Píobaire, An, Volume 2, Issue 15, Page 1

Píobaire, An, Volume 2, Issue 15, Page 1
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Na Píobairí Uilleann
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Chairman, NPU
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Píobaire, An
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n piobxirneSRALTH 11 UJMHIR 15May 28 was a red-letter day in the NPIJ calendar. The Right Honour-able the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mr. Alexis Fitzgerald TD, formallyopened its headquarters at 15 Henrietta Street in the pre nce of Alder-men and Councillors of the City Corporation, the City Manager andother officers of the Corporation as well as representatives of othersocieties, and ,stitutions, friends and benefactors.The Lord Mayor who was intro-duced by the Chaimrnn, BreandanBreathnach, expressed his pleasureat being invited to perform theceremony. The work being doneby the pipers was a major under-taking which would contributegreatly to the conservation of amost important street in the city.It was heartening to see life beingbrought back into a house as thepipers were doing, in a street forwhich so much needed to be done;not only was a school of pipingbeing established there but acentre with an internationalattraction was being created piping was not the preserve of theIrish and Scots although theseseem to have made their own of it.The Dublin Corporation couldtake considerable pride in tile factthat they had provided thesepremises for the pipers, had re-roofed it and were continuing tohelp in the work of restoration ina substantial way. It was a tedioustask and would take years to com-plete but when finished it wouldconstitute a considerable boost toHenrietta Street in that an import-ant cultural centre was created,not just for Dublin hut for thewhole country. Thanks were dueto NPU for bringing life and inter-est back to a local area.Mr. John Teahan, National Mus-eum of Ireland, proposing a voteof thanks to the Lord Mayor, re-called the co-operation betweenthe Museum and Na PiobairiUilleann on various piping projects,the exhibition on Pipes and Pipingin the National Museum someyears ago, which was later trans-ferred to Muckross House in Killar-ney and then to Belfast and to theexhibition in London as part ofthe Sense of Ireland Festival. Itwas a co-operation that was con-tinuing. Mr. Joe Mulligan, Boston,USA, on behalf of the Americanmembers and friends thanked theLord Mayor for the corporationsgenerosity in making the premisesavailable for a headquarters forthe pipers.On May 29, at a house-warmerfor members and friends, theChairman vas presented with asilver salver mar chomhartha ceanaagus Omois 6 Na Piobairi UilieannI l oscaitle a gceann-rais. RonnieLamb made the presentation onbehalf of the assembled company.Na Piobairi (5), the bulletin ofthe Uiileann Pipers of France, hasjust come to hand. This numbercontains a detailed transcriptionof Cailin Deas Crite na inB6played by Gabriel McKeown.Reed problems are dealt with inan illustrated article and a lengthyreview of the Brendan Voyage isappended. Pipers Review 111(2),the newsletter of the San Francis-co and Northwest Pipers Clubs,has also been received. It containswhat is described as a thesis onstaple making from Tom Ander-son, a su mmary of which willappear in our next issue. Ads forpipes and parts appear from twomakers, Michael MacHaig andTimothy Britton. Practice sets ofmaple and blackwood are quotedat $300 and $400 respectively. Atcurrent exchange rates these workat $300 and $400 respectively. Atcurrent exchange rates these workout at 200 and 270 approx. Arethe home makers taking advantageof these rates to push sales in theUnited States?Really Im writing about the AnFiobaire note on regulators. Itseems to me that we should saysomething. I spent years and years(seven years) looking for regulat-ors, as everybody told me it wouldbe too late to learn them after tilechanter was mastered. There weretwo factors acting against regulat-or-playing in the 1970s: first, alack of pipemakers and of second-hand ful lsets (there are nowplenty of pipemakers); second, abias against regulators from theanti-Rowsome school, the ideabeing that Leo Rowsome hadoverdone their use at the expenseof thechanter.After masterbg, more or less,the chanter, I began to feel thatthe chanter was unbalanced whenit came to rhythm. Let me explainon the tinwhistle, the piano, theviolin/fiddle, etc., in fact on almostall instruments except the Uilleannpipes, one note sounds much likeanother and can be ornamentedmuch like another. 1 can roll allnotes on a piano, for instance, andmost on a tinwhistle can betongued or otherwise treated inthe same way. But on tile Uilleann-pipe chanter, I can only cran ontwo notes, stitch on one, slide ontwo, tip on two, etc. When itcomes to rhythm, the Uilleann-pipe chanter is out-of-balance hence the regulators, to providethat rhythmic backing which hasalways been acclaimed by all ordi-nary people and by musicians,except, curiously enough, byother pipers: largely, one suspects,because we the pipers cannotreally play the regulators. Andwhy cant we play them? Here toothe answer is to my mind quitesimple and easy to remedy (do notdespair, there is hope yet!). Wecant play them, because we dontget enough practice in playingthem, because we do not playthem enough in those situationst a deIUL 1982MORE ON REGULATORS1
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