Troy Donockley


2013- Nightwish - uilleann pipes, low whistles, vocals  

Live musician

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

Guest musician

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  

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.