Joey is pleased to announce that he will be a part of this year's WGBH's St. Patricks Day Celtic Sojourn along with Brian O'Donavan, Pan-Celtic Super Group;The Outside Track, Keith Murphy, Haley Richardson, and Kevin Doyle.
March 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th.
Joey Abarta has spent the last sixteen years touring North America, Europe, and Asia, teaching and performing music on the uilleann pipes, the irish bagpipe. A Los Angeles native, he first received instruction on the pipes from Dubliner Pat D’Arcy, a founding member of the Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club.
His musical skills have been further honed by several visits to Ireland, a year-long stint working in Japan, and continuing relationships with master pipers. In August of 2009, Joey’s accomplished playing won him an All-Ireland championship, placing second worldwide at the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann. In the fall of 2014 Joey became the first American uilleann piper to win first prize at the An tOireachtas, one of the biggest competitions for traditional music in the world. In 2015 Joey was honored to be a recipient of a traditional arts apprenticeship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council meaning he was awarded a grant to teach his art to the next generation.
Currently based in Boston, Joey divides his attention between performance, teaching, and recording. In addition to performing solo, he performs with Nathan Gourley of “Life is all Checkered” fame and had toured with Mick Moloney and the group The Green Fields of America; while at home, he organizes the meetings of the Boston Pipers Club, teaches for Comhaltas’ Boston Music School, and organizes various traditional music concerts and events.
For years Joey has been teaching in group workshops, and privately in person and on skype. Contact him for more information.
"Joey Abarta is an outstanding teacher; thoughtful and well-organized. His love for the great pipers is demonstrated by his study of their playing styles and techniques; Joey's inclusion of audio files of the great historic pipers is enjoyable and valuable in understanding the evolution of playing techniques, phrasing, and syle." - Katie Carmen