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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19th August 2021

Hi Everyone, Hope some of you can make it to se us at this fabulous venue on Thursday and support the return of LIVE MUSIC! We'll be playing a number of classic Iona tunes plus lots more!


5th May 2021

Dave & Sally have a gig!!!! A few more to be announced soon!


6th April 2021

A SONG FOR GOOD FRIDAY......



18th February 2021

IT’S THE PSALM 119 session 4 🎶🎻🎹


13th February 2021

PSALM 119. Session 3.
Thanks so much to those of you who’ve messaged. I love hearing from folk scattered across the globe! So good to connect in this way. I hope you enjoy the music but even more , are encouraged to read and meditate on the words of this amazing psalm.



6th February 2021



PSALM 119. Session 2
If you’re on my mailing list or have subscribed to my YouTube channel, you might have seen this. If not, here’s the late night Psalm 119 session 2.
🎶🎹🎵🎻


20th March 2021

Working on new music with Dave Bainbridge!


29th January 2021

LATE NIGHT PSALM SINGING🎶🎵
This is the first in a series of musical
meditations on Psalm 119 with violinist Natasha Petrovic 😁🎻



17th January 2021

Hi Everyone, Dave here. Great progress on my forthcoming solo album this past week, which features Iona alumni Frank van Essen and Troy Donockley. Keep up to date on progress by signing up to my mailing list at


18th January 2021

I know..... it’s been ages since I posted anything 😳.
Here’s wishing all of you God’s peace and hope in 2021.


11th September 2020

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


28th August 2020

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


28th August 2020

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




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