Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 8, Page 9

Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 8, Page 9
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Na Píobairí Uilleann
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Píobaire, An
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(71)A STANDARD CHANTER 9Tom Busby, under a misapprehension that N . P. U. favoured the adoption of a standardchanter, expressed his own views on this subjectAs one who has a great love for the pipes and who would love to be the best piperin the world, I think that Na Piobairi Uilleann which has been organized to promote,preserve and foster Uillian Pipes and the playing of same, would be making an un-pardonable mistake by endorsing, promoting, making or encouraging the making of oneparticular type or pitch of pipes as the authentic traditional pipes. In my mind thiswould be the first step down the road to if not full, to partial obscurity, and as Iunderstand the rules of the Association this is what they want to prevent.The Association should go strictly by Rule Two, Article One : To promote and encour-age the playing of Uileann Pipes . I interpret this to mean all types or pitch,andI think it is a good thing that there is more than one pitch for the individual to choosefrom.If the Association feels that a particular pitch of pipes are fading away it should aidthose that play them, and encourage others to play them. But to adopt a rule thatone s the only type or pitch to play for whatever reason, would be very wrong, Ithink.Looking at it from a promoting angle I would say that the Concert Pitch pipes wouldprovide a greater area in which to obtain popularity, for the simple reason that theConcert Pitch is international and they can be played along with a varity of otherinstruments and music other than Irish, if so desired.Now as to the Flat Sets, they are very sweet because they are low and without anydoubt they give a better tone of expression to traditional airs and laments. But theyare in a class by themselves Only the violin can readily tune to them. I likethem.Then there is the Double Chanter. I have a concert pitch one, A Taylor. Theyalso are suited for traditional airs, very harmonious but a devil to cover the two setsof holes.I should like to hear other views on the subject.1. B.By Permission of Robert Pratt, Esq, Portrieve, and at the request of theLadies and Gentlemen in and about the Town of Castlemartyr,For the Benefit of Mr. Mc Donnell,At the Courthouse in said Town, on Thursday the 5th of August, there will beA BALLWith Tea, Coffee, Cards, etc To begin at 7 oclock.Between the Setts said McDonnell will perform several pieces of musicon the Irish Organ. Tickets to be had of Mr. Saunders Hallaran, at CastlemartyrThe Hibernian Chronicle - July 26, 1773*
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