The Rowsome Uilleann Pipes Quartet

Drogheda 2019
Left to Right: Mark Redmond, Kevin Rowsome, Nollaig Mac Cárthaigh & Mick O'Brien



The Rowsome Quartet is the uniquely Irish sound of a quartet of uilleann pipers.

Originally formed by Leo Rowsome and his brother Tom in the late 1920's. Their main objective was to raise the profile of the uilleann pipes at a time when the instrument was in real danger of dying out. The Quartet performed at numerous concerts and radio broadcasts up until the 1960's

After a silence of over three decades, Kevin revived the Rowsome Quartet for a performance at Culturlann na hÉireann, Monkstown, Dublin in 1996. On that occasion, two members of the original Quartet, Sean Seery and Mick Tuohy played.

Since then, the Rowsome Quartet have performed for a number of events including Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann, Culture Night, the William Kennedy Piping Festival, the 1916 centenary celebrations, the Ace and Deuce of Piping Concert and numerous charity concerts.

Dublin 2017
Left to Right: Leo Rickard, Kevin Rowsome, Nollaig Mac Cárthaigh & Mick O'Brien

Dublin 2016
Left to Right: Cormac O'Brien, Mick O'Brien, Kevin Rowsome, Leo Rickard

Armagh 2011
Left to Right: Mick O'Brien, Kevin Rowsome, Denis Brooks, Leo Rickard (photo c. Paul Eliasberg)

Dublin 2004?
Left to Right: Sean Seery, Mick Touhy

Dublin 1962
Left to Right: Sean Seery, Leo Rowsome, Jim Dowling, Eugene O'Reilly

Rowsome Quartet contract 1953

Rowsome Quartet set list 1949