Dr. Eric Hahn Bio

Biography of Uilleann Piper Dr. Eric Hahn

Dr. Hahn moved to Raleigh North Carolina on October 25 2007. After a two day drive from Iowa where he graduated from Palmer College six days before. Having grown up in Michigan Eric began his musical career by playing trumpet in high school. Upon graduation he gave that up to pursue playing the Bass drum for the Glen Erin pipe band out of Dewitt Michigan and asked Mike Maloney to teach him to play the bagpipes. The lessons went really well, because within three months Eric had began furthering his studies under the direction of David Martin and performing with the Grade 3 Champion supreme band the Detroit St. Andrews Pipes and Drums. In addition to band playing Eric was quite successful with solo bagpipe competition in the Ontario piping circuit where he advanced to the level of grade 2 solo piper and had competed in combined grade 2-1 events winning against numerous grade one pipers.
In 1999 Eric began to lose interest in Highland piping and heard the Uilleann pipes for the first time on public television with Riverdance. The attraction was immediate and this successful Highland piper made the transition to the Uilleann pipes under the tutelage of the late Al Purcell. The complexity of the Uilleann pipes was part of the attraction as well as being able to play with other musicians, but probably the most interesting reason for the changeover was the fact that you can play the uilleann pipes for hours and your ears never ring. Eric began learning Irish music on the penny whistle, which is often regarded as the gateway instrument of Irish music, in 2000. The flute was a natural extension of this learning after Eric had written his first Irish Slow Air which he named Missing Amanda V.Eric has pursued his Irish music education on both the Uilleann pipes and flute with lessons from a number of professional musicians such as Cillian Vallely, Ivan Goff, Kieran O’Hare, Brendan McKinney, Terrance McKinney, Harry Bradley, Frank Claudy, Seth Gallagher, Patrick Hutchinson, Jerry O’sullivan and Paddy Keenan. Eric is the former principle instructor for the Wake and District Pipes and Drums, Uilleann piper for the Ghosts of Erin and building up his Chiropractic practice in North Raleigh, Hahn Family Chiropractic. He has recently formed an Uilleann pipers club in Raleigh which meets the second Saturday of the month at Hahn Family Chiropractic.