Píobaire, An, Volume 2, Issue 12, Page 1
Píobaire, An, Volume 2, Issue 12, Page 1
Na Píobairí Uilleann
An piobAineSraith 2, LJimh. 1213Feabhra 1982The Tionol opening on April 30 next in Bettystown is the fourteenth to be held. A sevenfold increase inmembership has occurred since the first Tionol was held there in 1968 and the attendance for some years pasthas exceeded the hundred mark. With so many pipers gathered together within the precincts of one hotel somebroad directions for conducting the events there are needed but the member who comes expecting to bethuttled through the weekend with no other response on his part than his presence has missed the point andpurpose of the gathering. Meeting old friends and making new ones, talking and arguing piping, finding solu-tions for problems, playing and listening all this pursued in congenial surroundings under one roof constipitethe Tionol. It is the participants, not the committee members, who bring it to life. -Na Piobairi, the association of UiI-Ieann pipers of France, are organisinga tionol to be held in Paris on Friday26 March (8 p.m.) to Sunday 22 March(6 p.m.). It is hoped to have all Frenchmembers present. Members of N.P.U.would be most cordially welcomed.Here is a good way to spend a pleasantweekend in Paris. Further particularscan be obtained from Marc Guilloux,Secretaire Na Piobairi, 4 rue Ceruisart,75013 Paris, France.The RegulatorsMany years ago Father 1-lenebry, inhis usual forthright fashion, advisedpipers to dispense with the regulators,declaring Ihey had been added to thepipes in irnilation of a brass band. liamde Noraidh, most likely under the bane-f lU influence ofthat reverend gentleman,proclaimed that the piper who did notuse the regulators was the better oneand he vent on to write that they hadformed no part of the old pipes, whichwere none die better of having tlieniadded.There is rio doubt do regulators addconsiderably to die cost of a set aridmany pipers who have acquired a fullsel and incurred that additional costnever attempt to use these trhnmings.Most of the players who do so use themiii a spasmodic arid casual manner,achieving at best a rhythmic rather thana tonal effect in their accompaniment tothe chanter. Some few pipers use themwith taste and conviction.At the Willie Clancy Summer Schoollast summer Seoirse Bodley spoke aboutthe use of the regulators itli dancemusic, basing his obseivations on ananalysis lie had made of some recordingsof Leo Ro vsome, Johnny Doran, WillieClancy and Patsy Touhey. He confinedhimself to discussing the rhythmicalaceompaniriient used by these pipers intheir playing of reels and he listed thepatlerns they employed, noting theirvariations and frequency. This talkopened up a new field to those presentmd so much interest has been shown inthe subject since that Dr l3odley hasbeen invited to repeal the talk. TIns hewill do at Bettystown, its scope widenedto include song airs and other forms ofdance music beside reels.While the objections against using theregulators are not met by the argument,sometimes heard, that since they formpart of the set they should be used,nobody need be fdghtened off usingthem by the two ogres inentione dabove. If you wish to use them learnfirst what you are about; examine thestyles used by the old pipers and thenformulate your own ideas. The talk atBettystown should lie a great help toyou in this.The Willie Clancy Summer School will be opened fonnally by the President ofIreland, Dr P. Hillery, this year and will run from July 3 to July 10. The openinglecture will be given by Breandan Breathnach who will speak about the musicallegacy of Willie Clancy. Soaring costs have compelled the Directors of the school toraise the participation fee to 20. The signs are already that this year s school willexceed all previous ones, enrollments have already been received from France,Germany, Israel and the United States. Applications for enrollment with fee shouldbe addressed to Muiris 0 Rochain, Secretary, W.C.S.S., Miltown Malbay, Co. dare.ParEicipants are expected to make their own arrangements for accommodation.It now takes six days for a letter from Care to reach Dublin. It took George Petrieonly three days to get by coach from Dublin to dare in the 1830s. It now lookslikely that by next year the postal charges will have outstripped the coach charges ofthe last century for this distance.Febmary 27 next may well prove tobe a red letter day in the history ofactivities at 15 Henrietta Street.Cumann Cheol Tire Eireann, the folkmusic society of Ireland, has organiseda seminar on Religious Folk Song, tocommence at 10 am, and continuing,with breaks for coffee and lunch, until6 p.m. The aim of the seminar is tointroduce people to a much neglectedbut fascinating branch of folk song.Papers will be read on the music ofreligious songs in Irish (Noirin Ni Riain),The Scottish Gaelic psalms (TerenceMccaughey), Breton songs of the Pas-sion (Donatien Laurenfl and local vari-ations in Caoineadh na dtri Moire(Angela Partridge).The I 4th century Ressurectiondrama of St. Johns Church, Dublin, willbe sung by members of Trinity College,Dublin, and a panel chaired by DrSeoirse Bodley will discuss Religiousfolk song past and present. The talkswill be illustrated with recordings andpersonal performances. A fee of 2.50is payable by participants who are notmembers of the folk music society. Re.quest for enrollment with fee should beforwarded to Nicholas Carolan, 157Claremount Court, Glasnevin, Dublin II.At 8 p.m. on that evening MichaelO Brien will open a programme of pip-ing, in which Ronnie Wathen, besidesplaying the pipes, will entertain thecompany with excerpts from Finne!an5 Wake.
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