrano. (address available upon direct communication)

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.


There's a new hotel in the neighborhood! It's a 1/4 mile walk from Gaby's house, Hampton Inn & Suites Mission Viejo, CA

Guest Bios

Emmett Gill

Archivist at Na Píobairí Uilleann, Dublin, Emmett Gill has been a piper and member of Na Píobairí Uilleann from an early age. He began piping at the London Pipers’ Club in Camden Town.

He has regularly taught for Na Píobairí Uilleann and served as a board member from 2011. His professional background is in administration and financial services.

Emmett has made two CDs, The Mountain Groves (2007) and a duet with fiddle player Jesse Smith The Rookery (2012).

Joey Abarta

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.

Link: joeyabarta.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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