Hailing from sunny Tallahassee, Florida, Michael Stribling is an award winning Uilleann Piper and Irish musician. In County Cavan, Ireland he competed and won the title of “All Ireland Champion” on the Uilleann Pipes at the Fleadh Cheoil na Eireann. Michael has spent a significant part of his formative years in Ireland and England performing and studying traditional Irish music, he was mentored by the piping great, Jerry O’Sullivan. His style exhibits technical punctuation with a rhythmical drive, and is heavily influenced by the music of Uilleann piping master, Patsy Touhey. He regularly joins the Internationally touring Irish bands Fullset and Runa. In the last few years, Michael has taught at Tionóls and piping workshops in California, New York, Missouri, Connecticut, and Florida. In 2014, Michael added the traditional Irish element for renowned country music artist Trace Adkins’ Celtic Christmas tour, performing on Uilleann pipes, flute and whistle When he isn’t playing music, Michael competes in Ironman triathlons across the United States.
This class is designed for students who are new to the Uilleann Pipes. Students should have at least a practice set of pipes, (chanter, bag, and bellows) as well as a basic understanding of the notes of the chanter, and the scale. Basic ornamentation, tunes and proper piping form will be the focus of the class.