Paddy Keenan was born in Trim, Co. Meath. The Keenans were a Traveling family steeped in traditional music; both Paddy's father and grandfather were uillean pipers. Paddy himself took up the pipes at the age of ten, playing his first major concert at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, when he was merely 14.
Paddy's flowing, open-fingered style of playing can be traced directly from the style of his father and grandfather, as well as that of such great Traveling pipers as Johnny Doran; all played in the same style. Paddy's style has continued to mature in the intervening years since the break-up of the Bothy Band, which he was a part of, as he pursued a solo career. He tours the world, playing festivals and gigs in the US and Canada, Ireland, Europe, Israel, Australia and New Zealand, and the Far East. He has composed and arranged music for several film projects and with many other legendary artists in the world of Irish traditional music and beyond such as James Kelly, Larry Nugent, Bela Fleck and Tim O'Brien.
Paddy Keenan Festival Schedule