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

Píobaire, An, Volume 2, Issue 15, Page 2
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where we wou ld get practice inplaying them.By and large, the regulators arebest used when there is a bit ofnoise going on, i.e. in husking inthe streets, in solo (but not sesiun)work in a bar, and above all in thedance. The worst possible place totry to play the regulators, even if- you are reasonably good at them,is at a Tionol in front o r otherpipers! I have no doubt that theregulators will be played by thenext generation and knock spotsoff all of us. Playing them is infact not so hard. Its tuning themand balancing them that is theproblem. When people ask mcwhat they are for, the regulators, Isay they are like the big guns on abattleship, not to be used exceptin battle, or in this case the dance,and if they will stop staring at meand get up and dance, [ might feela little less inhibited about playingthem.RomiieDEATH OF MOSS KENNEDYMaurice (Moss) Kennedy, pipe-maker, died at his residence inMontenotte Park, Cork, on March29 last. Aged 82 years, his healthhad been failing for so me time. Asa young man during the Tan Warhe was a member of the NorthCork Brigade and later served inthe Detective Branch of the Gar-dai Siochana. He was taught thecraft of pipemaking by TadhgCrowley, whose lathe and otherequipment on Crowleys deathpassed to him. During the twenty-five or thirty years he devoted topipemaking he made a consider-able number of full sets, all ofconcert pitch or over, and most ofwhich it would seem for customersabroad. Hewasdeservedly renown-ed for the quality of his work, butit must he confessed he had be-come a by-word for tardiness indelivery, Solas na bhflaitheas d Ianam.r SEANCHASPatrick Calvin: O Neill in his IrishMinstrels and Musicians publisheda fine photograph of Patrick Gal-yin, the New Zealand piper, and ina brief note mentioned that whileon a visit to Ireland after fortyyears exile Calvin visited the CorkPipers Club and got from BobThompson reeds and guills for aset of pipes he had purchased herefrom C. Butler and Sons.Further information about Cal-vin has come to hand from PaulYielder, a New Zealand member.This derives from a grandsonthrough a great-grandson of tilepiper.Patrick Calvin was born onJune 9, 1840, in Corotin, Co.Clare. lie emigrated to Australiaand at the age of seventeen beganworking as a carter supplying thegold 4iggings at Geelong. Hearrived in Otago, New Zealand, in1862 where he worked at Nevisand Clyde as a draper and merchant, lie became licensee of thehotel at Alexandra but relinquish-ed the licence because it did notcover the playing of music on theremnises. At this time Galvin wasplaying the flute and fiddle. Tn1867 he settled at Shingle Creek,taking out a hoteliers licencewhich this time extended to mus-ical performances.in 1866 he married the daughterof M, OLoughlin, a fellow Glare-man. It is not known when he ob-tained his first set of pipes.According to the grandson whowas aware of his being mentionedin a book of pipers he journeyedto Dublin in 1908, ostensibly tohave his pipes tuned.In 1904 Galvin moved to Card-rona to live with his eldest son anduntil his death in March 1929, wasa well-known figure in the neigh-hourhood, being in high demandat weddings, wakes and socialfunctions for his musical skills. Hewas eighty-nine when he died. Hehad twenty-nine grandchildrenand two great-grandchildren.The great-grandchild throughwhom this family history hascome is now a very old man. Untilrecently his main source of in-come was rabbit trapping. He livesalone in a house not far from theCardrona Hotel where Calvin sooften played and of which onlythe facade now remains.Galvins pipes are on display inthe nuseumn at Arrowtown, whichis about twenty miles from Card-rona. The museum also possesses afine portrait of the piper, but thepipes in this picture differ fromthose in the display case. Ourcorrespondent is hot on the trackof this missing set.Lorcan Dunne, here from NewZealand to attend the WillieClancy Summer School, has pre-sented to the archive a copy ofCalvins death certificate, fromwhich the following further partic-ulars may be added to the aboveaccount: Calvin died on 16 May,1929. He had been sixty-sevenyears in New Zealand. ilk fathersname was Patrick also; he was a far-mer. The informant was apparent-ly ignorant of the grandmotherschristian and maiden names. Pat-rick Galyin at twenty-threemarried Margaret Tracey at SaddleHill and at his death was surviyedby two sons aged 52 and 63, andfour daughters aged 53, 54, 58and 60. The cause of death isgiven as senile decay and cardiacmuscle failure. B. B.Moss Kennedy at 1969 Tionol inBettystown, Co. Meat / i,Thisphotographoffohnny Doran,it is believed, was taken in Mi !-town Ma/bay. Can any reader saywhen and by whom?2
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