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An album cover featuring a set of uilleann pipes laying on top of a cherry red background. The words "Uilleann Pipes" are written above in cursive.

The Pennyburn Piper: the Tomás Ó Canainn Collection at ITMA

Tomás Ó Canainn’s (1930-2013) contribution to the traditional arts in Ireland manifested itself in a remarkable array of outputs, as an uilleann piper, accordion player, singer, poet, writer, composer, researcher and lecturer.

In November 2019, the Ó Canainn Family contacted ITMA with the generous news that Tomás’ archival legacy was to become part of the national collection.

ITMA Staff visit to family home of Tomás Ó Canainn, February 2020

Na Filí: Tomás Ó Canainn, Matt Cranitch and Tom Barry

From With pipe and song (Outlet, 1980): At swim with two birds (Ag snámh le dhá éan), jig; Ard Barra, jig / Tomás Ó Canainn, uilleann pipes, composer

Ticket 2004 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann
Selection of audio cassettes in the Tomás Ó Canainn Collection
Manuscript of Groves of Glanmire which was later published in 'Songs of Cork' (Gilbert Dalton, 1978).

“ITMA is extremely grateful to the Ó Canainn family for entrusting this collection of national importance to the Irish Traditional Music Archive.”

Tomás Ó Canainn's Amateur Radio QSL Card