2016 Seattle Tionól

Registration for the 2016 Seattle Tionól is now open. Use PayPal or you can register the old fashioned way, by mail and check   (Irish Pipers’ Club, P. O. Box 31183, Seattle, WA 98103- 1183)

Venue: The Doric Lodge

619 N. 36th St, Seattle, 98103

Guest Pipers:  Eliot Grasso and Tommy Martin

Please click on the links below to register or purchase concert tickets using PayPal.

Tionól Registration including concert ticket $100  Includes full Irish breakfast and concert admission.

Concert and Céilí Dance Tickets $20

Fiddle Workshop with Randal Bays (Saturday Feb. 13, 2pm-4pm) $40

Kickoff party and session 7p.m. at Kevin and Laura’s.   Contact Tom Creegan at tomcreegan@hotmail.com or Tom Quinn at tom.quinn@gmail.com for directions.

Saturday, Feb. 13

8.30 – 9:30 – Irish Breakfast at the Doric Temple.

10.00 AM – Noon – Workshops: 
Piping classes with Eliot Grasso and Tommy Martin
Reedmaking and Pipe Maintenance with Brad Angus

2.00 – 4.00 PM – Workshops:
Piping classes with Eliot Grasso and Tommy Martin
Reedmaking and Pipe Maintenance with Brad Angus
Introduction to Irish Fiddling with Randal Bays

7.30 – 10:00 PM
  – Concert & Céilí to follow.

Sunday Feb 14

11.00 – 1.00 PMWorkshops:
Piping classes with Eliot Grasso and Tommy Martin
Reedmaking and Pipe Maintenance with Brad Angus

2.30 – 4.00 PM – Lecture with Eliot Grasso

4.30 – 7.00 PM – Public Recitals & Session at Murphy’s Pub in Wallingford,
1928 N 45th St,
Seattle, WA 98103
(free admission, all ages welcome)


tommy martin  Tommy Martin took his first Uilleann Pipes lesson from Dublin piper, Mick O’Brien in 1984 at the age of 12.His professional career started in 1990 when offered a place in the band for Jury’s Irish Cabaret. A position which he shared with Mick O’Brien. Then in 1996 Tommy took a job organising and playing at Irish music nights in Irish pubs in Hong Kong.This led to more work in Asian cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Singapore and Tokyo over the coming years.Back in Europe, Tommy’s talent and experience took him to perform in almost every country with many different bands.

Performances varied from solo events to playing with 5 piece folk bands.Since then his gigs have as diverse as being an Uilleann Pipes tutor in New Zealand to performing with “Riverdance” in New York to recording with past members of rock band “Thin Lizzy”. In January 2004 Tommy had the honor to play a newly composed piece of music with the Chicago Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra. He is currently a member of the Celtic Woman band.

His first solo CD, “Uilleann Piper”, was released in 2000 which was followed by his second release, “Shady Woods” in 2005.

Tommy now lives in St. Louis Missouri. When not working with Irelands Music Awards winners Teada, Irish Christmas in America and Emmy nominated Celtic Woman he also makes Uilleann pipes and penny whistles.

Eliot Grasso  Eliot Grasso has been performing throughout North America and Europe for two decades. Critics have described his playing as “remarkably compact and precise, tastefully embellished with a restrained creativity and inventiveness,” in that it demonstrates a “superb technical ability” through “a startling depth, consistency, and clarity of tone.” Contemporaries claim that Eliot’s “intuitive sense of melodic and technical variation make him one of the most creative and dynamic musicians in the contemporary world of Irish traditional music,” and “one of the finest uilleann pipers in the history of Irish music in America.”

Eliot has performed for the National Heritage Awards, for President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton at the National Endowment for the Arts Awards, and for Irish President Mary Robinson, Irish Ambassador to the United States Sean O hUigin, Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, President of Sinn Féin Gerry Adams, and other heads of state.

Eliot has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Constitution Hall, the Library of Congress, the National Building Museum, National Geographic, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral (Dublin, Ireland), Sterling Castle (Sterling, Scotland), and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, MD).

He has also appeared as a guest artist on National Public Radio for “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor, and for RTE’s Irish traditional music program “The Rolling Wave,” presented by Peter Browne in Dublin, Ireland. Eliot has performed with renowned actor Russell Crowe, The Chieftains, the Green Fields of America, Distinguished Global Professor of Ethnomusicology Dr. Mick Moloney, and Ensemble Galilei.









Randal Bays is a self-taught US-born musician who’s been playing Irish fiddle for more than thirty years; he’s now widely recognized as a master of that complex, ancient art, in particular the traditional styles of Co. Clare and Co. Galway. He’s “among the best Irish style fiddlers of his generation”, according to Fiddler Magazine. Randal has toured and recorded with many of the great Irish musicians of the day, including James Keane and Daithi Sproule (in the band FINGAL), James Kelly, Martin Hayes, Michéal O’Domhnaill and many more. He also has a string of great independent recordings to his credit, including his live CD “House to House” (with Roger Landes), which was picked by the Irish Times as one of the “top five traditional recordings of 2005”.

Randal Bays is also famed as a fingerstyle guitarist, having recorded two seminal albums with Irish fiddler Martin Hayes, also with contributions to the “Masters of the Irish Guitar” CD on Shanachie Records. Randal recently released his first album of solo guitar work, “Oyster Light”.

Randal has performed all over the US, Europe and Canada, and is in great demand as a teacher of Irish fiddle. He co-founded and served for ten years as Artistic Director of the Friday Harbor Irish Music Week, and is now Program Director of the Cascadia Irish Music Week on Whidbey Island, Washington.