Custy's Interview Series : Kevin Rowsome

Continuing the great Custy's interview series with traditional musicians. This time it's Kevin row some. We recently launched Cuisle Cheol na bPíob the new album by Kevin Rowsome. It is a solo unaccompanied recording and has been described as “the essence of what our tradition is about.” Being the fifth generation of uilleann pipers and pipe makers in his family, Kevin was immersed in the world of traditional Irish music from an early age. He started learning the uilleann pipes at six years of age under the guidance of his grandfather Leo. After Leo's untimely death in 1970, Kevin continued his pipe lessons with his father, Leon. He also played Clarinet and Saxophone with the Artane Boys Band during his teenage years.  The contribution of Leo in particular is well documented and there are two events held annually dedicated to him and the Rowsome family tradition."

On our album launch we featured a track from his album that included  “The Very Man/The Bee in the Bonnet”, two of Kevin’s own compositions.  In the liner notes he says “I think that The Very Man is quite well suited to the pipes. To a certain degree I had that in mind when I wrote it. I composed The Bee in the Bonnet a couple of years ago while abroad on holidays.”

The album is available from  and Claddagh Records.

The album is also available as a free download for broadcasters that are part of our Download Centre.

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