Liam O'Neill
Liam is one of the Founding Members of the Club and has been playing the pipes since 2004. Originally from Co. Kerry, he first learned tin whistle in primary school and meddled in accordions and other instruments as a teenager. His rediscovery of traditional Irish music began many years later when he heard a Planxty recording. He currently plays an Andreas Rogge 3/4 set in C#  and a Koehler and Quinn D chanter.




Katie Carmen
Like countless others, Katie was first addicted to Irish traditional music after hearing the Bothy Band and was eventually inspired to take up the uilleann pipes. A Founding Member of HRPC, Katie has many friends in the piping world and can be found at most of the Northeast piping events. She is currently taking lessons with Jerry O'Sullivan, and has had lessons with Bill Ochs, Cillian Vallely, David Power and Ivan Goff. She plays a Gallagher 3/4 concert pitch set and a Koehler and Quinn C 3/4 set.




Jim Reilly
Jim is one of the Founding Members of the Club. A long-time Highland Piper, he started taking lessons from Jerry O’Sullivan and looks forward to Tionol‘s, Catskills Irish Arts Week in East Durham, and any piping events in the area. He attended the Willy Clancy Summer School in Ireland and took lessons from Mickey Dunne. He plays a full Concert set with an Ironwood and ivory Chanter by Benedict Koehler and regulators and drones by David Quinn. Jim’s parents were from Killarney and Tralee in Kerry, which may explain why he likes all the polkas and slides.




Rich Wolff
Rich first became interested in Celtic music as a teenager, having learned the warpipes from P/M James Gallagher of the Glenaine Pipe Band. He taught himself to play the Eb/Bb buttonbox found in his father's closet. This gradually led to sitting in at the Irish sessions in New York and the realization that the music could be better played on uilleann pipes. Having acquired a David Quinn 3/4 set around 1984, Rich began “the battle of the reeds” but, fortunately, the pipes became much more manageable after a very fascinating and productive year of excellent teaching from Bill Ochs. Rich had been playing a Koehler & Quinn half set in C, resulting in many happy hours of practice at home. He recently acquired a full K&Q Concert set that he can’t put down. He is happiest playing in relaxed sessions with like-minded musicians. 

Joe Leathem
I grew up with irish music, coming from a family of irish singers, but didn't really get introduced to instrumental music until getting out of college. Along with a few other lads, we started the Tara Hall Pipe Band out of Troy, NY from scratch in the mid 70's, which in recent years has morphed into the Capital Region Celtic PB. So after 30+ of playing GHB, I finally decided to do what I've wanted to do for years and take up the uilleann pipes. I started with a practice set from the Pipeworks of Boston and now play a 1/2 set in D by Seth Gallagher.

Tracy Kingsley
Tracy's very first exposure to Irish music was hearing Jerry O'Sullivan playing a lunch-time concert at Trinity Church, down in the New York Financial District back in 1987 (with Willie Kelly). Gobsmacked! He had no Irish friends or family, and hadn't ever heard Fordham University’s “A Thousand Welcomes” or any other Irish radio program. So it was a long, hard search for the Pure Drop. But eventually he met Jack Coen and started up on the whistle, then the timber flute. In 2002 he got a half-set from Seth Gallagher, and has been squeezing the bag ever since.



Tacey Deyrup
Tacey first heard traditional Irish music played by Joe and Antoinette McKenna at a coffee house in New York City. After many years playing the concertina in Irish sessions and small bands she took up the pipes about twelve years ago, starting with lessons from Bill Ochs. She has a three-quarter set by various makers, the chanter being an older one from David Quinn. She played the pipes on  "The Big Ship Sails," a
 CD of children's songs from Mary Coogan and Kathleen Ludlow,





Bonnie Yancoskie
Bonnie is a native Pittsburgher with no Celtic roots, but the love of music instilled at an early age continues to feed her journey into the piping world. Also in her collection that she plays, are Scottish small pipes, Northumbrian, Border, Flemish, Leicester, and the only set in the world of a Michael Dow low D. She remains an active member of the northport pipe and drum band on Long Island.






Garr DiSalvo
Unlike many members of the club, Garr has neither an Irish heritage nor experience with the Highland pipes. Instead he fell into Irish music through his children’s involvement. Having met Jerry O’Sullivan through their earliest tin whistle classes at Tara Circle, and desperately needing something to occupy his time while waiting for them at classes in Woodlawn, Pearl River, and Scoil Éigse, he finally succumbed to the unique sound of the Uilleann pipes in 2009. Twenty more years and people may no longer run for the exits when he goes to practice.



