St. Patricks Day Celebration with Kevin Burke and Friends featuring piper Tom Creegan
Mar 17, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 7:00
Join world-renowned Irish fiddler Kevin Burke and friends for a special St. Patrick’s Day concert featuring solo fiddle, songs, stories and photos. Special guests include piper Tom Creegan and more!
Kevin is celebrating the release of his album “An Evening with Kevin Burke – Tunes & Stories”, which was recorded, in part, at the Alberta Rose.
Tom Creegan is a highly regarded piper who hails from Dublin and has been at the center of Irish music in the Seattle area for many years. He grew up in Dublin learning in one of the best possible environments, the Pipers’ Club in Thomas Street. He played extensively in Ireland and across Europe before moving to Seattle where he slotted in with a crowd of exciting Irish musicians then performing in the Pacific Northwest, among them Kevin Burke, Micheál Ó Domhnaill and Randal Bays. He joined the Irish Pipers’ Club, at that time under the aegis of the great piper, Denis Brooks. Tom was blessed to learn much of the history and depth of the uilleann piping tradition from Denis.
Tom played and toured across the United States and also in Japan for many years with the band, The Suffering Gaels, along with Finn MacGinty, Conor Byrne and Dale Russ. He currently plays in a band called Crumac, still alongside renowned fiddler, Dale.
He has many years of teaching experience, first at the Thomas Street Pipers’ Club, and later in Seattle with The Pipers’ Club, as well as at many music festivals and schools. In February, 2009, Tom was invited to Dublin to play at the inaugural Leo Rowsome Annual Commemoration at the world uilleann piping centre, Na Píobairí Uilleann. Tom has served as a long-time editor of The Pipers’ Review, the club newsletter that was distributed throughout North America and to many points beyond.
Tom’s set of pipes, in the key of D, were made in Dublin in the late 1950’s by the great Leo Rowsome. The set was ordered from Leo by Ivan Donaldson, a fisheries biologist living in Stevenson, Washington, then working at the Bonneville Dam. There the set languished for many years before being rescued by reed guru Ted Anderson. Ted brought the pipes south to his home in California. A few years later, to Tom’s great fortune, he acquired the set from Ted and they then returned to the suitable climes of the Pacific Northwest.
Tom has taught and performed at:
Leo Rowsome Annual Commemoration, Dublin
O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat
The East Coast Tionól
Na Píobairí Uilleann Tionól
The Pipers’ Gathering, Vermont
Chicago Celt Fest
Winnipeg Irish Festival
Houston International Festival
West Coast Tionól, Seattle
Great Northern Irish Pipers’ Club Tionól, Minneapolis
Friday Harbor Irish Music Camp, Washington
Southern California Pipers Club Tionól
Lark in the Morning Music Camp, California
CeltFest (BC, Canada)
The Southeast Tionól more >>>