Uilleann Piper

& PipeMaker

Sean & Cian Talty 2016

Hand Crafted Uilleann Pipes

made by Sean Talty


Miltown Malbay

County Clare


Sean Talty was reared in Miltown Malbay, Co Clare and started playing the whistle when he was five years of age, then to the flute and on to the pipes at age 12. As he was born into a family with music on both sides, it was inevitable that music would play a big part in his life.

Both grandmothers played music as did both his parents. His father Martin along with his life long friend Willie Clancy, together learned to play the pipes from Johnny Doran, when he came to stay in the West Clare area.

The music and piping goes back further to Sean’s great grand father Michael Carroll, who was a timber flute player. Sean's granduncle (Michael's brother)  - Johnnie Carroll of Freigh, Miltown Malbay, owned and played the famous Vandeleur pipes up to the time of his death in 1900. Johnnie was taught to play by the renowned Garret Barry. His pipes were made by the Moloney brothers from Knockerra, Kilrush, Co Clare, and currently reside at Collins Barracks Museum in Dublin.

Sean's son Cian carries on the tradition and is also a piper. Sean has a background in cabinet making and carpentry. These skills combined with his musical skills are an ideal combination for his work as an Uilleann Pipe maker.

Sean playing his Rowsome Set previously owned by Willie Clancy on which the concert pitch pipes he makes are based.

Cian playing the Rowsome Set and Sean playing the first copy of this set which he made himself.