Talepipe Talepipe is storyteller Brendan
Nolan telling stories and piper Martin Nolan playing tunes in a session
that can fill two hours of tunes and tales.
uilleann piping has taken him throughout Europe and the UK, India, Australia,
New Zealand, the USA and Canada, from the Lincoln Center for the Arts
in New York to the national theatres of Ireland and England and concert
halls across the Indian subcontinent.
Respected in the Irish traditional scene, he has also played alongside
jazz greats such as Dave Liebman, the late Michael Brecker, Ronan Guilfoyle,
Conor Guilfoyle, Tommy Halferty, Michael Buckley and the Boclé
Other collaborative work includes virtuoso Hungarian violinist Zoltan
Lantos and Japanese performance artist Keiji Heino.
pipes… caught the eddies, ducking and diving alongside the jazz
lines with nervy agility… The wedding of sax and pipes was particularly
Times (review of Michael Buckley’s Translations)
Martin Nolan is a
noted piper and composer whose openness and receptiveness to new ideas
has taken him and his pipes around the world.
-- The Sunday Tribune (Dublin)
Well versed in the
tradition of his instrument, Martin is constantly expanding its repertoire
by playing in unusual contexts.
-- The Event Guide (Dublin).
A storyteller of some
renown, Brendan selects stories from a repertoire of more than 200 collected
and original stories to tell.
The stories are mostly of people in any town striving to make sense of
the humours of life and their place in it.
Brendan has told stories all over Ireland; in Britain, Spain, Belgium
and in Rome.
He has participated
in a record-breaking marathon storytelling session in Guadalajara; told
stories in the Baroque Theatre in Toledo; in a Spanish castle; in Dublin's
St Patrick's Festival; in YARN in Bray; the Pan-Celtic Festival in Carlow,
Greystones Arts Festival, and in venues large and small.
Brendan is the author of the story collections: Dublin Folk Tales, Wexford
Folk Tales and the forthcoming Wicklow Folk Tales and of a collection
of his own local stories: Barking Mad: Tales of Lovers, Liars, Loonies
and Layabouts, originally broadcast on radio.
He is a member of Storytellers of Ireland and an approved Heritage expert
in the Heritage Council's primary school visit programme.
"Great to see
an experienced storyteller."
"Brendan is a great storyteller who kept us entertained all the time.
He has a great sense of humour."
"Grasping the richness in life what a wonderful session"
"A very thought provoking session."
"The ending was very funny."
"Brendan owned the space as a storyteller."
session was a joy to listen to. I loved Brendan's humour."
"Full of such wonderful ideas so well presented."
"Very funny and entertaining and motivating and serious. Brendan
is a great thinker and speaker. He is a philosopher."
"A pleasure to listen to. Glad I came tonight."
"Brendan cheered me up with the stories. He was so relaxed and he
communicated that to us."
"Reading Brendan's books is more beneficial than a visit to a doctor."
Brendan Nolan 138 Esker Lawns, Lucan, Co Dublin
01 628 11 25
087 795 21 74