About Tom Klein

Tom has played the pipes for much of his adult life. He has been instructed in the art of uilleann piping by many of today’s greatest pipers. He performs for weddings, memorials, parties and other occasions. Tom was raised playing classical music (clarinet). “I received a spontaneous conversion to folk music when I heard the first notes of Finbar Furey’s uilleann pipe playing”, Tom says. He was a member the early ‘90s group Clumsy Lovers (winner of the 1996 Minnesota Music Award for Best Traditional Music Group), as well as the groundbreaking Field Day. In these groups he played mostly whistle, guitar and didgeridoo, instruments he plays in addition to the pipes. He has performed or recorded with Laura MacKenzie, Dean Magraw, Katie McMahon, Daithi Sproule, Dan “Daddy Squeeze” Newton, The HiBs, Chad McAnally, story teller Kevin Kling, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, St. Olaf Orchestra, Twin Cities Women’s Choir, and The Actors Theatre of Minnesota. Solo and in ensemble, Tom has been heard on Minnesota Public Radio’s “The Morning Show”, and “Midmorning” as well as KFAI Radio’s “Century Song”. He is a member of the Great Northern Irish Pipers’ Club (GNIPC), a non-profit organization devoted to fostering uilleann piping in the Upper Midwest

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