David Power is one of Ireland’s foremost musicians on the uilleann pipes, an instrument unique to Ireland and extremely challenging to master.
The name derives from the Irish word uille or elbow, emphasizing the use of the elbow in playing the pipes. The bellows of this instrument are operated by pumping the upper arm rather than using breath. Influenced by the great pipers of the past, David has won All-Ireland and Oireachtas (annual festival of Irish culture) piping competitions and has represented Ireland at many festivals abroad. He has been a member of several groups, including Liam Clancy’s ‘Fairweather Band’, ‘Gorumna’ and more recently ‘Masters of Tradition’ which toured in the U.S. in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He performed in the off-Broadway production ‘Love’s Pure Light’, recorded music for the Irish Repertory Theatre’s staging of ‘The Field’ and was a cast member and musician in the Broadway production of Eugene O’Neill’s ‘A Touch of the Poet’, starring Gabriel Byrne. He has three critically acclaimed solo recordings ‘My Love is in America’, ‘Cuachín Ghleann Neifin’ and ‘The Eighteen Moloney’ (2014). He has performed with poets Seamus Heaney, Michael Davitt, Kerry Hardie, Dermot Bolger, Maighread Medbh, Grace Wells, Clodagh Beresford-Dunne and Doireann ní Ghríofa.
In addition, David worked with renowned accordionist Tony MacMahon, writer, Dermot Bolger and director, John Comisky to develop a show called ‘The Frost is All Over’ which gained significant attention and played in New York at the Irish Arts Center. He regularly performs with celebrated fiddle player Martin Hayes and is currently working on a collaborative project for the stage with Kerry Hardie based on the early Irish Christian church which will debut at the Kilkenny International Arts festival in 2015.