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Concerts, Recitals, Workshops,Weddings

contact:dickydeegan@gmail.com

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Shop here at Amazon for Dicky Deegan’s albums:

ClickCD1,CD2&CD3to view purchasing choices:

CD1- An Phib -Uilleann Pipes Irish Music

CD2- Music of the Irish Celts - Uilleann Pipes

CD3- Hibernia (x2 CD’s) - Celtic Music

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Watch and listen to Dicky Deegan play:

The Fox’s Lament

Sets of Dance Music:

i-(YouTube) The Flags of Dublin/The Fairy Reel/The Merry Harriers/The Pinch of Snuff/The Bucks of Oranmore (reels)

ii-(YouTube) The Castle of Dromore (October’s Wind)/The Return from Fingal

iii- Paudin O'Rafferty/Farewell to Ireland (Jig/Reel)

iv- Paddy Fahey’s/’Chailleach, do Mhairis Me/The Humours of Kiltyclogher (Jigs)

v- The West Wind/The Traveller (Reels)

vi- An Buinnean Bui (The Yellow Bittern/The King of the Pipers (Air/Jig)

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Haunting Slow Airs:

vii- The Fox’s Lament

viii- The Coolin

ix- The Little Cuckoo of Glen Nephin

x- O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music (Turloch O’Carolan1670-1738)

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Reviews:

“While the Uilleann Pipes have been enthusiastically embraced by many during the current revival, few have studied and worked at the tradition in the way Dicky Deegan has.” -Folk World

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“Uilleann pipes in the concentrated style of the great Seamus Ennis” – Wire magazine

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“Dicky Deegan’d (a term used to describe the stunning effect of the man’s playing upon the senses of the uninitiated)” – Living Tradition magazine

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“Consumate piper” –fRoots magazine

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CD: An Phib:- “No classic performances here…..the drones are less than steady, the tuning is less than perfect”. Alex Monaghan, The Living Tradition

(ha ha ha…it was a didgeridoo Alex! dd)

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CD: An Phib:- “….approaches stuck CD precision….His obsession with the technicalities of tight fingering and regulator effects is a constant lift - in moments pure Clancy or again Ennis on perfectly tuned high quality instruments” –Fintan Vallely, Irish Sunday Tribune

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Besides regular sessions in London, Dicky Deegan has also played in London for:

Film producer Guy Richie and Jude law (Dicky is one of the original embers of Guy Richie’s Punchbowl Band-The Punchbowl, Mayfair); Piers Morgan-(The Hansom Cab, Kensington); Anya Hindmarsh, (The Star, Belgravia, re-branded The Bag and Bottle); He plays regularly for Stella McCartney and friends: Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltro, Gwen Stefani, Cheryl Cole, Liv Tyler, Kate Moss and Ringo Star-The Cow, Notting Hill/The Royal Institute, Mayfair.

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Dicky Deegan (born north of London, parents are from Adamstown, Co Wexford and Emo, Co Laois) has been playing the Uilleann Pipes for 30 years and Irish Traditional Music for over 40 years (initial lessons through Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann[tutors Brendan Mulkere and Paul Gallagher] in the early to late 1970’s atSt Joseph’s, Leagrave, Luton, andThe London Irish Centre, Camden Town).

Favouring the parlour ‘gentlemen mould' of solo piping, with subtle and intricate use of the regulators (he plays a Geoff Woof full set in the key of C#), his playing has been recorded for, and by, the Traditional Music Archives, Merrion Square, Dublin.

Dicky also plays a D set (chanter in boxwood by Matt Kiernan) for sessions, studio, ensemble playing etc.

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In addition to many Irish/Folk/World Music Festival appearances over the years, Dicky has also performed several times in the Sydney Opera House + once on top of the Opera House Sails. He is also honoured to have been invited by Richard Tognetti and theAustralian Chamber Orchestraas their guest artist toperformin the fabulous ‘Barrel Room’ for the prestigiousHuntingdon Estate Music Festival in New South Wales (The concert space known as the 'Barrel Room' is reputed to have “...one of the best acoustics on the planet.”Richard Tognetti).

