Uilleann Pipes

Kirk Lynch has been a musician for 40 of his 52 years. He first took up the guitar at the age of 12, later added bass and a variety of other stringed instruments, and then played professionally in a variety of idioms. This eventually led to his enrollment at Boston's famed Berklee College of Music in the late ‘70's, from which he graduated in 1982.It was during this time in Boston that Kirk first heard and was attracted to Irish traditional music and in particular, the uilleann pipes. Following graduation and a move to the Kansas City area, he took up the study of the pipes in earnest and became involved in the then developing Kansas City Irish music scene. This soon led to his membership in the pioneering American Irish music group Scartaglen, an endeavor that would last for 10 years until the demise of the group in 1994.
Beginning in 1985, and based on a desire for an instrument of more refined tonal character, he first ventured into pipemaking. Using experience gained while employed at a machine shop during his school days, Kirk first began building pipes on a part-time basis. After the breakup of Scartaglen he decided to pursue pipemaking as a full-time profession. Since then Kirk has devoted himself to the art of pipemaking and now produces instruments used by some of the finest pipers in America
Kirk's instruments feature the highest quality materials available and are built to a high level of craftsmanship based on his twenty plus years of experience as a player of the Irish uilleann pipes.

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