About Maitiú Ó Casaide
Maitiú is a multi-award winning piper having won Ireland’s premiere piping competition ‘The Oireachtas’ several times and, in 2015, he was the recipient of the coveted TG4 Young Musician of the Year award. Maitiú grew up in Dublin in an Irish speaking musical family, known as Na Casaidigh, with roots in the Donegal Gaeltacht. His mother is from Loches, in France – a historical little town in the Loire Valley. Maitiú started playing from a very young age and was influenced by the great tradition of music in his family. He decided to learn the pipes and, at the age of 10, began taking lessons at Na Píobairí Uilleann where he was immersed in the great tradition of Uilleann Piping. He had numerous teachers including Nollaig Mac Cárthaigh, Seán Óg Potts and Conor McKeon and he was further influenced by the the likes of Séamus Ennis, Willie Clancy, Seán McKiernan and Liam O Flynn. Music has become a way of life for Maitiú. He is in demand both as a soloist and as a member of The Bonny Men and Ré, with whom he has recorded several highly acclaimed albums. He has toured all over the world, playing at such festivals as Le Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Sydney Theatre Festival, The New Zealand Festival, Celtic Connections and Electric Picnic. Maitiú appears regularly on TV & Radio programs in Ireland. He also teaches at Na Píobairi Uilleann and at the Willie Clancy Summer School.
Maitiú is a member of the renowned folk/traditional groups The Bonny Men, RÉ & Na Casaidigh. He also plays in a visual art show called ‘The Pipes, the Pipes’ and ‘Marbhna’, a descriptive orchestral piece written by his uncle Ódhrán Ó Casaide. He was a member of the Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre Production, RIAN. He has also performed and recorded with Bill Whelan and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, as well as with many reputed musicians including Liam O Maonlai, Ciarán Mac Aodhagáin, Joey Doyle, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and his cousin Sibéal Ní Chasaide.
They (The Bonny Men) have that drive and swagger, and in piper Maitiú Ó Casaide they have a musician who grabs a tune by the throat and squeezes out every last dance step in your shoes.”
Seán Liffey, Irish Music Magazine
“…and the colourful and exciting pipering of Maitiú Ó Casaide, whose own arrangement and solo performance of three famous traditional tunes..proved a highlight of this highlight-heavy show (RIAN)”
Stephen Graham, musicalcriticisms.com