Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 8, Page 6

Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 8, Page 6
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(68)O FARRELL s TUTOR 60 Farrells Collection of National Irish Music for the Union Pipes con loins the earliest knowntutor for the pipes. Its description as a Treatise with the most perfect Instructions ever yetPublished suggests that another tutor may have been pubUshed befO e it. It is known by areference by Goodman that Colclough whose porfrat appears in Irish Ministrels and Musicians(page 10)complied a tutor and this may be the one implied by O Farell. No copy ofColclough s appears to have survived. O Farreli s collection was registered at the StationersHall, London, in July 1804, four years or more later than the dates usually mentioned for itspublication. It was to be had for 7/, at Mr. Gow s, 31 Carnaby Street, Golden Square andMr. OFarrells, 65 Swallow Street, where Gentlemen may likewise be accommodated withReal Toned Irish Pipes. John Gow, son of Niel Gow, the famous Scot.s fiddle player, was inbusiness as a music publisher at the address mentioned some time before 1804,O Farrell is depicted on the frontis piece of his Collection playing on the Union pipes in thefavorite Pantomime of Oscar and Malvina. This ballet panto, first produced in August 1791at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, London, was written by James Byrne, a celebratedIrish ballet master who played Oscar. It was performed at Astleys Amphitheatre, in PeterStreet, Dublin, in November of that year and in the January following by Daly in CrowStreet, the piper on that occasion being Courtency who had also performed in CoventGarden.A contemporary report reads In the quick movement of the overture a Mr. Couriney playeda solo on the union pipes, with a better tone and effect than I have ever before heard. Hewas loudly applauded and encored.S. 0 Casaide.FORMER PE MAKERSIt is difficult to compiJe a list of the former makers as they seldom stamped their Christiannames or the date on the sets made by them. n fact Taylor, one of the best makers, did noteven put his surname on his pipes. However, hi pipes and those of several other makers canbe identified by the characteristic styles of Ornamentation adopted.Egan,Dublin (c 1768) the maker of the Lord Edward pipes now in the National Museum,wasthe father of the famous harp maker, John, who carried on business in Dawson Street, Dublin,in the last century.Egan, Michael, regarded by the old pipers as the best ever maker, his chanters beingparticularly valued, arrived in Liverpool around 1845 and worked there for about six yearsbefore moving on to America. He is stated to have been a member of the above mentionedEgan family.Taylor, William, was a great player as well as a maker of both Uilleann and Highland Pipes.He lived at one time in Co. Carlow and again at Blackrock near Dublln. He spent a numberof years at Walkinstown before moving to Drogheda where he lived at Pitcher Hill. He wasthere over the years 1850 68, emigrating to Philahelphia in 1869 where he died in 1882.Colgan, Mullingar and Dublin around 1780.Carolan, Michael at Drogheda in 1856 which he left around 1862 and was living in New Yorkabout 1864.Boland, Navan, around 1860.Crotty, Limerick, around 1810.Harringlon, Den is, Cork. A selftaught mechanic, exhibited a set made by himself at theCork Exhibt o of 1852. Dr. ivor Brown possesses a fine set of this maker.Coyne, Maurice, at4i Thomas Street (1840), at 151 (1841-44), at 149 (1845-53) and at6 Thomas Street (1854-6). A son John !ived at 123 Thomas Street between 1855-1864 andwas regarded as the best piper of the family Another son Michael was a fine performer onthe war pipes,which the family also manufactured. There was a John William Coyne at 2Essex Quay in Dublin (1842-46) who may have been identical with the above. This house
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