Whistles, Uilleann Pipes and bouzouki
Born in Dublin of parents from Wexford, Pat began playing traditional Irish music at the age of 8. He attended the Chatham Street School of Music where he began on the whistle and later moved to the uilleann pipes under the tutelage of the world renowned uilleann piper, Leon Rowsome. He also studied pipes with Tommy Reck and was influenced by pipers Liam OFlynn, Willie Clancy, and Matt Kiernan.In 1988, Pat began playing the bouzouki.
He relocated to Chicago in 1991 and has been actively involved in the Irish music community ever since. He has been working with Norways Secret Garden for the last 12 years and has toured the world and recorded with them as their uilleann piper and whistle player. He teaches uilleann pipes, performs regularly in the group bohola with Jimmy Keane who said of pat "Pat is a real veteran of the Irish music scene both here and abroad, playing, recording, and performing with many artists and bands over the years," "Pat has this acute sense of music and rhythm that enables him to "lock in" his bouzar (bass bouzouki & guitar hybrid) playing to whatever I might do musically and rhythmically. The synergy that results spurs on bohola and draws in the audience. And his singing is brilliant - if I could sing, I'd love to sing like Pat." When he is not performing, Pat operates Pipedream Studio. He has performed on numerous national commercials and jingles in the US and Ireland. Since moving to Chicago, Pat has performed and recorded with a variety of musicians and groups, including Dennis Cahill, John Doyle, Liz Carroll, Martin Hayes, Paddy O'Brien, Mick O'Brien, Robbie O'Connell,