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Mar
7
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International Women’s Day 2022
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Na Píobairí Uilleann are delighted to be marking International Women’s Day 2022 with a recital and screening of the recent documentary film Mná na bPíob on Tuesday 8th March at 8pm.

The recital will feature performances from Dublin based pipers Sorcha Ní Scolaí and Niamh Landale, and Colleen Shanks, a Michigan piper living in Clare. These performances will be live streamed through our channel NPU-TV.

Mná na bPíob was produced by Tyrone Productions and brings to the fore the lesser known stories of a group of female pipers from the mid 19th to 20th century. It also features musical performances from some of Ireland’s leading female pipers.

Doors open at 7:30pm and the recital will start at 8pm on Tuesday 8th March in Na Píóbairí Uilleann, 15 Henrietta St. Dublin1 . Admission is free. All welcome. 

Mar
7
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Celebrating a chieftain: Paddy Maloney ar Chloch le Carn, RTÉ 1
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A celebration of the life and career of Paddy Moloney, uilleann piper, tin whistle player, composer and founding member of The Chieftains is celebrated in this week’s episode from the series of Cloch le Carn on RTÉ 1 at 7pm on Tuesday 8th March.

Born in 1938 into a musical household in Donnycarney on the northside of Dublin, Paddy was surrounded by traditional music from a young age. He would master his craft as an uilleann piper under the watchful eye of tutor Leo Rowsome.

He came to prominence in the late 1960s as part of the group Ceoltóirí Chualann. Paddy would be instrumental in the arrangement and selection of music for the group which was put together by musical director and composer, Seán Ó Riada. The group would record the renowned live album, ‘Ó Riada sa Gaiety’ in 1969.

During his time as managing director of Claddagh Records Paddy would produce over 40 albums, many of them going on to become classics of the genre including The Liffey Banks by Tommie Potts and The Star Above the Garter by Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford.

Paddy Moloney was best known as the founding member of The Chieftains. He would remain front and centre of the group for almost 60 years in a line-up that changed many times over the years and included musicians such as Seán Potts, Michael Tubridy, Martin Fay, Peadar Mercier, Seán Keane, Derek Bell, Kevin Conneff, and Matt Molloy. Since 1962 they have been six-time Grammy Award winners and are recognised as having transformed and popularized Irish folk music around the world, touring and recording to great acclaim.

A founding member of Na Píobairí Uilleann he remained faithful to the piping tradition while courageously venturing into previously uncharted terrain, collaborating with artists such as The Rolling Stones, Sting, Sinéad O’Connor, Marianne Faithful and Ry Cooder. Paddy would be instrumental in helping The Chieftains take home an Oscar for composing and performing the original soundtrack for the Stanley Kubric film, Barry Lyndon.

Highlights of Paddy’s career often coincided with seminal historic events, such as being the first Western group to perform on the Great Wall of China. In Ireland he was involved in many major State occasions, such as Pope John Paul II’s visit to Ireland in 1979 when The Chieftains performed to an audience of over 1.3 million, and in 2011 as part of the historic visit to Ireland of HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

Paddy Moloney passed away in October 2021 following a short illness. This episode of Cloch le Carn looks back at his life and career through the eyes of those closest to him. Contributions from his daughter Aedín, Seán Keane, Michael Tubridy, Seán Potts and Gay McKeon.

Cloch Le Carn, Tuesday 8th March, 7PM on RTÉ One

https://www.rte.ie/gaeilge/2022/0302/1283997-celebrating-a-chieftain-paddy-maloney-ar-chloch-le-carn/

Mar
1
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From student to master; Joe Byrne’s piping exhibition a fitting reward for a gifted scholar
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Press release on behalf of Na Píobairí Uilleann

Saturday February 26th, 2022

Joe Byrne, Uilleann Piping from Co Kildare (The Ace and Deuce of Piping #5)

Joe Byrne Uilleann piping from county kildareNa Píobairí Uilleann is delighted to announce the publication of Joe Byrne, Uilleann Piping from Co Kildare, the fifth release in NPU’s Ace and Deuce of Piping recording series.

Joe, from Athy in Co Kildare, has produced a recording of outstanding quality, featuring many classic tunes performed in a manner redolent of the great piping masters yet very much with his own individual, accomplished stamp.

As one of the first students to follow a learning pathway introduced by NPU and Music Generation some years back when he enrolled in the Laois piping classes under Gay McKeon’s guidance, Joe Byrne took his initial steps on a practice set acquired through NPU’s Pipes on Loan programme funded by Music Network’s Music Capital Scheme.

