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 Bocl้ 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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6th May 2020

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27th April 2020

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13th April 2020

Pre-orders The Book of Iona AND the all the re-issued Iona studio albums with their their new companion disks, and much more at the new Open Sky Records store!!!

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27th April 2020

Hey everyone, quick update from Dave. Firstly I hope everyone is keeping well and safe. In these times of enforced isolation I've been steadily working away on 'The Book of Iona' Iona box set over the past several weeks and there has been an exciting development!

The original idea was to include one dvd in the box, however we've decided to leave that until the full Iona DVD box set comes out, and instead to include a cd of newly recorded versions of a number of Iona tunes, but not as you've heard them before! This cd, to be titled The Sound World of Iona will be cd 17 in the box! It will include new mainly (but not all) instrumental recordings featuring past Iona band members David Fitzgerald, Nick Beggs, Frank Van Essen Troy Donockley, Terl Bryant, Tim Harries, Martin Nolan, Mike Haughton, Martin Neil and (tbc at the time of writing), Phil Barker. Plus myself, both solo and in collaboration and special guest Sally Minnear. Some tracks are already recorded and others will be completed over the next week or so. I'm very excited about this development and it will really be the icing on the cake for what will be an incredible release, which already includes some great, previously unreleased recordings from the band!

Pre-orders for the box set will be starting very soon!

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16th March 2020

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15th March 2020

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9th March 2020

BEACHY HEAD ..... from Beyond These Shores.

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7th March 2020

This was yesterday !

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11th February 2020

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6th February 2020

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3rd February 2020

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29th January 2020

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21st January 2020

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18th January 2020

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1st December 2019

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29th November 2019

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3rd December 2019

Frank is releasing a new, meditative album soon. Available for pre-order now!

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5th October 2019

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3rd October 2019

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24th September 2019

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20th September 2019

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2nd September 2019

REVISITING SOME ANCIENT WELLS!
A few images from some Donegal sites that have inspired some songs..... like
Ancient Wells, Edge of the World, Here I Stand.....
Tonight Iโ€™ll be joining with the musicians of New Irish Arts at the Bangor Mission Convention concert to perform a few songs including The Ancient Wells. Then on Monday Iโ€™m travelling to Gartan in Donegal ( birthplace of St Colmkille) to join with Rhema Ministries and Rebecca Friedlander on a Worship/intercession tour of ancient Celtic Christian sites in Ireland. Excited. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™

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17th August 2019

Murlough Bay..... still one of Irelandโ€™s best kept secrets. A special place.

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8th August 2019

A few images from my recent trip to Donegal, including the cover image for new album Avec Toi ( taken by Trevor Cole) for release this week on Bluecoastmusic.com. ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ˜

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22nd July 2019

Donegal...... just beautiful.
Always inspiring to be here...... ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ™

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15th July 2019

DANCING......
I stumbled across this on YouTube today. A song I recorded in 2008 in Nashville for a solo album entitled Personal..... one that went well under the radar and is no longer available.
Also features some lovely low whistle by Troy Donockley ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ˜

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4th July 2019

Avec Toi...... some songs in French from moi! ( Jo ) ๐Ÿ˜ ๐ŸŽถ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท ( including a couple of my Iona favs )

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11th June 2019

Soon in Hardenberg - Dave Bainbridge & Frank Van Essen and band playing SANCTUM & Iona. With sand art by Gert van der Vijver. Come and join us if you can!

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6th June 2019

Dave Bainbridge and Frank Van Essen will be together for another gig on 17th August in The Netherlands!

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