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Dec
11
Emmett Gill
UNESCO Recognition for Uilleann Piping – Update
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Following the announcement of UNESCO recognition for uilleann piping, here are links to some of the media coverage.

RTÉ News item

RTÉ John Bowman Show

 Irish News

Thejournal.ie

Irish Central

Irish Times

Irish World

Dec
7
Emmett Gill
UNESCO Recognition for Uilleann Piping
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 Worldwide recognition for Irish Pipes,

“The Sound of Ireland”, in new accolade from UNESCO

The UNESCO twelfth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, in the Republic of Korea’s Jeju island has ratified its decision to include Uilleann Piping on its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

This important global accolade reflects heritage cultural practices that are considered to enrich all of humanity. UNESCO has now agreed that Irish Uilleann Piping – often referred to as “The Sound of Ireland” – merits this recognition. As a result, the distinctive Irish musical art-form joins such other cultural expressions as the Argentinian Tango, the Armenian Duduk and its music, and the Baul songs of Bangladesh.

Older than Guinness, the Uilleann Pipes descend from an instrument introduced in the 1740’s and were known as “The Irish Pipes”. A sophisticated instrument that provides more musical possibilities than any other type of bagpipe due to three different streams of sound, Uilleann Piping declined in the 19th century and was successfully revived in the 20th century.

Now in 2017, it’s a thriving art form in both Ireland and worldwide where it is celebrated in 50 countries and on six continents in places as diverse as Cuba, Finland, Australia, Argentina and Germany. There are more than three thousand Uilleann Pipers throughout the world, playing Irish music on this Irish instrument in dedicated clubs throughout Europe and in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Na Píobairí Uilleann (www.pipers.ie), the body dedicated to access, education, performance and preservation of Uilleann Piping and pipemaking, has announced free access to its online learning and performance portal in addition to a fascinating archive celebrating a rich cultural history http://pipers.ie/source/

The UNESCO announcement follows the Irish Government’s nomination of Uilleann Piping to the List.  Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD said: “Today’s decision is testament to the community of Uilleann Pipers across the country who, since the 1960s, have succeeded in their mission to stop the decline in the playing and making of the uilleann pipes. The success today is a real community effort from Na Píobairí Uilleann, Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, the Armagh Pipers Club, and other organisations and individuals who have contributed to the resurgence of interest in Uilleann Piping, in Ireland and around the world.”

“Ar an lá stairiúil seo, cuimhnímís ar na píobairí iomráiteacha a choinnigh an traidisiún seo beo – leithéidí Eamonn Ceannt, Willie Clancy, Seamus Ennis agus daoine nach iad. Is cinnte go mbeadh siad bródúil inniu as a gcuid oibre thar na blianta.”

Gay McKeon CEO of Na Píobairí Uilleann (www.pipers.ie) and himself a celebrated player said: “Today is a global milestone for Uilleann Piping and shines a world-wide spotlight on The Irish Pipes. From movies to TV and now video games, there are new opportunities opening up all the time that showcase the versatility of the instrument and its distinctive sound.

We thank supporters for their enthusiasm and would encourage people to discover the pleasure of playing and attending performances at home and abroad.

“Na Píobairí Uilleann would like to thank the Irish Government for its UNESCO nomination and those officials of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht who accepted the case that was made for the nomination of Uilleann Piping, and who energetically promoted that cause. Also, the Arts Council /An Chomhairle Ealaoin have been an invaluable source of support throughout the process and in our daily work.

Finally, we would like to thank the many groups and individual practitioners in the world of Uilleann Piping who support us – it’s an inspiring world-wide, community devoted to this wonderful music.”

You can view the UNESCO proceedings here:

 

 

Oct
6
Emmett Gill
Music Generation Laois Tionól 2017
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Tionól 2017, 3-5 November

Following on from the success of last year’s Tionól, we are delighted to announce that Music Generation Laois, with the support of the Music Generation National Development Office National Projects funding and the Trench Trust, will deliver a Tionól for Harps and Pipes in Portlaoise from the 3 to the 5 November 2017.

The purpose of this weekend is to bring together pipers and harpists and their Tutors from Music Generations throughout Ireland, for a weekend of workshops, sessions and performances, including an opportunity for students to get workshops from well-known non MG guest tutors including Catriona McKay (harp), David Power (pipes), Tríona Marshall (harp) & Michael Rooney (harp).

