Martin Nolan

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Photos by Lutz Diehl, Joe del Tufo, Janien Kommer & Monica Duffels
T he newest member of joining in 2009, Martin's uilleann piping has taken him throughout Europe and the UK, India, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada, from the Lincoln Center for the Arts in New York to the national theatres of Ireland and England and concert halls across the Indian subcontinent.

Respected in the Irish traditional scene, he has also played alongside jazz greats such as Dave Liebman, the late Michael Brecker, Ronan Guilfoyle, Conor Guilfoyle, Tommy Halferty, Michael Buckley and the Boclé Brothers. Other collaborative work includes virtuoso Hungarian violinist Zoltan Lantos and Japanese performance artist Keiji Heino.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, it was here Martin took his first lessons from John Keenan Sr, the father of well-known piper Paddy Keenan. Martin's playing is strongly influenced by the 'travelling style' of piping, which employs legato and staccato techniques, elements which are heard to great effect in his playing.

'Martin Nolan's pipes... caught the eddies, ducking and diving alongside the jazz lines with nervy agility... The wedding of sax and pipes was particularly spectacular.'
Irish Times (review of Michael Buckley's Translations)

'Martin Nolan is a noted piper and composer whose openness and receptiveness to new ideas has taken him and his pipes around the world.'
The Sunday Tribune (Dublin)

'Well-versed in the tradition of his instrument, Martin is constantly expanding its repertoire by playing in unusual contexts.'
The Event Guide (Dublin)
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Mon, 11 April 2011
Posted by Dave Bainbridge on 11 April 2011 @ 9:53am
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Martin's gorgeous lodgings for the next 3 nights!

Tue, 14 December 2010
Posted by Dave Bainbridge on 14 December 2010 @ 1:46am
Martin & Dave in the studio, 14th December 2010

Mon, 13 December 2010
Posted by Dave Bainbridge on 13 December 2010 @ 1:36am
Having a great and productive time with Martin in the studio! Have recorded some brilliant stuff today and last night. All the uilleann pipe parts for the album are now recorded. Tomorrow we'll be finishing off the last few low whistle parts and should have some time left to record some improvisation together. Now off to bed tired but... happy!

Fri, 10 December 2010
Posted by Dave Bainbridge on 10 December 2010 @ 1:46am
Martin will be arriving at Dave's on Sunday for a couple of days recording at Open Sky studio which will complete all his pipe and whistle parts on the new album.


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