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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.

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WILL's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Emma C
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Yesterday we said good bye to our beautiful mum. My dad was in hospital when she passed away at home so it was even more important that dad could make the day as special as possible for his last gift to his wife of 55 years. Will made her day so very special. From the point of booking it was easy and so straight forward. Will responded to messages quickly and could accommodate all our needs. He was completely professional and compassionate, we couldn’t have asked for more. His talent is second to none and ability to reassure our family and provide the very best service was fantastic, caring and professional, Will had it all in hand and we were able to say goodbye to mum with the beautiful sound of Will playing in the back ground. We can’t thank him enough for everything. Excellent from beginning to end.

Reply from WILL
1 year ago

Emma- thank you so much for your moving and appreciative review. I love being able to share my music for such occasions as your mum's passing and generate emotions that add to the whole experience. Will.

Harry N
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Will played "Taimse im' Chodladh" at my Father's funeral this week quite beautifully. It was incredibly moving for everyone who was there. He is congenial, polite, punctual and has a wonderful talent. Highly recommend.

Reply from WILL
1 year ago

Thank you so much for your appreciation- it means a lot to me. I really enjoyed being a small part of your father's funeral. Maybe some of the music on the Uilleann pipes helped to embrace deep emotion. I felt it so.

Woolf J
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Will was fantastic at our wedding and couldn’t recommend him more highly.

Reply from WILL
1 year ago

Thanks Woolf. It was an absolute delight to play for you and Ismay. Wishing you both a wonderful married life together.

Michael M
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Will was amazing would use him again. And would highly recommend.

Reply from WILL
2 years ago

go raibh maith agat!!

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From other customers:

Yvonne C
3 months ago, for a Funeral / Memorial service in Chichester PO19 1PX
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5 out of 5

You were a very important part of a special tribute to a remarkable man and I know your contribution was greatly appreciated by family and the rest of the congregation. We have had lovely comments.

Simon B
6 years ago, for a Wedding in Eastbourne
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5 out of 5

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

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WILL's Song list

Ashokan Farewell
Caoineadh Cu Chulainn, air from Riverdance
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
An Paistin Fionn
A Stor Mo Chroi
Baidin Fheilimi
Black Velvet Band
Cockles & Mussels
Caoineadh Cu Chulainn (Riverdance)
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
Lord Mayo
May Morning Dew
Muirsheen Duirkin
Nil Ar Chnon Na Ar Isleacht
Parting Glass
Peggy Gordon
Roisin Dubh
She Moved Through The Fair
Star of the County Down
Taimse im Chodlaigh
Will you go Lassie Go

WILL's Prices

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)£150
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£450
Wedding ceremony
This includes solo music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The wonderful haunting sound of the Uilleann Pipes.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Return to London Fleadh, Cup of Tae Festival, Donegal, Tocane st. Apre, France.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Liam O'Flynn, Seamus Ennis, Robbie Hannan.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Playing with Paddy Keenan in London and Dervish in Milltown.

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. I have a small amp if required which I can provide at no extra charge. If a full PA is required for a large venue this will entail an additional fee.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to try to incorporate it. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.
Traditional Irish folk, Folk, Ceillidh, Traditional Scottish folk, Scottish music
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Concert, Recording session, Corporate event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Birthday party, Church service
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