Paddy Keenan

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About Paddy

       At 17, having fallen in love with the blues, Paddy Keenan left Ireland for England and Europe, where he played blues and rock. Returning to Ireland after a few years, he began playing around Dublin with singer/keyboardist Triona Ni Dhomhnaill and singer/guitarist Micheal O Dhomhnaill. Fiddler Paddy Glackin then joined the three, and they asked flute player Matt Mollov to play with them shortly thereafter. Next accordion player Tony MacMahon joined the group, and then guitarist Donal Lunny was asked to listen to the six. Liking what he heard, he joined as well, and the loosely-knit band began calling itself "Seachtar," the Irish word for "seven."

        Seachtar's first major concert was in Dublin. They played a few more gigs around the country, but circumstances soon forced Tony MacMahon to drop out. When the rest of the band decided to turn professional Paddy Glackin left as well; he was replaced by Donegal fiddler Tommy Peoples who was later replaced by fiddler Kevin Burke. All the group needed now was a name.

        Micheal O' Dhomhnaill had recently returned from Scotland, where he happened across a photograph taken in the 1890s of a group of tattered musicians. "The Bothy Band," it was titled, in reference to the migrant Irish laborers who worked in England and Scotland and were housed in stone huts known as "bothies." Micheal suggested that the band take this name, and the others agreed. Thus was born one of the most influential bands of the 1970s, The Bothy Band.


Celtic Twilight 6 by Various Artists MusicOutfitter Jutland - Paddy Keenan/Tommy O'Sullivan

Green Linnet - Listen

Kerrywhistles - The official site for Kerry and Chieftain Irish Low and High Whistles designed by Phil Hardy

NPR Piper Keenan Celebrates St. Paddy's


About Tommy

Tommy O Sullivan is a fine accompanist who has shared stages and recorded with Paddy Keenan


Mapleshade Records - David O'Rourke & Lewis Nash


"Paddy Keenan has become a good friend, and has referred many customers to me for low whistles, and he plays them himself and is recording with them now."

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TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2002

Windjam Records

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Music Is a Passport

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Paddy Keenan & Tommy O'Sullivan

Paddy Keenan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Chief O'Neill Day 2004 photos

Dolans Pub and Restaurant, Ireland

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Paddy Keenan's pipes

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The Campbell Reporter Photo Uilleann Piper Paddy Keenan


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Paddy Keenan & Tommy O’Sullivan - a Review of The Phantom Tollbooth

The Pipes Are Calling! -- A Piping Omnibus


Caffe Lena Calendar - June 2006

Galway Arts Festival

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Artist Details for Paddy Keenan

TG4 Traditional Music Awards 2001 Preview

The line-up featured a group of seven pipers from the Armagh Pipers Club, including festival organiser Brian Vallely; Rick Lines from Canada; Tommy Keane; Diarmuid Moynihan; Tiarnán Ó Duinnchínn, Cillian Vallely, Michael McGoldrick and Paddy Keenan. The concert ended with an impromptu but nonetheless exhilarating duet between Paddy Keenan and Niall Vallely on concertina.

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