Mark Redmond Master Uilleann Piper
Meet Mark Redmond – Master Piper and the future of traditional music in Ireland and internationally (as the Danes say – ‘Probably’).
My blog posts up to now, have leaned towards the Artistic, Nostalgic, Traditional, Classical and Historic. I am aware that I posted Part 1 of a two-part blog post on the history of iconic portrait photography titled “Abraham is Alive” some time ago. I will publish the 2nd part of that, as the next post. However, now I am going contemporary and current, as this post is about a recent portrait session at our Gorey Studio.
Mark Redmond is a young local artist, that I had the pleasure of playing a few traditional tunes alongside a few years ago.
Mark holds a B.A. Degree in music and a Masters Degree in music with a specialty strand in traditional music. He is currently halfway through studying for his PhD (his research & thesis is on the integration of the Uilleann Pipes into the orchestra and orchestral arrangements). This is a subject that he has extensive experience in, as he has appeared with the RTE Symphony Orchestra on two state occasions, and the RTE Concert Orchestra on many occasions. Mark has performed for President Higgins and his International guests at Aras an Uachtarain a number of times. He has performed for Queen Elizabeth II and met with Prince Philip. He toured with Riverdance for two years, and currently tours internationally twice a year with ‘The Irish Memory Orchestra’, performing a contemporary fusion with traditional elements.
Mark Redmond teaches Uilleann pipes each year at the ‘Willie Clancy Summer School’ and also at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann. So far, this 30 year old Artist/Musician has toured Australia, North & South America, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Egypt, Dubai, and performed in most capital cities in Europe.
At the recent funeral of Liam O’Flynn (one of the best known pipers in the world), Mark was chosen to play a solo piece during the televised ceremony, an honour probably closer to Mark’s heart, than any other performance. Not too shabby for a young fella from Gorey Community School.
As O’Doul Portraits are about life’s achievements, Mark has so many achievements already. A bit of a tall order to create a portrait of this rare talent, yet a portrait we created. Mark is happy. His mom, Margaret is happy, his family are happy, I hope his dad, John is happy, and I am happy with the result. You can each judge for yourselves.
I look forward to following the future successes of Mark Redmond and I think that the art of Uilleann Piping and its future international appreciation
and developement, is in safe hands