Eric van der Leeuw
Now living in Yonkers, New York, Eric’s home town of Kearny, New Jersey has a strong Scots-irish history. Eric began playing the Highland pipes in 1993, and now plays with the well-regarded Oran Mor Pipe Band from Albany, NY as an active solo and band competitor. Eric recalls starting to listen to traditional Irish music in Junior High School after receiving Jerry O'Sullivan's CD, "The Invasion" as a present. About that same time his mother would drive him over to the sessions at Kate Kearney's and the Blarney Star in New York City on school nights to have a listen.He began playing Uilleann pipes in October of 2009 at the East Coast Tionol in East Durham, NY where his wife's family, the Kelleghers, were, until recently, proprietors of The Shamrock House Resort for over 70 years. Eric is very fortunate in starting his Uilleann piping career with a lovely Rowsome concert set with a Benedict Koehler chanter, following some restoration work by Benedict. Eric says he is very lucky to be able to                              take monthly lessons with Jerry O'Sullivan.


Mike Connolly
A veteran “Pure Drop” piper from Ireland, Mike was raised in a well known musical family that included his piping brother, Mattie, one of the Club’s teachers.Sadly Mike passed away on June 24th 2016.












John Redstone
Like many, I started on the highland pipes but loved that haunting sound of the Uilleann pipes. Bought a set by Bob May back in 2001. Frustrated by the challenge it sat under the bed for years. Feb of 2010 I tried again. Decided to buy a new chanter and so the journey began. From a Pat Sky chanter to a Neil O'Grady 1/2 set to a Van Daal full set and a Gallagher 1/2 set and recently a Childress chanter. Each one helped me over a different hurdle. Since then I have gone to Tionols and had workshops/lessons with Jerry O'Sullivan, Bill Ochs, Paddy Keenan, Fiachra O'Reagan, Cillian Vallely, Mike Cooney. Slow progress but steady and having fun with it.






Joanne Bierschenk


Luke Powers
 Ce gur rugadh agus tógadh mé i Meiriceá, bíonn croí Gaelach agam ó m’óige.  Thug mo thuismitheoirí orm spéis a chur i gceol, i dteanga, i gcultúr, agus i stair na hÉireann.  Bhíodh ceol na hÉireann á sheinm inár dteach i gcónaí.  Chasadh m’athair an phíb mhór agus ba eisean a mhúin dom faoin bpíb uillean.  Oíche amháin nuair a bhí mé timpeall seacht nó ocht mbliana d’aois, chas sé ceirnín le Finbar Furey agus mhínigh sé cén chaoi ar oibrigh an phíb.  Ón nóiméad sin, bhí mé faoi gheasa ag an bpíb agus rinne mé geall í a fhoghlaim lá éigin.  Bhuel, cúig bliana déag ina dhiadh sin, fuair mé leathfhoireann ó Seth Gallagher i mí Eanáir 1998 agus thosaigh mé ar cheachtanna le Jerry O’Sullivan a mhúin dom le cúig bliana.  D’fhoghlaim mé ó Ivan Goff (an píobaire is mó, riamh, dar liom) le beagán níos mó ná bliain amháin, freisin.  Is dócha gurb é píobaireacht agus teagasc Jerry é an rud is mó a chuaigh i gcion ar mo phíobaireacht féin, cé gur breá liom píobaireacht Mhícheáil Uí Bhriain (Mick O’Brien), Sheáin Mhic Eoin (Seán McKeon), Rónáin De Bhrúin (Ronan Browne), Mikie Smyth, agus Todd Denman, freisin.  Fuair mé na rialtáin ó Seth i 2001, agus tá súil agam píb mhaol sa ghléas C a fháil sa todhchaí.

(Although I was born and raised in America, I’ve always had an Irish heart since my youth.  My parents got me interested in the music, language, culture, and history of Ireland.  There was always the music of Ireland being played in our house.  My father used to play the war pipes and it was he who taught me about the uilleann pipes.  One night when I was about 7 or 8 years of age, he played a record by Finbar Furey and he explained to me how the pipes worked.  From that moment, I was spellbound by the pipes and I made a promise to learn them someday.  Bhuel, 15 years after that, I got a half-set from Seth Gallagher in the month of January 1998 and I started lessons with Jerry O’Sullivan who taught me for five years.  I also learned from Ivan Goff (the greatest piper, ever, in my opinion) for a little more than a year.  It is probably Jerry’s piping and teaching that have influenced my own piping the most, although I am very fond of the piping of Mick O’Brien, Sean McKeon, Ronan Browne, Mikie Smyth, and Todd Denman, too.  I got the regulators from Seth in 2001, and I hope to get a flat set in the key of C in the future.)