Southern California Tionól
November 1 - 3

The 2019 Southern California Tionól will take place over the weekend of November 1, 2 & 3, 2019.

Our guests this year will be Sean Gavin & Tom Klein.

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. On Sunday Barry O'Neill will present a talk on the pipes and piping of Patsy Touhey.

This year Sunday will also feature a flute workshop with Sean Gavin.

Piping Workshops Only: $100
Flute Workshop Only: $50
Piping & Flute Workhop: $125
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 presentation by Barry O'Neill on the pipes and piping of Patsy Touhey.

1:00pm - 3:00pm: Flute workshop with Sean Gavin.

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

Sean Gavin

Sean Gavin's playing on the flute, whistle and uilleann pipes reflects his lifelong love for Irish traditional music. Growing up in Detroit, he was first encouraged to take up Irish music by his father, Clare fiddle player Mick Gavin. Sean played a variety of instruments before settling on the flute at the age of eleven with the help of flute-player Leo Mac Namara, a native of Scariff, Co. Clare. Not long after, he began work on the uilleann pipes with teacher Al Purcell, himself a student of famed Dublin-born piper Leo Rowsome.

He and his family continue to lend much of their energies to the promotion of Irish traditional music in the Detroit area. In more recent years, Sean has been fortunate to form a friendship with flute legend Kevin Henry and others of the older generation of musicians living in Chicago where he currently lives. He is a member of the critically acclaimed groups Nic Gaviskey and Bua, as well as often performing with the Irish band Téada. He enjoys teaching and performing throughout world and currently serves as the musical director for the sean-nós dancing performance ensemble Atlantic Steps.

Tom Klein

Tom has played the pipes for much of his adult life, after growing up playing classical music. His enigmatic approach to Irish piping features the interplay of harmonic relationships -with some reinterpretation of the instrument itself- that embraces an array of traditions: from medieval chant to classical impressionism to American military marching band and beyond. He has performed in concert, taught workshops, or provided demonstrations at the Na Píobairí Uilleann Annual Tionól (Dublin) the Southern California Tionól, the Seattle Tionól, the St. Louis Tionól, and the Willie Clancy Summer School (Co. Clare, Ireland). Tom is the uilleann piper in The McNordiques, a Celtic-French-Nordic trio featuring Dan Newton and Renee Vaughan. He is a member of the Great Northern Irish Pipers’ Club (GNIPC), a non-profit organization devoted to fostering uilleann piping in America’s Deep North.

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