And not only has Joe become a leading practitioner, he is also a consummate reed-maker and has completed a course in uilleann pipe-making at NPU’s PipeCraft training centre in partnership with the ‘Ceoltóir’ course at Ballyfermot College of Further Education.

He now teaches regularly for Music Generation and Na Píobairí Uilleann and is a regular performer and teacher at traditional music events nationwide.

Joe Byrne, Uilleann Piping from Co Kildare is available to purchase on www.pipers.ie. This album will be launched as a part of the Leo Rowsome Commemorative Event on Saturday 26th February at 9pm.

Further Information contact Maeve Gillen maeve@pipers.ie  tel: +353-1-8730093

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.

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 – was established in 2011 to deliver training in the very highly skilled craft of uilleann pipemaking.

NPU is accredited to UNESCO as a competent NGO in the field of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH).

NPU lobbied the Irish Government to ratify the UNESCO Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage which resulted in the inclusion of Uilleann Piping on the UNESCO representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in December 2017.

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

Na Píobairí Uilleann, 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

W: www.pipers.ie E:info@pipers.ie P: +353-1-8730093

Facebook: www.facebook.com/napiobairiuilleann

Twitter: www.twitter.com/Napiobairi 

Feb
22
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Funding Opportunity: Platform 31 Artist Support Scheme
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PLATFORM 31 ARTIST SUPPORT SCHEME TO RUN FOR SECOND YEAR AFTER SUCCESSFUL PILOT

Nationwide scheme by the 31 Local Authority Arts Offices in collaboration with the Arts Council opens for applications on March 3 2022

Following on from its successful pilot in 2020-21, the Association of Local Authority Arts Officers (ALAAO) is once more collaborating with the Arts Council to present PLATFORM 31 – a national opportunity for artists to be supported to investigate how they might develop their practice or make work in a different way. Designed to support and enable career development for 31 mid-career artists – one artist will be selected from each of the 31 local authorities around Ireland – there are two elements of support for participating artists in this pilot scheme: financial and developmental. Participating artists will receive an €8,000 bursary to invest in themselves and their practice, combined with participation in a developmental programme. Informed by last year’s pilot, the PLATFORM 31 developmental programme will provide coaching, advisory support and networking opportunities for participating artists, introducing them to a pool of critical thinkers to share their work and encouraging a national conversation about creating work in local contexts. Designed to support mid-career artists, PLATFORM 31 is open to artists of any artform, medium and practice – as well as multi-disciplinary artists, living in any of the 31 Local Authority regions in Ireland.

Applications open from March 3rd to 30th 2022.
For more information see https://platform31.localartsireland.ie/ or email localartsireland@gmail.com

PLATFORM 31 is managed by Wicklow County Council on behalf of The Association of Local Authority Arts Officers, in collaboration with the Arts Council.

Nov
8
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Reedmaking Classes starting Tuesday 9th November
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Na Píobairí Uilleann will be starting reedmaking tuition with Ultan Mac Gabhann on Tuesday 9th November in Henrietta St. from 7pm – 9pm. The classes will run for six weeks and end on Tuesday 14th December. 

Tools and materials are provided but if you have any of your own please bring them along as you may be more familiar and comfortable with them. 

Classes will be free of charge for this term. As places are limited, we would ask that all those interested register in advance by email at info@pipers.ie or call +353-1-87-30093. 

Nov
5
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November’s Session with the Pipers Available on NPU-TV
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The November edition of Session with the Pipers premiered on NPU-TV on Tuesday 2nd November 8pm and will be available to view for a month.

The November edition is the last of three pre-recorded episodes filmed in Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loinsigh in Baile Mhúirne, Co.Cork.   

It features:

  • Claire Fennell & Sarah O’Gorman (uilleann pipes & fiddle)
  • Michelle Mulcahy (harp & concertina)
  • Conchubhar Ó Luasa (song)

All episodes will be available to view for free on NPU-TV. Donations are however welcome. Na Píobairí Uilleann’s Session with the Pipers always takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. Stay tuned for great music and song!

Oct
29
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Na Píobairí Uilleann welcomes pipers Pamela Schweblin and Brian McNamara onto the Board
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Press Release on behalf of Na Píobairí Uilleann

 Friday October 29, 2021

Na Píobairí Uilleann is delighted to announce that Argentinian piper Pamela Schweblin and well-known Irish uilleann piper Brian McNamara have joined the Board of the organisation.  

