Colman Connolly playing the uilleann pipes


Colman is a very experienced and popular teacher of uilleann pipes, flute and whistle. He started playing the pipes at the age of nine and has taught at the weekly London Piping Club in Camden and more recently in Hammersmith since 1990, starting off many young (and not-so-young!) pipers. He also taught pipes, flute and whistles for four years in the Irish Harp Centre in Castle Connell, Ireland. He came back to London in 2010 and gave private tuition on uilleann pipes, flute and whistle. He was also a regular judge for the Irish music organisation Comhaltas at the regional rounds of the Fleadh Cheoil for the pipes, flute and whistle competitions in the UK. and was a strong part of the London session scene until 2015 when he move back to Ireland for three years, this time residing in the stunning village of Bearna Co.Galway and teaching for The Athenry Music School. He is now back in London and teaching privately from home, through Skype and also at the Camden Irish Center.

If you would like to have lessons in traditional Irish uilleann pipes, flute or whistles and live in the Athenry area, then click here to give Colman a call to arrange a lesson. Colman is a patient and encouraging teacher who always makes lessons fun and rewarding and is very happy to tailor the lessons to your individual needs, whether you've been playing Irish music for years and are an experienced player just wanting some tips to improve your playing or if you're a complete beginner just wanting to start playing for the first time.

Colman often gives workshops at festivals abroad. If you live abroad or a long way from Galway then click here workshops to see if Colman is giving a workshop near you this year. Or maybe you'd like to invite him to come to teach your music group or piping club? Phone him for a quote.

Colman's also happy to give Skype lessons over the internet. All you need is a computer, tablet or smartphone with a webcam enabled or attached, broadband connection and a free Skype account. Lessons are normally paid for through Paypal a secure money transfer website. The first lesson is normally a little longer than other lessons. This is to get set up with your new set of pipes and to resolve any technical issues. Subsequent weekly half hour lessons can be booked in blocks of four and at a time which suits us both. Any follow-up material such as feedback or sheet music will be emailed straight through to you after each online lesson. It's a fantastic opportunity to learn new tunes and techniques and give your playing a boost from a Champion Irish piper - all without ever leaving your front door! Give it a go.