I play the Great Highland Bagpipes and the Irish Uilleann Pipes made popular by movies Braveheart & Titanic; shows such as Riverdance, Celtic Woman & Celtic Thunder; as well as bands like The Chieftains, Lunasa & The Bothy Band.
Price Range: (phone number hidden)
Gig Length: 20 - 180 minutes
Languages: English, Gaeilge
What to Expect
Celtic music of the finest quality. I can arrange a group of musicians and dancers also if you so desire; including fiddle, mandolin, flute, tin whistle, guitar, bouzouki & bodhran. My performances can be as formal or as casual as you please. I have played everywhere from family living rooms to Carnegie Hall, and love each one equally.
Uilleann Pipes & Highland Bagpipes
Patrick D'Arcy hails from Dublin Ireland and has made California his home. He plays his uilleann pipes, whistles and flutes all over the world touring with bands and shows as well as performing solo. He has appeared on numerous movie scores and recordings in all genres of music and has written music for TV. He is well known for his authentic traditional Irish piping style, not to mention his easy going demeanor and wicked sense of humour.
Patrick tours regularly both in the US and internationally and enjoys the privilege to tour extensively from The Waterfront in Belfast to The Grand 'Ol Opry in Nashville with Ricky Skaggs and modern hymn writers Keith & Kristyn Getty. He has played for some familiar public figures including Bono (U2), The Kennedy and Shriver Families, Quincy Jones, Daniel Lanois, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster and Avie Tevanian.
The hauntingly romantic Irish pipes will be a stunning addition to your event. One of the most cherished memories from your special occasion may just be the sound of these pipes. While many people have heard pipes before, they are always moved by this gentle giant of an instrument. It fills your senses and is fascinating to watch; the tone is deep & complex with wonderful high harmonics, the low earthy growl of the three drones providing a primeval bed over which the chanter melody & regulator chords soar.
Erin and Nick van Ark, Langham Hotel, Pasadena, CA - "We cannot thank you enough for being part of our wedding! It truly was an incredible experience to walk down the aisle with my father to the sound of the Bonny Blue Eyed Lassie. Having the processional walk down the aisle to the pipes was a moving experience for me as the sound is so beautiful. It was a wonderful way to celebrate my Irish heritage, and I know all my family that made it over from Ireland for the wedding were thrilled as well! I cannot tell you how many guests came up to us raving about you as many had never heard the uilleann pipes before, and they loved it!
Thank you for making our ceremony truly unique and memorable!
Erin & Nick"
Genevieve & Victor Maciel, Los Angeles, CA - "I hired Patrick to play at my wedding in Pasadena in March 2010. Like many brides I suppose, I planned every last detail far in advance, and Patrick was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and patient with me along the way. My fiance and I met with him a few times before the wedding to hear him play and discuss song ideas. He is an excellent musician, and moreover, has such a warm spirit that we were very glad to have him be a part of our wedding day. Patrick's uilleann pipes sounded beautiful in our church, and his trio's music was one of the highlights of our wedding. Several guests approached us afterward to say how much they enjoyed Patrick's trio."
Tara & Eddie D'Arcy - Wicklow, Ireland - I recently had the pleasure of marrying into the D'Arcy family and Patrick you could say is one of the perks that came with it. While planning the wedding we knew that having Patrick play would be essential as he is highly regarded and very well known in Ireland. People are still talking about the amazing sound of the uilleann pipes in the church and the atmosphere it created on the day, to make it extra special we got him to play as were being announced into the reception room. I couldn't speak highly enough of Patrick as a musician and as a person. His infectious personality and Irish charm will make him a pleasure to deal with and as for his music, it speaks for itself."
Sharon & Jay Varner - Burbank, CA - My husband Jay and I celebrated our Wedding on July 11, 2009 in Burbank, CA. Jay and I planned every little detail down to each table being named for an Irish County. Patrick D'Arcy was an answer to our prayers. His trio playing traditional Irish music on the patio during cocktail hour lent the perfect touch to the festive atmosphere as our guests enjoyed Black and Tans, a photo booth and hand rolled cigars. Patrick was professional yet warm and Jay and I felt as though a friend were joining our day and not just another vendor, Having Patrick perform at our wedding was the perfect unique touch that we had been looking for. Many of our guests complimented us on the uniqueness of our wedding and the beauty and liveliness of Patrick's Irish Trio. One other special touch Patrick provided us with was a fiddler to lead our guests from the ceremony site to the reception site. Our reception cards simply read "Follow the Fiddler". Our guests marveled over the mystery of this verbiage in the weeks before the wedding and joyously joined in the little parade on our day.
Jennifer and Thomas Wolverton, San Diego, CA - "We had heard Patrick play his pipes at a concert and really fell in love with the sound. We requested that Patrick play them at our wedding in San Diego in August, 2008. The entire audience was spell bound by the mystical tone of his uilleann pipes."
Additional Booking Notes
For acoustic performances all I need is an armless chair. For stage performing three SM58's on boom stands is ideal.
Past Booked Events
|May 25, 2018 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Campus Event|
|May 28, 2016 • 9:00am - 10:00am||Nonprofit Event|
|March 19, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
You can request any tunes you like. The list below are merely suggestions off the top of my head...
Great Highland Bagpipe Tunes:
Skye Boat Song
The Gael (Last of the Mohican's)
Hector The Hero
Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond
Scots Wha Hey!
Rising of the Moon
The Soldier Boy
Scotland The Brave
Auld Lang Syne
Uilleann Piping Tunes:
A Stór Mo Chroí
My Lagan Love
Tabhair Dom Do Laimh (Give Me Your Hand)
Si Beag Si Mor
The Green Fields of Americay
Planxty Fanny Power
The Gold Ring Jig
The Wedding Reel
The Honeymoon Reel
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The Bothy Band
Keith & Kristyn Getty
The Ne'er Duwels - (link hidden)
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