Pamela, a music teacher by profession, was born into an artistic family in Buenos Aires in 1983 and developed a keen interest in Irish traditional music and uilleann piping in her teens through the recordings of The Chieftains and Planxty.

Traveling to Ireland for tuition, Pamela took lessons from Cillian Ó Briain and her fellow new Board member Brian McNamara who she cites as one of her biggest musical influences. She has also attended classes in Na Píobairí Uilleann and received further expert tuition from NPU chief executive Gay McKeon.

Overcoming the geographical obstacles, Pamela continued her studies of the instrument at home in Lago Puelo, Patagonia and developed a method of teaching the pipes in a Latin American context at the state arts school in Lago Puelo. The course is supported by NPU which supplies pipes for the students.

Pamela is also a member of Elamti, a non-profit network of Latin-American musicians who work together in order to promote Irish traditional music throughout the continent.

Meanwhile, acclaimed Irish musician Brian McNamara joins Pamela on NPU’s governing body. Born into a musical family in south Leitrim, Brian was influenced as a young player by his father Michael who started him on flute and whistle and later by Cavan piper Peter Maguire who provided Brian with his first set of pipes and lessons on the instrument.

Brian later availed of lessons at the Willie Clancy Summer School provided by NPU instructors during the 1980s. He has travelled and recorded extensively, producing two solo works A Piper’s Dream (2000) and Fort of the Jewels (2004) while he was also part of the celebrated family recording Leitrim’s Hidden Treasure which was released in 1998.

Brian, who pursues a professional career as an educator, lives in Summerhill, County Meath with his wife and two daughters – both of whom are learning to play the uilleann pipes.

The new Board members were elected at the AGM of NPU which took place on August 20th.

For further information contact NPU  info@pipers.ie  tel: +353-1-8730093

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.

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 – was established in 2011 to deliver training in the very highly skilled craft of uilleann pipemaking.

NPU is accredited to UNESCO as a competent NGO in the field of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH).

NPU lobbied the Irish Government to ratify the UNESCO Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage which resulted in the inclusion of Uilleann Piping on the UNESCO representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in December 2017.

Na Píobairí Uilleann’s primary funding agencies include the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council.

Na Píobairí Uilleann, 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

W: www.pipers.ie E:info@pipers.ie P: 00353(0)1 8730093

www.facebook.com/napiobairiuilleann

www.twitter.com/Napiobairi 

Oct
1
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October’s Session with the Pipers Available on NPU-TV
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The October edition of Session with the Pipers will premiere on NPU-TV on Tuesday 5th October 8pm and will be available to view for a month.

The October edition is the second of three pre-recorded episodes filmed in Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loinsigh in Baile Mhúirne, Co.Cork.   

It features:

  • Rob Fell (uilleann pipes)
  • Carthach Mac Craith (song)
  • Áine & Francis O’Connor (fiddle & flute)

All episodes will be available to view for free on NPU-TV. Donations are however welcome. Na Píobairí Uilleann’s Session with the Pipers always takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. Stay tuned for great music and song!

Oct
1
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The Ace and Deuce of Piping 2021 – online
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Na Píobairí Uilleann’s annual flagship performance event, The Ace and Deuce of Piping Concert.

The concert, which was pre-recorded from St Laurence’s Church at TU Dublin’s Grangegorman Campus, will be available to view free to all on NPU-TV (https://pipers.ie/npu-tv) from 8pm Saturday 2nd October. It features:

Kevin Conneff, Joe McKenna, and Tony Byrne;

Maighread agus Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill;

Fiachna Ó Mongáin, Oisín Ó Mongáin, and Marie McHugh;

Caoimhín Ó Fearghail and Paddy Tutty;

Claire and Breda Keville; and,

Leo Rickard.

Presented by Doireann Ní Ghlacáin

It will be available to view on our website for one month from its release. Whilst it is free to all to view, donations to Na Píobairí Uilleann are gladly accepted. If you enjoy the work of Na Píobairí Uilleann and would like to support the organisation you can become a member at https://pipers.ie/register.

Sep
8
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September’s Session with the Pipers Now Available
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The September edition of Session with the Pipers is now available to watch on NPU-TV.

The first in a series of three episodes filmed at Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loinsigh in Baile Mhúirne in Cork, the September edition features Éamonn and Diarmuid Ó Meachair, Máire Ní Chéileachair and Aoife Granville. 

To watch this month’s edition, click here. Session with the Pipers is free to watch. If you want to support our work, please consider making a donation.

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