Uilleann Pipes, Whistles, Flute, Highland Pipes, Scottish Small Pipes
Jerry had a busy 2010 and is keeping up the pace in 2011. He was in Miltown-Malbay where he was a guest performer at the Willy Clancy Summer School. Following that trip he was in East Durham, NY, where he joined other Uilleann pipe instructors at the Annual Catskills Irish Arts Week. While there he also debuted the release of his new recording of O'Sullivan Meets O'Farrell Volume II at a highly attended concert with harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa. He then headed South to teach and perform at Irish Week at Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, W. Virginia. He then performed the Concert For The Ages in honor of Joe Derrane at the Fairfield Theater Company last November. He started 2011 with appearances at the Upper Potomac Piper's Weekend on January 7-9 in West Virginia followed by a concert at The Coatesville Traditional Irish Music Series on January 30 in Pennsylvania. He recently returned from Dublin where he was invited to make a presentation at NPU on the Piper Peter Carberry, his earliest mentor when Jerry lived in Ireland. To view Jerry's presentation please follow this link. Information on Jerry's appearances can be found on the Itinerary page.
Note: O'Sullivan Meets O'Farrell Vol. II is now available at Ossian USA and CDBaby. See Links page.
"In 2005 New York City-born uilleann piper Jerry O'Sullivan released O'Sullivan
Meets O'Farrell, Volume One; 15 tracks of the melodically verdant, largely neglected compositions found in O'Farrell's tune collections from the 18th century. In
volume two, O"Sullivan focuses on the more pronounced baroque compositions from those collections that demand more than just uilleann pipes to convey their full flavor. To achieve that, he brought into the studio two masters from the Newport Baroque Orchestra: Paul Cienniwa on harpsichord and Audrey Sabattier-Cienniwa
on period cello, for whom Boston musician Kevin O'Brien wrote continuo parts. The album consists of four beautifully arranged suites teeming with tunes, plus the concluding Sheeling O Guira; performed as a glistening uilleann pipes solo. The long-deceased, oft-forgotten Mr. O'Farrell comes alive again through the muse and mastery of Mr. O'Sullivan. This second meeting between them is a drop-dead gorgeous recording."
~ Earle Hitchner
O'Sullivan Meets O'Farrell Vol. I
"We should all celebrate the fact that someone has finally gone to the trouble of performing and recording O’Farrell’s music for the Union bagpipes. Jerry’s attention to detail, exactitude and sensitivity to the history of these tunes ensures that they will be preserved for future generations, enabling this important musical collection and its history to come to life and remain alive. The subtle differences which distinguish these pieces can be fragile, at times hard to discern, always challenging – but the reward for the educated listener is the joy of knowing that all these subtleties are audibly preserved in a form that all listeners will agree is the most sophisticated and tasteful rendering possible, featuring pipes accompanied by harpsichord and cello."
~ Brian McCandless
Reviews on earlier performances and recordings
"Jerry O'Sullivan's long-standing excellence on the uilleann pipes is celebrated globally. His style is the outcome of many influences, but what makes his uilleann piping unique is how effectively he integrates those influences with his own personality, taste, invention, and sense of wonder. Grateful for the guidance and support he's received in the past, Jerry is also dedicated to passing on the instrument's beauty and intricacies through teaching."
~ Earle Hitchner
"Jerry O'Sullivan is a gifted ambassador of the Irish uilleann pipes, maintaining the historic traditions and melodies of the instrument while expanding its range into new genres of music and media. His mastery of the instrument, traditional knowledge, versatility, and dedication to education truly make him America's premier uilleann piper."
~ Scott Spencer
“The breathtaking intricacy of Jerry O’Sullivan’s piping was delivered with such confident abandon that it brought the crowd to its feet.”
~ Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe