Kevin started playing the uilleann pipes at the age of six, taking his first lessons from his grandfather Leo and his father, Leon. During his teenage years Kevin played clarinet and tenor saxophone with the Artane band. Kevin gained public recognition when he won first prize in the uilleann pipe competition at Oireachtas na Gaeilge, and is widely regarded as one of today’s finest uilleann pipers. Kevin has gained vast experience as a performer and instructor of the uilleann pipes, performing extensively and lecturing and instructing at a number of traditional music festivals throughout Europe and USA. As well as his own debut recording “The Rowsome Tradition”, five generations of uilleann piping in 1999, Kevin has recorded and performed over the years. Kevin also has a number of musical compositions to his name. He gained wide recognition as a composer in 2006 when he won the prestigious Cuisle Ceoil an Bhlascaoid (the musical pulse of the Blasket islands) competition
I was delighted to be part of this series from the German international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle about European Traditions. It featured myself, two of my nephews, Luke and Alistar (Rowsome) McGranaghan and the piper and pipemaker Donnacha Keegan who also has a long tradition of uilleann piping and pipe making in his family.