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Troy Donockley


NA Maddy Prior - uilleann pipes, electric and acoustic guitars, low whistle, tin whistle  
1990-2009 Iona - uillean pipes, low whistles, e-bow guitar, tofran, bouzouki, vocals  
1998- Troy Donockley - uillean pipes, low whistles, guitars, keys, cittern, mandolin, tin whistles  
2008-2016 The Bad Shepherds - uilleann pipes, cittern, whistles, vocals  
2013- Nightwish - uilleann pipes, low whistles, vocals  
2017- Auri - guitars, bouzouki, uilleann pipes, low whistles, aerophone, bodhran, keys  

Studio musician

1987 The Enid - uillean pipes  
2018 Leah - pipes, flutes  

Live musician

2012-2013 Nightwish - uillean pipes, tin whistle, backing vocals  

Guest musician

2006 Mendeed - uilleann pipes, low whistles (as Troy Donnockley)  
2007-2009 Nightwish - bodhran, uilleann pipes, low whistle, tin whistle  
2011 Nightwish - uillean pipes, tin whistle, vocals  
2013 Ayreon - uillean pipes, whistles  
2014 Tuomas Holopainen - uillean pipes, tin whistle, bodhran  
2015 Kamelot - low whistle  
2016 Sonata Arctica - low whistle  
2020 Apocalyptica - pipes  

Personal information

Born on: 30.05.1964

Troy was born on 30th May 1964 in Workington in Cumbria. His father and mother were members of a band called Travelling Country. At the age of 16 Troy joined them, playing at many venues in West Cumbria. His father's record collection was broad and gave Troy a love of classical as well as traditional music. He is one of the few Englishmen who are master of the uillean pipes. Additionally he plays guitar, flute, bouzouki, low whistle and keyboards. His ambition was to travel the world as a musician, but hated "empty pop created by cynical twerps". The strangeness of the sound of the uilleann pipes enabled him to become a session musician with prog-rockers The Enid in 1987 on their album The Sower and the Seed.