Meet The Artists - David Power

David Power

Acclaimed Uilleann piper David Power is a member of Irish music groups Masters of Tradition and Pipers Union. He has performed in the off-Broadway show ‘Love’s Pure Light’, recorded music for the Irish Repertory Theatre’s ‘The Field’ and was a cast member and musician in the Broadway production of Eugene O’Neill’s ‘A Touch of the Poet’.  He has performed with many poets including Michael Davitt, Dermot Bolger, Kerry Hardie, Seamus Heaney, Thomas McCarthy, Clodagh Beresford-Dunne and Robert Pinsky, worked with accordionist Tony MacMahon, Dermot Bolger and Director John Comisky on audiovisual show ‘The Frost is All Over’ and developed a stage show based on early Irish Christian Saints with Kerry Hardie and Olivia O’Leary ‘To Find a Heathen Place and Sound a Bell’ which had its debut at the renowned Kilkenny Arts Festival. 

Recent collaborations include a Music Network commission entitled ‘Edges of Light’ with harpist Maeve Gilchrist, fiddler Tola Custy and dancer Colin Dunne, which featured at the Irish Arts Center in New York in June 2017, and audiovisual show ‘Antarctica’ with composer Linda Buckley and John Comisky, which premiered at the 2017 Kilkenny Arts Festival. With three critically acclaimed solo recordings  - ‘My Love is in America’, ‘Cuachín Ghleann Neifin’ and ‘The Eighteen Moloney’  - Power regularly performs with fiddle players Willie Kelly and Martin Hayes, presents organ and uilleann pipes recitals with Malcolm Proud and performs with baroque group Camerata Kilkenny in a show called ‘The Piper and the Faerie Queen’.

“The unifying theme, as the title suggests, is dawn, Irish dawn in particular, and the music evokes both the hush and the brilliance of early morning” (New York Times)

 “The opening wail of uilleann pipes, played by David Power, which shifts into swirling music of military glory, beautifully establishes the central opposition of inner pain and public fantasy” (New York Times)

“David Power brings a breathtaking freshness to the set, his fluid, fluent playing as light as a feather” (Irish Times)


David Power is supported by Music Network’s Music Capital Scheme, funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Music Network is funded by the Arts Council.

Photo Credit: Con Kelleher