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

January February March

January 2016

  • Sunday, January 3, 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
  • Wednesday, January 6 beginning at 7:30pm
    Irish session at Godfrey Daniels with Piper's Request
    7 East Fourth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015-1601
  • Wednesday, January 13 beginning at 7:30pm
    Irish session at Porter's Pub with Piper's Request
    700 Northampton Street, Easton, PA 18042
  • Thursday, January 14
    The Irish session at Delahanty's Tavern on the Square has been canceled. The tavern closed December 2015.
  • Sunday, January 24, 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
  • Monday, January 25
    Rescheduled to Saturday, January 30 due to snow.
    Appearing with Piper's Request
    at McCarthy's Red Stag Pub upstairs in McCarthy's Great Room for Robbie Burns Night. Visit page on McCarthy's website for details. Seating is limited and reservations are required.
    534 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018
    Phone: 610-861-7631
  • Wednesday, January 27 beginning at 7:30pm
    Irish session at Porter's Pub with Piper's Request
    700 Northampton Street, Easton, PA 18042
  • Saturday, January 30, 6pm to 9:30pm
    Appearing with Piper's Request
    at McCarthy's Red Stag Pub upstairs in McCarthy's Great Room for Robbie Burns Night. Visit page on McCarthy's website for details. Cocktail hour at 6pm. Dinner at 7pm. Seating is limited and reservations are required.
    534 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018
    Phone: 610-861-7631

February 2016

  • Wednesday, February 3 beginning at 7:30pm
    Irish session at Godfrey Daniels with Piper's Request
    7 East Fourth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015-1601
  • Friday, February 5 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, February 10 beginning at 7:30pm
    Irish session at Porters' Pub with Piper's Request
    700 Northampton Street, Easton, PA 18042
  • Thursday, February 11
    The Irish session at Delahanty's Tavern on the Square has been canceled. The tavern closed December 2015.
  • Sunday, February 14, 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
  • Wednesday, February 24 beginning at 7:30pm
    Irish session at Porters' Pub with Piper's Request
    700 Northampton Street, Easton, PA 18042

March 2016

  • Wednesday, March 2 beginning at 7:30pm
    Irish session at Godfrey Daniels with Piper's Request
    7 East Fourth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015-1601
  • Friday, March 4 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, March 5, beginning at 7:30pm
    WDVR FM 5th Annual Big Irish Show
    with singer-storyteller Ed Saultz and uilleann piper, flute, and whistle player Terry Hartzell.
    Tickets are $15 advance / $20 at the door. Reserve tickets by calling (609) 397-5991 or visit WDVR FM website.
    Location:
    Virginia Napurano Cultural Arts Center
    522 Rosemont-Ringoes Road (Rt. 604)
    Sergeantsville, NJ 08557

  • Sunday, March 6, 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, March 9 beginning at 7:30pm
    Irish session at Porter's Pub with Piper's Request
    700 Northampton Street, Easton, PA 18042
  • Thursday, March 10
    The Irish session at Delahanty's Tavern on the Square has been canceled. The tavern closed December 2015.
  • Thursday, March 10, 8pm to 10pm
    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
  • Saturday, March 12, 8:00pm
    Appearing with Piper's Request at a private party in Bethlehem.
  • Thursday, March 17, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Appearing with Piper's Request
    at Flanagan's Pub
    41 W Lancaster Ave, Shillington, PA 19607
    Phone: 610-777-6401
  • Saturday, March 19, 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, March 23 beginning at 7:30pm
    Irish session at Porter's Pub with Piper's Request
    700 Northampton Street, Easton, PA 18042