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Torrin Ryan - Tin Whistle

Torrin began playing music at the age of 6 on the recorder, and soon switched over to traditional Irish music on the tin whistle at age 9. After seeing master uilleann piper Cillian Vallely perform with Lúnasa, he began to learn the pipes himself.

He has competed in numerous Mid-Atlantic Fleadhs where he’s won first place on both whistle and pipes several times. In Ireland, he has competed at the All-Ireland Fleadh held in Tullamore and Derry and is the 2013 All-Ireland Uilleann Pipes Slow Airs champion. At home, Torrin previously attended the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Boston Music School where he is now a teacher, is a regular at the Northeast Uilleann Pipers Tionól, and is a member of the Boston Uilleann Piper’s Club.

He has been influenced by many of the different styles of piping that were prominent throughout history as well as many modern and younger pipers, and likes to incorporate what he has learned from historical recordings and modern pipers into his own playing.

Torrin’s never-ending studies of Irish traditional music include examining mediums such as antique cylinder recordings, old vinyl records, numerous old and new books of tunes, as well as personal meetings and sessions with many local and far away masters of the tradition. He’s also had valuable opportunities to study the playing and maintaining of the pipes through several events like Catskills Irish Arts week, the Northeast Tionól held in New York, and the Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina.