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Bill Ochs, 1946-2016
The Irish music world was saddened to learn that Bill Ochs passed away on October 5, 2016. There will be a memorial celebration for Bill on April 22, 2017, at 1:30pm at All Souls Unitarian Church in Manhattan (79th & Lexington Ave.). All friends are welcome.

Bill Ochs Uilleann Piping Presentations

Bill Ochs is one of a small and select group of musicians capable of performing on the Irish uilleann pipes. He has studied uilleann piping and researched pipes history in Ireland under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1978 Ochs was selected for the NEA-sponsored U.S. tour The Best in Irish Music and Dance in America.

Ochs is available to play the pipes at weddings and other social occasions. He also offers piping presentations to libraries, historical societies, colleges and other organizations.

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Pipes and Piping in Ireland

A lecture-demonstration featuring live piping, a slide show and rare archival recordings. The roots of Irish piping are traced from the Middle Ages to the present through woodcuts, lithographs, prints and old photographs. Recordings include wax Ediphone cylinders from the turn of the last century.

"A most stimulating, informative and entertaining presentation."

? Dr. Mick Moloney, Visiting Professor, New York University

The Ace and Deuce of Pipering

A lively one-man show weaving together a variety of pipe music, song, keen wit, tin whistle playing, stories and piping lore. Included are jigs, reels, slow airs, rare set pieces, a musical foxhunt in full cry and other surprises.

"The playing of the pipes was superb...the choice of pieces excellently arranged. I have never before been so conscious of the versatility of the Irish pipes ?or the piper."

? Professor Tony Bradley, University of Vermont

For further information, please call Bill Ochs at 212.247.3231 or e-mail bill@pennywhistle.com .