Pipes, whistle, flute | Pat began playing bagpipes 50 years ago in the Ontario Highland Piping world and has studied traditional music in Ireland, Brittany and Cape Breton. He has been playing traditional music on wooden concert (Irish) flute for 37 years and plays Irish Uilleann pipes and tin whistle as well.
Pat has been at the cutting edge of Canadian Trad/Celtic music for 38 years with Na Cabarfeidh, Rare Air, Morgaine Le Fay, The Windbags, and most recently with The Brian Pickell Band. He has toured throughout North America and Europe, has appeared on over 30 recordings, and has been recorded for numerous television and radio programs and for several films including Canadian features “Men with Brooms” and the 2009 release “One Week”. Pat has taught at the Goderich Celtic College, the North American Comhaltas Conference, the Boston College Gaelic Roots Week, Chris Norman’s Boxwood Flute Week in Lunenburg, NS, and the Northwest Fiddle Fest in Smithers, BC. He acted both as Chair and instructor for many years at the Chris Langan Irish Traditional Music Weekend in Toronto.
Pat has played countless ceili and contra dances throughout Ontario and the U.S. He has lived in the Algoma region for 15 years and is a founder and artistic director, with Julie Schryer, of AlgomaTrad.