There are music makers and then there are consummate musicians fused to the rhythm, the rise and fall, the tone and thrust of ceol ársa na hÉireann. Richard Neylon is one such sonorous person; lucky for us he chose this path in life
— Dónall Mac Ruairí, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

Irish Uilleann Piper

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My name is Richard Neylon.

I am an All-Ireland Champion Uilleann Piper and musician available for weddings, receptions, recordings and other events.

If it's wedding music you're after, please have a look at my wedding page. 

I play a mixture of traditional Irish music and classical music on the Uilleann pipes and flute, on my own or with other musicians and singers for the wedding ceremony.

For the wedding reception I play with an traditional Irish music group or a jazz group.

My Instruments

The Irish Uilleann Pipes are the Irish form of the bagpipes. They developed around the beginning of the 18th century. They are distinguished from many other forms of bagpipes by their beautiful tone and wide range of notes, together with the unique blend of melodic chanter, haunting drones and chordal regulators. 

The pipes I play are made by Andreas Rogge of Germany. They are made from a beautiful dark ebony wood and artificial ivory. They have an incredible haunting sound and are very reliable and precise in tuning.

I play a set of pipes in concert pitch (D) and also a flat set in the key of B. The set of pipes pitched in B is a much softer instrument and I like to play it for smaller groups owing to its lower volume and tone.

I also play a number of different flutes and whistles. A concert flute in D made by Eamonn Cotter of county Clare and a beautifully rich sounding B flat flute made by Gilles Lehart of France.

I play Chieftain Low whistles.