See below for the schedule of our virtual offerings for the weekend of October 17-18, 2020.  Registration is now closed.
  • All events will be held on Zoom, and will cost $20 per event. We’re thrilled to have a fantastic lineup of piping instructors and presenters this year!
  • Online registration closes on Thursday, October 15, to give us time to finalize the participant list and send everyone personal links to the events they registered for.
  • All workshops will last approximately 90 minutes.
  • Be sure to scroll down to see details on the Virtual Piper’s Chair!

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Beginning Piping, with Cillian Vallely
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT. Limited to 15 participants.

Everyone was a beginner at some point – even internationally known Lúnasa piper Cillian Vallely. In this workshop he’ll cover the fundamentals of good piping: position, chanter, tone, bag and bellows management, and even a tune or two.

Intermediate Piping, with Michael Stribling
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT. Limited to 15 participants.

Got cranns? All-Ireland piping champion Michael Stribling will teach a tune or two, and in that context will show you the hows of cuts, taps, rolls, and the other skills you need to advance to the next level.

THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT! Pipes Maintenance & Adjustment, with Jim Wenham
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT. Limited to 15 participants.

Pipemaker and reed yogi Jim Wenham will answer your questions and cover the things every piper should understand: seasonal maintenance, managing joints/hemping tenons, minor reed adjustment, tying in a new bag, etc.

Sunday, Oct 18, 2020

Historical Development of the Regulators, with Joey Abarta
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT. No limit on number of participants.

The regulators are among the things that make uilleann pipes unique. What were their influences? How did they happen? Why are they called regulators? Champion piper and regulator player Joey Abarta explains “the regs” for you, with pictures.

A Conversation with Jimmy O’Brien-Moran and Séan McKiernan
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT. No limit on number of participants.

Hilarity guaranteed. Join these two uilleann piping legends for tunes, reminiscences, chat, Q&A, and stories you’ll never forget.

NOTE: Due to intercounty travel restrictions in Ireland, Jimmy O’Brien Moran can’t be with Sean McKiernan in person for their conversation and will be participating remotely by Zoom, with tech support (and likely more conversation!) provided by none other than Ronan Browne.

Virtual Piper’s Chair 2020

We know that the Northeast Tionól is not only an opportunity to learn from master musicians, but also a chance to connect with our musical community and share this music that we love with each other. In non-pandemic times, we would normally do this through sessions into the wee hours of the morning, impromptu tunes on picnic tables, and…via the “piping hot” seat of the Piper’s Chair at the end of the weekend.

This year, we may not be able to crowd 15 to a room at Gavin’s, but that doesn’t mean we can’t share our music with each other. We are putting together a virtual piper’s chair in the form of submitted videos, which will  be posted to the Northeast Tionól YouTube channel for your perusing pleasure.

Share your favorite new tune! Share a hidden talent or show off some new chops! Collaborate remotely with other musicians and create a fabulous video montage! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

There is no limit to the number of people who can participate in this Virtual Piper’s Chair: the more, the merrier! However, participants may only submit one video each, and all submissions must be in by OCTOBER 14, 2020 to have it be included in the YouTube channel. See submission instructions below.

Piper’s Chair Video Submission Instructions

Please follow these guidelines for submitting your Piper’s Chair video:
  • All video creation and editing must be fully completed prior to uploading video submission.
  • Each participant may only submit ONE video.
  • Your video must be in one of the following formats:
      • .MOV
      • .MPEG4
      • .MP4
      • .AVI
      • .WMV
      • .MPEGPS
      • .FLV
      • 3GPP
      • WebM
      • DNxHR
      • ProRes
      • CineForm
      • HEVC (h265)
  • Video should be no longer than 6 minutes in duration.
  • Please name your video file with the following format, using your first name and last name: Firstname_Lastname_TionolVideo2020 (For example, Amanda_Bernhard_TionolVideo2020).
  • Each participant may submit only ONE video.
  • To sign up for the Piper’s Chair, please email Amanda at You will be invited to the Northeast Tionól Piper’s Chair 2020 Dropbox folder. To submit your video, simply upload it to this folder by the due date of October 14, 2020
  • Instructions on how to upload to Dropbox are available here.
Please note that the release of videos onto the Northeast Tionól YouTube channel will be at the discretion of the Tionól Board. If you have questions about the Virtual Piper’s Chair or this video submission process, please contact Amanda at


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