Terry Hartzell with uilleann pipe

Terry Hartzell

Uilleann Pipe, Irish Flute, and Whistle

Traditional Irish Music

Christmas Carols with an Irish bent

Instruction for beginner level tin whistle and uilleann pipe

Based in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

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Photography by Hub Willson

Bands, Groups, Ensembles, Combos

Piper's Request

Lively traditional music and songs of Ireland

Piper's Request - Lively Irish traditional dance music & fun Irish songsPhotography by Hub Willson

Ed Saultz

Appear frequently with Singer and Storyteller Ed Saultz

Ed Saultz - Traditional and Contemporary Irish Music Photography by Hub Willson

Traditional Irish Music Sessions

Session co-host with Ed Saultz, Fred Gilmartin, and Rick Weaver.

Visit my calendar for dates and times.

More About Terry Hartzell

Terry Hartzell with uilleann pipePhotography by Hub Willson

Biography

Terry Hartzell is one of that rare breed: an uilleann (the Irish bagpipes) piper. How he came to be born to Pennsylvania Dutch parents in Nazareth, PA, is one of life's great mysteries!

There was music in the house when he was a child. His mother played piano and often played for social functions. His grandfather, played a number of instruments and played in a number bands throughout his life in what we today would call Early Country and Old-Timey music. When he was twelve, Granddad gave the gift of a harmonica. "We would often sit together. Granddad would play a tune while I tried to work out the melody. But later in High School, after grandfather passed away, and because rock-and-roll was the 'cool' thing, the harmonica got left behind."

Beginning in his late twenties he studied the guitar for ten years, but could never really find the sound he wanted. In the mid-1990s during a visit home for summer break, he heard the sound he had searched for his entire life. Earlier that spring, WDIY the local public radio station went on-air and launched it's weekly "Celtic Faire" program. He was hooked. He tried to reproduce the sounds and rhythms with guitar, but was not satisfied. It took years of listening to realize that what he most loved woven through the music was the uilleann pipes, an instrument he had never even seen and certainly never imagined playing.

The path to becoming an Irish musician began as a dare. While attending a Chicago Irish music festival in 2005, he picked up a tin whistle and fell in love. "The céilí band, the music the band played for the dancers, that was exciting stuff. The band played a number of stages, including the céilí. We followed them around all weekend." With that, he dedicated himself to learning the dance music of Ireland. His heart was set on eventually mastering the Irish bagpipes and playing for dancers.

Terry Hartzell at Mayfair 2015Photography by George Fairchild
Largely self-taught, Terry was fortunate enough to find lots of encouragement and guidance from other local traditional Irish musicians: Terry Kane who hosts the monthly music session at McCarthy's Tea Room in Bethlehem, PA and Ed Saultz who moved to the area in 2006. He eventually met the masters at the annual Catskills Irish Arts Week in East Durham, NY, who began to guide his learning more formally in workshops and piping tíonóls (gatherings for Irish pipers). The instructors are primary influences for his playing. He tends to follow musicians who play for the céilí, or who give the music that lively rhythm and pulse.

With the passion and sensitivity of an artist, the clear-sighted precision of an engineer, and the self-discipline of a master-craftsman, Terry is now living his dream of learning, sharing, and preserving the magical music that brings him and so many others so much joy.

Calendar

April May June

April 2016

  • Friday, April 1 beginning at 7:00pm
    Monthly seisiún hosted by Terry Kane (of the Jameson Sisters) and Steve Stanislaw
    McCarthy's Red Stag Pub in the back of Donegal Square store front
    534 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018
    Phone: 610-861-7631
  • Wednesday, April 6 beginning at 7:30pm
    Irish session at Godfrey Daniels with Piper's Request
    7 East Fourth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015-1601
  • Saturday, April 9, 5:00pm to 5:45pm
    Appearing with Singer Storyteller Ed Saultz
    Concert Against Hunger 2016, a fund raiser for the Bridesburg Community Food Pantry that services over two hundred families a week.
    Music starts at 1:00pm and goes to 9:00pm featuring eight different musical acts.
    Bridesburg United Methodist Church
    2717 Kirkbride Street, Philadelphia, PA 19137
    Phone: (215) 288-7505
  • Wednesday, April 13 beginning at 7:30pm
    Irish session at Porter's Pub with Piper's Request
    700 Northampton Street, Easton, PA 18042
  • Thursday, April 14
    2nd Thursdays sessions at Delahanty's Tavern on the Square has been canceled. The tavern closed December 2015.
  • Sunday, April 17, 11am to 1pm
    Appearing with Piper's Request
    at McCarthy's Red Stag Pub in the back of Donegal Square store front
    534 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018
    Phone: 610-861-7631
  • Sunday, April 24, 7:00pm
    Guest appearance with the Moravian College Celtic Ensemble
    at Peter Hall, Moravian College, Hurd Campus
    Church and Main Sts, Bethlehem, PA 18018
    Directions to the concert hall: Directions_HurdCampus.pdf
  • Wednesday, April 27 beginning at 7:30pm
    Irish session at Porter's Pub with Piper's Request
    700 Northampton Street, Easton, PA 18042

May 2016

June 2016

  • Wednesday, June 1 beginning at 7:30pm
    Irish session at Godfrey Daniels with Piper's Request
    7 East Fourth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015-1601
  • Friday, June 3 beginning at 7:00pm
    Monthly seisiún hosted by Terry Kane (of the Jameson Sisters) and Steve Stanislaw
    McCarthy's Red Stag Pub in the back of Donegal Square store front
    534 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018
    Phone: 610-861-7631
  • Saturday, June 4, 4pm to 5pm
    Appearing with Piper's Request
    at the 2nd Annual Saucon Creek Arts Festival
    hosted by the Saucon Valley Conservancy
    located at Heller Homestead Park
    (which is just across the bridge from Water Street Park in Hellertown)
    Heller Homestead Park
    1890 Friedensville Road, Bethlehem, PA 18015
  • Saturday, June 4, 9pm to 11pm
    Appearing with Piper's Request
    at McCarthy's Red Stag Pub in the back of Donegal Square store front
    534 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018
    Phone: 610-861-7631
  • Wednesday, June 8 beginning at 7:30pm
    Irish session at Porter's Pub with Piper's Request
    700 Northampton Street, Easton, PA 18042
  • Thursday, June 9
    2nd Thursdays sessions at Delahanty's Tavern on the Square has been canceled. The tavern closed December 2015.
  • Sunday, June 19, 11:00am to 1:00pm
    Appearing with Piper's Request
    at McCarthy's Red Stag Pub in the back of Donegal Square store front
    534 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018
    Phone: 610-861-7631
  • Wednesday, June 22 beginning at 7:30pm
    Irish session at Porter's Pub with Piper's Request
    700 Northampton Street, Easton, PA 18042