Eoin Dillon was born to the pealing of Angelus bells on the 18th of February 1971. The son of an engineer and his wife, he attended school in Dublin where the headmaster anointed him an enigmatic. The enigma went busking and fell in with an outfit, traversing the world and other domains. Forced by the dictates of necessity to earn a crust he became an Officer of statistics. This he soon abandoned in favour of an eccentric and wandering life.
Eoin has been playing the pipes & whistles since the age of 15. As a founding member of KÍLA he released 11 albums and toured the world with performances at top festivals including Glastonbury, Womad (Aus/NZ) and Montreux Jazz Festival.
"Traditional Irish music, uilleann piping in particular, is an art form becoming more and more marginalised from popular culture. However if more edgy instrumentalists in the mould of Kila piper Eoin Dillon could put out stirring, charachterful and frequently blistering sets of this calibre, the pure drop could be available to a lot more people."
— Foggy Notions Magazine
As a solo artist, Eoin Dillon has guested with U2, Baaba Maal, Sinead O Connor, Donal Lunny & Jane Sibery. He composed the music with Kíla for 2 OSCAR winning animation films in 2012/2015 — while his solo compositional work on ‘Ireland’s Wild River’ was nominated in the Best Music category at the 2015 EMMY Awards. Eoin has facilitated music workshops at primary & secondary level schools and theatres at home & abroad as well as presenting the TG4 show Geantraí & performing in and composing music for theatre.
‘Pondelorum’, Eoin Dillon's third solo album is out now, having been unveiled in late September ‘16. ‘Pondelorum’ received glowing acclaim with a 5 star review from RTE.ie who called the album “warm and inviting” while the Irish Times praised it as “a brace of exceptionally fine tunes”. The Sunday Times described the album as “laden with nostalgia, warmth” and Hot Press rightly crowned Eoin as “a master of the Uilleann Pipes”.
Over ten new compositions, ‘Pondelorum’ captures Eoin’s characterful, blistering and playfulperformance in full flight and showcases his innate skill as “a composer of first class tunes” (Irish Music Magazine). As for the theme of the album, Eoin says:
“I'm not sure if there is a theme that I can put my finger on. I tried to record a few times but couldn’t or it wasn’t working, but when I began writing wee stories it seemed to give me the start I needed. It was a very enjoyable experience — we took our time and people just seemed to fit in. For me, if I can put it into words, the album is a moment in time, a celebration of people and our history and the road we have travelled.”