Skip began started playing traditional Scottish and Irish music on the Highland pipes over 40 years ago. He spent many years playing the pipes in solo and band competitions. Throughout the years spent focusing on the Highland pipes, Skip loved to listen to recordings of Liam O’Flynn, Davy Spillane, and others play the uilleann pipes. About 20 years ago, Skip decided to order a set of uilleann pipes, and they have been his primary instrument ever since. His early foundational instruction was with Benedict Koehler and Brian McNamara. Lessons over the years from Mick O’Brien, Jimmy O’Brien-Moran, Cillian Vallely, Ivan Goff and Maire Ni Ghrada have also influenced Skip’s approach to piping in very significant ways.
In the mid-1990’s uilleann pipes, tin whistle and Highland pipes became increasingly sought after in the Nashville recording industry. Skip has been fortunate to record and perform with many artists over the years, including Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Allison Kraus and Ricky Skaggs. Skip is very honored to have been asked to teach at the Tune Junkie Weekend.
Skip Cleavinger will be teaching Piping at Tune Junkie Weekend 2020.