Uilleann piper and pipe maker Eugene Lambe was born in Malahide, Co Dublin, on August 8, 1945. His mother Kathleen and uncle John McKeon both played fiddle.
The tin whistle was his first instrument, at ten years of age. Schoolmaster Liam Joyce from Mayo taught him his first tunes.
He has had no formal teaching in music. "People mostly just picked it up those days by watching and listening," he says.
Eugene Lambe has been playing for 45 years and has featured on recordings and in numerous TV and radio documentaries - the best-known of which is The Pipes of Fanore, by David Shaw-Smith
He has also featured in The Book of the Burren, published by Tir Eolas; Ireland's Traditional Crafts, by David Shaw -Smith, Thames and Hudson,1986, and Last of the Line, by Tom Quinn and Paul Felix.
He started making uilleann pipes when a student in college around 1968. He used visit Matt Kiernan in Cabra, Dublin, and once called to Leo Rowsome. He says he "got lots of help from Matt."
He prefers to play the pipes solo in a concert style setting and likes the playing of Seamus Ennis the most.
He lived in Fanore, Co Clare for many years before moving to Kinvara just over the border in Co Galway. His hobbies include sailing and walking. He also has a Ph D in plant ecology. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trip to Fanore, GTD, C 106
Clare Tradition, GTD HCD 082
Irish Whistles, GTD HCD 007
Show the Lady ( music for set dancing by NPU)