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Way back in Sydney ’94, Dicky teamed with the Aboriginal Didgeridoo legendMark Atkinswhere they became the first musicians to hold a concert from on top of the Sydney Opera House Sails. This special concert, organized by theSydney Opera House Trust, drew to a close the spectacular events and celebrations marking the Sydney Opera House's 21st Birthday that year.

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Dicky played Uilleann Pipes for the IMAX film, ‘Horses –The Story of Equus’. USA 2002

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Has toured Australia with IHOS Opera.

Has travelled through outback and country Australia, performing and holding workshops for small community schools.

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Dicky lived in Tasmania and Mainland Australia for 21 years (1981-2002)first cutting his teeth on stage playing with the Hobart based Dance Band, The Collywobblers, whose close affiliation to The Tasmanian Wilderness Societyensured that Dicky’s earliest antipodean gigs as a cherub in Nov '82 would be held on the periphery of Tasmania’s South West Wilderness at the Wilderness Society Base Camp for theGordon -below-Franklin blockade.

(The Gordon Riverand one of the world's last wild rivers, theFranklin,were eventually saved from being flooded in 1983).

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Dicky has performed at many of the Australian Irish/ Folk/World Music Festivals including:

Port Fairy (Victoria)

The Great Hall, Montsalvat (Victoria)

The Australian National Folk Festival (Australian Capital Territory)

Malaney and Woodford Malaney (Queensland)

Illawarra (New South Wales)

Newcastle Folk Festival (New South Wales)

Katoomba/Blue Mountains Folk & Blues festival (New South Wales)

Der Spiegeltent (South Australia)

Adelaide Fringe Festival (South Australia)

Adelaide Arts Festival (South Australia)

Longford Folk Festival (Tasmania)

Georgetown Folk Festival (Tasmania)

Cygnet Folk Festival Tasmania)

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Dicky also holds workshops on the Tin Whistle (accessible to most folk) andUilleann Pipes(playing, maintenance, tuning) and reed making for the Uilleann Pipes.In this capacity he was the invited guest of the Nelson School of Music and NZ Uilleann Pipers Society, flown in from Tasmania to hold Master Classes on Uilleann Piping and Reed Making. This also included a series of recitals.

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Reed maker for the Riverdance:

In Hobart 1998, Dicky made and tailored an Uilleann Pipe chanter reed for theRiverdancepiper,Declan Masterson, for their Australia/SE Asia tour. Declan has recently informed Dicky that this very same chanter reed he made for him all those years ago in Hobart, has been playing problem-free (in all temperatures, humidities and altitudes) these last 16 years for theRiverdance(20thanniversary tour 2014 now on) and still shows no signs of wear!

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Dicky Deegan’s own Uilleann Pipes (with 7 reeds + double-bass regulator - see photo below) performed magnificently under duress in the Big Top Tent at the Woodford Malaney Festival in the Glass House Mountains, Queensland, where the heatwave temperature on stage at 1.30 pm reached 52C (126F) in 95% humidity!

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Dicky has worked with many artists including:

Jackie Daley

Mairead O’Sullivan

Donal Lunny

Brian Kelly (ex-Pogues)

Billy Moran

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TV and Radio performances include:

ABC and SBS TV (Australia)

ABC Classic FMRadio (Australia)

Canal+ TV (France)

BBC World Service(UK)

RTE (Ireland)

Raidio na Gaeltachta(Ireland)

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Now based in Hull in the UK, Dicky performs regularly throughout the UK, Europe and Ireland, eg:

Festival Interceltique, Lorient (Bretagne)

Festival Cornouaille, Quimper (Bretagne)

Festival Landerneau(Bretagne)

The Galway Inn, Lorient (Bretagne)

International Arts, Montmatre, Paris(France)

Willy Clancy Festival, Miltown Malbay, Clare(Ireland)

Theberton Concert/Recital Series(Suffolk)

Palimpsest(Cambridge)

C-Fab Fest(Lincolnshire)

Small World Festival, Badger Farm (Lincolnshire)

Whitby Folk Festival(Nth Yorkshire)

Musicport, Bridlington/Whitby(Yorkshire)

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Dicky has four albums of mostly solo Uilleann Piping:

1-By the River of Gems (1989)

2-An Phib (2002) – released with the assistance of Na Piobaire Uilleann at the Willy Clancy Festival, Co Clare.

