Generation 5 – Kevin

Kevin Rowsome

Kevin Rowsome’s life has been immersed in the world of uilleann piping since he was born in 1963. Being the fifth generation of uilleann pipers / pipe makers in his family musicians regularly visited  his family house and there were regular music sessions. Kevin started playing the uilleann pipes at the age of six under the guidance of his grandfather Leo and father, Leon. Kevin won the prestigious uilleann pipe competition at the Oireachtas in 1991. He has vast experience as a performer, reed maker and instructor of the uilleann pipes, performing, lecturing and instructing extensively throughout the world. In 1999 he recorded a debut album “The Rowsome Tradition“. In 2006 he won an award for composing a piece of music to commemorate the Blasket islands (Cuisle Ceoil an Bhlascaoid). He has a number of musical compositions to his name and has featured as a guest musician on many recordings. In 2016 Kevin released a completely solo uilleann piping recording featuring rare, previously unrecorded music which has been the culmination of some years of ongoing research.

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