A range of classes are available, open to all students from recent beginners to advanced in the harp and uilleann pipes. Tutors include:

Harp: Siobhan Buckley, Michael Rooney, Catriona McKay, Tríona Marshall, Ramune Sakalauskaite, Deirdre Ní Bhuachalla and Gráinne Hambly

Uilleann Pipes: Fionnán MacGabhann, Joseph Byrne, David Power, Timothy Doyle and Paul Harrigan

Booking

€70 fee includes workshops and all concert tickets. To book, email musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie or phone 057-8664176.

Supervision

Under 18s will be supervised during break times unless alternative arrangements are made by parents/guardians.

Concerts

Friday 3 November

Opening Gala Concert featuring the premiere of a newly composed suite of music by Michael Rooney for the Music Generation Laois Harp Orchestra, Tionól Tutors, Michael and June Rooney and the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra taking place in the Portlaoise Further Education & Training Centre, Tower Hill at 7pm.

Free admission to students of the Tionól/ General public €5. Booking through the Dunamaise Arts Centre 057 8663355 or Dunamaise.ie

Saturday 4 November

Concert featuring Tionól participants from across Ireland and guest harp ensembles in the Dunamaise Arts Centre at 7pm.

Free admission to students of the Tionól/ General public €5. Booking through the Dunamaise Arts Centre 057 8663355 or Dunamaise.ie

Sunday 5 November

Closing Student Concert: Tionól 2017 – featuring students from the Tionól taking place in the Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise, 2pm.

Admission free of charge, on a first come-first serve basis on the door.

Oct
5
Emmett Gill
Teacher Development Workshop
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The next Teacher Development Workshop will take place at Na Píobairí Uilleann on Saturday 28th October from 2pm to 5.30pm.

The workshop will be hosted by Nollaig Mac Cárthaigh and is aimed at pipers who would like to teach the pipes or are teaching and would like to develop their teaching skills.

This series of workshops will provide the opportunity to learn from experienced piping teachers. This course will focus on teaching techniques and provide practical advice on teaching the pipes.

A limited number of places are available and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

There is no charge for the workshop.

If you would like to attend the workshop on Saturday 28th October at Na Píobairí Uilleann please email info@pipers.ie or phone 01-8730093.

Oct
3
Emmett Gill
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Arts Office – Traditional Music Commission
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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Arts Office has just advertised a Traditional Music Commission per cent for art commission focusing on the creation of new work.

The budget for the commission is €18,000 inclusive.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday 2 November at 5.00pm.  Full details are available below:

http://www.dlrcoco.ie/en/arts/public-art-art-collections/current-public-art-programme/current-public-art-opportunites

Sep
22
Emmett Gill
Culture Night 2017
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Culture night

Culture Night is back this September and now in its 12th year! Na Píobairí Uilleann is delighted to announce that once again we will be holding events to celebrate Culture Night.

Culture Night continues to feature the best cultural organisations in Dublin and across the country who open their doors late for free events ranging from music and literature to visual art and heritage.

We will be hosting a guided tour of our Georgian building located on one of Ireland’s most architecturally important streets. The tour will include a visit to the library and archive and will also feature musical performances from leading uilleann pipers.

So help spread the word and come explore, experience and enjoy! For more information on Culture Night visit www.culturenight.ie .

We look forward to seeing you on Friday 22nd of September 2017, 6pm – 10pm.

Jun
1
Emmett Gill
Instrument Making Course – BCFE
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Instrument Making Course at BCFE

Ballyfermot College of Further Education (BCFE) is pleased to announce that the college will be offering an instrument making strand to run in conjunction with the college’s existing Higher National Diploma in Irish Traditional Music performance programme (Ceoltóir).

The instrument making stand will be run in co-operation with Na Píobairí Uilleann and will commence as a 1 year pilot project in September 2017.

The pilot programme will have 3 strands, uilleann pipe making, flute making and whistle making and students will be limited to 6 students per strand. The flute and whistle strands will be taught by the renowed flutemaker Hammy Hamilton and tuition for the pipemaking classes will be taught by Na Píobairí Uilleann. All instrument making classes will be taught in Na Píobairí Uilleann’s PipeCraft Training Centre.