3-Music of the Irish Celts (2005)

4-Hibernia (2013)

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In addition to playing in various London sessions, Dicky has recently teamed with the fiddle player Milo Thelwell, and Bodhran player Tommy Randell, to perform a series of Fiddle/Uilleann Pipe recitals in intimate and acoustically friendly venues along the North Yorkshire coast. They also have a monthly residency at The Dolphin Hotel, Whitby on the first Wednesday of each month.

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Dicky has also performed with Derby based singer/songwriter Matt Williams.

Dicky also plays in and around London for Sean Brady and occasionally joins in his band The Kilburn Cowboys.

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When not performing or holding workshops, Dicky teaches Tin Whistle,FluteandUilleann Pipes. He is alsoReed Making, recording a solo album of 19thcentury Union Piping in appropriate acoustic spaces and notating a detailed collection of Uilleann Pipe music.

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Maintaining a now 25 year tradition, Dicky is available for Weddings on request.

Go to:www.wedding-piper.com

Reviews for the Album - An Phib

Irish Sunday Tribune Review of 'An Phib'

"Here is a hugely-interesting player in the 'gentleman' mould, greatly involved with his instrument and all its wondrous potential, particularly on airs. A soft spot for the harmonic is there in keyboard chordal drones, and adventuring into didgeridoo shows he is not shy of experiment. This is rather overwhelming, but if Paddy O'Brien's is humerously zany, and his tricks on 'Ask my Father' approach stuck-CD precision, curios like using regulators for melody notes and a great launeddas-like blast at times leave little room for tedium. His obsession with the technicalities of tight fingering and regulator effects is a constant lift - in moments pure Clancy or again Ennis, on perfectly tuned, high-quality instruments".

Irish Sunday Tribune, Dublin - Fintan Vallely





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15.9.14

From the left: Kevin 'Foxy' Finucane, Tenor Banjo; Dicky Deegan, Uilleann Pipes; Daniel Gott, Piano Accordian/Bodhran, Tracy Muir, Fiddle; J. Eoin, Guitar/Vocals.
A fine evening was had by all at The Royal Institute, Mayfair, London last night (14th Sept '14) for Stella McCartney's 'Green Carpet Collection' party. A lot of Hollywood A-listers flew in for the show/party.......Paul McCartney dances the Jig like a lad in his 20's!

17.7.14

Have been playing in Whitby at The Dolphin Hotel with Milo Thelwell on fiddle and Tommy Randell on Bodhran. Gig is once a month on the first wednesday-thoroughly enjoying it too. Not happening August though as I'm away and the Whitby Folk festival shall be supplying more than enough musicians. Maybe later in the month. The Landlords, Martin and Liz, love the Uilleann Pipes and Irish music. Great supporters of the tradition. The Festival Interceltique in Lorient is fast approaching once again and am looking forward to meeting up with all the fine Irish musicians who gather each fantastic day and night at the Galway Inn at number18 Rue Belgique. The London Irish shall be there again in force with Mr Brian Kelly on Banjo and a host of speedy brilliance!
Missed the Willie Clancy Festival yet again this year - have to make hay whilst the sun shines!

1.12.13

Miles & Miles of Music - Seamus Ennis - 1975http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdeNcyJT4z4

29.11.13

2.9.13

Top year, of late playing in London, popping to Interceltique, Whitby, Hull Folk Fest last weekend, Nth East next week, reed making (elder from Haworth Hall). C# pipes and fiddle project on the boil. Uilleann pipe detailed notation collection slowly coming along (winter pursuit).