We are a duo playing Irish traditional music on concertina, uilleann pipes(Irish bagpipes), wooden flute, tin whistle, and bodhran. We also sing traditional songs from England, Ireland, and Scotland in both the English language and Irish Gaelic.We play as a duo or as a trio with an accompanist, usually a guitar player. Available for concerts, parties, festivals, weddings, funerals, corporate events, church functions, etc. We also give lessons on our respective instruments, with both of us having nearly 20 years teaching experience combined.
Price Range: $100-$300 per musician
Gig Length: 30 - 200 minutes
Languages: American Sign Language, English, French, Spanish, Irish Gaelic
What to Expect
We perform dance music and song from Ireland, both unaccompanied and with accompaniment(guitar, bouzouki, piano, etc.) Under certain circumstances, we take requests for material to learn, provided that a recording is provided. In a concert or captive audience setting, our stage presence is both informative and humorous, we want our audience to be entertained and educated about the music that has captivated us so deeply.
One of the top young uilleann pipers in the United States, Tim Hill has spent the last decade studying and performing Irish traditional music in a variety of venues. Born in the Philadelphia area into a relatively non-musical family, Tim started his career with Irish music on bodhran (an instrument which he took first place in on two occasions at the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh Ceoil) before taking up the pipes at the age of 11. He received his first instruction on the instrument from one of the stalwarts of Irish music in the Philadelphia area, fluter and piper John Donnelly. After learning the basic rudiments of the instrument he moved on to study with two of the foremost American pipers, Jerry O'Sullivan and Tim Britton, also a Philadelphia native. Tim also cites the playing of the older players such as Seamus Ennis, Leo Rowsome, Willie Clancy, Tommy Reck, and Patsy Tuohy. Brian McNamara, Gay McKeon, Benedict Koehler, Michael Cooney, Pat Mitchell are also strong influences. Tim learned the majority of his music from scrutinizing recordings and transcriptios of master musicians from this century and the last, as well as taking various piping classes. He cites the music of Clare, East Galway, and the Roscommon-Sligo regions as significant source music.
He has performed with the top tier of Irish traditional musicians, including Mick Moloney and The Green Fields of America, Paddy Keenan, Teada, Billy McComiskey, Tony DeMarco, Seamus Begley, Gabriel Donohue, and more. Tim was featured as a guest on Derry singer Paul Carroll’s 2011 album The Road You Take, which reached great acclaim in Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand.
Autumn Rhodes was raised in a household full of Irish music. At the age of 12, while living in rural Indiana, she was given a tin whistle for a birthday present and took to it right away. She started performing professionally the next year and hasn’t stopped since. She progressed to the flute shortly after, learning from master players such as Laurence Nugent, Kevin Henry, and John Williams. Equally renowned for both her flute and concertina playing, of which she is self-taught, Autumn’s musical prowess is further accentuated by her firm grasp of the art of unaccompanied singing in both English and Irish, citing singers such as Joe Heaney, Eithne Ni Uallachain, Aine Meenaghan, Julie Henigan, Andy Irvine, Nic Jones, and more. She has taken first place in the Midwestern Fleadh Cheoil in flute, whistle, concertina, lilting, and sean-nos singing.
For the past twenty years, Autumn has toured throughout the United States and Ireland with bands such as Soltré, Míra, The Colleens, Purest Green, Edington, Barton, & Rhodes, The Bardic Apostles, Kennedy’s Kitchen, and The Wrenboys; she has played for various Irish dance groups including Siamsa, Celtic Fire, and Kaleidoscope, and has partnered up with Julie Henigan, Maldon Meehan, Susan Mashiyama, among others. She has lived in San Francisco since 2008, where she teaches music and performs with several of the Bay Area and West Coast’s top traditional music acts.
Additional Booking Notes
We require one armless chair per musician(folding chairs are ideal). From the audience's perspective, Tim is on the left, Autumn in the middle, and whomever else is playing with us(depending on the gig) is next to her. We often perform with a guitar or bouzouki player in a trio setting, but have also done many gigs unaccompanied as well. Tim requires 3 mics on boom stands, one for talking/flute/whistle, a second for the chanter, and a third for the drones and regulators. Autumn also requires 3 mics, with a similar layout as for the pipes. The accompanist requires either one mic or a DI box plugin. Lighting, if applicable, is flexible.
Past Booked Events
|January 24, 2018 • 5:30pm - 9:30pm||Cultural Event|
|June 24, 2017 • 2:00pm - 9:00pm||Private Party in Winters|
|June 22, 2017–June 23, 2017 • 9:00pm - 12:00pm||Set Dance at The Plough and Stars|
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