Martin Nolan

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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 Bocl 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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11th September 2020

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11th September 2020

Dave will be including some Iona material and a couple of things from the new Book of Iona box set!

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28th August 2020

Sally Minnear and Dave Bainbridge will be performing 3 Iona songs on Saturday at this great online festival!

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28th August 2020

Expect a number of Iona tunes in Dave's solo set on 12th September!

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9th September 2020

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30th September 2020

The Book of Iona is in stock and shipping starts today!!! It looks amazing. You can order from

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17th August 2020

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30th August 2020

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28th August 2020

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3rd August 2020

Such an amazing song, and so great playing this again. Enjoy...

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28th August 2020

Undercover photos taken at a secret factory location somewhere in the heart of England

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25th July 2020

Thought you might enjoy this little jam I put together today. Still going strong and playing! Hope our Iona clan is safe & healthy and still enjoying our personal music projects as well as the revived Iona back catalog... Stay safe & healthy everyone and hope you like this. Much love - Frank

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13th July 2020

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30th July 2020

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23rd June 2020

ONE MORE FOR THE MAP PROJECT ......
One of the treasures of our lockdown has been creating and recording music with Natasha Petrovic de Maio. We met for the first time back in March on the Kintsugi Hope Tour when it seemed like we were a music match made in heaven. Today we finished recording an 11 minute song called “ Finding My Way Back” which will be the finale track of the MAP PROJECT coming soon......
In the meantime, lots of wonderful Iona memorabilia and archive to enjoy 😀

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4th June 2020

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30th April 2020

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28th April 2020

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6th May 2020

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20th April 2020

Hi Everyone, hope you can make it to Dave Bainbridge's first live online gig tomorrow night!!

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13th May 2020

This is one of the new recordings of Iona tracks that will be on The Book of Iona box set. Pre-order now from

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18th April 2020

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18th April 2020

Hope you can join Dave Bainbridge for his first online live gig this coming Tuesday!

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