Mark Sanders migrated from the UK to NZ in 1994, and a couple of years later, heard the sound of the Uilleann pipes on a CD by a French new age band. Shortly afterwards, he came across Lorcan Dunne, who had just started making pipes in Ponsonby, and was hooked. Having never had exposure to folk music, it was quite a mission to learn some tunes as well as the instrument, but perseverance paid off, and 24 years later, he has the skills for wonderful collaborations with Helen.
Helen Douglas, originally from the North East of England, has been playing the Northumbrian Small Pipes since a young teen. While touring around Canada and North America during her university years she attended various trad events which introduced the wonders of Irish and Scottish music. Very much the lone piper after arriving in NZ in 2001 she started attending the Titirangi Folk music club in 2017. Since then she’s had time to meet and pursue musical connections with others that love rich harmonies and the musical possibilities that traditional music can conjure up.