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Accomplished Irish, Uilleann Piper, mandolin, whistles, session musician, performs with Tripping Upstairs Irish and Ceilidh band.
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I have been playing Uilleann Pipes for 30 years as well as mandolin and whistles. I perform regularly with my wife, Sue, on fiddle and play with Tripping Upstairs, a three piece Irish folk group in the SE of England.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
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Folk, Ceillidh, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Concert, Recording session
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Ashokan Farewell
Fanny Power/ Planxty Irwin
Hector the Hero/ Toss the Feathers
Inisheer/ Out on the Ocean
Lord Mayo
Miss Rowan Davies
Mull of the mountains
O'Neill's march
Planxty Charles O'Connor
Return to Fingal/ Ancient Irish war march/ Battle of Aughrim
Se Fath Mo Bhuartha
She Moved through the fair/ Toss the Feathers
Si Beg, Si Mhor
Slockit Light
South Wind/ Out on the Ocean
Carraroe/Rose in the Heather/Rolling waves2
Con Cassidys/ High Part/ whelans/ Morning Dew reel
Cook in the kitchen/ Out on the ocean
Garrett Barry's/Hag with the money
Humours of ballyloughlin
Humours of Ennistymon/ Old Favourite/ Cliffs of Moh
I buried my wife…/Maid in the meadow/Frahers
Jimmy Wards/Walls of Liscarroll/ will you come home with me
John Mc.Hugh’s/ Kilfenora/ Killavil
Kerfunken D/ Morrisons/ Drowsey Maggie reel
Lark in the morning
Larks March/Old Favourite/ Dingle Regatta
Maid at the Spinning Wheel/ Rambling pitchfork
Morrisons/ Kesh
My Darling asleep/ Banish Misfortune
Paddy Faheys/ Humours of Glendart/ Fasten the Leg
Pipe on the Hob/ Hag at the churn
Rolling waves1 and 2
Rose in the Heather/ Cook in the kitchen
Snug in the Blanket/Cliffs of Moher/Bank of Turf
The twins/ O’ Farrells
Tobins/ Father O’ Flynns/ Morpeth Rant
Trip to Sligo/ Colemans cross/ Irish Washerwoman
Tripping upstairs/ Darling asleep/ Banish Misfortune
Wandering Minstrel/Old Favourite/ cliffs of Moher
Slip Jigs
Fig for a kiss/Hum of Derrykissane/drops of Brandy
Give us a drink of water/Hardiman the Fiddler Foxhunters
Boys of Bluehill/ Harvest Home
Chief O'Neil's/Friendly visit
Fishers/Brendan Mc.Glincheys
Longacre/ Galway
Off to California/ Cronin's
Plains of Boyle/Cronins
Rights of Man/
Bonny Kate/ Rakish Paddy/ Star of Munster
Boy in the gap/ boy n the boat
Cooleys/Wise Maid/Toss the Feathers
Cup of tea/ Banshee
Dick Gossips/ Scholar/Charlie Lennon’s
Fairy reel/ Donegal
Far from home/Father Kellys/Christmas Eve
Four Courts/ trim the velvet
Hollybush, Virginia, Earls Chair
Humours of Ballyconnell
Jackie Colemans/Barmaid
Killarney boys of Pleasure/ Providence
Merry Blacksmith/ Earls Chair//Silver Spear
Morning Dew
My love is fair and han/ Providence/ Rolling in the R
Barmaid/My love is in America/
Nine Points of Roguery/ Rakish paddy/Fermoy Lasses
O’Rourkes/ Another Paddy Faheys
Old Copperplate/ maid of mt Cisco
Sally Gardens/ Mountain Road
Stone in the field/ Bean Tinceara/Micho Russells
Swinging on the gate/ over the moor to Maggie
Trip to Durow/Green Fields of R/ Fermoy Las
Wind that shakes the barley/Miss McLeods
Misc/ Waltz
Donegal Mazurka/ Ace and Deuce of Piping
Michael Turners waltz
All for me Grog
A Stor Mo Chroi
Baidin Fheilimi
Black Velvet Band
Cockles & Mussels
Danny Boy
Dawning of the Day
Dirty Old Town
Fields of Athenry
Foggy Dew
Ghleanntain Ghlas Ghaoth Dobhair
Holy Ground
I know my love
I'll Tell My Ma
Jock Stewart
Leaving of Liverpool
May Morning Dew
Muirsheen Duirkin
Parting Glass
Peggy Gordon
She Moved Through The Fair
Star of the County Down
Taimse im Chodlaigh
Will you go Lassie Go
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Usually no problem to rebook or change.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Interval music can be supplied via iPod as necessary.

How much time do you need to set up?

About 15 minutes for solo performances as the Uilleann Pipes like to acclimatise to the room temperature and humidity. For duo or ceilidhs up to 45 minutes is required.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Of course, or if you have a particular tune or song that is not on the list I am happy to try to learn it!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I bring all my instruments to perform acoustically.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£450
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Verona C, 1 month ago

Absolutely fantastic ! Will & Sue are genuinely a lovely people. Nothing was too much trouble on the day of the wedding even though plans changed due to the windy weather and still played beautifully. Excellent communication prior and during the event. Would book them again in a heartbeat!. Truly talented musicians everything evoked some beautiful family memories listening to Will & Sue play. Thank you both from the bottom of our hearts.

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Darren O, 2 months ago

Wow, Will is the consummate professional. His thoughtful nature made arranging music for my moms funeral stress free. On the day of the event, Will was there and set up exactly as I had requested. His choice of music to accompany the funeral services and the burial added a moving, classy and atmosphere to the whole proceeding that my mother would have loved. I cannot recommend Will enough

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Rose M, 11 months ago

Will's presence made a soulful & comforting contribution to my sister's funeral service, the haunting sound of the pipes added atmosphere & gravitas to the otherwise impersonal experience. The weather was atrocious & he had a long journey but he arrived in good time & well prepared. Highly recommended. Thanks again Will

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Megan P, 1 year ago

Anyone thinking of booking Will for uilleann has nothing to worry about he is professional and talented and was brilliant with communicating as we had a worry of protestors causing posdible delays on my wedding day. It went smoothly. He was very professional as it was a surprise for my dad and even had a last minute suggestion which made it even better than we could of thought. I would definitely use Will again. True gentleman and very skilled in playing the Uilleann. Thank you Will for making our day even more special. Megan and Chris xx

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Simon B, 4 years ago

Tripping Upstairs played for our wedding and it was fantastic!! Uilleann pipes. fiddle and amazing vocals from Josie. Guests were entranced. 5 stars!

Brian O, 5 years ago

‘Many thanks to you for your wonderful music. You created exactly the atmosphere I wanted before the ceremony.’