Sean McKiernan

Piper Sean McKiernan

Piper Sean McKiernan. Befriended Willie Clancy.

Piper Seán McKiernan lives in Carna in Co. Galway, and is a native Irish speaker. His mother’s family home in Coillín, Carna, where he now lives, is situated in the heartland of the great sean nós and folklore tradition. Seán’s grandfather Pádraic Mac Con Iomaire was acknowledged as man with a huge store of native lore.

Seán McKiernan was actually born and reared in Boston. His early attempts at music included singing into the back of the radio, later on trying out the melodeon, before finally settling on the pipes.

Filled with curiosity about the pipes he was put in touch with Leo Rowsome, paid the princely sum of £10 for a practice set and began to teach himself. He returned to Ireland in 1965 having completed much of his education in the States.

At this time he was becoming familiar with Willie Clancy’s music from old Gael Linn 78 recordings. He became enthralled by Clancy’s piping and visited him in his home in Miltown Malbay many times. Willie Clancy undoubtedly became the biggest influence on his music and a close friend and a mentor.

Nowadays Seán McKiernan divides his time between Carna and Cork, where he teaches classical piano in the Cork School of Music. In recent years he has performed at Tionóls at home and in the States. He has performed in the Pipers Club in Dublin and is regarded by many as one of the great living pipers. He won a TG4 Traditional Music Award in 2010.

3 Responses for “Sean McKiernan”

  1. Kathy Langdon (cousin) says:

    Hello Sean, I just want to tell you how very proud I am of you and your wonderful pipes!!!. Of course I grew up with my Grandmother, Barbara Ridge Conroy in the same house until I was 16 YO.. I am definately “Mid-Atlantic” as is my first cousin Joe Gibbons” We both are finding that we are more connected with the reality of our Grandmother (Barbara Ridge Conroy) and of her music and reality We are both now in a crisis since we both realize that we are now “The Old People” and we now have the responsibility to pass our Western Irish culture on to our GrandChildren. We are realizing that we are not as American as we might have thought, growing up. I have a Grand daughter who spent 5 years of her life living in Dublin… Her name is Ada and she is a great high stepper (and can achieve lot of air-time!!! ) and loves the Irish flutes/whistles. Her favorite song is the Theme from the Titanic…We wil not be able to visit Carna as a group this year (2013) but I am tyring to get us all together for sometime in the summer of 2014 for 2 weeks. I will keep you posted.
    Love Your cousin,

  2. Isabelle B says:

    Hi Sean!
    Do you remember me from way back in the 70′s? I enjoyed your pipes playing, together with our friend Laurence. I’m in Ireland until April 12 and would appreciate getting in touch.


  3. laigneau françois says:

    Hi. Nice to see you again, merci Monsieur googleb.

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