Tommy Martin took his first Uilleann Pipes lesson from Dublin piper, Mick O'Brien in 1984 at the age of 12. By 1988, with the great help of Mick's tuition he won his first competition at the Annual Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann (traditional music competition festival), an event run by "Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann", (Literally, traditional musicians of Ireland).
His professional career started in 1990 when offered a place in the band for Jury’s Irish Cabaret. A position which he shared with Mick O’Brien. Then in 1996 Tommy took a job organising and playing at Irish music nights in Irish pubs in Hong Kong.
This led to more work in Asian cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Singapore and Tokyo over the coming years.
Back in Europe, Tommy's talent and experience took him to perform in almost every country with many different bands.
Performances varied from solo events to playing with 5 piece folk bands. Since then his gigs have as diverse as being an Uilleann Pipes tutor in New Zealand to performing with "Riverdance" in New York to performing with the the Chicago Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra.
His first solo CD, "Uilleann Piper", was released in 2000 which was followed by his second release, “Shady Woods” in 2005.
Tommy now lives in St. Louis Missouri. When not working with Teada, Irish Christmas in America and Emmy nominated Celtic Woman he also makes Uilleann pipes and penny whistles.