Applications

Applications to the Ceoltóir programme and to the instrument making strand can be made through the college website www.bcfe.ie. If applying for the instrument making strand please put ‘Instrument Making’ along with your preferred instrument in the ‘Course Title’ section of the application form.

For additional information please contact:

Ballyfermot College of Further Education, Ballyfermot Road, Ballyfermot, D10

BCFE - Instrument Course

May
31
Emmett Gill
Introducing Friends of NPU
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Friends

We are now pleased to announce the launch of our Friends of Na Píobairí Uilleann programm

Funds generated from the new scheme will help to expand our outreach teaching activities. The subscription is €40 per year and all Friends receive:

  • Access to our collection of audio and video recordings in our on-line archive Source
  • Access to our audio and video collections on mobile music app MovingCloud
  • Access to thousands of tunes transcribed from old publications in our Irish Music Collections Online
  • Access to our online Library

If you would like to support the work of NPU, please sign up at www.pipers.ie/register

About Friends of Na Píobairí Uilleann

Introducing our new Friends scheme. Being a Friend of Na Píobairí Uilleann offers people a chance to Share the Sound of Ireland by supporting our programme of activities and events. For more information about our activities see our latest Annual Report here

About Na Píobairí Uilleann

Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU), the Society of Uilleann Pipers was founded in 1968 when there were less than 100 uilleann pipers remaining. Today NPU is a thriving arts organisation dedicated to Sharing the Sound of Ireland through Access, Education, Performance and Preservation, delivered through the organisation’s commitment to excellence in values, governance and processes. NPU are fully compliant with the Governance Transparency Scale A Standard.

Since unveiling its restored Georgian premises at 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin, in January 2007, NPU has been busy catering for the expanding demand for regular tuition as well as releasing a number of significant publications and recordings. With demand for pipes considerably exceeding supply, a dedicated Training Centre – Pipecraft – has been established to deliver training in the very highly skilled craft of uilleann pipemaking.

Na Píobairí Uilleann’s primary funding agencies include The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council.

Na Píobairí Uilleann, 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, Ireland.
Phone: +353-1-8730093
Email: info@pipers.ie
Website: www.pipers.ie
Facebook: www.facebook.com/napiobairiuilleann
Twitter: www.twitter.com/napiobairi
Apps: www.pipers.ie/apps

Bunaíodh Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU) sa bhliain 1968, tráth a raibh níos lú ná 100 píobaire fágtha in Éirinn. Ach inniu, is eagraíocht ealaíon faoi bhláth í NPU atá tiomnaithe do Cheol na hÉireann a dháileadh trí Rochtain, Oideachas, Taibhiú agus Caomhnú. Déantar é seo trí ghealltanas na heagraíochta d’ard-chaighdeán i luachanna, i rialachas agus i bpróisis.

Tar éis athchóiriú a dhéanamh uirthi, osclóidh a ceanncheathrú Sheoirseach ag 15

Jan
20
Emmett Gill
PipeCraft Courses for 2017
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PipeCraft Courses for 2017

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  • Bellows Making with Niall Kelleher 18th – 20th July (PipeCraft)
  • Reedmaking with Paddy O’Hare 8th – 10th August (PipeCraft)
  • Hollow and Solid Mainstocks with Bill Haneman 21st – 23rd August (PipeCraft)
  • Tools and Jigs for Pipemaking: Tubing benders, tonehole cutters, and more with Bill Haneman 25th – 27th October (PipeCraft)

If you are interested in registering for any of these courses, or require further information please email info@pipers.ie or call +353-1-8730093

Apr
26
Emmett Gill
Annual Tionól 2016 – Reedmaking and Piping Classes
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Na Píobairí Uilleann Annual Tionól 2016 will take place at the Majestic Hotel, Tramore, Co Waterford on 27th to 29th May.

Advanced Reedmaking Classes with Benedict Koehler will take place on Friday and Saturday from 2pm Friday to 9pm and 10.30am Saturday to 3.30pm.

Fee is €80 and there are limited places available. Please call 01-8730093 or email info@pipers.ie to reserve a place.

Piping Classes with Mickey Dunne, Pat Broderick and Ciarán Mac Fheidhlimidh will take place on Saturday 28th May from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Fee for piping classes is €30.