posted Dec 8, 2010, 4:04 PM by Ellie Ferguson
updated Jun 14, 2011, 8:41 AM
Michael Cooney and Pat Egan in Concert
J. Patrick's All-Stars was pleased to present an evening of traditional Irish music with two renowned musicians from County
Tipperary. We all enjoyed listening to Michael and Pat perform traditional tunes and stirring songs in an intimate setting.
Michael "Piper" Cooney is regarded as one of Ireland's foremost exponents on the uilleann pipes and whistle. From a well-known traditional music family in County Tipperary, he grew up in the heart of a revival of traditional music in Ireland. His own vibrant style has been influenced by listening to pipers and fiddlers from many generations. Michael's virtuosity and the timeless universal appeal of the pipes has put him in popular demand. He has toured extensively in Europe and America performing with many well-known musicians. He has enthralled audiences throughout his travels. His first CD, "A Stones Throw" released 2003, has met with much acclaim and he has recently released his second CD, "Just Piping" 2010 with great reviews.
Pat Egan is highly regarded as one of the leading singers/guitar players in
traditional Irish music. His guitar backing displays a rare sensitivity and impeccable rhythm which manages to be tasteful yet driving and uplifting. Pat is equally admired for his smooth, lyrical vocals, honest delivery and repertoire of storied songs
Originally from County Tipperary, Pat now resides in Baltimore, Maryland. While growing up in his native County Tipperary, Patrick loved the music so much that he used to take his guitar on the back of a horse and cart to school every week to get lessons from his school teacher, Phil Kelly.
He would also trudge across fields and farmland with his guitar just to get a song from local singer John Norton. Luckily, there were lots of singers and guitarists in his home parish and one of the first musicians he ever heard playing traditional Irish music was his neighbor – uilleann piper Michael Cooney with whom, along with Paddy O’Brien, he would later go on to form the band Chulrua.