Currently living in Chicago, Patrick Cannady, uilleann piper and Karen C. Cannady, fiddler began playing together as a duet in 2001, as piobagusfidil., Karen (fiddle) and Patrick (uilleann pipes) play traditional music learned through years of study, absorbing a large and growing repertoire from Chicago’s community of Irish immigrant and Irish American musicians, from old tune collections, and from recordings old and new. They have traveled thousands of miles to learn from masters, and spent countless hours honing and refining their sound, both at home and in the rough-and-tumble Chicago session scene. They play at folk festivals, regional and national trad music events, and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. They are at work recording a collection of tunes presently.
They are regular performers at Tionols (uilleann pipers' gatherings) around the USA. They have performed at the Great Northern Irish Pipers' Club Tionol in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Southern California Uilleann Pipers' Club Tionol in San Juan Capistrano, California, the Northeast Tionol in East Durham, New York and the St. Louis Tionol in St. Louis Missouri. They have also performed at Irish festivals: Irish Fair in St. Paul, Minnesota, IrishFest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They performed every year at the late, lamented Chicago Celtic Fest at the Uilleann Piping Tionol Tent.
They are active in Chicago's own traditional music scene, playing for many years at sessions on both the North and South Sides of Chicago. They enjoy performing at local cafes as well. On selected Saturdays, Patrick Cannady and his uilleann piping students and musical colleagues play tunes at the Irish American Heritage Center. In addition, they are sought after performers for weddings, house parties, and St. Patrick's Day events.
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They have been on radio and television and have had tracks featured on both Irish and regional radio.
Chicago based: The Brian Noonan Show - with Brian Noonan, The Patti Vasquez Show - with Patti Vasquez, , Mr. Fix-It On The Road with Lou Manfredini
Irish Shows: A Feast Of Irish Folk - with Mary Caraway and Erik Carlsen, Blarney On The Air - with Shay Clarke, Windy City Irish Radio - with Mike Shevlin and Tim Taylor, Irish Hour with the Hagerty Family, O'Connor Irish Radio Show with Siobhainn O'Connor and Good Morning Ireland with Sean Ginnelly.
Regional and International:
Celtic Roots Radio - with Raymond McCullough, Kitchen Party Ceilidh - with Dave Bagdade and Eclectic - Women of Substance Radio.
WGN Morning News Around Town with Demetrious Ivory and Erin McElroy, CBS Morning Show: with Vince Gerasole, AMHQ with Sam Champion, Early Today with Al Roker.
As their Kilmaley group, they add their musical collaborators that play guitar, bouzouki, concertina, banjo, piano and accordion. They also add very beautiful Irish songs to the mix. One of the members of Kilmaley is Donald Terao (guitar/bouzouki). Donald is a lifelong musician and exponent of the guitar in many genres, but enjoys accompanying Irish traditional music on guitar and bouzouki especially. He has studied traditional music with Chicago’s own John Williams and with famous accompanists John Doyle and Daithi Sproule. Donald’s accompaniments accentuate the harmonies and rhythms inherent to the melodies, adding warmth and complexity to the sparseness and lyricism of the melodies.
As Kilmaley, they have played many shows, such as Milwaukee Irish Fest, Mrs. Murphy's Irish Bistro, American Conference of Irish Studies many other party and pub events.
In 2015 Kilmaley was chosen for the Living Tradition Showcase at Milwaukee IrishFest. Here is more about it:
This year, Milwaukee Irish Fest celebrates is 35th annual festival with the theme Living Tradition. Musically, we will honor tradition by showcasing Irish Traditional music with festival favorites and up-and-coming artists. Milwaukee Irish Fest's rich history of highlighting traditional music began in 1981 with a strong lineup of traditional musicians including De Dannan, Green Fields of America, Kevin Burke & Michael O Domhnaill, and Chicago greats Noel Rice, John McGreevy and Joe Shannon. Milwaukee Irish Fest was a leader in introducing contemporary traditional music to American audiences 35 years ago, long before that style of music became commercially successful in the U.S. To celebrate this rich tradition, we will present a variety of Irish Traditional music during our 2015 Festival.