Mickey Dunne and his pipes are a unique and well-known phenomenon in the world of traditional Irish music. Mickey’s style of piping embodies the free-flowing traveller piping style associated with the legendary Johnny Doran, Finbar Furey, and Paddy Keenan, all of whom have provided Mickey with inspiration. Mickey now provides the next generation of pipers with inspiration by his playing and his generosity with his other musical skills. He is a sought after and a welcome presence at tionols (A gathering of Uilleann pipers) around the globe.
Mickey’s first Uillean pipe CD was The Limerick Lassie, widely hailed as a unique and masterful piping experience. Copies are available from Na Piopairi Uillean in Dublin. The new Dunne CDLegacy features Mickey with daughters Brid and Niamh in a heartfelt offering of gratitude to all who came before them. It gives an insight to the unique contributions these present day Dunne’s offer to the dynamic and ever-changing traditional music art form.
Mickey studied the art of Uilleann pipe-making under the tutelage of the legendary Cillian O’Briain. He now manufactures a full range of chanters, practice, half, and full sets of Uilleann pipes in his hometown of Caherconlish County, Limerick. Mickey Dunne is life president of the Thomond Pipers Club in Limerick, an organization recently re-established after the lapse of a century.
A musician all his life; Mickey now teaches masterclasses in the University of Limerick’s World Music Centre, where he was also a previous Musician in Residence. He has inspired many of today’s best Uilleann Pipers including Matt Bashford, Mikey Stribbling, and Michael Blackie O’Connell as well as many many others. As part of his commitment to maintaining the tradition of Irish music, Mickey can be found teaching the next generation of Uilleann Pipers all over the world.
Mickey can be contacted at:
Tel: 00353 (0) 61 351 642.