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West Coast Tionól, Feb. 17-19, 2023

We're going back to the traditional President's Day Weekend this year, and are excited to announce the following instructors:

Uilleann Pipes: Michael Stribling
Reed-Making: Michael Hubbert

Registration: $120
Concert Only: $20 suggested donation at the door.


Registration & Requirements

This event will be in-person, so be sure to get your booster shots, and bring proof of vaccination for entry to the events. Please send a photo of your vaccine card to sfpipersclub@gmail.com prior to the tionól weekend. Please test before arrival. Vaccine and mask requirements will be subject to any applicable state, county, and venue requirements in place at the time. You may (depending on venue) also be required to wear a mask, so come prepared! (Masks will be provided for those who don't have one.)

To register for this event, fill out this Google Form and make sure to upload a photo of your vaccination record, or email it to us.

After signing up via the registration survey, submit payment for official registration via PayPal to sfpipersclub@gmail.com or by mail (with a check made out to SF Pipers Club) to the following address:

Mike De Smidt
585 Wente Ave.
Ben Lomond, CA 95005



7:00pm: Meet and Greet at Slainte Irish Pub
(131 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607)
We have permission from the owner to have an informal session.

8:00-9:30am: Check-in (coffee and breakfast snacks provided)
10:00am: Morning Instruction begins
12:00pm: Lunch break (Zachary's Pizza provided at venue)
1:00pm: Afternoon Instruction begins
3:00pm: Dinner break
6:30pm: Concert begins
8:00pm: Session until midnight

9:00am: Breakfast snacks and coffee provided
10:00am: Morning Instruction / Reed-Making Session
12:00pm: Group Photo
1:00pm: Piper's Chair
3:00pm: Farewells / Break for dinner
7:30pm: Session at the Starry Plough



Instructor Bios


Michael Stribling

Hailing from sunny Tallahassee, Florida, Michael Stribling is an award winning Uilleann Piper and Irish musician. In County Cavan, Ireland he competed and won the title of "All Ireland Champion" on the Uilleann Pipes at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Michael has spent a significant part of his formative years in Ireland and England performing and studying traditional Irish music. He was mentored by the piping great, Jerry O'Sullivan. His style exhibits technical punctuation with a rhythmical drive and is heavily influenced by the music of Uilleann piping masters, Patsy Touhey and Leo Rowsome. He regularly joins the internationally touring Irish bands Fullset and Runa. Michael has taught at tionóls and piping workshops in California, New York, Missouri, Connecticut, and Florida. In 2014, Michael added the traditional Irish element for renowned country music artist Trace Adkins' Celtic Christmas tour, performing on Uilleann pipes, flute and whistle. When he isn't playing music, Michael competes in Ironman triathlons across the United States.


Michael Hubbert

Michael Hubbert has been building and repairing musical instruments for more than 40 years. He has built various stringed instruments, from French Baroque hurdy-gurdies to octave mandolins. In the early '80s he built his first set of Uilleann pipes which marked the beginning of a shift from stringed instrument making to woodwind making. As a woodwind maker he has produced baroque and classical flutes, bassoons, clarinets, Italian zampognas and more. Along with making instruments and tools for instrument making, Michael has done extensive repair/restoration work on both stringed and woodwind instruments. He has repaired and restored instruments by revered makers of the 18th and 19th centuries. He has done restorations for prominent players, collectors, and museums. Since the late '90s, uilleann pipes have been the main focus of his work. He continues to build and restore Irish pipes in his workshop in the small Northern Californian town of Boonville.


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