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.
Ochs Uilleann Piping Presentations
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.
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.
from Pipes and Piping in Ireland
and Piping in Ireland
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
stimulating, informative and entertaining presentation."
Dr. Mick Moloney, Visiting Professor, New York University
Ace and Deuce of Pipering
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.
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
information, please call Bill Ochs at 212.247.3231 or e-mail