My name is Richard Neylon. I play Irish music on the uilleann pipes, flute and whistles. I also play jazz music on the saxophone.
I began playing music at a very early age, beginning on the piano. Having completed the Royal Irish Academy of Music Grade 8 at the age of 13, I began to concentrate on my favourite instrument - the uilleann pipes.
I always loved the magical sound the uilleann pipes produce - the combination of the drones, the chords and the sweet melody of the chanter. For me it epitomises the sound of Ireland.
I have been fortunate enough to compete and win numerous titles at All-Ireland level.
Most notably, I won the much coveted All-Ireland Senior Uilleann Pipes both fast and slow airs in 2010 at the Cavan Fleadh. I have also won a Senior All-Ireland on the flute airs in 2005. I even competed in the fleadh on the saxophone and won the All-Ireland title miscellaneous category!
I have travelled extensively with my music. I have played in theatres and at festivals all over the United States and Europe.
I have performed with different stage shows over the years including; Celtic Crossroads, Titanic Dance, Irish Celtic.
I have also played with the Irish group "Freewheel" and recorded on the groups second album in 2013.
I have played with the group "Fullset" - named Top Traditional Group at the Irish Music Awards 2014.
I have made a number of TV appearances with my music on programmes such as The Late Late Show, Up for the Match, and Fleadh Cheoil.
Jazz is another particular favourite of mine. I picked up the saxophone at an early age and began performing with the Black Magic Junior Big Band.
I currently perform regularly as a member of the Bentley Boys wedding band.
I also play with a two and three piece jazz ensemble for receptions and pre-dinner drinks.